|iTac2 Level 2 (regular strength) Pole Grip Review|
I purchased the iTac 2 Level 2 Grip 5 years ago when I first embarked on my pole dancing journey. Aren’t you curious why I still have it to date?
I debated for a long time if it’s still worthwhile to do a product review on such an old product. I did some quick research and found the formula is still the same even though the product has already gone through many renditions of re-packaging and re-labelling.
|Directions for use. Old formula suggested to wait 30-60s, now it recommends 1-2 minutes.|
Here is the information found on the iTac2 website:
iTac2 Pole Dancing Grip works like an invisible glove turning every square inch of your hands into a gripping surface. iTac2 will improve control and conserve energy.
iTac2 contains organic beeswax and provides a water repellent surface. iTac2 is a low allergy formula that’s easy to apply and long lasting. It will not leave any white residue on your hands and as an organic product it is also very soft on your skin yet provides a very strong and reliable grip. Each 1.6 ounce (45g) tub will provide 50 – 60 applications.
Directions: Take a very small amount of iTac2 on to your finger and rub on to your hands and or body, wait one minute to two minutes for itac2 to activate, so do not keep rubbing your hands together to dry be patient. Best to apply itac2 a couple of minutes prior to starting of an event, you are now ready good luck.
– See more at: http://itac2.com/pages/what-is-itac2#sthash.4sNO9qYv.dpuf
|Caution label on iTac2|
As a product that was marketed towards pole dancers, I was disappointed it didn’t do all the amazing things it claimed!
I used to have a 45mm titanium gold x-pole at home and it never worked for me. I followed the instructions every time, varying the amount I use each time and allowing it to dry longer in between and still had no luck. The grip left a nasty mess on the pole that was incredibly hard to clean up*. Personally, I found the grip made my hands more slippery by introducing a new film between my skin and the pole. It pilled and left residual balls that acted more like ball bearings to hasten my slips down the pole. I also tried the grip on my thighs and calves and that didn’t work as well.
Now I’ve switched over to a 45mm chrome which felt a lot more slippery than the titanium gold finish. However, I still practiced for months without using any grip and eventually regained my strength. I’ve been learning the Ayesha (see blog post here) and noticed I wasn’t able to master the move because I was scared my hand would slip off (and it did!). I applied a thin layer on my hands and tried the move again. I was able to miraculously hold the pose for more than 5 seconds and felt completely stable! While the grip was again very hard to clean off, I’m happy to finally say it works!
From experience, the iTac2 works great on chrome finishes, but not so much the titanium gold.
|Tub is rather small but lasted me quite a while!|
I absolutely hate cleaning this stuff off my pole. As if practice wasn’t enough of a work out, keeping the pole shiny after definitely requires some crazy elbow grease. To clean the grip off my pole, I spray some Windex onto a microfiber cloth and wipe the pole from side to side rather than up and down.
Aerial Arts (silks, hoop, trapeze, straps)
So the grip didn’t seem to work very well on certain poles, but it worked really great on cloth-like surfaces such as all the apparatuses in aerial arts! I first tried this on the silks and it worked like a dream! With one-hour long classes, I would only need to apply and re-apply the grip 2-3 times while doing climbs and tricks on the silk. The grip did leave a sticky residue on the silks on the first and second grabs, but stayed sticky without residue after that.
The grip also works really well on cloth-taped apparatuses like the hoop (lyra), trapeze and straps. I wasn’t particularly slipping on these apparatuses because the tape was really helpful, but I do feel a lot more confident with the grip knowing I won’t slide off. There were times when the grip was so sticky that I had to peel my hands away from the apparatus. Keep in mind though, with parts of the hoop and trapeze that are not taped, you will experience the same problem as with the pole.
|Still many applications left in the tub|
The iTac2 was marketed for pole dancers but I found it only worked for the chrome finish, and not the titanium gold. However, for any other porous surfaces such as silks, or taped circus apparatuses, I found the grip very useful!
|Close-up of the iTac2 to show the texture. This stuff is extremely thick and very hard to scrape out.|
As for why this little tube has lasted for 5 years? Well, I keep pushing myself to train without grip since it’ll only make me stronger. That, and also it didn’t work that well on my first pole. After switching to a chrome pole, I continued training without any grip just because I’m too lazy to clean it up after.
What pole grips have you used and would highly recommend?