Outdoor Season Preparation
By George Tekmitchov, Easton Sr. Engineer, International Technical Advisor
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, outdoor season is already here. The Asian Grand Prix starts this week in Bangkok, quickly followed by a full slate of outdoor events from the Arizona Cup to the first of the European Grand Prix circuit events, the first World Cup event of the season in China, the Mexican GP, and dozens more.
Whether your goal is to have fun at club events, set a new personal record, make your national team, or even a World team, there are a number of gear-related steps every shooter should take in preparation for the outdoor season that can help get a smoother start.
Start with your arrows.
Change out your nocks for fresh ones. Depending on bow weight, string fit, and other variables, nocks- any nocks- can start to change fit in as few as 200 individual (per arrow) shots.
Drop each arrow onto a carpeted floor to detect the telltale “buzz” of a loose point insert. If you have “buzzy” points, pull and re-glue your points using Easton hot melt.
Re-fletch Spin Wings if they are more than 12 months old, as the adhesive tape may be ready to give up- not something you want to find out when the arrow is halfway to 70M.
Check for dinged points, which can drag across your clicker. Check every arrow shaft for damage.
Now turn your attention to your bow.
Recheck tightness on every critical screw- limb bolt locking screws, limb alignment locking screws, sight mounting screws, clicker screws, clicker plate screws, and especially limb detent screws. Use blue Loctite, or the new Easton VC3 threadlocker as needed, to ensure reliable performance. I particularly like the VC3 to prevent stabilizer weights from rattling loose.
Now take a good look at your string. Frayed or loose servings? Re-serve or replace. Be sure to check end loops, too.
Check your nock points, whether crimped or tied, and make sure they are secure. Look for frayed or broken string strands.
Give the string a new coat of string wax, or better yet, try out the Easton string revitalization kit, which can clean and re-seal your string in three easy steps.
Check limbs for cracks, delaminations or other potential issues. If everything’s OK, look for chipped paint. If you have wood core limbs, repair any chips with clear nail polish to prevent moisture intrusion later in the season when it rains.
Give your limbs a thin coat of car wax. This helps shed water and keeps them looking good while helping protect from UV and weather.
Now, check over your tab. 1/3rd of the way into the season is no time to be breaking in a new Cordovan face. If you need a new tab face or backing, now is the time to change it out. Look for cracks, separations, excessive stretching or thin spots. Check your finger loop to be sure it is in good shape. Same goes for finger slings, replace worn ones now. Give your quiver, belt, armguard and chest protector a look and make sure they’re in good order.
Pull your scope tripod out of the closet and give it a once-over, looking for loose screws, or other issues. Check the wheels on your hard case and make sure they’re up to snuff. Check latches and hinges.
It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to prepare for the new season- time well spent to avoid problems on the shooting line.