Use: Body measuring tape: retractable
Maximum measurement: 80 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 oz
Color options: White | Green
Best place to buy: Amazon
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Why would I buy a Retractable Body Tape Measure instead of a regular tape measure?
Keeping track of inches lost is important when judging the success of a fitness program because the scale doesn’t always tell the complete story. Muscle weighs more than fat so, it’s possible to maintain the same weight or even gain weight, but still lose inches off your waist. For that reason, it’s important to measure other body parts and track body fat percentage of top of overall weight.
The challenge is that it can be difficult to measure certain body parts because you’re either trying to hold the measuring tape in place with one hand or the tape keeps slipping.
Having a retractable body tape measure with a locking pin eliminates that problem. You simply wrap it around the area you want to measure, slide the pin in the hole, and press the release button. The measuring tape will automatically slide itself taut against your body.
What body parts can it be used for?
You can measure pretty much anything.
Is It Accurate? It Starts at 1 and 3/4 Inches instead of zero.
That helps with getting fast and accurate measurements. The distance across the part of the tape measure that is held against your body is one and 3/4 inches. If the tape measure started at zero, you would have to subtract that distance from the total to get an accurate measurement. Starting at 1 and 3/4″ removes the need to do that.
If you need it to start at zero, however, the other side does just that. You’re covered either way.
If anything, it’s too accurate. I used it and it still says I’m fat. Ha ha. (For now, anyway.)
Cons of the Body Measuring Tape
Aside from the lack of color options, I can’t think of anything negative to say about it. It does it’s job and makes getting accurate measurements really easy, however, it only comes in white and a loud green.
If you need centimeters instead of inches, this might not be for you unless you don’t mind converting inches to centimeters. It’s not hard to do, but some people don’t want to be bothered with the math.
It measures in inches only. Just multiple the inches by 2.54 for centimeters.
Is the Body Measuring Tape (Retractable) worth the Purchase?
Absolutely. The price is low and it does its job. As long as you treat it well, I can’t think of any reason why the retractable body measuring tape would ever fail on you. I’ve had mine since 2007 and it still works well.
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