KT Cotton Kinesiology Tape Review — Is It Durable?

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Kinesiology tape is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for pain relief and support of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Kinesiology tape is an external tool that can be applied to the body along the muscles, connective tissues, and joints to send neuromuscular feedback (proprioception) to inhibit and/or promotes muscular activation and firing patterns during movement. 

In this article, we are reviewing the Cotton Kinesiology Tape by KT Tape, designed for power, strength, and fitness sports. KT Tape is one of the most established producers of kinesiology tape, offering a number of designs, cuts, colors, materials, and products. How did the tape hold up after extended use? Read below for our full take!

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The cotton version of KT tape is soft, flexible, and pretty low-profile when applied. The adhesive properties are slightly lesser than synthetics versions, however does have some water resilience and adhesiveness during wetter/sweatier environments.

That said, I had some difficulties with the adhesiveness during my explosive, sweaty training (formal Olympic weightlifting and functional fitness WODs). The overall supportive effect that I personally experienced was negligible do to the lack of adhesiveness.

In this case, KT Tape does offer a more adhesive synthetic version, which I’ll review soon, that the company claims can stay on skin for up to seven days. For many athletes without hairy and/or sweaty skin, the cotton version could be a viable option when first experimenting with KT Tape for supporting and pain relief applications. But for me, it didn’t have enough stickiness for use beyond a few movements.

Comfort and Fit

KT’s cotton tape is constructed of elastic cotton material, which offers lightweight support. The material is soft, comfortable, and allows an unrestricted full range of motion. Applying the tape to the skin was fairly easy, and KT Tape provides both instructions in the box and online tutorials, offering applications for knees, shoulder, elbow, back, and lumbar issues (just to name a few).

I found applying the tape to be pretty straight forward and intuitive, however I did have some issues applying the tape (and having it stay put) to my skin. Sweat and body hair can impede the effectiveness of the application to the skin, making other synthetic versions (non-cotton, more adhesive) a viable option for hairier/sweatier athletes. Once the cotton tape was in place (I placed it on my arm, shoulder, and knee), I found it to offer subtle, yet noticeable feedback, however I did find it hard to stay put during more intense weightlifting and metabolic sessions.

The tape comes in pre-cut strips elastic and adhesive strips that can be applied in a variety of positions depending on the intended applications; this is one plus, as the pre-cut strips make it easier to handle. 

I used the tape on my knee (to assist in patellofemoral pain) and across the elbow (bicep) to help increase feedback for bicep and back contraction during chin ups. Once again, the elasticity and comfort of the cotton material was there, however the lack of adhesiveness on my arm and legs actually impeded the maximal potential training effect.


This cotton version of KT’s kinesiology tape is woven into a stretchable fabric, allowing for the tape to be stretched length-wise to move with extension and flexion of the joints.

I found the material to be comfortable and lightweight, allowing for full range of movement while offering support and feedback. To reiterate, however, I did find the cotton version to be less adhesive to my skin (hair and perspiration) during more intense workouts.


I personally found the durability of the tape to be low, as it did not have the greatest adhesive abilities (as discussed throughout this piece). That said, I have used it in the past for an Achilles/calf issue, and had to shave my lower leg, and the tape lasted a few days during every day use.


The cotton version KT Tape is listed at $12.99, which comes with a roll of twenty 10″ adhesive strips and a step-by-step instruction manual. This price is pretty standard comparable to other cotton kinesiology tapes on the market, which are normally cheaper than synthetic materials. KT Tape also offers a variety of colors, and their synthetic tape sells for $19.99 per roll.

Rating 1-5 (5 being the highest)

Stability: 2.1

Comfort and Fit: 2.8


Durability: 2.4

Price: 3.9

Final Words

Personally, I found little benefit from using KT’s cotton kinesiology tape solely due to the lack of adhesiveness during training. While I do feel there is some benefit of neuromuscular feedback for activation, rehabilitation, and performance effects, I personally would suggest a synthetic alternative if adhesiveness is an issue.




Comfort and Fit









  • Reasonable Price
  • Lightweight Feel
  • Soft Fabric


  • Lacks Adhesiveness
  • Weak Support
  • Short Lifespan


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Mike holds a Master's in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Mike has been with BarBend since 2016, where he covers Olympic weightlifting, sports performance training, and functional fitness. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at New York University, in which he works primarily with baseball, softball, track and field, cross country. Mike is also the Founder of J2FIT, a strength and conditioning brand in New York City that offers personal training, online programs for sports performance, and has an established USAW Olympic Weightlifting club.In his first two years writing with BarBend, Mike has published over 500+ articles related to strength and conditioning, Olympic weightlifting, strength development, and fitness. Mike’s passion for fitness, strength training, and athletics was inspired by his athletic career in both football and baseball, in which he developed a deep respect for the barbell, speed training, and the acquisition on muscle.Mike has extensive education and real-world experience in the realms of strength development, advanced sports conditioning, Olympic weightlifting, and human movement. He has a deep passion for Olympic weightlifting as well as functional fitness, old-school bodybuilding, and strength sports.Outside of the gym, Mike is an avid outdoorsman and traveller, who takes annual hunting and fishing trips to Canada and other parts of the Midwest, and has made it a personal goal of his to travel to one new country, every year (he has made it to 10 in the past 3 years). Lastly, Mike runs Rugged Self, which is dedicated to enjoying the finer things in life; like a nice glass of whiskey (and a medium to full-bodied cigar) after a hard day of squatting with great conversations with his close friends and family.