Arm Guards for Female Archers

From a purely female archery hunter perspective - women need to use arm guards. Shocking statement on the bad form of women? NO!

Every time I recommend that a woman use an arm guard, the man next to her will say, "But if your form is good, the string won't hit your arm." Yeah, but even with perfect form it is likely that the woman is going to have a problem when she's actually hunting (especially in cold weather).

Why? Because of the lack of women's hunting coats, she is probably wearing one sized for men. This means that the arm length is a smidgen too long, which means that it's slightly bunched up. Bunched up fabric on the arm leads to...yep, the string catches on the fabric. The problem gets bigger when it's cold and there's extra clothes beneath the coat. An arm guard is ideal for holding back and snugging in all the extra fabric!

So ladies, the next time you hear a condenscending comment about "not needing them", take a moment to enlighten the guys on why using an arm guard may not have anything to do with your form!


darrell said...

I don't use them, but anyone making condescending comments because someone does use them is an idiot.

Anonymous said...

The need for an arm guard when hunting is absolutely true. But the more important statement is that there is a real lack of hunting clothing for women. There is a big market for cold weather coats (like wool berber, etc.)for women hunters. THese items are not even available in men's small sizes. There's something wrong with this picture!!

Andrea said...

I'm a female archer, and while I don't hunt, I spend a lot of time involved with traditional archery, both in the Society for Creative Anachronisms and in the mundane world. I participated recently in the Western States Traditional Rendezvous, attended by at least 200 or so traditional archers of several genders, and I don't believe I saw *anybody* without an armguard. (And if you go to some SCA events, you can score some really kewl bracers!)

The Wild ones said...

I also wonder what its sense!