Extending a long tape measure is no problem, but the blade can whip back and forth when it comes back into the case. Lufkin’s new 25-foot Control Tape has a cut-away on the underside of the housing that allows you to regulate the speed of return by pressing your index finger against the bottom of the blade. The 1 3/16-inch-wide tape has a 10-foot stand-out and a wide hook end. The body is orange with black rubber padding, so it won’t be easy to lose. A small D-ring lets you secure it to a lanyard. The tape also comes in a 16-foot length. Price: $16. COO: China. 800-548-8883. lufkintool.com.