What is TacTape?
Brought to you by Bell + Howell, TacTape features a super-strong, ultra-durable, military-inspired design that can hold repairs at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, pull a truck, and support up to 200 pounds without tearing.
The commercial indicates the tape can also create an airtight, watertight seal that remains in place under pressure, making it an ideal solution for outdoor repairs. It’s textured top layer means it can even be applied to tools or sports equipment to serve as a handy grip.
They claim TacTape’s also delicate enough for indoor work, since it comes off easily without leaving behind any sticky residue.
For decades, the go-to repair-it-all material has been duct tape. But whether you’re looking for a quick, temporary fix or a more lasting solution, has TacTape now elbowed its way into the top position?
In this article, we’ll take a look at the product’s key claims, as well as the competition, all aimed at helping you determine if TacTape deserves a spot in your home—starting with price.
How Much Does TacTape Cost?
Available in Tactical Black or Desert Tan, two 30' rolls of TacTape, along with two free rolls of On The Go Tape, are priced at $19.99, plus $11.98 S&H, bringing your total to $31.97.
All orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H fees, although no contact information was available on the website at the time of our research.
How does this price compare to the competition? Before talking about other products competing in the same space as TacTape, let’s first delve into exactly what this product entails.
What’s the Difference Between TacTape & Duct Tape?
This question might be a little more complex than it appears, so let’s break this into short segments so we can make sure we’re touching on all the relevant points.
The Quick Story Behind Duct Tape
According to Today I Found Out, duck tape was “originally invented by Johnson & Johnson’s Permacel division during WWII” to keep moisture out of the military’s ammunition cases. It’s likely that this ability to shed water led to its name.
Soon though, soldiers learned that it could be used in a wide variety of other scenarios; even for dressing wounds on the battlefield. And when many of these soldiers returned home, they found it could also be used to connect HVAC ducts, which is why manufacturers changed the color from olive green to silver—and the name morphed from ‘duck’ to ‘duct.’
Whichever word you prefer to use, though, Popular Mechanics reports these are just generic terms for tape constructed from “fiber-reinforced plastic (7.7 to 12.6 mils thick) with rubber or synthetic rubber adhesive.”
What About Military Tape & 100 MPH Tape?
Even though duct tape encompasses such a broad term, we didn’t encounter any formal definition or specifications (e.g., a specific tensile strength, waterproof ability, wind resistance, etc.) during our research for military-grade or ‘tactical’ versions, as insinuated in the product’s name.
We certainly found options that were advertised as military-grade, though, with more abrasion-resistant surfaces and extra strong adhesives.
We also found many products advertised as 100 MPH tape, but again, they all met the basic definition of duct tape. So, this begs the question…
Is TacTape Just Duct Tape?
When it comes down to it, we didn’t test TacTape ourselves to verify any of the company’s claims, or to provide firsthand feedback about the potential differences between it and traditional duct tape. In addition, without any contact information listed on their site, we weren’t able to reach out to the company for more details.
But, based on what we just covered, all of these terms appear to reference the same product, which is cloth-backed tape that’s strong and waterproof and was originally invented for use in the armed forces. In other words, duct tape.
Are There Other Heavy-Duty Duct Tape Options Like TacTape?
Entering the term ‘heavy duty industrial duct tape’ into Amazon returned hundreds of results during our research. Some of the top options included (No we're not affiliated with anyone below):
|3M Extra Heavy Duty Duct Tape||Black||48mm wide x 54.8m long||10.7 mil||$19|
|Brackit Extra Strong Silver Duct Tape||Silver||48mm wide x 50m long||Not Listed||$9.99 for three rolls|
|Gorilla Tape||Black||47mm wide x 32m long||0.38 mil||$9|
|Duck Brand 240867 MAX Strength Duct Tape||Black||47mm wide x 32m long||Not listed||$7|
|Viking Rugged, Industrial Duct Tape||Tan||50mm wide x 21m long||6.3 mil||$15.99|
As you can see from these examples, at $16 per roll (including shipping charges), TacTape is at the upper end of the spectrum as far as price. On top of this, without knowing is width or length, the precise details about its construction materials, or any of its specifics (such as tensile strength), there’s no way to know how much value you’ll get for your money, compared to the competition.
What does this ultimately mean for you?
Our Bottom Line About TacTape
When it comes down to it, we think there are a lot of unknowns in reference to TacTape. For example, as we detailed above, these include:
- What’s the width and length of each roll?
- What materials is it made from?
- What differentiates its construction from standard (or even industrial-strength) duct tape?
- What’s its tensile strength?
Without these details—and without any contact information listed on the product’s website at the time of our research—we don’t think consumers are provided with enough facts to know if there really is “nothing like TacTape on the market today,” as claimed on the website.
On top of this, since your only option is to order two rolls of the tape, more than a third of your purchase price will go to S&H charges—none of which is refundable in the event that you’re dissatisfied with its performance.
The manufacturer seems to stand behind their product with a 30-day refund policy, though, which should be more than enough time to figure out if it’s right for you. But only you can decide if it’s worth putting $12 of your money on the line in order to find out.