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Old Nov 29, 2009, 03:46 PM
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Archery Glove Input Please

I know some of you guys out there use an archery "glove" to save your fingers when launching.....
Have any of you tried different ones and developed a preferance for a certain brand or type?
Is thicker better or is thin the way to go?
Certain wrist straps more comfortable/ adjustable?
Covered wrist or open design better?
.....that's the kind of info I know I'm looking for....

Let the education begin!!
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 05:16 PM
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I have a couple one the leather is to thick and feels like the plane is sticking to you and pulls on the glove even to pull fingers almost out. The other works real good it's a Damascus the leather is thinner and even is reinforced with extra thin leather pads on the ends.
In the Handlaunch Master class 1 Bruce Davidson talks about the glove he uses and it a batting glove that is cut so just 2 fingers are left.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 05:37 PM
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I have used both medium and thin leather gloves and both worked ok for me, once you are used to them. The somewhat heavy glove I used for three years was a John Deere dearskin work? glove with fabric back which was not a tight fit, but I like the racketball glove (Head) I'm now using better. I don't see the need to cut off the unused glove fingers except for the thumb, which works better without any restriction. I suppose that during the summer the more ventilation the better, although leaving all the 4 fingers on is ok for me, but the glove does get damp after a couple of hours. If you get the batting glove set, you can give or swap out your weak hand glove. I know my brother gave Bruce his left hand glove at The Bruce contest
One thing, all of the sport gloves I tried on run on the small side, so where as I would normally wear a medium dress () glove, I purchased a size "large" sport glove for launching and could have used a bit larger.

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PS When you cut off the thumb and any fingers on the glove, those areas will start to unravel. Mine is still some what ok after about 6 months, but on the next glove I will try to glue or do some sewing to try to stop that problem.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 06:25 PM
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Well I am going to try this (link below) it's supple leather with balistic nylon finger tips. The nylon will not stick to the wing surface and should have better touch sensitivity than double thick leather. If the nylon is too slick I will add one thin stripe of rubber glue down the middle of eack finger to better grip the blade...the edges will still slide off the wing smoothly.

If anyone wants to here more on this little experiment throw up a post and I will update this if there is interest.


http://www.alaskabowhunting.com/Skoo...e-P172C11.aspx
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 07:17 PM
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Good luck on your experiment, but just remember you are going outside the box. I'm pretty sure you would do better with a leather glove, but I suppose there is not much info in this area.

The best way to know which you prefer is to try both.

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Old Nov 29, 2009, 07:34 PM
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I tried a billiards glove but it felt to slick and and didn't protect the figures much because of the thin material.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 07:49 PM
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After seeing some of the guys in the NW using gloves, and looking at theirs, I just got a regular batting glove. Works fine for me. I had tried some other types, but they just didn't work well. I think I got mine at either Big5 or Wallmart.

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Old Nov 29, 2009, 09:19 PM
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I actually tried Gary's glove today, as I was starting to develop a blood blister due to a slightly misaligned blade with a less than appropriate trailing edge profile. At first I thought I was gonna hook the plane because I might not have the same dexterity, but it felt great. I only threw twice with it, because I knew I wouldn't want to give it back if I kept throwing with it!

I was actually going to post a similar question to Nathan's after todays flying session. I'm interested to see how the archery glove works out. Let us know!
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 04:03 AM
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I've always used an archery glove.
I cut off the one finger tip, and use the first two finger holds only.

I've used a nylon type, butin the hot weather, it gets too funky too quickly.

Now, I use a leather one.....it has held up well for 1 1/2 seasons, where the nylon one was trashed and smelly before the first year was up.

My wrist strap is velcro, and after a day or so of launching, the leather tips get broken in OK.


The worst part is tip catches and quick throws.....the tips of the glove sometimes get caught on the throwing blade.
I cut off the top of the tips, and this helped somewhat.....It is not perfect.

Nevertheless, No way could I throw as hard and as consistantly as I do, without some kind of protection.

I have very tough hands and fingers...I install hardwood floors.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 06:18 AM
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So the consensus is that a glove is necessary? Or at least recommended?
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 06:26 AM
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I wouldn't say necessary, I and a lot of people I know have never used them and we go just fine. However the New Zealand guys who came to Aus for a recent competition used them and recommended them so I'll give them a shot sometime. I was told that golf gloves wore out quite quickly, so I'm looking around for other options, leather work gloves look good.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Some of the best pilots swear by gloves, others don't use them. It's personal preference. I'd say if your fingers hurt after a typical flying session, try a glove and make your own decision about your preference.

But I'm strange, I prefer a peg to a blade and I hook the peg in the crease of my first knuckles. I break all the rules. Works for me just fine. All you need to do is find out what works for you.

I'll second the Bruce Davidson video advice. There's a TON of great tips in it, and it's an enjoyable video to watch, and re-watch.
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I actually have a library of Radio Carbon Art videos including all of his hand launch selections. Better advise is hard to come by...

I have his newest dvd, HLG Tech Lab, on order and also have it on good athority that Handlaunch Masterclass 2 will be out in a month or two and has stuff about contest flying.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 09:59 PM
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Another thought comes to mind.

About a year ago, I started to fly some without my glove, thinking my fingers should be totaly healed after 3+ years. Well, yes my fingers are fine, but my mind remembers the taruma, the long recovery, and pain of my damaged fingers, so it took some time before I felt like I was really willing to give an all out launch without the glove. That was with an under 9 oz Taboo.
With a 10 oz DLG, I could feel that extra 5 lbs of force trying to screw up my fingers, not to mention trying to go bare fingered with 2-3 oz of ballast.

Now if the figures are correct from and old post, then with 3 oz of ballast, we are talking about something near 60-65 lbs of pull on your two fingers during launch. So now I'm pretty much back to my glove full time.

BTW I usually fly DLG for 2-3 hours at a time and I love to launch, and I generally make all my launchs nearly as hard as I can, it just feels good.
I can't remember any time since the first year when my fingers were tired or sore when using the glove. Now my arm, that's another story


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Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:20 PM
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I find that round pegs cause deep tissue damage next to the bone, and flat blades cause skin damage (blisters). I like blades and a thin leather batting or golfing glove. the fake leather one's are junk.
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