Archery | Fivics Saker 1 Finger Tab Review
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Archery | Fivics Saker 1 Finger Tab Review

August 10, 2019

Hey guys, this is NUSensei. Today, I’ll
be taking a look at the Fivics Saker 1 Finger Tab. Fivics was the most popular brand of
finger tab used by Olympians in the 2016 Rio Games. Although there are many different Fivics
tabs, the distinctive Saker tab is frequently seen in the hands of top archers. There are
numerous versions of the Saker, going from the Saker 1, the Saker 2 and the Saker 3,
with variations on the size of the palm plate. I’ve been using the Fivics Saker 1 for around
five months. I’ll be going through the unpacking and setting up, followed by a reflection on
the Saker in action. On a quick side-note, I never knew that the name ‘Fivics’ stood
for “High Five Victory”. It’s worth noting that while there are many
attractive anodised colours, the colours correspond to the size of the tab rather than an optional
selection. Considering most tabs come in one colour, this isn’t a big deal, but if you’re
trying to colour-coordinate, this can be a little disappointing. The pack contains the tab, pre-assembled as
shown with the ledge, finger rest, cordovan face and leather backing. It also has a plastic,
rubbery finger spacer, the strap and two Allen keys. All that needs to be done is to thread the
strap through the tab and screw on the finger spacer if desired. The ledge is worth noting
– while most finger tabs do come with a removable ledge that can be adjusted, the
Fivics Saker is unique in that the ledge is pre-installed very low. This can be adjusted,
though the default configuration is quite interesting. Using the tab like this straight
out the box brings an immediate sense of natural conformity – the thumb rests naturally on
the ledge and the hand seems to adapt the proper shape and form needed for a good draw
and release. The finger rest on the bottom can be adjusted
and removed. Some people will find it helpful to rest the little finger on; others may find
it obstructive. The distinguishing feature of the Saker 1
is the triangular-shaped palm plate. This sits inside the palm, helping it keep in shape.
Unlike tabs, the plate is not adjustable, though if you do want something more substantial
to help keep your drawing hand in the right form, you can get an add-on frame. After five months of constant usage in training
and in competition, the tab has held up very well. The leather surface has no signs of
damage, the thickness and protection hasn’t been compromised, and the leather has softened
and conformed to the shape of my fingers as it should, making it easy and natural for
me to use. There are a couple of downsides. Because of
the anodised finish, the tab is easy to damage. Dropping the tab can result in the paint being
scratched or chipped, so you’ll want to be extra careful with this tab. I also had problems with the screws coming
loose, and I’ve lost a couple. There are enough screws so that this doesn’t matter
much, but you might not realise that they’ve come loose until they’ve already dropped
in the grass. Overall, I do quite like the Fivics Saker
1. After using it for five months, I adapted
to it really quickly. I find that most tabs have some kind of specialty or unique feel. Whether it’s the heavy brass of the Kisik
Lee Gold or the lightness of the W&W 360 or the profile of the W&W EZ and EZR. The Fivics Saker seems, to me, to be the most
average or the most medium tab in terms of the different tabs you can use. It’s not too large. The way the palm plate
fits in the hand isn’t that noticeable. You can put your hand through, and it’s there. But you don’t really pick out that it’s there.
It’s not going to stop you from shooting well, nor will it be a huge influence on the way
you hold the tab. It does help. But it’s not that much of an intrusive feature. That’s why I quite like it, and I imagine
that’s why a lot of people like the Fivics Saker. I guess if you just want a high quality tab
that just does the thing, this is probably the one you’re looking at. There are many similar ones, but this is probably
the best example and one of the most popular finger tabs for that reason. Whereas other tabs, you kind of want something
that you have a better preference for or someone has told you to use, or you really
like. This is my mid-line, but high quality tab. The finger spacer is also quite interesting. The design, as with most finger spacers, is
meant to stay out of the way of the arrow, and it mostly fits nicely between the index
and middle fingers. This particular finger spacer is a little
chunkier than most other finger spacers. This isn’t a bad thing. It took me a bit of time to get used to getting
the fingers around it, but I think it fits naturally enough. The fingers do fall nicely in place. There’s
enough clearance there so you don’t find yourself squeezing the nock. In fact, I can’t squeeze the nock with this
thing in the way. Which is what the finger spacer is meant to
do. And yet it doesn’t feel like it’s hogging
the space around your hand. So I think the way this is shaped and designed
is also well done. The colour and design is also eye-catching.
It’s a big upside. While you can’t pick the colour of the tab
directly, the anodised finish does give it a distinct look. You can tell when someone’s using it when
someone takes it out of their case or takes it out of their quiver. It’s very easy to spot, so it’s recognisable
which is why you can tell a lot of Olympians use it. That’s probably not why they use it. But if you’re into the aesthetic appeal, this
does look quite nice. Overall, I was impressed by how easy it was
to unbox, put together, put on your finger and start shooting right away. Apart from the period of time where you need
to soften the leather and get it to fit the right shape of your hand, it feels like a
very natural and comfortable finger tab. Like I said before, all finger tabs that I
have used had some time where I had to get used to the feel of it. Whereas this one seems like the one I can
go to, whether I’m using a different tab or this is my backup tab. This one, I can just put my hand in and it
just feels natural the way it is. For me, the Saker 1 does get a thumbs up. Anyway, this is NUSensei. Thanks for watching.
Hope this was helpful, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. I had a SF tab previously, and it had also that hook for pinky finger. I found out that after I got tired, I started to torque the tab with my pinky finger, and that had some adverse effects to my score. Taking the hook off didn't have any negative effects, so for me the pinky hook just either didn't have any positive effects or did have negative effects.

  2. I lost some of the little screws holding the leather in place on my Kaya Soul tab too. Although it wasn't falling off it annoyed me so I measured on of the remaining screws with a caliper (they were M3 thread) and bought a big bag of M3 x 3mm countersunk hex head screws from Ebay. They were a perfect match. I also took the step of using medium (blue) Loctite threadlock on all the screws to stop them coming loose all the time, and found that well worth doing.

  3. The Saker 1 is the first tab I ever bought. It was a relief from the ones I can use at my archery range because of the fat finger spacer. However, I did eventually return to the house tabs. I don't know if all large size Saker 1's are like this, but the leather was just too thick that I lost the feel of control and holding onto the string because significantly harder. I had to do away with the pinky hook because my ring finger and pinky finger don't move independently of one another. I did end up losing a screw which I remedied with some super glue. Compared to the other tabs with an "ergonomic" design, the part that goes into the middle of my palm was just too pointy and stabbed me a bit. My wife's M-sized Saker one has a leather that is significantly thinner than mine. I've thought about trying the other Saker models, but I don't want to risk getting the same overly thick leather. Can anyone recommend a tab in the same price range that takes you finger length into consideration in their sizes?

  4. Interesting video. Keep up the good work. I am new to Archery and was taught that the ledge should rest under your jaw. I see that you rest your thumb on the ledge. What is the advantage of your method?

  5. Are you trimming the leather between the index and middle finger? The AAE Elite gives you instructions as to how to trim the leather on the packaging but Fivics doesn't seem to do that or at least I didn't notice when I got my Saker 2. However, I have found that removing just a bit of tab leather on both sides gives you much better clearance. Any observations on your side?

  6. Hi Nu Sensei! Awesome video as always! I have a question I'm hoping you could help me with. I'm a competitive archer and have been using a SF Axon riser from my club for about a year. But I need to buy a new riser soon and am wondering if the Fivics Vellator is a good and affordable choice for training and various competitions for about 10 years? Others from my club has been telling me to get the Hoyt Horizon Pro but I really don't like its appearance and it's also quite expensive.

  7. I was recently in the market for a new finger tab and tried one of these I just did not like the feel of that triangle palm plate.

  8. I've been using Saker 2 in the last 3 months and think it's a great tab. Worked so well and I felt adapted quickly

  9. NU, is there a reason to serve up that high on the string? You could get a tiny bit more arrow speed if you didnt.

  10. I actually use the self as a contact point for my jaw line. I found it interesting that you place your thumb on the self. I’ve never seen that done.

  11. Nu Sensei, hello, would this be a tab, that you prefer over the other's you used before? I 'm looking at tab's, and trying to decide, which would be best. Thank you, sharing this video, by the way!!! Your style in creating these video's, is really great.

  12. Hi, good review and likewise your other vids are informative too. My daughter who is 7 1/2 yrs old is an avid beginner archer and I am looking for a better finger protector for her. We purchased a glove style protector however she found loading the bow hard. I am thinking a tab might be better in that she would be able to load the bow and also have adequate protection. Would you recommend this or a different tab for a young beginner archer child?

  13. Been using this tab for about a year now and unfortunately the finger spacer is a bit rubbish. It came loose from its screw.

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