Pros: Many colors available, better than no-name tape
Cons: Snags on roll, not as durable as Jaybird
What is hockey tape?
Man, use that melon God gave you! Hockey tape is tape made for hockey. More specifically it is used to tape the handles and blades of hockey sticks. Most players start using tape out of peer pressure. They simply see that other players have it on their sticks so they figure it must be the cool thing to do. Hey, no one wants to get a wedgie for not having tape on their stick. Others mistakenly believe that taping the stick is intended to keep it together a little longer, extend its playing life.
In fact the tape on the blade of a stick serves a couple of purposes. First it adds a little cushion to the impact when taking a pass. Second, it creates little flaps that pop open to put spin on a pass (assuming the blade is properly taped from heel to toe). Tape on the shaft provides a small knob at the top of the stick.
Is kissing your cousin bad?
That really depends on how you kiss your cousin or what state you are in. However, I would say that in most hockey playing states you would be treading a fine line if you enjoy kissing your cousin. If I need to go into further detail about this, it might be best for you to move at least four hundred miles to the north of your current location and immerse yourself in the local culture of a large metropolitan area.
Why colored tape?
Despite the previous knock on peer pressure and my indication that taping sticks is not done to be cool, colored tape is applied to look cool. You might want to use colored tape to proudly display your team colors on your stick. One self-proclaimed elite female player that I knew told me that when she switched to red tape on the knob of her stick, her teammates mentioned that they knew at once who she was on the ice. (With helmets on we hockey players all look the same).
I didnt have the heart to tell her that if people were passing to her based on the color of her stick knob, she was holding her stick wrong. No problem there, since she made it red the refs will eventually key on it and give her a rest for playing with an illegal stick. If you arent wrapping your hand on the top, the stick is technically too long.
Whats wrong with Renfrew?
Renfrew is the second choice in tape. If you cannot have Jaybird, then you settle for Renfrew. Fortunately, Renfrews cloth tape isnt as bad as their clear is. (Their clear is brittle, doesnt stretch and sticks rather poorly sometimes).
Renfrews cloth tape works alright. However, it seems to more commonly have the issue of fouling along the edges than Jaybird does. It has an annoying habit of fraying on one side of the spool tearing off an ever increasing chuck of tape as it comes off the roll.
Renfrew does stick fairly well in the cloth form and is equal to Jaybird in this respect. However, I dont feel that it lasts quite as long. Renfrew seems to wear very quickly on the blade. Normally the bottom section of the blade is vacant of tape after one or two sessions. It also seems to shred more quickly from shooting and scrums. In contrast Jaybird will often last me a week or two.
What colors does it come in?
Renfrew tape comes in all the major hockey colors. These include but are not limited to: black, white, red, royal, gold, purple, green, orange and navy. Renfrew also makes American flag and Canadian flag patterned tapes which are very popular with kids.
Renfrew is better than a couple of no name brands of tape that Ive used. However, it isnt up to the high standards of technological excellence that were set by Jaybird. In a pinch Renfrew will do the trick.