I've used Bontrager and Specialized cushion tape for the last 12 years and generally thought they were fine. Then I added Bontrager gel pads under the tape (our roads suck) and the tapes were a bit short. The Lizard skins are long enough to cover my aero carbon bars with the gel pads. I was a bit skeptical of the lizard skin texture at first, but it's pleasantly grippy and I adjusted quickly. The price at Westernbikes makes the tape worthwhile (as long as it lasts a full season).
I replaced my old lizard skins tape with a new roll after converting my bike to 11 speed. Have not riden very much due to weather, but so far the tape has been fine. The last lizard skin tape was improvement over other's I have tried. It did show some ware after a while, but comfortable to grip even on long rides. Does not lose it's fit on the bars like some tapes. However when wrapping it I did not use extra stretch like one video suggested.
I attempt to get a full season (7,200 mi.) out of my bar tape . It goes on well and feels great,looks good but wears easily.I have two wear holes from my gloves in the six months of use including much down time due to ice and snow this past winter here in NY.
I've used the 2.5 and the 3.2, both seem to wear rapidly at the bend of the bar near the hoods where it sees more use. You aren't supposed to stretch the tape, but it's difficult not to stretch it a little to get it to conform to the bar and not slip. I re-wrapped the last tape job in a way that was enough to hide the worn areas underneath the bar in order to double the mileage. The third time around I've gone back to the 2.5 which is a little less bulky but still cushioned enough. The tactile pattern and consistency is grippy and doesn't seem slick when wet. I haven't tried cleaning it because I use black. LS's has been my favorite handlebar tape, having tried Specialized, Cinelli cork and gel cork, and Bontrager, which are also all very good. Even though it is expensive and wears faster than I'd like I'd probably stick with them again. I can get a full season to season and a half out of a wrap.
The surface of this tape is tacky, different from most cork tapes. Two long gravel rides on this tape and I wish I'd bought this a long time ago. The grippy surface seems to take less hand effort to hold the bars on washboard and rough sections.
If you don't use gloves and have sweaty palms, then this tape is for you. I like the lightly padded tape that gives me a more natural grip to the handle bars. This seems to alleviate the hand numbness that many of us suffer from. A little more expensive but I believe that it is well worth it.
I needed a specific (odd) color of Lizard Skins bar tape. Not only did WBW have the full range of colors, but their pricing beat the competition. Shipping was faster than expected for a small order. Now they're the first place I look online.
I have had this product for over a month now doing several rides a week and a hard time trial every two weeks. The Lizard skins bar tape performed well dampening the hard shocks of these poor Montana roads. The instructions were very helpful and the tape was easy to apply. There is just enough tack on the tape to provide a good grip and the color is right. I would recommend this product to anyone.
I put this on my main road bike and have started to ride more and more with no gloves on since it feels so good.
I really like the tacky feel on my hands. It seems like it will be durable over the long haul. Pricey, but since it looks and feels great, I can't complain.
Beats the stock tape hands down. It has decent cushioning and a good feel. Tape is long so no need to stretch it all the way out. White shows dirt quickly but what did you expect.