Reviewed By SteveHome > Archery Kit > Cavalier Tab
Like most archers when I started I took my lead from those around me, all the guys I knew were shooting with gloves, I used one and got used to it, after that I never gave finger protection much thought, until it was time to buy a new one when they eventually wear through, I used to shoot a lot so would get through gloves quite often, I used to hate getting a new glove and having to break it in.
Everything was fine until I changed my bow, up to then I had been using a Trad English Longbow of quite a light weight, around 42#, in fact I had about 6 all of similar weight. I managed to get hold of a friends Yew English Longbow at 65# and at the same time bought my first American Longbow, a Herb Meland Flipper Stick at 61#
The glove just didn’t give enough protection and within a short time I was left nursing sore fingers, Funny thing about Tabs, when they are fine you don’t even notice them, when they are uncomfortable or not doing their job they can ruin a days archery.
Having tried several different tabs I bought 4 new ones of differing make just to see if I could find something I liked.
Moving from a glove to a tab was always going to be a traumatic experience. The first of my new Tabs I tried was the Spigarelli Comfort Tab, it comes with a detachable finger spacer, Ledge and various other adjustable parts,it is made from Cordovan on the top and at contact with the fingers there is a felt in alcantara ( I didn't know what that was so did a search and it turns out that.....Alcantara is created via the combination of an advanced spinning process (producing very low denier bi-component "islands in the sea" fibre) and chemical and textile production processes (needle punching, buffing, impregnation, extraction, finishing, dyeing, etc.) which interact with each other.........presumably in a good way.
I shoot Field and the style I use doesn’t require a ledge so that came off, in fact I pared it down to just the finger spacer – I had never used one before so wanted to see what it was all about, incredibly there was none of the stiffness associated with a new glove and it felt right at home in my hand. I never have had an issue with the finger pinch but even so didn’t notice the finger spacer so it stayed.
It offers good feel, I like to feel the tip of my finger in the corner of my mouth and because the tab doesn’t cover the ends of my fingers I have a totally positive contact, the metal plate of the tab sits very well in the palm of the hand, they offer 4 sizes so there will be one perfect for you.
I get great protection in the finger groove so drawing a 60#+ bow causes no issues with my fingers, release is smooth and they each last very well, it was an instant hit and I have used one ever since.
|Features & Design|
|Several sizes, several options regarding spacer and ledge - put it together your way.|
|I guess the mark of a great tab is that you forget you are using it, if I have a dirty release it never occurs to me that it could be the tabs fault because this tab delivers.|
|Value for Money|
|There are cheaper tabs and there are more expensive tabs, for me the issue is not really cost but whether the cost was justified – I would happily pay more for this tab.|
I am not sure what else you would want from a tab, but I like it because it’s comfy, durable and sits very nicely in the hand – if you are looking for a new tab this one won’t disappoint.