Most hardcore hockey players who’ve spent their share of time scouring shops checking out the latest gear are aware of an undeniable truth: if you’re a sucker for gimmicks, you can spend endless dollars buying the latest game-improving “tools.”

Golf probably sits at number one in the “buy this and improve your _____!” market, but hockey has a quick fix for most things too.

Still, we all have to admit: holy shit do we hockey players go through a lot of sock tape, and that seems incredibly wasteful, both environmentally and financially. The only thing worse than being uber-wasteful is being the guy who using skate laces instead of tape. Or worse, uses cloth tape on his socks (likely opposite colour to socks), meaning he’s still being wasteful while looking like a complete duster.

Companies have tried and failed to get us to do the velcro straps and beyond, but I dunno, it just hasn’t taken.

Sock Trap took the latest kick at the can, and sent me some to review. I played Tuesday and Wednesday night this week, meaning HOLY HELL I’M TIRED TODAY. Also, I’m ready to offer my thoughts:

Essentially, Sock Trap’s reusable strips are a one-piece version of the velcro straps, plus elastic. Those two words after the comma make them worth having.

They’re not remotely complex, and that’s the point: they’re user friendly. They come in packs of four, black and white, and cost 10 dollars to not have to buy sock tape for, I dunno, I’m guessing you’d easily get a year out of them. They’re simpler than tape too. That they’re only offered in black and white sucks – no good wearing a colour your team doesn’t, but if you rock either of those two, you’re laughing (the video at the bottom of the post does note that they plan on offering a full range of colours).

They’re half velcro (inside), half elastic (the key part), and smooth on the outside. Basically, you turn them inside out, pull them up, give ‘em a quick flip, and your socks stay there and don’t move, without cutting off the circulation to your legs.

Which…kay. That’s always been the basic goal of sock tape, hence it having more give than cloth.

I don’t review products that aren’t worth mention (if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all), and I found these worthy of one.

I used to get laughed at by my teammates because of how loosely I put tape on my socks. I wanted some, but I didn’t want my feet to fall off by the end of game due to lack of circulation. Point is, I’m sensitive about my sock tape situation. These were perfect for me.

They don’t pay me or anything, I’m passing these along honestly – 10 bucks, simple, and stop dealing with mountains of tape. Though I also find this worthy of mention: buying these for your kids means they’ll never get to carry a massive Team Tape Ball in their bag, which was oddly fun during minor hockey.

You can buy them here, and you can learn more about them here.

Comments (27)

  1. I’m skeptical these will hold in place as well as tape. I think I probably use 4 rolls of tape a year and they are only $1 at my shop I think. So if these devices last one year for $10 it’s still more economical for me to use tape.

    • Hey, I ain’t sellin’ ‘em. But I found them more than tight enough. Just gotta buy the right size for your taste.

  2. Have you used the velcro straps from Reebok? They aren’t bad at all, just a slightly stretchy piece of nylon with velcro on the ends, as opposed to the straps with the plastic loop. Only problem for me was losing them every time I unpacked and repacked my bag. I flipped them inside out for no logos.

    • The Sock Trap was designed with velcro on the inside so you wouldn’t lose them and have to look for them each time you get dressed. They remain attached to your socks, so you pull your sock up and away you go.

  3. Or we could stop wearing knit socks. We’ve progressed past that. They don’t breathe and soak up water.

    This is a solution for old technology. (If we are calling hockey sock advancements technology)

    Go find yourself a pair of Nike Swift socks. 3 different materials that weigh absolutely nothing, contoured elastic to the knee cap part of your shins, Velcro tops, and mesh backing for breath-ability.

    Only downside is they are expensive and hard to find. But hey, at least we have giant rubber bands for our shins now.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Nike-Swift-OHIO-STATE-BUCKEYES-College-Hockey-Socks-NCAA-Pro-Stock-Return-L-/120971913080?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2a7ce778

  4. I use one wrap of clear tape per game/practice over RBK hockey socks right below the knee. That combined with the velcro straps already on the shit pads and it seems to work fine for me. I don’t burn through a lot of tape; might use one roll per every 15 times on the ice.

    The problem with these wraps is they are easy to lose. I have enough time keeping all my gear together without adding one more loose piece of equipment. I’ve tried shin sleeves/tights under my socks but you can’t get them tight like tape.

    And ANYTHING is a better alternative to using skate laces rather than tape.

    Regardless of how your keep your shin pads on – the beer is still cold when you get back to the locker room.

  5. I’ve been using velcro straps for years, and they are ok, but not great. Question… I’m kind of unusual (and made fun of…) in how I gear up in that I put my socks on loosely in a ball around my ankles, then I do up my skates, then I put on my shin pads then pull my socks up, then finally my pants (which are nice Tackla’s with zipper legs). The point being this way my shins go OVER the tongue of my skate (like a D should have them), but it means my skates are on before my socks… Two questions… are these things loose enough to go easily over skates? Am I really such an odd ball in how I do this? The result is always perfect.

    • That’s how I get dressed too, and many of my teammates. Not sure if that makes you normal or not.

    • Peter, I gear up the same way and was wondering the same thing…

    • I do almost the same, but I put my socks on first, and attach them to the velcro of my shorts, and then roll them all the way up. Slide the pants on, put skates on and tie them, put shin pads on and then roll down the socks. Most of my teammates do the same thing, especially if they like to wear their shin pads over the tongue of their skates.

    • I do socks, pants, skates, shins, and pull socks over the shins. I used to be able to do pants, shins, socks, and skates but my Reebok shins are too wide to go under the tongues. But I have a teammate who does the weird pants over skates thing.

    • You only have to put them on once. Put them on the first time before your skates, and you dont remove them after that. They will work fine.

    • It has been a couple years but I had an audition for the dragons den with this product and this guy stole this idea from when I showed it at an audition for the den lucky for me it was not a finished idea yet but it is sad to see people can not come up with there own ideas. that is why it will not work for him as his heart was not in it come up with your own idea and things should work for you.

  6. JT how do you get hooked up to test products? As a gear head, I would love to get involved with stuff like this.

  7. I say this while recognizing I’m in vastly outnumbered minority, and acknowledging that maybe it makes me weirder than a backup goaltender, but….

    I don’t tape up over my socks. Not at the ankle, not up the leg. I don’t even understand the reason for all that tape, other than adhering to tradition. What’s the point? The straps under the socks work just fine for me.

    • Fall on the hard plastic edge of a displaced shin pad with your knee once, and you will understand :-)

    • It’s all about comfort. I only put tape at the of my shin pad to hold it in place. And I only started doing that because the top flaps of the shin pads were being made too small to hold down with a velcro strap. Also, I used to velcro straps under my socks, but the ones I made were changed and didn’t have enough stretch to them.

  8. Taping with laces is not the same offence as yellow laces with flopped tongues, mirrored/tinted shields or using Canadian flag tape on the sticks.

    Lace tape++

    • I only started playing hockey about 2 years ago and one thing I’ve never understood up to this point is the hockey fashion police. Who cares if you can see the tape or something like this on your socks? What does it matter the type of helmet a guys wears or the colour of laces he likes? I get the “best jersey/logo in hockey” debates, but when it comes to rec hockey, you wear the same jersey as your team mates and beyond that, who gives a shit what you look like if you’re comfortable and protected?

  9. I could do without the logo on the front. I take it they can’t be turned inside out to work properly? And do they stick to Reebok Edge-type material? I don’t use knit socks anymore. I still use tape, however, because I cut the straps off the back of my shin guards because of the chafe on the back of my legs. So I rock it old school with no straps and just tape to hold the pads tightly in place.

    I’m very conservative with my clear sock tape use. Just once around plus a little more. I see guys in the locker room going around like 4 and 5 times and I just don’t get it. So wasteful and unnecessary.

  10. And just an FYI…..your logo is pretty much the same as the logo for the scuba gear manufacturer Oceanic. Don’t know if theirs is trademarked or anything.

    http://www.desertdivers.com/graphics/equipment/oceanic_logo.gif

  11. Socks tapes are now a days becoming more and more fashionable and is used by many sportsperson.
    logo socks

  12. To all you skeptics out there, I’ve been using the sock trap for 2 years now. Yes my initial concern was the straps wouldn’t hold your shin pads in place. When I first tried them I noticed that they don’t feel as tight as when you apply tape but I think we are just used to that tight snug feeling. They however are tight enough to keep my pads and socks secure. Best part of this product is the fact that you KEEP them on your socks. You don’t have to take them off so there is “no chance” of losing them. You simply slide your sock over your pads and you’re good to go. Seriously I’ve been using them for 2 years now and I play hockey a couple times a week in both winter and summer and they work great and have kept their strength. Great Product!!

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