Fingertips are the most susceptible body part to get hurt while shooting. Therefore, archers use archery gloves to protect their hands especially the fingers. Shooting with bare hands once or twice in a time might be safe and less hurting. However, the nerve may get wrecked or blisters are mostly formed on the finger when people pull the tight bowstring for many times in a long duration.
The pressure and the stiffness of bowstrings that meet the finger skin directly can be reduced by wearing archery gloves. That is why the thicker the gloves are the better quality that the gloves have. The thickness usually comes from their materials. Leather is the most common material of archery gloves. Nowadays some gloves are not made purely from leather but from latex or synthetic materials.
Besides the material, archery gloves also vary in different styles. The gloves are designed to secure the two up to four fingers that are used to anchor and release while shooting. It makes archery gloves from a brand look different from other brands. The number of fingers covered is also that make the gloves different from the usual gloves.
Usual gloves cover all the five fingers. Meanwhile, archery gloves only cover two up to four fingers. The covered fingers relate to the sensitivity of the archers. Shooting with bare hands helps the archer to aim and anchor accurately because the archer can ‘feel’ the arrow directly through their skin. Therefore wearing gloves is safe but giving the archers less control while aiming.
The least finger covered i.e. two fingers archery gloves enables the archers to feel more the arrows but less safe compared to four fingers gloves and vice versa. Another effect or wearing archery gloves is sweating. Due to being covered for several minutes, sweat often happens and sometimes it makes an uncomfortable feeling. Shooting under the sun for a long period of time might also leave tan lines.
Then which one is the best? The best one is the one the archer feels comfortable the most. Find the gloves that fit into the fingers. Tight or loose gloves will make an uncomfortable feeling. It is suggested to try archery gloves before buying, so the archers could check whether the gloves are fitted or not for the fingers. Archery gloves from buying online sometimes do not match the finger sizes. Besides the finger areas, the strap also needs to be well adjusted to the wrist.
Traditional or recurve bows make the archers anchor with the wrist on the cheek. Wearing gloves will make hands and cheeks felt more comfortable. That is why traditional or recurve bow users prefer archery gloves that finger tabs. Meanwhile, Olympic recurve bow and compound bow users are more likely to wear finger tabs that are smaller than gloves.