We know that when it comes to Kinesiology tapes, you’re a little spoilt for choice. Just a simple search can bring up options from various brands making all kinds of claims and promises. How can you tell the tapes that stick from the ones that will let you down? It’s certainly not an easy task.
It’s perhaps harsh to say but the price is usually a good starting point. There is a reason that Kinesiology tape prices can vary so much though. The price is a good general indicator of the quality of materials and manufacturing processes being used. However it’s not an exact science and the most expensive isn't necessarily the best. At SPORTTAPE we pride ourselves on the value of our tape, using only the best materials without the super high price point.
If you can find out the material composition that will also help you make an informed choice. Kinesiology tapes are typically made from cotton with a blend of spandex or nylon to allow the stretch. These materials will allow for a more stretchy tape, so look for a cotton tape with a decent percentage nylon or spandex too. Organic cotton is even better - it's softer on the skin and better for the environment. If you can find the thread count that may help too, but it’s a balancing act. A low count will mean larger spacing between threads, which makes the tape more breathable and faster drying, but also fray much easier and reduce the surface area for sticking. Look for a tape with a solidly high thread count, it will feel a little thicker but that is only a good thing - it means a longer lasting tape that’s less prone to fraying and more durable.
Then there’s the glue, and most often without trialing the tape itself its tough to know the glue quality. Again, it’s worth looking at price point, branding and reviews. However, always check whether the tape is hypoallergenic and latex free. Many kinesiology tape glues contain latex, which for many people can be a huge issue. We’re proud that our tape is latex free and our extra sticky tape is called that for a reason.
There’s a few other points that are worth considering too. Is the tape waterproof, sweat-proof? It all makes a difference!
The most important thing is that you find a tape that is fit for purpose. The best advice we can give is to decide how long you need the tape to last, how often you’ll be using it and what qualities you need. And if all else fails, go and talk to your therapist about what tape they use. If there’s one thing we have learned over the past 5 years it’s that physios, chiropractors, osteopaths etc can tell the difference between a high and low quality tape.
We’re incredibly proud of our tape here at SPORTTAPE and we’d love you to try it, but if we can answer any questions about our tape or comparisons to others please get in touch.