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Stickerless vs Stickered

Which do you use?

  • Stickered

    Votes: 91 31.7%
  • Stickerless

    Votes: 196 68.3%

  • Total voters
    287

JP cubing

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I got a stickered 4x4 and scraped my fingernair on the sticker, making It bleed. i ditched 4x4 as an event all together, very sad since i enjoyed it. It happened during a regrip, and my 4x4 is slow, so i had to turn aggressively. the sticker peeled too:(
 

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I got a stickered 4x4 and scraped my fingernair on the sticker, making It bleed. i ditched 4x4 as an event all together, very sad since i enjoyed it. It happened during a regrip, and my 4x4 is slow, so i had to turn aggressively. the sticker peeled too:(
Get rid of all the stickers currently on the cube, order some fresh stickers from Cubicle/SCS/etc. and apply those. Proper stickers are much more durable than the random crap some companies (ahem, Qiyi) use. They'll still wear out over time, but they generally don't peel (with normal use) so sticker bits won't get under your nails, etc.

(Or just get a better cube so you don't have to turn aggressively.)

My take is that as far as speedsolving is concerned, stickerless is a clear winner… as long as you have delegates who aren't super picky about those little white streaks that can show up when you accidentally drop your stickerless cube on a hard surface. (Unfortunately, the one delegate here is quite picky about that.) Not having to worry about sticker maintenance is such a huge win that it basically overrides the disadvantages.
Thinking about this some more, delegates who are picky about those defects in stickerless puzzles probably are also very pick about sticker wear and tear, so this isn't really an advantage or disadvantage of stickerless either way.
 
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as long as you have delegates who aren't super picky about those little white streaks that can show up when you accidentally drop your stickerless cube on a hard surface.
I don't own many stickerless cubes but the only one I have that have white stress marks is my 55mm stickerless zhanchi, and only on the orange side. It might've been that way from the factory All my other stickerless puzzles, including both glossy and frosted plastic, have never had this issue.
 
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