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.