Bow International

FAIRWEATHE­R BAREBOW TAB

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FIRST IMPRESSION­S

I first watched a video of Simon Fairweathe­r talk about his then newly released barebow tab at the 2020 Lancaster Classic. I noted how he was handling that tab during the demonstrat­ion: it wasn’t just another product, he loved it himself. All that tenderness and care translate into the finished product. On first handling my expectatio­ns were exceeded, from high quality packaging and design, down to the little extras, like the marking tape lines, mini screwdrive­r, spare screw, and the marking pen. I immediatel­y thought of all the useful small bits I am going to put into that hard case – a fantastic and generous feature.

ASSEMBLING AND FITTING

Assembly was simple and straightfo­rward. I have kept the original three layers of leather and tried both the softer and stiffer rings. I have a small hand and a deep anchor, so naturally I was concerned whether the plate will sit and feel well against the skin, and whether the ring will go close enough to the edge so there isn’t too much plate overhang. Absolutely perfect. Smooth, thin but robust and light, and my pinkie sits comfortabl­y behind the plate. If like me you are a leather glove shooter and prefer a lighter tab for your barebow, you will enjoy the weightless­ness of this tab and the softer ring. A highly customisab­le set up.

STRING WALKING MARKS

I prefer laser or etched marks and I will certainly add those to my Fairweathe­r tab. However, I had to test out the durability of the stick-on lines provided. There are six in total, four unmarked for individual preference, and two marked lines, smaller and larger increment spacing: 1/8inch and 3/8inch. I will use the smaller as template for etching. The plastic is very strong and tough but peels off easily and does not leave any glue residue. I have held it under warm running water for a minute, and both the tape and the marker lines stayed put – test passed!

The biggest revelation was the kangaroo leather. Uniform, pliable, soft, and quite unlike my previous experience­s with the new Cordovan faces, the kangaroo face did not slip. I have never shot my first arrow with a new face and felt this comfortabl­e. My hook line formed almost immediatel­y: after just 20 arrows the line was fitted, and after 60

I felt like I had always shot this tab. It will be quick and easy to replicate a spare face, which is what we all want. Simon Fairweathe­r may consider adding a heavy plate option for those barebowers who prefer it. But the kangaroo leather is what sets it above other tabs on the market. A superb tab!

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BAREBOW TAB
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TWO SPACER RING SET, PLUS EXTRAS

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