Bow International

FAIRWEATHE­R MODULUS TAB

- JOHN STANLEY

Bow tackled the original Fairweathe­r tab in issue 135, back in August 2019. Even then, Simon was already developing the Modulus Olympic Recurve tab and testing it with archers around the world.

This year saw an astonishin­g profession­al coup for the company, as both the men’s individual finalists at the 2020 Olympic Games, Mete Gazoz and Mauro Nespoli, were using the eponymous tab developed by Fairweathe­r, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist – as were several other elite recurve archers in Tokyo, including Sjef van den Berg.

I’ve shot many different tabs over the years, including the KSL Gold and the Fivics Saker; in the last three years I have shot with a AAE Cavalier, so you could argue I’ve gone for increasing­ly simpler (and lighter) tabs. The Modulus takes simplicity and lightness a level further, held together by just a single screw, which showed no sign of loosening during my test. There is obviously something impractica­l about archery gear held together with multiple tiny screws, which have a tendency to loosen (especially on cheaper tabs) and / or get

“THE KANGAROO LEATHER IS WHAT SETS IT ABOVE OTHER TABS ON THE MARKET”

lost. Similarly, most tabs employ rubber or paracord bands to secure the tab to the hand; these have an inevitable tendency to stretch and fail, even if they are replaceabl­e.

The spacer ring, cleverly combining two functions and sized specifical­ly for the archer is the cleverest part; it feels soft and comfortabl­e, but strong enough to stand up to some heavy use. Indeed, the simplicity of the Modulus means that it stands on the materials used. According to their website, the plastic part of the tab is acetal, known as ‘the brass of plastics’ – extremely tough, but lightweigh­t. The set includes both a shelf plate and a shelfless plate. As well as the urethane ring, most praised has been the kangaroo leather rather than the usual cordovan, for its ease of shooting-in and feel, and consistenc­y in all conditions (as well as positionin­g the Fairweathe­r tab as a distinctly Australian

product). Out of the box, the three pieces of leather are arranged ‘shiny side out’ on both sides, although they are easy to rearrange as you like.

In my shooting tests, the tab was exceptiona­lly comfortabl­e, with no sharp ‘hard’ edges or pressure points. It fit my mildly pudgy right hand almost perfectly. The leather, as advertised, shot in very quickly indeed, and felt tactile from the off. I gave the metal ‘Pro’ plate a try too, available for those who are used to a heavier tab, but I quickly switched back; sold on Simon’s philosophy that the tab should not be heavier than necessary.

I also spoke to Goktug Ergin, the coach of Olympic champion Mete Gazoz, about the tab, because there is one thing your editor isn’t doing at the moment that top archers are: putting thousands of arrows behind every piece of equipment. “We tried the tab during the winter period at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.” he said. “He loved it because of the leather, basically. It is smooth. It is thin enough to feel the string and same time thick enough to protect the fingers, also, the shape was so comfortabl­e.

But the best thing is the leather. Most importantl­y, every set has the same quality and thickness. There are no difference­s between the leather sets. We are changing the leather at around 10,000 arrows, but the feeling never changes.”

It’s hard to argue with an archery Olympic gold medal. Isn’t it?

 ?? ?? MODULUS OLYMPIC TAB, WITH THE ‘PRO’ PLATE ON THE RIGHT
MODULUS OLYMPIC TAB, WITH THE ‘PRO’ PLATE ON THE RIGHT
 ?? ?? MODULUS TAB, FRONT SIDE
MODULUS TAB, FRONT SIDE
 ?? ?? SIMON FAIRWEATHE­R AT THE VEGAS SHOOT, 2019
SIMON FAIRWEATHE­R AT THE VEGAS SHOOT, 2019
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