You’ve got your new hockey stick and you think you’re ready to hit the rink and smash your slapshot past the defenders and into the corner of the net, right? Almost, but there’s still one thing you need that’s absolutely crucial for your success as a hockey player. You need to tape your stick! Taping your stick is important because it prevents moisture from accumulating on the blade. Extra moisture reduces your grip on the puck and is something you can’t afford to be worrying about if you want to keep up with your competition. Taping your hockey stick will also increase its durability and thus quality stick tape should be seen as an investment that will save you money rather than an expense. With dozens of ice hockey stick tapes, however, it’s difficult to tell which tapes are the best for your stick. For that reason, we’ve built a list of the best hockey stick tapes for you.

1) Comp-O-Stik American Flag Hockey Stick Tape ATHLETIC TAPE (3 Pack)

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 1” by 55’
Material: Natural And Synthetic Fiber Blend
Colored: Yes, With a Special Dye Process
Features: Superior Abrasion Resistance

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Pros: The Comp-O-Stick American hockey stick tape is a great way to show off your national pride… at least if you’re American ;)! Besides being a bold style, however, the Comp-O-Stick American ice hockey tape is also great because it’s one of the few colored hockey stick tapes that’s actually durable, as well. It was designed with a special dye process so that visual appeal doesn’t get in the way of your performance. The American flag stick tape is also great because it’s constructed with materials that are abrasion resistant. This ensures that your tape is long-lasting and still in optimal condition when you need to be performing at your best.

Potential Drawbacks: An obvious drawback that may cause you to feel reluctant in purchasing the American flag hockey stick grip tape is that the design really stands out. This tape isn’t for the player who is shy for attention. Another potential flaw is that the Comp-O-Stick tape is a colored tape. Traditionally, colored tapes have not been as durable as non-colored tapes.

Overall Value: At just $19.99 for three rolls of tape, your budget shouldn’t keep you away from the Comp-O-Stick American flag tape. You should be aware, however, that it’s made using colored dye which traditionally hasn’t been optimal for performance. Comp-O-Stick has pioneered a new special dye process which makes this much less of an issue. Overal,l we’d say the Comp-O-Stick tape is a good fit for you if you want a solid tape with a bold design that calls fans to give you their attention.

2) Tape Brothers Cloth Hockey Stick Tape

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 1” By 25 Yards
Material: Natural And Synthetic Fiber Blend
Colored: Yes
Features: Optimal Performance On Composite Hockey Stick Blades

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Pros: Other users of the Tape Brothers Cloth Hockey Stick Tape have called it the stickiest stick tape. Sticky stick tape is exactly what you’d expect and desire from your tape, so Tape Brothers gets a big thumbs up in this regard. The Tape Brothers tape is also great for you if you’re using a composite ice hockey stick, as the tape was designed specially for your stick’s modern blade.

Potential Drawbacks: Stick tape hockey players love differs based on their personal taste. The Tape Brothers stick tape is great performance-wise and they offer you many different colors to choose from. Unfortunately, of the hockey players that have purchased the tape, some have remarked that the tape is dark and not particularly visually appealing.

Overall Value: At $9.99 the Tape Brothers have a tape for hockey sticks that’s inexpensive and will perform for you. The tape has received thumbs up from many hockey players for its extra stickiness but some have criticized the tape based on it looks. If you want a fancy design, this may not be the best tape for your ice hockey stick, but this could be a great option for you if you consider high performance the most important criteria in selecting tape.

3) Renfrew 10 Roll Pack Black Ice Hockey Stick Blade Handle TAPE

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 24mm By 25m
Material: Unspecified Makeup, But Has Superior Adhesive
Colored: No
Features: Strong Material Strength And Serrated Edges

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Pros: Although a taped hockey stick is great for your performance, it can be annoying having to constantly tape your hockey stick between games and practices. Fortunately, Renfrew does a great job eliminating this annoyance with their special ice hockey stick blade tape. The tape is specially designed to minimize any inconvenience that would normally result from taping your hockey stick. Renfrew’s tape is both serrated, making it easily tearable by hand, and it’s also made with superior adhesive material that’s constructed to stick to your blade for extended periods of time.

Potential Drawbacks: One unfortunate setback of Renfrew’s extra adhesive tape is that it doesn’t just stick to your hockey stick’s blade. A number of players have also reported the extra stickiness causing the tape to stick to their hands or in the worst case scenarios sticking to their gloves and causing damage to them.

Overall Value: Like all hockey tape, the Renfrew hockey stick tape isn’t going to break your bank. It’s a modest $34.99, but it does come with a full 10 packs. Overall, we’d recommend this tape to anyone that appreciates having the process of taping your hockey stick as convenient as possible.

4) Comp-O-Stik Skull & Crossbones Hockey Stick Tape ATHLETIC TAPE

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 1” By 55’
Material: Natural And Synthetic Fiber Blend
Colored: Yes
Features: Highly Moisture-Resistant

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Pros: Comp-O-Stik’s design of skull & crossbones feels like an appropriate design to tape your ice hockey stick with as you kill your opponent’s chance of victory. Beyond simply being a cool design, however, the skull and crossbones hockey stick grip tape is also great because it prevents moisture and snow from accumulating on your stick.

Potential Drawbacks: Similar to Comp-O-Stik’s american flag hockey stick tape, the skull and crossbones tape for your hockey stick is also colored. Traditionally, this has led to less durable tape, but it does appear that Comp-O-Stik has largely eliminated this problem in recent years.

Overall Value: $19.99 is the amount the three pack of skull and crossbones tape rolls will set you back. This is a similar price to most other hockey tapes, and for a cool design that matches most hockey outfits we give Comp-O-Stik the thumbs up to you here.

5) Black Friction Hockey Stick Tape

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: ¾” By 20 Yards
Material: Cloth Tape
Colored: No
Features: Co-Adhesive Double Sided Frictioned Tape With Ultra Durable Black Rubber Adhesive

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Pros: The ice hockey stick tape from Black Friction is durable and provides a long-lasting boost to your ability to handle the puck. Additionally, the tape is also relevant for you because it’s designed to work especially well with one piece composite sticks (which is the type of hockey stick you likely already have or that we believe you’d benefit from upgrading to).

Potential Drawbacks: It’s boring. Black Friction’s tape is of the no-nonsense old school era of sports. It’s a solid black tape that doesn’t shine or sparkle or do anything else besides function.

Overall Value: The staff here at Honest Hockey LOVES the Black Friction hockey stick tape. It’s boring, but it represents an amazing value. $9.99 for three packs of tape for hockey sticks makes this quite the thrifty purchase. If you don’t mind being old school and simply performing without a care for your appearance during the process we’d definitely recommend the Black Friction hockey stick tape to you.

6) Renfrew 1 Roll Batman Hockey Blade Stick Tape

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 24mm By 25m
Material: Woven Cloth
Colored: Yes
Features: Consistent Adhesive Coating And Renfrew Superior PRO GRADE™ Technology

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Pros: As we said before, the Renfrew Batman hockey tape does one thing exceptionally well. It looks good and it will make you look good while you play hockey both because of its looks as well as its ability to improve your puck handling.

Potential Drawbacks: Some players have reported the tape having visible glue spots on the logo side of the stick.

Overall Value: Whether you purchase the three pack we listed earlier at $23.49 or the one pack here for $9.99 you will receive a great looking tape that isn’t too expensive. For the purpose of being cost-effective, we’d recommend purchasing the three pack if you have any long-term commitment to hockey.

7) Renfrew Single Roll Superman Hockey Stick Blade Tape

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 24mm By 25m
Material: Woven Cloth
Colored: Yes
Features: Consistent Adhesive Coating And Renfrew Superior PRO GRADE™ Technology

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Pros: The Renfrew Superman hockey stick tape is great for improving your stick’s grip. The tape is also versatile in that it’s recommended for use with all hockey sticks whether they are wood or composite. The tape is also tearable by hand and has excellent tensile strength (it’s capable of being stretched out).

Potential Drawbacks: One thing we at Honest Hockey noticed while looking at the Superman ice hockey stick tape was that it just felt a bit childish. While we were looking at Renfrew’s batman tape we felt anyone could have used it while looking good. We couldn’t help notice, however, that Renfrew’s Superman tape just felt like hockey stick tape for kids.

Overall Value: At $9.49 Renfrew’s single roll of Superman tape is on the upper-range of cost for hockey tape, but it’s still well within reason. We personally think you’d be better off sticking to the Batman tape if you’re an adult, but that ultimately comes down to your own personal preference and sense of style. What we do feel comfortable doing, however, is recommending the Superman tape for your children. It’s a fun and effective tape that’ll have your child feeling good about themselves as they enjoy skating around the rink.

8) Renfrew’s Single Roll Neon Hot Pink Hockey Stick Tape

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Manufacture Specs:
Size: 24mm By 25m
Material: Woven Cloth
Colored: Yes
Features: Consistent Adhesive Coating And Renfrew Superior PRO GRADE™ Technology

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Pros: If you’ve ever wanted to call attention to your flashy style of play, then this is the tape for you. Onlookers’ eyes won’t have any choice but to focus on you as both your play and appearance will cause you to stand out from every other player.

Potential Drawbacks: You probably don’t need us to say it, but Renfrew’s neon hot pink tape for hockey sticks isn’t for you if you don’t like the idea of everyone’s eyes being on you. This is the kind of tape that may even draw comments from fans regardless of how well you’re playing.

Overall Value: At $7.99, Renfrew’s neon hot pink tape is reasonably priced and a great choice for anyone who wants to call attention to themselves and their play in the rink. If you’re shy, however, almost any other tape would better serve you. We’d especially recommend the Black Friction tape we suggested earlier if you’re of the old school way of thinking that appearance is irrelevant and you’d prefer to simply have your play do the talking.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve found our list of hockey stick tapes useful. Hockey players have a diverse set of needs from their equipment and as such we tried to offer you as many suggestions as possible for which tape might be the best for you. If you have any questions or want to let us know about any quality tapes we’ve missed feel free to leave us a comment. We’re excited to read what you have to say.

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