Field Evaluation: 'Saberlock' Bow Case By Keith Dunlap - Field Evaluator
Feb 21, 2010 - 9:00:59 AM
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accessories (archery bow cases, gun cases and gun pods/shooting sticks) and
sporting optics (binoculars and spotting scopes) for 24 years. They have a
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This evaluation features the new Saberlock bow case from
Vanguard.Modeled after Vanguards
popular GDS 6200 Series bow cases, the Saberlock boasts all of the same
features with a one-inch expanded height and sized to fit the radical riser
designs of today’s bows. Saberlock is “hardcore”
bow protection that includes four tie-down straps inside, a thick foam interior
padding, and a secure foam section for holding up to 12 arrows. Vanguard boasts that this case is tough on the
outside, too, made of solid polyethylene with a 600D polyester inlay. Security
is not an issue with the Saberlock, as it includes a numeric key lock, two
additional key locks on the latches and padlock holders on each of the four.
The new Saberlock bow case from Vanguard.
received the package containing the Saberlock bow case from Vanguard, I
immediately went to work giving it a thorough examination inside and out.I noticed right away that this case was heavy
duty and much nicer than the cases I have used over the years.All parts were in perfect working order, and
I found no quality defects in workmanship, fit and finish.The lock, hinges, and latches worked
perfectly, and I give this bow case the thumbs up for quality.
mentioned earlier, the shell of the Saberlock is made from solid polyethylene plastic
with a 600D polyester inlay.What is
600D polyester, you ask?I’ll tell
you…the 'D' stands for the word 'Denier', which is a measure of the fineness of
material.Specifically, Denier refers to
the weight (in grams) of 9,000 meters of the fiber from which the material is
made.Okay, what does this mean?It means that the higher the 'D' value, the
stronger and more durable the material.With a 600D polyester inlay, the Saberlock should provide years of
durable use while protecting my valuable bows.
Plenty of room for just about any bow, release, tools, parts, and a dozen arrows.
interior of the Saberlock contains dense, thick foam padding (egg carton type),
including a 30” x 6 ½” section for tools, parts, your release, etc.There is also a section with foam slots that
will hold up to a dozen arrows.
entire bow case has a 1” thick foam padding around the inside perimeter, and
there is a 2” thick foam pad on the top and bottom to protect the contents of
the case.The foam padding is glued into
place, except for the section that lifts out to reveal a storage area for your
release and other items.There are four
Velcro tie-down straps in the case that are securely fastened to the shell of
the case with two rivets for each strap.
four black plastic “feet” located on the bottom of the Saberlock that provide
stability when the case is in the upright position. There are three hinges on the bottom of the
case that seem heavy duty enough to survive the airline industry’s abuse, but
it seems to me that a longer continuous hinge would enhance the durability of
the Saberlock.A word about luggage
abuse…it’s a crime that we pay as much as we do to fly these days, including
having to pay extra for our luggage on many airlines…only to have the airline
personnel inflict their seemingly intentional physical abuse of our bow and gun
cases.I have not traveled for a hunt without
having sustained at least some damage to my bow or gun case.I think they do it on purpose when they know
the contents of the case (its shape gives it away!).
Now…if you work for the airline industry and
you are one of the RARE folks to take care of the luggage we entrust to you, my
hats off to you.But, the vast majority
of my travel experiences with my bows or guns have not been without incidence.Enough about that (I feel better now).
Padded section for up to 12 arrows – holds arrows securely in place.
The security features of the Saberlock include a numeric key
lock, four latches that accept optional padlocks, two of which have additional
key locks.The case includes two keys
for the numeric key lock and two keys for the latches with locks.For an added measure of security, I always
place a combination cable lock around the entire bow case and run it through
the handle of the case.
One at a time, I placed each bow that I own, from youth
models to my own collection to confirm that fit was good for each.I have compound bows with traditional limbs
to extreme (more than) parallel limbs.With
an inside dimension of 18 3/8” x 40”, the Saberlock should accommodate most any
compound bow on the market today.The
largest bow I placed inside the case had an axle to axle measurement of 37”,
and it had plenty of room to spare.Each
bow I tried fit nicely inside the case, and the Velcro tie-downs did a nice job
holding the bows in place while I shook the case to test for
bow-protection.A dozen arrows fit
nicely inside the case, and held firm while I continued to shake and jar the
Saberlock.I tried to replicate the same
type of abuse that the airlines inflict upon our bows, without damaging the
exterior of the bow case.With my bow
and six arrows inside, I threw the case several times onto my concrete garage
floor with some thin rubber matting to prevent scratches (I did not want to
intentionally scratch the case, it’s too nice!).The Saberlock held up very well and its
contents were intact when I opened the case.
Storage compartment for your release, parts, tools, etc.
The Saberlock from Vanguard is a
great bow case…one that I would be more than comfortable using with my “beloved”
bow on one of my annual bowhunting excursions to
Illinois.We spend a lot of money on our bows, and we
cannot afford to throw caution to the wind when choosing a bow case to protect
our investment when we travel to hunt.I
have had several bad experiences (as most have) with the airline industry
destroying my bow and gun cases, so I am eager to try the Saberlock on my next
hunting trip.I will provide an update
to this evaluation when I do.
Good quality latches (4 of them) with padlock holders for added security.
Dimensions(inch): 40 x 18 3/8 x 7
Dimensions(inch): 42 1/2 x 20 3/4 x 7 3/4
body material: polyethylene with a 600D polyester inlay
5 year limited
Pros:good quality, seems
durable, plenty of padding inside, secure (key lock plus four padlocks can be
Cons: one continuous
hinge would improve durability in my opinion
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