Tape and Taping and Quality Control
I’m really honestly not sure if KT Tape / Rock Tape provides ANY real benefit per science. The claims border on questionable to say the least and smack of witchcraft and voodoo. “It lifts the skin away from the muscles and fascia to promote blood flow” Uh… huh…
But… with that said I can’t say it doesn’t work. And mentally for me, and your mileage may vary, it doesn’t hurt anything and potentially could help so… why not? And sisters and brothers I need every speck of assistance I can get. Other than your giving money to someone for something that may be a waste of money.
With all that said the last three rolls of KT Tape “Professional” that I’ve purchased over the last year have all sucked at adhesion. Two from a local sporting goods store, one from amazon, all purchased at different times and in three different colors. I apply them in the standard per KT positions to assist with ITBS on my left leg.
The roll or two I had prior to that from 2016 stayed on not only for the full duration of a run but literally days and 2 or 3 runs and it was only after they started to look a little faded or I thought it was time to let my skin breath did I take them off. And peeling the tape off took effort.
Not so much with these new rolls, within a half hour they’re loose at the ends, within an hour or two they’re flapping and by hour 3 on a run they’re just dangling and annoying so I pull them off.
Now it’s possible these days I could have legs covered in petroleum jelly or astro-glide but you’ll have to take my word that’s not the case. The tape goes on clean dry skin, I’m not any more hirsute than I was before. So the logical answer by Occam’s Razor is the adhesive on the newer issued rolls is not as good as the older ones, or quality control has gone to hell. My money’s on KT as manufacturer finding some way to save money to increase profits for the tippy top of the profit sharing food chain by using a lesser adhesive.
Last week I ordered a roll of Rock Tape through Amazon and picked up another roll at one my local running stores to try out.
A couple of immediate observations, Rock Tape isn’t precut strips, just one long roll. Secondly a new roll of Rock Tape doesn’t quite fit in a KT tape plastic container indicating the tape or center spool is thicker by a fraction of a degree.
I cut three strips out of it, the usual size I use with KT tape, one precut strip cut into two for an X and one precut strip left whole to go over it. The method as offered by KT in their videos.
Another observation is the edges all stuck down well pre run. With the KT tape I’ve been using there was always a little bit of ‘not quite’ sticking going on at the ends.
I ran a 5K this morning right around 30 minute pacing in warm humid as water world hell setting and then took a shower. So far the tape is remaining stuck down on all edges.
I’ve got another 5K this evening and obviously a shower after that so we’ll see how it goes and I’ll post an edit on this afterwards. But so far while more expensive $19 versus $16 the Rock Tape is even with just a single short run’s results sticking far better, much like the 2016 versions of KT Tape Pro did.
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