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Shot Compression Sleeve Review
I got this a few weeks ago from Dartswarehouse, they are £15.63 (current exchange rate) at present and can be bought here: Compression Sleeve

I have been wanting to try one of these sleeves for some time as they seem to have become very popular with players and I thought it could be something useful for me.

The sleeve comes in a small plastic box, nothing fancy but nothing fancy is needed really:


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I think its made from some kind of polyester/lycra type stretchy fabric with 2 seams stitched lenghtwise to help shape to the arm and the shot logo near the writs cuff:

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I got the size M sleeve, the measurements are below:

Full Length:


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Upper arm end:

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Wrist end:

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I think one of the main problems with buying such an item is knowing what size to pick. This is the info from Dartswarehouse:

How should my Shot! compression sleeve fit?
Your Shot! compression sleeve should fit the throwing arm snugly and firmly without uncomfortably ‘cutting in’ to the arm. If this is the case, you should review your size choice as a free range of movement in the throwing arm is essential, as is comfort throughout the throw.

For specific sizing, please refer to our Size Chart, taking into consideration that if you’re near the borderline for sizes or you wish to wear your compression sleeve primarily for recovery purposes, be sure to choose the smaller size where possible.

The length is the length of sleeve measured from the wrist upward, the diameter is the thickest part of the arm where the sleeve will end.

Sizing:
Sizing: (Length cm x Dia cm)
XS 34 x 22
S 36 x 24
M 38 x 27
L 40 x 30


This is where you can easily make a mistake if you dont measure correctly. I used a Tailors tape to take the measurements:

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My problem is that I have quite long arms and high triceps, so the thickest part of my upper arm is quite high. One thing I would advise you not to do when measuring is to fully straighten your arm out as this will contract your tricep muscle (on the back of the arm) and may give you a false reading. It is best to measure when the arm is relaxed at the side and if possible get someone else to help you.

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Its a crucial part to get right, I came out with measurements that would mean I needed a Large sleeve, I got 33cm for the thickness and 43cm for the length. It did not seem right to me so I thought it best to go for the Medium. The problem with having long arms is the sleeve does not reach to my wrist with the medium, but it fits nice and snug at the upper arm.

Hey I'm a freak alright! LOL!

If in doubt I think I would go for the smaller size, but try to measure as I have described and you should be ok.

As you can see below the sleeve is not reaching right to my wrist, but its close enough:


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I have long thin forearms/wrists but quite big hands so I may be quite a challenge for a product that is made to suit averages lol, but the main thing is it still works in the position it is intended for as you can see below in my posed darts throw Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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I did start to trial this when I first got it but then I caused my wrist to flare up after helping to move a heavy fridge for my niece, the result was I could not throw for a couple of weeks. But I decided to wear the sleeve during this time also and I think it has helped with the recovery. I was wearing the compression bandage round my wrist too and I can say for sure that compression doe help.

Wearing the sleeve itself is kind of like having a gentle hug on your arm and has a nice warm feeling of comfort that I liked. You can feel your blood flowing better which I think is the whole idea to allow you to practice longer without fatigue, in that respect I think it does its job well.

I'm not sure if I should wear it when I am not playing darts but I do, simply because I like the feeling of it and I think its helping my wrist problem too.

One thing I would like to see is a few extra ranges in sizes, I know the sleeve should not be too tight as to be restrictive to your throw but I think I would like it a touch tighter.

I dont think the act of wearing the sleeve will have any affect on improving your skill at darts directly, but if you can play for longer without fatigue then thats got to be helpful.

Overall its a nice product at a not too expensive price that could be worth a try if your prone to fatigue or have a slight injury that will benefit from some extra support.
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Nice review
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The shot sleeve is a lot shorter than my skins sleeve. I will have to do a comparison for you.
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Thanks guys, yeah Jimbo, it still serves it main purpose which is for the upper arm and elbow area.

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(11-04-2013, 10:34 PM)Jimbo21 Wrote: The shot sleeve is a lot shorter than my skins sleeve. I will have to do a comparison for you.

Yeah, they look a little short to me,too!
They should be a inch longer!
Nice Review Grip!
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First, put down the darts and go sit out in the sun for a couple of hours. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.


These look like the shooting sleeves that Allen Iverson wore some years back. I have had a couple of kids wear them to practice and they still shot like a blind man in a hurricane. I do agree that they might be helpful if you have an injury and need the support. I look forward to your results.
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If I got the large it would be longer but I think it would have been too loose which is why I say there should be some more sizes to pick from for the guys with long skinny arms like me Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Check this place out. They may have the longer sizes you want.

https://www.customsportssleeves.com
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Get me a piece of that.............. Sleeve. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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good job Darren.
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Good review Darren as always, could I have one for my back,knees elbows, my neck is okay that is brass :-)
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(11-05-2013, 02:14 AM)paddydub Wrote: Would be great for a night in the piss too, heavy pint glasses become a thing of the past....

LOL!

(11-05-2013, 10:23 AM)rabsmith2 Wrote: Good review Darren as always, could I have one for my back,knees elbows, my neck is okay that is brass :-)

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But would like to see one for the knees especially the front supporting knee, and a wrist version too.
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Finally got some pics of my Skins sleeve.

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Length.

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Width.

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Me modelling the sleeve.

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Nice one Jimbo, but dont take up modelling LOL Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Do you think wearing it helps though, thats the important question?
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