Our first show at the biggest archery event in the UK indoor calendar

The indoor season is well and truly underway as the UK plummets into winter and races towards Christmas. We made our first ever public trade show appearance at this years 2018 Archery GB Indoor Nationals and Back 2 Back tournament spanning the first weekend in December. The quality and caliber of competitive British archers has never been better so it was a great time to take X Sight on tour. Attended by over 650 archers means places sell out fast for the biggest event of the indoor calendar. It attracts archers from all corners of the country to compete on the long line of bosses in the impressive shooting venue of Stoneleigh Park. Not only is it attended by British archers, but archers traveled from as far as Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and France to compete for the various prestigious prizes on offer. 

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Jack Harris from X Sight archery standing proudly in front of the X Sight archery trade show stand at 2018 Indoor Nationals exhibiting archery specific performance glasses
two compound archers wearing x sight shirts and glasses

The Indoor Nationals offers spaces for shops and archery brands from all over the world to showcase their products, so we were proud to be exhibiting our product alongside some of the UK’s top archery shops and worldwide shooting brands like Stan & Wiawis. If it was not for our friends from Podium Bowstrings suggesting we should exhibit then we probably would never have gone, so a big thanks to Sonnie Emeney for planting the idea in our minds back in the summer and collaborating with us to make it a success! Check out his awesome bowstrings. Available from Quicks and Clickers. 

We had the opportunity to see some of the latest products on offer this year, test out some of the latest bows, and meet the friendly, helpful staff behind the shops and brands. 

Exhibiting at the UK’s biggest competition of the year was an incredible opportunity for publicity and a sure fire way to strike up conversations with people who either hadn’t heard of X Sight before, or had been wanting to try them, but until now hadn’t had the opportunity.

Over the two day event featuring the Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals and Back 2 Back competition, we met hundreds of archers of all ages and disciplines many of whom were wearing our shirts and glasses. 

Fantastic support from our Pro Staff

The support we received from our members of Pro Staff team was unprecedented and we cant thank everyone enough who came to help at the stall without us asking for it. To be able to come up and talk to people at our stand about their own experiences of how the X Sight glasses have helped them on their archery journey down a successful path has proved to us how much our sponsored archers and product ambassadors truly believe in the product. 

We made quite the impression!

Weeks of preparation went into designing the display stand graphics, but all the hard work paid off as we were praised for our stands presentation, not only by the organisers and attendees of the event but from all our followers, friends, and family on social media. The stunning photographic backdrop we designed really stood out and drew people in. The stand was adorned with every colour from the stunning 11 lens range displayed on glamorous display stands for the general public to admire and try on. The 3 sets we currently have for sale were beautifully presented in their stunning cases for the admirers to ponder over and decide which set was going to be the one they’d like to take home. Many presents were brought and customers old and new came to admire and try the new lens colours.

New product feature exhibited

This show was also the first opportunity for us to exhibit our new detachable slim line nose pads. These little nose pads simply push onto your X Sight glasses and whilst they may look simple, the design process behind the scenes has been anything but. All other frame-less glasses with a detachable nose pad have gaps either side of the nose bridge to hold it in place. If ours did this process would have been a lot easier, but we didn’t want to compromise the unobstructed smooth lens design that we are well known for. These gaps that other glasses have when nose pieces are removed let light in at full draw causing visual obstructions and discomfort. To solve this problem, we designed a unique slimline nose pad which attaches onto our nose bridge without any gaps. You can purchase these nose pads in packs of 2 from our shop now, or if you’re a first-time buyer, then fear not because you’ll get a pack of these little beauties in your set.

Unanimous decision on new prototype lens

In the corner of the display stand stood an I Pad displaying a target face fronted by a plethora of coloured polycarbonate discs laid out for people to handle which could only mean one thing. Yes, that’s right, we took along some prototype lens colours for people to test out. We’ve been working closely with our lens manufacturer to develop a lens which really makes the gold pop, and that’s exactly what one of our new colours does. We also had some colours designed to enhance the most popular colours we already stock. Feedback was gathered from the crowds attending the stand during the weekend and one thing is for sure, the decision was unanimous, so all we can say is watch this space! At least one of these colours will go into production.

Shooter shirts sold out

One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was how many shooter shirts we sold. These shirts have a stunning design that really help you to stand out and look like a pro on the shooting line. Not only will you look good wearing one, but you’ll be super comfy shooting in one too. What’s not to like? The luxury polyester/spandex material creates such a nice stretchy fabric it just feels so good to shoot in. The slimline zip up neck keeps well out the way of your finger tab or release aid so no more tucking collars in for string clearance. Did we mention you don’t need to iron them? (who has time to iron when you’ve got to get 300 arrows in today anyway). They come out the dryer as smooth as silk and ready to wear. We knew there were going to be a few people at the competition wearing them, but when other people saw them in person, they started flying off the shelves. So much so, that we almost much sold out of everything we had on the first day. 

The constant buzz at the stand meant that we didn’t get a great deal of time to go and watch the matches, but we want to congratulate and thank everyone who supported us by shooting with an X Sight shirt on, or the glasses.

Podium positions for Team X Sight

Podium position congratulations go out to X Sight pro Staff team shooter and British Team member Tom Hall who won Recurve Gents Silver in the Senior Nationals on Sunday after narrowly being beaten to gold by one point in the Back 2 Back the previous day. Congratulations are also go to Longbow archer Sophie Twigg who fiercely fought her way to win the Longbow Ladies silver medal (not to mention helping out at the stand voluntarily in-between shoots). Last but not least, one of our talented young recurve archers, Darragh Joyce who has been using our glasses with an off eye filter to fix his eye dominance issues went onto win Bronze in the Under 14 Gents recurve. 

Of course, when the competition is so talented at this level you can get knocked out by having one arrow out the 10 ring and it’s easy to not get noticed, but every one of our competing ambassadors and Pro Staff who attended shot some impressive scores so well done all of you. Keep up the hard work!

Take a look at some of the photos we’ve been sent from the event of you guys wearing your shirts or glasses. Thank you to the amazingly talented AGB photographers Malcolm Rees and Derek Sizeland for their fantastic coverage of the event and thank you massively to Archery GB and all the staff and volunteers who came together to make this event a great success. 

We cant wait until next year now to see you all again. Our next event in the diary will be the Archery GB Junior Nationals in July. 

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