Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Safety First

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:





Stone Mountain

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!

Have more questions?  Check out Zebra's FAQs,

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