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Old 09-06-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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Aplix vs. Hook & Loop vs. Velcro??

Gotta do it.. this has been bugging me since Day 1 of researching Cloth Diapering...

Aplix & Hook & Loop - can someone give me these definitions? Where I come from, these all appear to be VELCRO tabs... is there a difference? I feel so dumb, but whenever I read Aplix on something I ALWAYS substitute the word in my head for "velcro"...

Snaps are always just snaps.. why is the other kind so many different names?

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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Re: Aplix vs. Hook & Loop vs. Velcro??

As far as I know, Velcro and Aplix are brand names...hook & loop is the generic term.

I could be wrong, but that was my understanding.
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Re: Aplix vs. Hook & Loop vs. Velcro??

Hook and loop refers to the way aplix and velcro both work. One side has hooks, one side has loops, that's how it secures together.

"Aplix" and "Velcro" both use "hook and loop" design, but are two independent brands.
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Re: Aplix vs. Hook & Loop vs. Velcro??

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As far as I know, Velcro and Aplix are brand names...hook & loop is the generic term.

I could be wrong, but that was my understanding.
This is pretty much what I've assumed. Or at least that velcro is the brand & maybe Aplix is also a more generic term? I'll be curious if someone in the know will chime in.
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Hook and loop refers to the way aplix and velcro both work. One side has hooks, one side has loops, that's how it secures together.

"Aplix" and "Velcro" both use "hook and loop" design, but are two independent brands.
There are a few other brands, including some that don't have "loops" but lock together some other way. Hook & Loop is just a generic way to describe anything similar to Velcro.

(Tangent: Velcro was one of the brands I studied in advertising class when we explored category ownership. Basically, it's when you become like band-aid, kleenex, or velcro and your brand name is not only synonymous with your product category, but actually supersedes the generic nomenclature. Fun class!)
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Hook and loop refers to the way aplix and velcro both work. One side has hooks, one side has loops, that's how it secures together.

"Aplix" and "Velcro" both use "hook and loop" design, but are two independent brands.
Ah... I guess I never understood the science. I just figured they were two sticky things that stuck together .

Just struck me as funny.. when I first started researching I was so confused. I kept looking at the diapers trying to find the hooks and loops!
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Re: Aplix vs. Hook & Loop vs. Velcro??

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There are a few other brands, including some that don't have "loops" but lock together some other way. Hook & Loop is just a generic way to describe anything similar to Velcro.

(Tangent: Velcro was one of the brands I studied in advertising class when we explored category ownership. Basically, it's when you become like band-aid, kleenex, or velcro and your brand name is not only synonymous with your product category, but actually supersedes the generic nomenclature. Fun class!)
I learned a little about this too in college...crazy how everyone says "I need a kleenex!" when it should really be "I need a tissue!"

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Ah... I guess I never understood the science. I just figured they were two sticky things that stuck together .

Just struck me as funny.. when I first started researching I was so confused. I kept looking at the diapers trying to find the hooks and loops!
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Re: Aplix vs. Hook & Loop vs. Velcro??

Brands of Hook and Loop:

Aplix (commonly used for diapers)
Touch Tape (used for diapers)
Velcro (The 'hook' side can be used for dipes, but I find the loop side to be not suitable for diapering)
There are other brands too..
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