Well it's hard, I suppose if you aren't familiar with both types. Aplix is very soft. Touchtape is stiffer. The loop side of Touchtape is fuzzy, it's hard to see the loops and the hook part is scratchier. Aplix loop isn't fuzzy really, you can see the actual loops. Aplix hook is waaay softer than Touchtape. But touchtape is stronger, so it's kind of a personal preference thing.