Pocket Measuring Tapes, also known as a "Short Tape" or "Pocket Tape" are handy measuring tapes to have around. Most pocket measuring tapes come with an enclosed case and belt clip which makes them easy to carry and easy to use. Pocket tapes come in various units of measure and various lengths. Units of measure can be anything from standard English / SAE rule, to Feet & Tenths, to Metric. Pocket Measuring Tapes work well for getting quick measurements and in many times within tight work spaces. From framing contractors, cabinet makers, to drywall professionals, almost anyone can use a high quality measuring tape. Things to look for when buying a measuring tape are of course the length of the tape, the units of measure, the "stand out" which is how far the tape will extend before collapsing (this tells you how thick the tape blade is), belt-clip, the tape end, and last but not least, the factory warranty. Some pocket tapes have "brakes" which holds the tape when extended so it doesn't retract back into the case while you're using it.