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Hockey Tape vs Grips – Tape Alternatives

August 24, 2019

(rock music) (hockey buzzer) – Hey guys, Jeremy here
from How To Hockey. In this video I’m talking about
alternatives to hockey tape. Instead of trying to
do a really long video where you talk about
every single product here what I’m gonna do is
break it up into a series so in this first video,
I’m gonna talk about every single product that
we have, just briefly and also gonna talk about sort of what’s wrong with hockey tape or why you might wanna try a grip instead of the same old hockey tape that people have been using for years. So first, I’m gonna talk about
the products we have here. You may not have known
this, but there is a variety of different products that you can use instead of hockey tape. One of the most popular ones is probably the Buttendz right here. I’m gonna take this out of the packaging. (bottle cap pops) This is the Buttendz. It’s
flexible. It’s rubbery. It’s got that nice kind
of grip feel to it. And it comes in a variety
of different styles. So this one has the twirl
going all the way down it and it’s got kind of like a
half-knob right there on top and they’re always developing
different varieties and styles and colors as well, so
there’s a lot of variation that you can get in this. What I notice with the Buttendz
is they do really intricate designs and really put a
lot of thought and design into the product design of it. It has a nice feel to it,
and I’ll talk more about that in the video when I do the full review. (bottle clanks) These are the Russian grips. I believe they ship out of Russia. I’d say they’re closest
competitor to the Buttends. They have more simple designs, so this one just sort of looks like the tape. Nice thing is you can
customize it so you can see I got my name and number right there. Pretty basic, just like printed on there. They have that silicone feel to them so it’s a bit grippy, but
also like a little bit smooth and slippery, I guess you could say and they seem a little bit
thinner than the Buttendz so, durability I’m not too sure about but we’ll test that in the review. This one is the Torch. Out of all the grips this
one interests me the most because it has the most unique design. The Buttendz and the Russian grips, they go over the shaft. This one goes inside, so
that could have a bit of an effect on how you flex the
stick and get that leverage. What I think is really interesting
is the shape of the knob. So your hand is gonna come over the top and then this part is
gonna stick out the back and because it has that lip right there it kind of gives you something to pull on so I’m interested in testing it out to see if it has an effect on
shot power and handling. I was thinking with poke
checks for the defense it would really help you get
a good grip on that stick so that one should be interesting. Last ones that I have
here are the Sniper Skins. These can be customized as
well as far as color goes and you can also get text
or logo put on there. I have the How To Hockey logo. So, kind of cool to customize. The interesting thing
about these is the material so they’re not rubber, it’s
more like a plastic material and a bit thinner, probably
harder to rip or tear especially if it’s on the grip and how they go on is
you slide it over the top and then you pour hot water on it and it shrinks and perfectly wraps so it gets a really nice
tight wrap on there. How you customize it is with
these little bits and pieces so you can put these rings along the top and create a feel, so
like something that goes in between your fingers
as you grip the stick so I think that was kind of
a neat idea on how to do it. So, these ones will be
interesting to test, as well. Here’s a brief look at the
products I’m gonna be reviewing over the next week, so
tune in for more details throughout the week on
all of these products. Now I’m gonna talk about
what’s wrong with hockey tape? Why don’t we just use hockey tape? Well, let’s talk about that. So, what’s wrong with using hockey tape? Honestly, nothing really. Do you have to buy a grip? No. You can get away with using hockey tape. People have used hockey tape for years since it was invented as hockey tape. I used it for 20 years, I
didn’t really have any problems with it, but, there weren’t really other options available to me. It was just hockey tape and that’s it. So now that these new
products have come out and I’ve tried them and I
kind of like some of them. So, I wouldn’t really call
them problems with tape, but maybe issues, and the
first one, probably the biggest is this right here,
this is my hockey glove and we got that little hole right there and we got this big hole right there and we got this hole right there. So it only happens on the top
hand where the hockey tape is because that this friction of the tape it rubs and rubs and rubs on the leather and it eats right through it so that will happen to your hockey gloves. I got some more gloves here. This is a Verberos and it’s
got a little bit of wear right there, I only use these for shooting in the garage and some coaching. And then these are the Winnwells I use to use in my old videos and they got the grip right there and I only use these for coaching and shooting videos as well so no matter what you’re
gonna get that extra wear. So, apparently, products like the Buttendz and the Torch, and the
Sniper Skin, the Russian grip these guys don’t eat at your
gloves as much as the tape does or apparently at all,
according to some of them. So if you want your mitts
to last a little bit longer maybe look into the grips. If you don’t mind the extra air holes well then maybe hockey tape is for you. What other advantage do you
have using a grip over tape? Well, you’ve got feel and functionality. For a rubbery grip like this,
it has a nice texture to it a nice feel, you don’t
get that stickiness. Sometimes when you do a
fresh tape-job with tape the glue kind of leaks through it and you get your hand kind
of sticking to that knob. With this you’re not gonna get that. I find it’s a better overall grip and you’re not gonna
drop your stick as well. My brother really noticed that. He tends to drop his
stick, I don’t know why but he said with the Buttendz he had a really good grip on his stick. So, extra feel, extra grip,
maybe more maneuverability and then you have the
functionality with something like this Torch, it gives you a new way to sort of leverage your
stick, and possibly more power? So those are a few options we’re gonna look at when we do the reviews. And the last issue which, I
mean isn’t really one for me but could be for some people is just the aesthetics of your stick. Some people want a grip that’s
gonna match your team colors and maybe you can’t get
a tape in this color or maybe the tape just really stinks when it’s in this color. I find white tape is nice,
but then you get all this black kind of gunky junk on there. Some people don’t like
that; I really don’t mind. Other people will re-tape their stick over and over and over. I leave my grip as it is. If the stick lasts me three years, the grip lasts me three years but I see some guys throwing that extra grip tape stuff on there. So just a few other reasons that you may want to try out a grip. Alright guys, that’s it for this video. Thanks a lot for tuning in. Over the week I’m gonna
be dropping reviews on each of these products. I’m gonna talk about weight, the price, the insulation, and, of course, the feel. So tune in if you’re interested
in any of these grips and learn more about
hockey tape alternatives. Thanks a lot for watching.
See you next video. (rock music)


  • Reply jimi laaksonen November 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    first lol

  • Reply Max Bird November 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Jeremy, can you do a review on the new gear from Verbero please

  • Reply Nicholas Kyriakakis November 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I found this video very useful

  • Reply TTony300ZX November 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Good to know info right there definitely interested on seeing the rest of the videos.

  • Reply Mike Creamer November 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I own two TORCH grips,  took a while to get a feel for but they work as advertised.

  • Reply Arnold Schwarzeniqqa November 7, 2016 at 5:27 pm

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  • Reply Vinny G November 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Love your videos man, keep up the good work. All good stuff!

  • Reply EBanks 15 November 7, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    saw this on snapchat

  • Reply Devin Muise November 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Keep growing the beard man! haha

  • Reply newportsurfcroc22 November 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Been waiting for a video like this for a while. Love this channel.

  • Reply Connor Viau November 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Hey Jeremy, I know this isn't related to this video but, I need a new stick and don't know which one to get, do you have any recommendations, in senior size. Like The Video.

  • Reply LCreo33 November 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Can you make a video of you putting the grips on?

  • Reply Bauer Hockey November 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    first comet let's go

  • Reply Nick Morales November 7, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Does the color from the buttendz come off on glove palms?

  • Reply Jordin Tootoo November 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    You should make a video going over ice hockey accessories!!

  • Reply Angry Potato November 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    lol this is posted on my birthday

  • Reply Dmitriy Ignatov November 7, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I hate how u can't get grip the way you tape ur stick like the butte do never have my knob or my size of the tape

  • Reply talesnine November 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I tried the sniper grip, then tape…but I keep coming back to my fleshlight!

  • Reply Tyrone Spence November 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    This has nothing to do with your video here but I was curious how much mph is your slap shot? 🙂

  • Reply Michael Rawlinson November 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I have a sniper skin grip currently on my game stick. I love it. Very easy to install and can be used pretty much immediately after installing. I also have a tacki mac command grip that I'm going to put on one of my other sticks and compare the sniper skin, tacki mac and regular hockey tape.

  • Reply Zach Who Is Tall November 7, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I started using electrical tape for the top of my sticks a few years ago, and I like the slick feel of it, but it's also cheap and it doesn't wear your gloves out

  • Reply Roman Herbig November 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    No Tacki-Macs? 🙁 They are great…

  • Reply Black Iverson November 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Putting rubber silicone or whatever on the end of your stick isn't hockey , it's an American thing trying to change our game

  • Reply Andrew Echlin November 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    As a hockey Defensemen, these videos inspire me, thank you

  • Reply Michael Gomez November 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I ripped my butt endz grip pretty quick so I would not recommend

  • Reply Ryan Olson November 8, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Howies grip tape is the best

  • Reply Kyle McClure November 8, 2016 at 2:05 am

    I love my sniper skin so far great feel and it's holding up well

  • Reply BeerLeagueDust November 8, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I use only a top nob and no tape at all down the shaft. so I'm only holding the real stick, and my gloves are in perfect condition. also it's really working

  • Reply msanna4 November 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Can you cut those grips ? I really like short grips on my sticks. Can you cut them to make them shorter ?

  • Reply zenmasterchen November 8, 2016 at 3:00 am

    You should add the Tacki Mac Command Grips to the list, too!

  • Reply Kevin May November 8, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Hey Jeremy, is there anyway you could also say a bit in comparison about grip sticks? I don't know if you use them, but I got a few recently and haven't looked back. Just a grip finish stick with a taped butt end. Maybe a good idea for that weird butt end knob thing. Thanks for all the information! I definitely have used your tips for practicing to get better!

  • Reply FGFsMo November 8, 2016 at 5:26 am

    I loved my Russian grip at first so I decided to order another one with my name and number so I paid more for the customization. After two weeks the damn thing ripped at the bottom. I don't even know how it happened. I was super bummed. I had to cut the bottom off (which is the customized part) and now it's just a shorter grip. I wish they were more durable because I really love the feel and they are a great price coming all the way from Russia.

  • Reply 1234 56789 November 8, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Guys please help me get to 10 subscribers

  • Reply DarkAbyss9 November 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Tacki Mac? They have been around for longer then all the others.

    I personally use Tennis overgrips, cheap, thin, lightweight and doesn't wear the gloves

  • Reply Vilho #13 November 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

    My stick did the grip redy when I did buy it 🙂

  • Reply Jeremy Greiss November 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I just stick with tape lol

  • Reply Matt Garofolo November 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I have been using Taki Mak grips for years. They have the perfect stickiness and last forever. I think that I have had the same grip for 5 years on 3 different sticks playing 2x/week year around. It doesn't affect your gloves at all and never really even gets dirty. I am totally sold on them. Still use tape on the blade for some reason that I don't know why…….

  • Reply Антон Макарьин November 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I used Russian grip, Tacki-mac, electric tape and a traditional hockey tape. From my experience Tacki-mac is the best. it has a good grip, good feel and durability. Heat shrink eats your palm, not like traditional tape but still. Russians are not durable. It may break after light contact with the opponent sick, especially when you do drills. Can find Buttend (you guys just can't imagine how stupid this sounds on russian :)) in Russia. But 30$ for piece of rubber… that's too much.

  • Reply Angry Potato November 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Just got the BUTTENDZ fusion hock stick grip tape and a new stick.

  • Reply Henry Stanger November 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I know someone who puts sock tape over the hockey tape in his grip so it doesn't rip his gloves 😂

  • Reply front2wardenemy November 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    tried tacki mac a while back. Love it

  • Reply The Hockey Dude November 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    were do you bye the grip buttendz in quebec or lévis.SVP

  • Reply JI Vlogs November 15, 2016 at 12:20 am


  • Reply HI SHOT November 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    What I you put the sniper skin over the the green nob

  • Reply laggers54 November 20, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Tennis grips, job done.

  • Reply Mr Chicken November 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Great video I subbed

  • Reply Kyle And Aidan December 1, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Jermey there are some player that use both

  • Reply Fun with junior 2017 December 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I like pizza

  • Reply Jake Rowan December 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    in my personal opinion I love the look of good old fashioned tape 🙂

  • Reply Chris Breezy January 18, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I tried a buttendz and it was trash.

  • Reply Henry Dahlstrom February 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Try lizard tape

  • Reply Scoot Bro February 17, 2017 at 1:59 am

    buttendz eat at your gloves if you get that texture

  • Reply Connor and MAddux February 25, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I love it

  • Reply Justin Stewart March 2, 2017 at 2:46 am

    i have a torch and it good for d

  • Reply Justin Stewart March 2, 2017 at 2:46 am

    and sniper skin is good to

  • Reply Oh3Productions June 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Real hockey players use tape

  • Reply Anthony Llabres June 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Buttendz is WAYYYY overpriced….IMO

  • Reply Tae Kalthoff August 21, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I have 20 buttendz

  • Reply Cameron Adams September 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Can you review the Tacki-Mac Command Grip, it's a lot cheaper but curious about the quality

  • Reply Jay Vee October 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Grip = Friction = Wear regardless of the material.

  • Reply Ryelly Hill November 25, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    i want a buttend

  • Reply Ryelly Hill November 25, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    for my true

  • Reply Sidney Pittman December 1, 2017 at 11:10 am

    No,he’s wrong because only Black hockey tape wears out your gloves but white tape doesn’t and also sniper skin is the best

  • Reply Belal Hammoud December 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    What about hockey gauze

  • Reply J Hemmi December 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Ben Mann n n n n.

  • Reply Kyle Henasey December 23, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Fam what about lizard skins

  • Reply Becky Hollis January 3, 2018 at 12:04 am

    What about grip tape

  • Reply Barrdown 97 January 5, 2018 at 3:28 am

    What about lizard skin

  • Reply Maraty January 28, 2018 at 2:36 am

    You forgot tacks-macs and lizard skins 🙁

  • Reply Evan the savage February 2, 2018 at 12:10 am

    review lizard skin

  • Reply Jason Randle March 8, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I love Lizard Skins myself!

  • Reply Laurents Mohr March 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    How about using tennis grip tape!?

  • Reply Stefan Augsberger April 22, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I want to try the buttendz

  • Reply Katisnotaneyeball October 10, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I’m into tape because it’s a little more expressive imo, I can buy what colors I want and customize it

  • Reply Blake Kubeska November 3, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Is there somewhere I can buy the Torch knob other than ""? 
    Not really interested in paying $28 for shipping, on top of the $25 item.

  • Reply Garrett Consigli November 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    What about lizard skin

  • Reply Pekin Dragons Hockey Gaming and hockey December 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    What about the lizard skin??

  • Reply _Elmerii December 25, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Im late i know but i use Rocketgrip its good

  • Reply prestin allen December 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    You forgot lizerd skin

  • Reply butsy22 The legend February 14, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I use electrical tape

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  • Reply Joe Hoe March 8, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I think butt ends are generally a waste of time.  I like the old rubber ones…as they actually had a real butt on them that you can grab onto when reaching out your stick to maximum length.  I do it all with tape, as it's cheap…and does the job.  Why change it?  If someone has money to burn….then ya…go ahead and blow it…lol.

  • Reply MaxAmelia Games March 28, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I use hockey tape covered in Nylon electric tape. I find that the hockey tape gunks up gloves.

  • Reply Matthew Green June 17, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I wouldn't recommend the sniper skin for inline

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