A while back a friend of mine who works for Simple Shot had gotten a roll of their .7 latex. He's a sling nerd like all of us, and noticed a difference in the pull of the latex. He slapped a micrometer on it and to his surprise found that it was .66 thick on one side and .72 thick on the other. This lead me to putting a gauge on every roll of latex I own (over 100 at present count) and I was amazed at just how much variation they had. A roll of Celtic Catty latex that was advertised as .5 turned out to be .42. Several rolls of GZK latex were inconsistent.
.58 black - .5
.66 black & green - .58
.7 black - .66
1mm black - .95
Today I got in an order of Simple Shot latex, and to my amazement it's one of the most consistent latex brands I have.
.5 - .52
.6 - .6
.8 - .77-.8 (this roll had the most variation)
1mm - 1.14mm
What does this mean for shooters?
1) Don't throw a latex out until you've gauged it to see how thick it really is.
2) slight variations in thickness can and do make a speed & draw difference
3) Adjust tapers and shoot it anyway
Has anyone else done any latex thickness measurements and found surprising results?
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