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Velcro vs Leather for Arrow Pass

Old 05-14-2005, 08:31 AM
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Default Velcro vs Leather for Arrow Pass

I've been using the fuzzy side of some Velcro to pad the arrow shelf and for the strike plate on my bows for a couple of years now. Changed over to soft, upholstery leather a couple of days ago and I've come to a conclusion about using velcro. It's great to have some in your kit for emergency use, but I won't use it for long term applications any more.

My bows just have an all-round better feel with the leather than they did with velcro. They're quieter. Seems like they shoots a tad faster too, but I haven't chrono'd them to tell for sure. All I can figure is, the leather must cushion the arrow better than the velcro did.

And it's cheaper!

For one thing, the velcro wears out fairly quickly and needs to be replaced every couple of months. Also, I found a whole bag of upholstery leather scraps in a hobby shop for $5, enough to make up enough of a supply of shelf plates and strike pads to last several years. Just cut the pieces to shape, any shape you want, as fancy or as plain as you want - another benefit - and glue 'em down with Barge cement.
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:08 PM
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Default RE: Velcro vs Leather for Arrow Pass

What is the strike plate, have a good idea but am not sure? If i am right, my arrow shelf and strike plate are covered with one peice of leather. It just folows the contour of the shelf.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:16 AM
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Arthur,

Have you ever tried the hook side of Velcro? I tried it once and really liked it, but it's not as quiet as I'd like.

I use the Martin rug rests now, cheap and effective, but I like those self adhesive calfskin strike plates best.
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:44 PM
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Guss, the strike plate is the piece that goes on the sight window.

Jakes, I'd thought about doing that but never have actually gone ahead and done it. Seems like you'd definitely have to make sure you've got the hooks pointed forward instead of backwards or sideways. I'd bet your feathers would wear out a lot quicker if you got them bassackwards or sideways.

I like rug rests too. Nothing beats 'em for quiet.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:53 PM
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Wow, aren't we lucky to have SO MANY choices in our equipment these days?
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Old 05-26-2005, 05:51 PM
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Seal skin on both for me. I usually "shave" the seal skin on the strike plate.

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