WHAT IS IT? Have you ever had Yama-thumb? That is
when the back of your thumb rubs against the grip flange
until it eats a hole in your thumb. How about the irritating
blister that forms in the fold between your thumb and
index finger after an especially hard ride? Motocross racers have been taping their hands forever with everything
from duct tape to electrical tape to medical tape. Hold It
Wide has come up with a form-fitting, pre-cut, adhesive
pad for riders who struggle with tape, scissors and blisters
on a weekly basis.
WHAT’S IT COST? $20.00 (palm tape), $20.00 (thumb
tape), $8.00 (strips), free shipping.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Hold It Wide form-fitting thumb tape.
(1) Options. Hold It Wide offers thumb tape ( 2 inches by 3 inches), palm tape ( 2 inches by 6 inches) and
extra-protection strips (1/2 inch by 3 inches).
( 2) Thumb tape. The MXA wrecking crew was mainly interested in Hold It Wide’s thumb tape, because test
riders switch from bike to bike, often between motos, and
their hands don’t always conform to different bar bends
or grip compounds. Yama-thumb is a common occurrence. And, once you wear away the skin on the back of
your thumb, it takes a long time to heal. Hold It Wide’s
thumb tape is a peel-and-stick, latex-free, hypoallergenic,
nylon-covered, elastic pad that conforms to the shape of
your hand. The pads come in a box that can be used as
a dispenser. There are 66 pre-cut pads in the box, which
makes them relatively inexpensive to use (at around $0.30
( 3) Tricks. Putting the Hold It Wide thumb tape on
requires you to choose the best angle possible to protect
the most vulnerable parts of your thumb. For Yama-thumb,
tear off one of the 66 pads, peel the backing off and stick
it over the affected area. The thumb pad is 2 inches wide,
which is sufficient, but some test riders didn’t think it
was long enough. To make it longer, they would stretch
the elastic to get the pad to wrap around their thumbs (it
will stretch 2 additional inches). This was not a good idea.
Why not? The elastic has considerable rebound strength,
so when stretched too far, it tries to peel off your hand
and retract back to its original size and shape. The best
method is to place the pad on your thumb and gently fold
it over the contours of your hand without stretching it too
much. Once you have your hand inside your glove, the pad
will stay in place. Every MXA test rider had to go through
a trial-and-error period to find the proper placement and
( 4) Performance. It works. Since it is form-fitting,
there is no bunching up inside your glove, unless you
stretch it too far. Even better, you don’t have to use a pair
of scissors to cut sections of it away where your hand
folds. If you already have a nasty case of Yama-thumb,
you could even double it up to get more protection. To
get full coverage, combine the thumb tape with the longer
hand tape. You can even cut sections off of the strips to go
between your fingers or to use as reinforcement.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints (once you get
over the learning curve).
Not everyone suffers from blisters or
Yama-thumb, but if you do, Hold It Wide
thumb tape is worth a try.
HOLD IT WIDE FORM-FITTING THUMB TAPE
MXA TEAM TESTED