Vegan archery glove and bracer

I love archery but animal products are very common in the equipment (especially the style of equipment I like) and so you have to be careful when making purchases. I would love to shoot an old fashioned longbow but you shoot off the hand and plastic fletchings do no not fold down like feathers do as they pass the hand, this can make the arrow flight erratic.

So I compromise, I shoot an olympic style recurve but I shoot barebow, no sights or stabilisers here. I am switching to wooden arrows as I prefer the look and feel of wood and the fact they can rot away when they break, but I still have to use plastic fletchings on them.

I compromise with my protection too, I wear fabric gloves that get worn very quickly by the string and leave me with numb finger tips after a day of shooting. Hopefully Timber Creek have brought an end to this compromise.

Timber Creek have just released for sale Alcantara gloves and bracers, but what is Alcantara?

Alcantara is a tradename given to a composite material used to cover surfaces and forms in a variety of applications. It can be described as an artificial substitute for suede leather. – Source

Alcantara is often used on performance car steering wheels, it is currently the seat material in Formula One cars and is being used in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

Despite the main material being Alcantara I wanted to make sure no leather or other animal bits made it into the products so I asked Timber Creek on Facebook and they confirmed it was all synthetic, YAY!

My glove and bracer arrived today, they look and feel great. 
The bracer is thicker than I though so should provide a large amount of protection, I chose the Viking model too as it is longer and covers more of the arm. 
The glove is very sturdy feeling too, a little stiff but I am sure that is because it is new an unused (like leather can be when you first get it). The fingers have a a second layer of reinforcement which should hopefully protect my fingers more than the fabric gloves I use.
UPDATE 17/10/2015:
I have just used them both, I remember the glove had felt stiff when I first tried it on but during the whole time using it I did not notice the stiffness at all. The gloves does provide plenty of protection and the medium is a good fit for me, usually medium gloves are just a shade too big for me.

The bracer looks and feels great, maybe a tad loose on me but it is easily adjustable. I really do like the style and my fiancée Rachel was a bit shocked at first thinking it was leather.

I will give them some more use over the next few weeks to see how they wear from normal use.

They are currently available from Merlin Archery.

Giant seitan chilly steak

I have recently been making seitan to the Vegan Zombie recipe found at here. Last night I decided to do it but replaced the garlic with sweet peppers and a chilli pepper. The smell in the house last night was amazing and the taste is fantastic, just a hint of chilli.

P.S. I love my new cast iron casserole dish.

Argh!!! McDonald’s

When I went veggie and later vegan, I chose not to exclude food from places such as McDonald’s and other fast food chains as I a) like the food and b) sometimes need the convenience.  I often have to order a slightly modified vegetarian option i.e. no mayo etc.

Today my friend went to a McDonald’s drive through and I ordered a Spicy Veggie Wrap without mayo.  I am happy to report it came without mayo but unfortunately after I bit into it I discovered it came without the veggie patty too, it was chicken (I spat it out without swallowing any of it and my friend ate the rest).

At first I gave them the benefit of the doubt assuming it could have been a misunderstanding and they thought my friend ordered the chicken, but the receipt below clearly shows the veggie wrap.

So today ended my run of 334 days without having parts of a dead animal in my mouth, thanks McDonald’s.  I either need to inspect my food more carefully in future or just avoid McDonald’s.