This is an okay foam-type bar tape. It's easy to stretch around the bars without tearing and produces good results. It's not remarkable and the logos (ordering mistake on my part) are a little much for me. I recently bought a bike with the Tacky Touch tape and much prefer it. Although not absorbent like the Microtex tape, it provides a better grip, even when my hands are sweaty.
I don't really like cork tapes as I find them too springy so the microtex is good for me. Since microtex tape is not that much more expensive than cork, and is better wearing, I'd recommend this product. However, this tape is not impervious to damage - I recently dropped my bike and the bar tape ripped through.
I wanted something that would provide a good match for the color of my bike, but more importantly, wanted something that wouldn't get slippery during the hot, sweaty summer months. This tape fulfilled both counts. Will definitely use it again.
This tape is very easy to wrap and it stays pretty clean. It matches my saddle (like that really matters). It virtually provides no padding. If you want a tape with more padding, look at cork tapes.
Thanks for the review! Customers who are looking for more padding might also consider using this tape over a cork tape (my favorite) or using gel pads under their bar tape.
This tape in the soft touch is very PRO.
I use the white soft touch, and the benefits are numerous.
The tape installs tight, it's very light weight, made of Microtex it feels soft to the touch and is washable (e.g., use dawn for dishes)and cleans up very nicely!
Moreover the tape allows a very professional-looking install and grips super well in the rain (no slip feel), and is long lasting! A small hint you can use a slight touch of super glue on your final wrap at the top of the bars - makes for a nice finish, then use the fizik tape to finish up the job! Cheers!
Fizik's extremely durable tape provides a good grip and reasonable amount of padding. I'm not in the habit of riding without gloves anyway. If you dread having to re-wrap your tape this is the way to go as it can last for years.
A little pricey but this stuff is amazing. Make sure to get the soft touch. Call me crazy but I ride without gloves whenever I can and this stuff is so soft. It maintains it's grip after getting wet or sweaty and seems to be holding up extremely well. It is a bit short if you run 42cm or larger bars, I had to rewrap twice due to length issues and just barely had enough. This is gonna be my go to tape from now on. You will not be disappointed.
This review is for Glossy Black. I find the microtex a slight pain to wrap. You have to keep the tape tight and do it slowly in case you miss a spot. The Glossy seems to have a tad more cushioning than the regular version. For appearance, it looks fantastic. It appears to have some type of plastic covering over the microtex, some won't like. For clean up I use Windex or Simple Green (whatever I am using to clean up my bike). After a few months, no sign of wear. I prefer bar tape with a little cushioning, I added some bar gel under the Glossy tape and I love it. Increases the diameter of the bars for a tottaly different feel. Unfortunately Fizik just offers the gel with their Micotex soft tape, which wears out way too fast in my book. One plus for the Fizik tape is you get plenty of tape to work with. I use 46 bars and always have to cut some off.