(music playing) Here’s something that happens often it’s a bit chilly in the morning so you grab a jacket, you out it on, and head down the range. Pretty harmless right? This can be the single most annoying thing that can happen to you. This can be especially true for the colder months when you need to put warm clothing on. Many people tend to put on layers of thick padded coats. And while it is important to keep warm, it’s also important to understand what kind of clothing is suited for archery. The reason why something like this becomes a problem is because it can interfere with the string as it comes through. The string comes very close to your chest and your arms so it can catch onto something quite easily. When then happens, the shot loses quite a bit of energy sSo the shot becomes fouled. Than means you will probably go off target. It’s hard enough hitting the target as it is and you really don’t want something like this getting in the way. In fact this parka has caused a lot of problems for me. The weight of it made it hard for me to come to a full draw and I had a lot of trouble coming in and expanding to complete the shot process. There are few other hassles. Unzipped jackets have a high chance getting caught. A lot of hoodies have loose strings that can flick into your face. And women tend to be bit more fashionable when they can wear shawls or loose flowy tops. And that can get in the way as well, especially on a windy day. Point being, if you go to try to do archery there is such a thing as appropriate clothing. So what is appropriate clothing? Generally you should wear comfortable tight fit tops. Baggy T-shirts might be okay on a calm day, but on a windy day, the extra material becomes quite fiddly. This is actually a problem with some sport polo tops. This one is from Archery Australia. It has a nice smooth glossy fabric for hot days. But unfortunately the sleeve is too wide. The problem is how on a windy day this can blow across and hit the string on the way out. And trust me – I’ve done it more than a few times. If you are concerned about feeling cold, make sure you wear loads of tight clothing. Fleece jackets and vests are also popular. Wearing a long sleeve shirt as an underlayer is also common. And some shooters go with compression wear. Using a chest guard helps trmendously with flattening clothing and provides a smooth surface if the string does make contact. Avoid bunching up sleeves. Use the armguard to keep long sleeves in place. Generally speaking avoid anything that is too large. While we’re at it let’s talk about headwear. Caps are quite popular, however for a few shooters, especially for recurve archers, the peak of the cap can get in the way of the string. The bucket hat is a popular alternative. But really anything with a soft or flexible brim is a good choice. For footwear anything with flat soles makes it bit easier to sense how are you balancing. But really most footwear is fine, whether it’s runners or boots. I would suggest that you avoid anything with significant heels, I mean it really doesn’t make a huge difference if you’re only doing archery as a one off thing. But if you’re training regularly, remember archery is an outdoor sport, so having the right footwear can make the difference. Anyway, clothing can be a simple choice, but being careless can lead to a lot of frustration. Hope this was helpful, and I’ll see you next time.