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Skateboarding Accessory Review:Gorilla Tape

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Manufacturer: Gorilla Tape
Rating: 5 Stars

Gorilla Tape is not specifically a SK8 product, but warrants exposure here because it's very handy in a number of skateboarding situations. Essentially Gorilla Tape is duct tape, but better. Don't get me wrong; duct tape is awesome stuff. Hence the phrase, "If you can't fix it, duct it!" But Gorilla Tape takes the concept one step farther. Isn't that what skating is about - Getting one step farther?

a handful of Gorilla Tape

When your shoe starts flapping (when the top tears from the sole) wrap some Gorilla Tape around it a few times. That'll hold it. Or if your laying plywood at the base of a rail - for a better landing zone - keep that ply in place with some Gorilla Tape. You'd be surprised at what it will really adhere to.

Manufactured with a highly concentrated rubber-based adhesive, it will stick to brick , stucco, cement, plaster, metal and wood. Just make sure the surfaces are clear of dust and dirt that will easily come off the surface on which the tape will go.

It's not cheap, but we recommend keeping a roll for those occasions where regular duct tape just won't cut it.

Pros & Cons:


  • More thantwice as thick as regular duct tape
  • Twice as much rubber-based adhesive as regular duct tape
  • More durable than duct tape
  • Waterproof
  • Available at most hardware stores


  • Costs more than duct tape
  • Hardware stores don't sell SK8 gear


Keep a roll or two on-hand. You never know when you'll need it.

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