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#132593 - 05/11/08 10:26 PM Best tape?
climberslacker Offline
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Registered: 09/02/07
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Hey all,

There has been a lot of talk about what is the best kind of tape for first aid. I am thinking of getting just athletic tape, because it is easy, and I know its strong because I have tested it climbing crack. Any thing else? Bad-Good of different tapes...Ladies and Gentlemen, DISCUSS!
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#132596 - 05/12/08 12:05 AM Re: Best tape? [Re: climberslacker]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Whatever tape works I suppose. I use 3M (transpore?) surgical tape.

#132597 - 05/12/08 12:11 AM Re: Best tape? [Re: climberslacker]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
I have used an "electricians first aid kit" with good success from time to time. That would be black electrical tape...

#132704 - 05/13/08 12:45 AM Re: Best tape? [Re: climberslacker]
kevingg Offline

Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 442
Loc: NH
I second the electricians tape. I use it for all kinds of stuff. sticks great to itself but can be removed; not effected really by water, flexible etc.

#132719 - 05/13/08 02:53 AM Re: Best tape? [Re: ]
Gills Offline

Registered: 07/23/07
Posts: 3
Hi all, Am a Veterinarian and we use zinc oxide tape which is a white, waterproof, cloth tape which also has bacteriostatic properties (i.e. retards bacterial growth) this tape is really sturdy and can withstand quite a lot of punishment...(dogs chew on it!!) so i'd look into this tape for your FAK's as it has quite a few uses....

P.S. this is human grade tape.... we just use it for animals

#132733 - 05/13/08 12:40 PM Re: Best tape? [Re: Gills]
OldBaldGuy Offline

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Thanks, and Welcome Newguy!!!

#132740 - 05/13/08 02:06 PM Re: Best tape? [Re: Gills]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3560
Loc: Spring, Texas
Gills, welcome to the fire new guy. The tape you described sounds interesting. What is it's commercial name and where can we get it?

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#132742 - 05/13/08 02:45 PM Re: Best tape? [Re: Blast]
LeeG Offline

Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 100
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Amazon sells it. Looks to be more of a UK item from google.
Amazon Link

I'll order a roll on my next order unless someone finds a cheaper place.

#132744 - 05/13/08 02:57 PM Re: Best tape? [Re: LeeG]
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1029
Loc: The Netherlands
I believe that's basically the same thing as athletics-tape. Beware if you've got a latex-allergy!

Anyway, avoid the tapes made of paper. Those are only really good for IV's and clinical use, but not for first-aid.

I also use silk tape, which is suited for people with latex-allergies:

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#132751 - 05/13/08 04:11 PM Re: Best tape? [Re: JIM]

Can latex allergies be lethal?

I often think of first aid in terms of SAR and something we call life over limb. If it saves your life out in the bush 4 hours from any kind of help, it's often worth the risk.

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