Lizard Skins Lacrosse Grip Tape Review
By Coach Damon on April 30, 2018
This week I’m doing another gear review for all the goalies out there. In this post I’ll review the Lizard Skin Lacrosse Grip Tape for your shaft.
If you’re not familiar with grip tape on a goalie shaft, you should be. I wrote a full post on how and why to put tape on your goalie stick.
Basically it adds additional grip and also serves as a physical reminder of where to setup with your hands in the stance and when throwing outlet passes.
So every goalie should have some kind of tape on their shaft. I don’t want to see any naked goalie shafts out there!
Lizard Skin tape is an alternative to white athletic tape when it comes to taping up our shaft. And for those goalies who are looking for a little more grip, it may be a great alternative.
Good deal on Lizard Skin Grip Tape
Lizard Skin Grip Quality
The first thing to cover here is the quality of the tape. The texture is extremely grippy and does a good job of keeping both the top hand and bottom hand stable, with little to no movement on my hands.
So while the grip of the tape is fantastic, there is one issue. The tape doesn’t stay onto the shaft very well.
When I first rolled on the tape, it took only about two days of playing to start to unpeel and ravel off.
Then, when I played in some heavy rain, a new tape job didn’t hold up really at all to the wet conditions. I was a bit disappointed in its ability to hold to the shaft.
There is a pretty good workaround though which is to use standard athletic tape around the top and bottom ends of the Lizard tape to keep it from unraveling.
The workaround kept the Lizard tape in place for the most part but it seems like this product should just hold to shaft by itself.
I went with a single revolution tape up and probably should have gone for at least at little overlap since it started to show wear kind of quick.
Lizard Skin Grip Performance
In terms of actually performing, the Lizard Skins tape does a pretty good job of actually giving you more control and grip on the shaft.
It fits nicely into gloves and doesn’t really add any weight.
I did like having that extra control, as I felt it helped prevent my stick from rotating on shots that hit the head frame or outer parts of the mesh.
When it comes to transitioning your hands to throw a crisp outlet, the Lizard Skin isn’t too grippy to where you can’t slide your hands down. That’s nice.
For weather performance, the tape actually stays just as grippy in the rain as it does in sunshine. But as the tape starts to peel off the stick water only enhances as the getting the adhesive wet makes it stick less to the shaft.
This tape definitely looks better than normal athletic tape. It comes in a lot of different colors and also comes in 4 different camo colors.
I would have liked to seen a little more endurance out of the Lizard Skin Grip Tape.
Lizard Skin Grip Application
Applying the tape itself is a breeze. It should be applied at a slight angle, and you’ll quickly find a pre-made path you follow to finish off the tape job.
I would say the Lizard Skin is no different from regular athletic tape when it comes to the application.
Most goalies like a double or at least 1.5 layer of athletic tape. Because the Lizard Skin is thicker you can easily get away with a single rotation as I did.
But you should probably overlap the tape a little. I didn’t because I didn’t want the feel to be too thick but check out the photo below. The strength didn’t hold up and it’s probably going to be time for another tape job pretty soon.
Lizard Skin Grip Price
You can find Lizard Skins Grip tape for around $10-$12 depending on the design of tape you choose.
Find it here on Amazon.
That’s not a bad price considering that a roll of white athletic tape is going to set you back about $3 per roll.
I do wish the Lizard Skin tape came in a longer length. If you like a deep tape job or want to double up in certain areas, you’ll barely have enough length to do so.
It also starts to show wear after awhile and the $10 price per tape job is a lot more than a $3 roll of athletic tape that lasts for a long time.
Granted, it’s a thicker tape so you don’t need to do lots of revolutions like a standard tape job.
If you’re looking for additional grip on your goalie shaft, you should give the Lizard Skin Grip Tape a try.
I think the product has some flaws that are frustrating like the fact that the tape peels off the shaft very easily. But if you’re ok with MacGyvering it with regular athletic tape you should be ok.
I hope Lizard Skins improves that flaw in the next iteration because the grip it provides goalies is very nice and can help eliminate stick rotation when a fast shot tags the side of your goalie head.
Considering the price of a roll is only $10, why not give this grip tape a try?
Until next time! Coach Damon
Anyone out there have experience with the Lizard Skin Grip Tape? Let me know in the comments. Anything this review missed?