I ride mostly long distance and comfortable hands is important. Numbness is never fun and long term it can be dangerous to your health. This bar tape is a thicker than most people are used to but after you get used to it you won't want to go back. This stuff is cushy and keeps it's cushiness for a long time. I've had one set of this on my road bike for over a year and the only issue I had was it unraveling from one section. That mostly has to do with installation technique. I would recommend for those that want extra padding on the top of the bars or where ever they place their hands most to take some of the extra length that Lizard Skins provides and place it under the bar tape that you will wrap around the bars for even more padding. This bar tape also in my opinion handles wet conditions well and doesn't get slippery when extremely wet. It seems to retain some grip even when hands are sweaty or gloves are wet. I would recommend this bar tape and consistently do for people that ask.
I put this fat tape on my cross bike to help absorb some shock. It's super easy to wrap (once you get used to the thickness), looks great, and feels even better. Love Lizard Skins!
I love the color of mine (bright green) as well as the extra padding. Took off 1 star because it is not significantly more padded than my 2.5mm ones although the way they advertise it, youd think it was much more padded. In fact I cant even tell the difference unless Im holding my different tapebar setups back to back! As with all DSP I love the feel of this tape in dry and wet conditions.
Lizard Skins from Bike Tire Direct was a great value on sale. By far this is the best white bar tape on the market. Cleans up easy and lasts whereas its competitors wear quickly picking up soiled marks and looking grungy. Spend the extra money and get Lizard Skins!
I was a big fan of this tape at one time (especially after the 3.2 mm came out), as it is nice on the hands. However, long-term durability is not great, after a season or two, the colored outer layer starts to peel, leaving the tape looking shoddy. Any color other than black tends to get dirty quickly, and getting the dirt off is difficult to impossible (I recently tried to clean a friend's red Lizard Skins tape using Rock N' Roll Miracle Red degreaser, this stuff normally cleans most anything, but it didn't work at all on this tape). Given that MSRP is now $46 a box, I won't be using it any longer. Fizik tape is more durable and cheaper, though not as cushy.