Make fun of the Xtreme! moniker all you like — Stanley’s been cranking out some real winners lately under the new name. And for those who haven’t been keeping up with their latest marketing strategy, there are now three levels of tools in most of Stanley’s categories: the Stanley tools, the FatMax, and the FatMax Extreme. The Extreme versions usually get some extra features, and their new tape is no exception.
The 30′ version has a 13′ standout — meaning you can extend the tape 13′ before it drops to the ground — which is pretty handy for single-man use. It also features Stanley’s “BladeArmor” coating on the first 6″ (where you generally abuse the crap out of it) and a high-visibility Mylar film over the entire blade.
It’s got easy-to-spot markings at 16″ and 19.2″ for stud centers. But the feature most likely to land this in Sean’s toolbox is the chrome case. It’s shiny. Except, of course, for the rubber edges, which make it a little easier to hang on to than some of the all-chrome versions on the market.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a new tape, be sure to check it out. Don’t get pushed away by the fancy marketing names — underneath all the pretty is a good ‘ole Stanley tape.
Street pricing starts around $30, and I’ve seen these personally in Lowe’s.