First of all, we’ve got to admit that (like birds) we’re a little bit attracted to anything shiny — like Stanley’s FatMax Xtreme measuring tapes. They do have more going for them than just the shiny bits: Featuring a 13′ standout, this 16′ tape is 1-1/4″ wide and is made from a high-visibility Mylar polyester film with a clear “BladeArmor” coating on the first 6″. (The hook end gets most of the abuse.)
Other features: A top-style locking mechanism that’s easy to operate, 16′ stud center markers on the tape, and a cushioned grip.
All in all, this is just a nice quality short tape that’s easy to find in pretty much any big-box retailer. Expect to pay around $20 for one new and to get many years of good use from it.