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Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure Review

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  • Overall Rating 9.2

Once Crescent Lufkin corrects the issue with their reverse blade printing on the regular model, the Shockforce tape measure will be a force to be reckoned with.

Overall Score 9.2 (out of 10)

Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure Is Incredibly Tough

The Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure is coming out with some crazy durability claims – 100′ drop testing crazy! It comes in both regular and Nite Eye versions (remember the Black Widow tape?) and we’re putting it through more than just our standard tape measure tests.

Editor’s Note: The Shockforce now has a Gen 2 model that’s even better!


  • Incredibly durable design
  • Longest standout we’ve tested
  • Diamond abrasive on the hook grips better than slick coatings
  • Reinforced holes are ready for tethering


  • On the expensive side
  • Clip is a little weak
  • Tough blade to throw


The Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure boasts about its durability over everything else. In hand, it’s certainly impressive. 4 screws hold the tape together – the 5th in the center just hold the clip.

4 rivets hold the clip in place instead of the standard 2 or 3. The blade gets a nylon coating that is the standard several manufacturers use to prevent scraping off the print. It’ll still happen, it just takes much longer than with cheap tapes.

Rubber overmold covers the majority of the housing and metal roll bars protect the lock. It’s a tough enough build that Lufkin claims you can drop it from 100′. We’ll presume that’s on compacted soil and not concrete or asphalt.

Speaking of concrete and asphalt, we did some drop testing of our own.

Unsurprisingly, it does fine at shoulder height and even from 10′ off a ladder onto concrete. I dropped it from 15′  20′, and 25′ with nothing more than a bent clip. So I started chucking it as high as I could and let it land on some rough asphalt. After 6 tosses, it finally split along the bottom and is no longer functional.

So yeah, this is a tough tape.

Standout and Throw

Crescent Lufkin claims a 14′ standout for these measuring tapes. We didn’t quite get that far, but we did see an excellent 12′ 7″ standout. Looking back out our last tape measure shootout, that’s enough to beat our previous leader by 11 inches.

The throw is a bit different, and arguably not as important. The internal spring allows the tape to spin faster inside than it comes out, creating a backlash effect. I could only get it to throw 61″, well short of the 96″ length of sheet materials.

I’m not all that worried about the throw, personally. Just know that it’s tough to use that way if it’s something you expect your tapes to do.


The printed marks are 1/16″ and you have your standard bold stud highlights every 16″ and truss diamonds every 19-3/16″. If those don’t sound familiar, you can learn more about them here.

Things started off well on our Lixer Master measuring tape calibration. Both the standard and Nite Eye versions of the Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure were dead on at 6″.

But then I turned them over to measure the reverse side…

We had some issues with early samples that reached us, but after receiving final production models, it’s clear they are fine. I also checked in with some retailers to see if they had any issues and they aren’t seeing any in their stock.

So the final word here is that these tapes are good to go from an accuracy standpoint.

Additional Features


If it’s not already obvious, you have two choices when it comes to your blade. There’s a standard black on yellow and the Nite Eye hi-viz green on black we saw with the Black Widow. I personally like the Nite Eye printing, but both are easy to read.

Crescent Lufkin ShockForce Tape Measure

Using red for the regular Shockforce and hi-viz green for the Nite Eye, stud points get a large highlight every 16″ and the truss marks are standard diamonds.


Crescent Lufkin keeps the 360º hook from their Black Widow measuring tape and it does a nice job of grabbing on the top, bottom, and both sides. They also put a diamond abrasive grip on the bottom half that helps it grip better than slick coatings.

Crescent Lufkin ShockForce Tape Measure


The stamped steel clip is a little on the weak side, but not the weakest I’ve used. I’ve already bent one out, though. Of course, you can take the screw out and pinch it back, but who wants to do that?

Tether Ready

Reinforced holes at the back are ready to receive a tether when you’re working at height.


The lock is a standard design, bringing its plastic shield down to hold the tape in place. It holds as well as anyone else’s.


On our 25′ models, the standard Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure runs $28 and the Nite Eye version is $30. That’s a premium price. DeWalt’s premium XP measuring tape retails for $30 and it’s among the most expensive for major brands, though others like Tajima can go higher.

  • Milwaukee Stud: $19.99
  • Stanley FatMax FMHT363255: $26.99
  • Lufkin Shockforce: $27.99
  • DeWalt XP: $29.99
  • Lufkin Nite Eye: $29.99
  • Tajima GS Lock: $42.99

The Bottom Line

These are the most durable tapes we’ve tested and they have the longest standout as well. With two blade patterns and multiple lengths to choose from, they’re definitely in the conversation with the top names. If there’s any hesitation, it’s just in the premium pricing.

I like the Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure for Pros and DIYers that value durability. However, if your crew (or you) has a hard time keeping track of your tapes, you might consider something with a lower price tag.

Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure Specifications

  • Models
    • L1116: Standard 16′
    • L1125: Standard 25′
    • L1135: Standard 35′
    • L1116B: Nite Eye 16′
    • L1125B: Nite Eye 25′
    • L1135B: Nite Eye 35′
  • Blade: Two-side printing, nylon coated
  • Markings: 1/16″
  • Pricing

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Rich Stevenson

Absolute garbage… two days of working with this tape, the blade is about to break. Has issues retracting beyond 13-15 feet and you can feel it stressing to go further. Do not buy !!

Bob Channell

These tapes get my POS TOOL ALERT rating. I hardly ever think it’s worth writing a review, but in this case it’s mandatory. These are pure junk. The clip is not only flimsy, but the tip is so close to the body of the tape, I defy anyone to put it on your belt with one hand, even with two hands it’s a chore, what a joke! I’ve had one for just over two months, which is only seconds in tool-life-years, and already the first foot or so is crimped and dinged from the tape stop pinching it. The tape… Read more »

Boily's Bonk Better

As a Boilermaker and Structural Steel Fabricator I’m lucky if a quality tape lasts more than 8-9 months. Downunder the 10M tape retails for $37 AUD which is @ $5+ for other tapes. As to the accuracy issue the tape I bought is spot on. I don’t use the clip and a tapes throw is irrelevant in my trade. To date all seems ok,


I’m so glad someone else has noticed the inaccuracy between the front & back graduations. I purchased a 16′ regular version and was unimpressed. It did feel great in my hand but the blade and retracting mechanism left a lot to be desired. In order to get the rated Stand-Out, the blade is concave to the point of being a semi-circle. The edges of the tape were straight up. I couldn’t just tip the tape over to get the blade edge against my work piece, I had to lay the whole thing on its side. It still broke at 12′… Read more »

Chris Miles-Paulson

I have both versions. After two weeks the night eye one has rubbed off significantly on the bottom of the blade. The regular one is doing it as well but not as much. I’ve used it less though.

I don’t think the night eye is any more visible in dark but that could just be me

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