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    • paleoman
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      Does it make a difference if I use leather? Always used the synthetic (neoprene?) type.

    • RalphRalph
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      I use leather mostly. I bought a synthetic glove that’s supposedly water resistant and windproof. Feels different but when it gets cooler I’ll be spending more time with it to get the feel and get it broke in. Right now I think my third finger is dragging a tad with it. The windproof feature may be worth a million bucks this fall. Other than that I think it’s a matter of choice. Synthetic may be better in damp conditions??????

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      I used a Damascus glove for about 10 yrs. Then I got one of those Dura-gloves with the cordura stalls and it is pretty slick. Probably will last forever. I recently got the Big Shot and it is gives a smooth released but takes some getting used to.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      I started with my old Bear old fashioned style glove and tried a tab and then went to a Duraglove. I’m on my second one, with the first one sewed up and packed as a spare. I like it. I can feel the string on my 46# longbow and my fingers are protected. The glove is also thin enough that I feel my string can stay closer to my face when I draw.

      I’d recommend one any time for a lighter bow. I’m not sure how it would feel with a much heavier bow. A friend just uses a pair of wool gloves when shooting his selfbow and they work fine. dwc

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      I started using a damascus glove a few months ago and it’s fine for lighter bows but I found my fingers would get worn out pretty quick shooting 60-70# bows. Got a duraglove with cordura tips like the other guys. I knew the cordura would be tough as I’d used military gear with that material and it’s pretty darn resilient. I’ve been really happy with it. I like the stiffer finger tips too as it feels like a smoother release, but that’s just hearsay really. It definitely feels fine on my dainty paws with the heavier bows though 😉

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      I switched a few years ago to shooting 3 under and I use the 3 under leather cordovan tab. It will last you a life time and really has a clean release. You can also get a cordovan for split finger shooting.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Cameron wrote: You can also get a cordovan for split finger shooting.

      Yeah, I have one of the split Fred Eichler tabs from 3 rivers. I think I actually get my best release from that, better than either of my gloves.

    • Stephen Graf
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      I’ve got a whole box full of gloves / tabs. I always end up back with the damascus glove. I cut the tip out of the middle finger, which I place against an eyetooth for anchor.

    • handirifle
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      Steve Graf wrote: I’ve got a whole box full of gloves / tabs. I always end up back with the damascus glove. I cut the tip out of the middle finger, which I place against an eyetooth for anchor.

      Soooo, when you’re done shooting, your teeth are clean too? 😀 Now THAT’S multitasking!

      With my luck I’d be shooting and do an extraction:shock:

    • handirifle
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      I had to look up the dura glove. I shoot the double layer leather version, but they do wear out in a few years, at least for me.

      When this one does, I will replace it with a dura glove.

    • jpcarlson
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      Anybody out there making there own shooting gloves?

      J

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Its been Dura-glove exclusively for me since they first introduced it a few years ago. I have tried an American leathers elk glove this year, but I could never get used to so much material between my skin and the string. Also when I told Fred Asbell at the etar that I had lost all semblance of accuracy using this new glove, he said that, in my case, this extra amount of material actually must have moved the back of the arrow away from alignment with my dominant eye. It made sense.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      When I first got back into archery I used my old traditional glove, but after I switched to the duraglove I could use the old one, as it seemed like the string was too far from my face. They don’t last forever. I’m on my second one in four or five years and I shoot every day. The first one just required a few stitches in one of the fingers, so that’s in the quiver for a spare. dwc

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Thought I’d bump this thread, as I’m back to shooting with a glove again. So far, my favorite glove I’ve shot with is the ABS “Super Glove” with nice long cordovan tips. Super-slick release with that glove, but it’s no longer being made, and there were still a few things about it that made it less than perfect for my tastes.

      I also used an American Leathers “Big Shot” for a while in the past, but found the finger stalls a little too short for my deep hook, even though the rest of the glove fit well. And the stall were a little too thick and stiff.

      So I started looking around at what else was out there and worth trying, and that wasn’t going to be crazy expensive, and that’s when I came across the Black Widow “Stick-Tite” glove and the BW “PDQ.” Both are quite reasonably priced, and seemed to be more or less what I was looking for, so I thought I’d try them both.

      Here is the “Stick-Tite:”

      The Stick-Tite is an interesting design, with thongs designed to wrap around your fingers to keep the stalls in place. I wasn’t sure how I would like this, but it actually works really well, is easy to put on/take off once you get used to it, and does a great job of keeping the stalls from twisting on your fingers, which is something that drives me nuts with some other gloves I’ve tried. And, as you can see in the pics, the tips are sewn in such a way that all seams are on top of the fingers, not on the sides.

      It’s very well made, of thick (but not too thick), quality leather. It is available either with nylon stalls (similar to the AL Big Shot), or with just leather. I opted for the latter, and it really strikes the perfect balance for me of being just thick enough, but not so thick that I can’t feel the string:

      And then there’s the BW “PDQ,” which is a pretty straightforward design:

      Also very well made, of the same quality leather. The PDQ is available with standard leather stalls, or the “PDQ Super Glove” comes with cordovan overlays, which is what I opted for:

      The cordovan on the PDQ is stiffer than the regular leather tips on the Stick-Tite, but not too bad, and I’m sure it will break in over time. I think that it would be particularly appreciated if one was shooting higher poundage bows (all my bows are #50 – #55).

      So far, I’m very pleased with the quality of both of these gloves. Both also have nice long stalls, which I like. Long-term durability is the only question I can’t answer right now, but they both seem to be made to last a long time, and I’m guessing they will. And, as I mentioned above, they are both very reasonably priced, so replacing one after a few seasons would be no big deal.

      So far, the Stick-Tite wins out for me over the PDQ, for a few reasons – 1) I’ve been experiencing the fingers twisting on me when I shoot with the PDQ, and I’m frequently having to ‘straighten them out’ again after taking a shot, even though the glove is not too loose or big on me, 2) the tips on the PDQ have seams that scratch my face on anchor and release, which is sometimes just enough to distract my focus, and 3) the balance between protection and sensitivity on the Stick-Tite stalls is pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for.

      Bit of a long review, but hopefully it was helpful, and I’ll follow up in 6mos. or so with more about the break-in and durability of these gloves…

    • Brennan Herr
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      SH,

      I use the stick-tite myself. When I started shooting I went through several designs. Found the stick-tite and it is all I use. Been using then original for 5 years now. I bought several more and shot them in for backups as well. They get nice and flexible but still sturdy after years of use. Plus they stay in place like the name saids.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Good to hear, Brennan. If I get 5 years out of this glove, I’ll be quite happy!

    • Stephen Graf
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      I have the PDQ and liked the cordovan overlays, but hated the twisting finger stalls. That’s when I just made my own hybrid glove by sewing cordovan on a damascus glove. It’s been working really well for me.

      But I might have to get one of those stick tites and see how that goes too. You will have to let us know if the leather wrinkles up and affects the shot…

      Looking forward to a report after a few months use…

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      Thanks for the info. When the three pairs of SuperGloves here have all worked themselves out of the rotation, I’ll keep this in mind.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I thought this might be helpful for folks deciding between these three gloves. Comparison shot of stall length (l to r: BW Stick-Tite, ABS Super Glove, American Leathers Big Shot):

      The Stick-Tite and the BW PDQ have the same length stalls.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      One question I had was how the Stick-Tite would work over a fingerless glove. It was cold enough to find out yesterday, and it was no issue:

    • wojo14
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      Now that I broke in my Bear Paw speed glove, I love it. My release is so much smoother and my shooting is better because of it.

      But, it took forever to break it in.

    • Dave Nash
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      Bought the Stick tite glove and really like it so far.

      Thanks for the heads up Bruce.

    • burgess
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      tried most all of them………last few years have been spent with the american leather big shot…….shooting three under……we get along just awesomely………

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      After about four years of use my Duraglove start to split along side the index finger, so I ordered another one, same size. The glove has been improved with longer nylon stalls for deep hook shooters. The glove I received was painfully tight as the stalls were really narrow. In typical 3Rivers fashion they took the return after letting me try it out. Then they opened a few gloves to find a glove with more finger room. I’m still waiting for the glove as it was just shipped today, but am optimistic. I just have to applaud their customer service once again. Excellent customer service seems to be pretty common in the trad world. ➡

      Dwc

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      The new glove arrived and it fits fine. The guys at 3Rivers were kind enough to try on a few to find one that was a little bigger. Great customer service. Best, dwc

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      Cameron wrote: I switched a few years ago to shooting 3 under and I use the 3 under leather cordovan tab. It will last you a life time and really has a clean release. You can also get a cordovan for split finger shooting.

      This. Plus the Safari Tuff tab will fit over darn near any warm glove I’m likely to be wearing in cold weather and still allow a clean release. I’ve tested it with these and it works like a charm:

      http://www.sitkagear.com/products/big-game/necessities/mountain-goretex-glove

      (FWIW, I won those gloves and didn’t buy them. But I can heartily recommend them if your budget permits.)

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