FOB Archery, aka Fletching Only Better, has created a new innovative way to 'fletch' arrows.
Recently I caught up with Brinck Bowers and Luke Hardin of FOB Archery to discuss their newly designed cylindrical FOB, which is poised to shake up the bowhunting world drastically if it catches on.
FOB Archery is a direct-to-consumer company based out of Pendleton, South Carolina. Paul Morris created the FOB, which installs in seconds and takes the guessing out of fletching arrows. Now the company's taking the concept to a bowhunting market that's been waiting for some innovation.
When the FOB is compared to a traditional fletching (as shown below), FOBs are more aerodynamic and contain a smaller cross-sectional profile. Thus, crosswind effects are significantly reduced, causing a far more stable arrow flight.
The FOB also is designed to pop off when the arrow produces a clean pass through. That means it's simple and easy to find the point of impact of your arrow. The FOB requires a drop away rest to work properly, and will not work with a whisker biscuit.
The FOB comes in four distinct sizes: Standard, H-axis, X-axis and Micro. Don't worry, if you don't know what size you need the team over at FOB will be happy to help you out. There is a full sizing chart on their website, as well as some common arrow brands and their sizes.
When you order FOBs, you will be able to pick from several different color options listed on the website. Included in the package is a clearance tester, which will help to make sure there is at least 1/16-inch of clearance between the FOB and your sight frame, arrow guide, arrow rest housing and launcher fork, bow riser, and cable guide.
To properly set up the FOBs, you will need to bare shaft tune out to at least 10 yards. If you don't know how to do this, take your bow to your local archery shop and they should be able to help.
Once this step is complete, make sure the timing of your drop away rest is on point, as this will affect the flight of your arrow and FOB.
After that, you're free to remove the original fletchings from your arrows and strip away all the glue. Then you can install the FOB by taking out the nock, inserting the FOB in front of the nock, and reinserting the nock. Then all that's left is to practice shooting with it.
Also, keep an eye out for a video review I plan to post soon on YouTube.