Johnson Level’s 16′ Big Johnson Power Tape is one heck of a nice tape measure! The Big J is durable, extremely easy to read, has a great locking mechanism, and includes a handy detachable belt clip.
I’m a huge fan of these tape measures because they’re comfortable to use, and the blade has great contrast making it quick and easy to read. The blade locking mechanism is also among the best I’ve seen, and operates smoothly with satisfying efficiency. I would even go as far to say that the Big J is one of the best tape measures I have ever used.
The 16′ Big Johnson tape is typically priced at about $18, but only seems to be available via Amazon. I also noticed that Big J isn’t listed anywhere on Johnson Level & Tool’s webpage – I sure hope that it hasn’t been discontinued!