Lizard Skins’ DSP bar tape is a grippy, rubbery bar tape that comes in two thickness options, and I tested the thicker 2.5mm roll.
It has an incredible feel and has proven really durable. It provides an excellent grip for those of us who do not like wearing gloves, and it only gets better as your hands sweat. I participated in a local charity ride for 24hrs and not once did my hands slip during the humid Carolina summer day (and night). As as added bonus, it can be cleaned!!! So for those of us who prefer white bar tape that means you can go longer without having to change what was once “white” tape. That means I’m running it on my cyclocross bike this season, so stay tuned for a long term “off road” test.
Lizard Skins also offers a 1.8mm thick DSP bar tape that provides the same benefits as the 2.5mm variety, but with a thinner feel for those who like to feel the handlebar more. The 1.8mm tape is available in Black, White and Grey. The 2.5mm tape is available in Black, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Green, Yellow and Orange, plus a dual White/Black, White/Blue, White/Red or Black/Green for those that just can’t decide. $35 to $40 per set. (We found a few new sets on Amazon for as little as $24/set, but if you’re into that whole ‘immediate gratification’ thing, head to your LBS.)
Touch it. Feel it. Love it.