The Wonders of KT Tape®

Disclaimer: I received a sample of KT Tape® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve always seen people taped up at races with KT Tape® and have even asked, “What is that? What’s it supposed to do?” I kind of poo-pooed the idea that tape could really help with an injury and never bought into the idea.

Then I got injured.

Peroneal tendinitis and bursitis in my foot sidelined my running. The pediatrist recommended rest, icing, and then slowly get back into running and tape up the foot. Tape.

So, I bought some cheap athletic tape from the drug store and watched some videos on how to tape my foot. It helped. It really did. But it was also very, very stiff and uncomfortable. It would last a few hours and I was constantly re-taping.

Then I remembered I had received some pink KT Tape® as a gift. I got online, looked into it, watched their video on how to tape up my foot and set out about my day. It stretched! And breathed! and stayed put! and helped with my pain! WHAT???

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I’m telling you guys. It sold itself.

Then Bibrave offered the chance to test out several different types of KT Tape® and I quickly raised by hand. Yes, please!

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What is KT Tape®? To put it into the simplest terms it’s stretchy athletic tape. You can read all about the elastic fibers and benefits here. So, take basic, blah, athletic tape. Make it stretchy and breathable, better widths and add fun colors and you have KT Tape®!

It comes in several different fun colors and prints and widths and adhesive strengths to meet your taping and athletic needs. I was sent the following:

  • KT Tape® Cotton (pink) – this is their normal, basic tape and it was hands down my favorite. The cotton was breathable, stuck to my skin well, stretched, stayed put and didn’t irritate my skin.
  • KT Tape® Pro (blue) – Made with 100% synthetic fibers. It was very breathable and stretchy as well. It stayed on well too. I felt I didn’t get much more use out the synthetic as opposed to the cotton. They were pretty much the same to me. So it would come down to fiber preference honestly.
  • KT Tape® Pro Extreme (black) – This is the Pro tape but with a higher adhesive for wet (or really sweaty) application. I wore this on on a really, really humid, sweaty run and it stayed totally put. I was afraid the extra adhesive might make it painful to remove but that wasn’t the case! I really liked this one for those hot, ultra humid runs.

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  • KT Tape® Pro Wide – the strips are 4″ wide and made to be applied to large muscle groups like the lower back and quads. I didn’t have any injury of large muscle groups so I didn’t use this one, but it’s exactly like the Pro tape, just wider.
  • KT Tape® gentle tape – this one has lighter adhesive and good for everyday wear. I wore this one for work under my socks just for that extra little support while my foot was healing. Super comfortable and easy to remove.

I’ve been using KT Tape® now for over a month and I LOVE the stuff. My foot is healing and mostly better but still achey. So, I use KT Tape® religiously for long runs and races as an added bit of support and precaution.

And if you’re worried about how to use the tape for a specific body part they have tons of great videos that are easy to follow. They explain exactly how to apply the tape and step-by-step instructions. You can find the videos here.

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Check out KT Tape® and you can save 30% off your online order by using the code BIBRAVE30.

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