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- 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)