We have 4 different grades of tacky - why so many? Each grade has its own purpose so let’s have a closer look at which one is best for you!
What is Tacky?
Tacky is a grip aid used in a lot of different sports in diffrent forms. In strongman tacky is used most commonly on Atlas Stones and sometimes on tyre flip (depending on the rules). Strongman Tacky is normally very stiff and very sticky and is normally made from pine resin and other ingredients. Although you will find that tacky formulas are precious and kept a secret.
Why use Tacky?
Tacky will also reduce the load/stress on fingers, hands and biceps which can reduce the risk of injury and tendinitis.Tacky will allow you to lift bigger and heavier stones, as it improves your grip on the stone by literally sticking you to the stone!
Tacky will improve your form on the pickup of the stone and the explosive power of the triple extensions as you load it from your lap. By improving your grip on the stones it will allow you to put more focus on the pickup and the loading phases because you do not have to focus on gripping the stone as much. Also the improved grip will let you move much faster thus you can up more energy in to the loading your stone.
Where/how do you use it?
There is a lot of debate on how to use tacky. Do you need loads or a thin layer? Well the truth is with tacky it depends on lots of factors. What grade are you using? Indoors/outdoors, the type of finish on the stone, does the stone have lots of old tacky on it already or is it brand new? Also personal preference - everyone will swear that their way is the best. To be honest you will have to do a bit of trial and error and with experience you will know what tacky is best for each situation.
However here are some guidelines and advice on which tacky is best for what:
Which Tacky do I need?
ATLAS TACKY GRADE I LIGHT BLEND
Cerberus Atlas Tacky Strength Grade I has been formulated to be a light tacky in most weather conditions. This makes it a good training tacky - allowing good stick but also very easy to get on and off. In cold weather conditions it is pliable while maintaining its extreme stickiness. A great competition tacky for cold weather!
ATLAS TACKY GRADE II STANDARD BLEND
Atlas Tacky Strength Grade II has been formulated to provide strong stick yet still remain pliable in most weather conditions. It is easy to work with and does not require heating in order to be used. It makes a great all-round tacky and is good for training or competition.
ATLAS TACKY GRADE III EXTREME BLEND
Atlas Tacky Strength Grade III has been formulated to provide the strong stick yet still be workable. It is ideal for heavy stones training and competition. Great in warmer climates/conditions.
ATLAS TACKY GRADE IV PROFESSIONAL BLEND
Atlas Tacky Strength Grade IV has been formulated with top Strongmen and Strongwomen for use in competition to provide the strongest stick of any tacky on the market. It is ideal for the heaviest stones. Able to handle Extreme Heat, we have extensively tested this product in Dubai, Australia, Thailand and the hottest states of the USA.
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