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- Good arm guard once broken in Review by Nick Lewis
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I've had this for around a month now, and it's a very comfortable arm guard. It's easy to put on and take off, and stays in place well. I had it for a bout a week before I first shot with it, so would just put it on and wear it around the house, office to try to break it in. The leather is pretty supple, but it still needs moulding like a new pair of shoes.
It's first day out that helped fit it greatly, as I'm sure Dan Schuller at Lancaster can attest, at the clinic he ran for our club in sunny Bermuda, it poured down. The arm guard was soaked through (as was the rest of me) however, that really got the arm guard to shape to my arm beautifully.
Little things to look for, it's fairly think being a traditional leather guard, so if your arm isn't positioned right the string can catch the edge nearest your elbow, no server it it we'll made and even when that happened, I barely felt it (but could see the effect on the arrow). Also while it's early days yet and the elastic cord on mine looked fine so far, you'll probably want to keep an eye on it for wear where it goes around the metal hooks
Would buy another one
(Posted on 8/24/14)
- Better than nothing, but not much more... Review by Gwen
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I recently got back into traditional archery after a 7 year hiatus. Due to an improperly healed broken wrist, I had to order a custom-made bracer to help compensate for the weakness in my left arm so I purchased this armguard to use in the meantime since it would be a good month before the custom bracer was ready. Knowing I would probably be shooting like a "born-again-novice" after such a long break, I knew it would be foolhardy to go without one.
The quality is good, and if you're looking for something inexpensive and of decent quality, Neet is usually the way to go. Not so much the case with this armguard. The construction is good, and after a minute to figure out the right tension on the elastic lace, the guard stays secure without being too tight. It's light, fairly comfortable to wear and at first my only complaint was that the suede was shedding, but that's to be expected with any new suede product.
The armguard is fairly thin, so I wasn't too surprised to know when the string struck the guard. What I WAS surprised to find was that after a good hour of shooting, my arm under the guard was mottled purple with bruises. Due to the same broken-wrist, I have slight nerve damage so I don't always nessesarily feel pain when I'm supposed to. By the time I got home from the range, it DID hurt, on top of looking hideous. And I'm starting out with a 30# bow. I can't imagine what my arm might have looked and felt like if I had been using the 45# I shot with seven years ago!
The only thing the guard did was prevent welts. I'll probably keep the guard as a backup, but not without a thick pad underneath.
SERVICE: My opinion of the armguard has no way affected how I feel about Lancaster. Delivery was speedy and accurate as always. I'll just have to be a little more careful about my product selection next time.
(Posted on 8/25/12)