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So its name sounds like a condom brand, the company’s website looks like the owner’s nephew put it together on spring break, and the whole thing has an As Seen On TV!(tm) vibe. But if you like the idea of a larger end hook — like you’ll find on the newer Stanley Bostitch short tapes — and you’ve got a favorite tape that you don’t want to trade in until it finally gives up the ghost, the GripTip doesn’t seem like a bad idea. It’s just a little coin-like device you slip over your current tape’s tip, rendering it about the size of a quarter — and a lot less likely to slip off whatever you’re trying to measure.

There’s not much to say, really. You just snap it on the end and you’re good to go. If you need to stick the tape in a tight space, just twist the GripTip to remove it.

Personally, I like the Stanley Bostitch version better because it’s wider but not necessarily deeper. The GripTip’s coin shape looks like it won’t grip quite as well while actually bringing more bulk. (Full disclosure: I’ve played with the Bostitch models, but I haven’t seen the GripTip in person.) Still, I’m not that tough on short tapes, so I still have the last one I bought around six years ago. If I wanted a larger tip, I’d shell out $4 for a GripTip two-pack before I’d trade the tape in for a new one.

The GripTip [Eye-Bleedingly Bad Corporate Site]
Really Bad Video [YouTube]


5 Responses to The GripTip Is SFW (No, Really)

  1. DoItRite says:

    4 minutes and 15 seconds of my life – gone watching some guys hands, without any sort of demonstration of his product.

  2. george says:

    i bought one over a year ago. works when ya need it to.

  3. Ron says:

    I bought two of these(one for my 12 foot tape and one for the 30 foot) about 4 or 5 years ago. they work really well when you need to mark a 4×8 sheet of plywood by yourself. You can’t really tell in the video, but there are teeth on the back of the tip to grip onto the wood.

  4. Brad Justinen says:

    LOL, here is the sentence from the website – and I quote.

    “GRIPTIP, the industry leader, proudly introduces the GripTip.”

  5. zolan says:

    This little guy works great you just need to bend it a bit so not only will it sit flush when tape is retracted but by bending it just slightly it won’t throw off an accurate measure. I love mine and want another for my spare tape but I can’t remember where the heck I got it. The claws are great I think the manufacturer (website lol) should follow the current ingenious trend and ad a magnet to it as well.

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