How long does your tape last/ under what condition?


#1

Ive rarely had to change a tape because it has worn down.
I do see a lot of people riding tape that Is already falling apart.
My question is: how long does your tape last, before it starts to wear down (like worn off edges and such) and how much/ how long do you fingerboard?


#2

When I first moved away from Tech Decks and started riding professional setups, I went through my first pack of FBS precut tape pretty fast. I wasn’t very consistent back then and I realize now that I was inadvertently abusing my tape due to my imperfect riding style. I was also riding outdoors more than I do now, where the constant upside-down board dragging and sliding the tape across the ground/obstacles was destroying the edges very quickly. I went through about 5 sheets within 5-6 months during that phase.

I’ve progressed a lot since then and ride mostly indoors now, so my tape lasts much longer. I’ll keep a sheet on a deck for months, but it has to be FBS, Riptape, or any other tape of similar quality. China tape seems to only last a few weeks before it starts becoming sticky and gross.

TLDR: It depends how consistent my tricks are, what brand of tape I use, and the terrain I ride on. if I’m performing well and not using China tape, the grip will last forever.


#3

This depends heavily on the tape and how much you use it, and also your budget to replace it.

I think the longest I had tape on a main deck was a year or more, Riptape classic on my Berlinwood old mold. Simply because I couldn’t afford to replace it at the time.

Shortest is about a week with China tape with average use.

Tape usually lasts me a few months, but it can be as short as 1-2 weeks under heavy use (like when events are happening).


#4

I use pretty much only fbs tape now after trying a few others. It’s last for quite sometime, especially if you clean it from time to time using something like tape. @MisterDank is right though, outdoor riding has been a huge contributor to my tape getting worn more quickly