As far as bow safety goes, regular string replacement is at the top of the list. We see a lot of crusty old bowstrings come in through the shop. It puts a smile on Jason's face to see a fresh, pliable string go out the door. The last thing we want is for anyone to break a string & get hurt.
The brands we can get include:
Vapor Trail (Youtube commercial)
Octane (technical Youtube video!)
But first, lets delve into string basics. Essentially a bowstring is twisted fibers made into a single cord. In history, they used hemp, sinew, vegetable fibre, bamboo, silk, mohair and Rettan. Currently companies twist things like Dyneema, VTX, synthetic High-Modulus Polyethelyn (HMPE), Vectran, Dacron B-50 & more. Simply stated, these are synthetic fibers or man made & not organic. Some claim there will be zero stretch, others come "prestretched". String "creep" is defined as unrecoverable elongation. If unstretched, a person may need to twist their string more on a bow press to try and shorten it back up.
Most strings require a "break in" period, which is usually only a few rounds of practice shooting. VaporTrail claims only 10 shots!!! You might notice the peep sight turn a bit initially from the string use. Once this works itself out & you get it turned right & it stays, you'll be good to go.
If you've just got to have a special color combination, there are an array of colors (300!!!) available for special order through most bow string companies. You might think this would take time, but VT offers 3 day delivery guaranteed!
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