Lads, in case this madness is contagious- - what is a cheap and easy way to get started with thumb rings? Or gloves.- lbg
For rings I recommend Vermil’s plastic ones for under 40#. Your thumb tends to change size with the season, and also often grows larger as it gets acclimated to thumb draw so your first ring is unlikely to be your last. Although the Vermil Victory is not my favorite ring it is a ring that most seem to like. I really like mine, but as I’ve grown as an archer I’ve gravitated to other rings. Sizing can be tricky until you figure out how to properly measure for it. A pair of calipers is very useful. Justin Ma has a video on finding your size
which conveys what all the numbers mean when choosing a ring. It all makes sense to me, but I’ve had newer thumb archers not quite get it, so if you have questions I’m more than happy to help. You can use a glove or thumb tab. It’s a pretty different feel than using a ring though. And if you use a glove or tab you don’t get to have a cool archer’s ring to flash around.
As for a bow I recommend a low cost one in a low poundage. NIKA makes a plastic 20lb bow that draws to 33”. There’s also a cheaper version sold by off brands like Mandarin Duck. I bought the generic one when it was in deep discount and it works fine with a little modification (the fake leather grip is garbage). Quality control on these “knockoffs” is poor so expect a possible twisted limb. I’m much more confident in recommending AF archery or Alibow fiberglass bows.
If you want to spend a tiny bit more money for something nicer Alibow has a inexpensive wood laminate Tang bow. This design is very forgiving. Think of it like the longbow version of a “horse bow”. If you’re in the US AF archery’s Tatar bow is very cheap on Amazon. Sarmat archery in the Ukraine sells simple cheap laminated bamboo bows. Decent place for wood and bamboo arrow supplies too. Give them a bit of patience in order fulfillment though. I think they’re back to normal levels of operation now despite the difficulties their country is going through.
A bit higher in price are Spearman and Mariner from China. There’s several good European bowyers that specialize in these types of bows and aren’t too expensive. Most American bowyers don’t really know how to make these. Lukas Novotny makes some, but after that your looking at very skilled horn bow makers that are building stuff that’s very expensive.