New from Klein Tools, this line of double-sided power-return tape measures features 1-inch-wide, hardened-steel, nylon-coated blades with easy-to-read numbers on both sides. The tapes have an impact-absorbing, non-slip rubber jacket. Sixteen-, 25-, and 30-foot sizes are available, as well and a 7.5m metric version.
Cost: $10 to $20. 800-553-4676. www.kleintools.com.