Sumeike Pink 0.45mm Flatband
The Sumeike flatbands have picked up a lot of popularity since the 2018 World Cup Champion used the pink version for the win. I recently acquired some of the .45mm pink and put it through a bit of a test today. The stuff is amazing for light ammo.
Thickness = 0.017" (Imperial caliper)
Cut = 20 mm x 12 mm x 197 mm
Draw length = 32"
Draw weight = 5 pounds & 5.8 ounces
Room temperature = 20C (68F)
1/4" steel = 240 fps average (239-243 fps)
5/16" steel = 215 fps average (212-218 fps)
When checking thickness I took caliper readings at the pouch, fork & midway and all readings on both bands indicated .017" thickness. Very consistent.
After completing the speed tests I checked again with different anchoring pause times. A one second anchor pause and a 4 second pause both gave the same speeds.
As has been mentioned before, the Sumeike Pink is very stretchy. It's smooth like drawing a 70" longbow. The Precise Apple Green 0.40mm bands are very close in thickness but I found that they have a definite stacking point. The Greens shot well but felt much different than the Sumeike Pink.
My next set of Pinks will likely be around 180mm with the same taper. I'm looking to break 260fps with ¼" steel for long distance shooting. I can get there with .55mm Yellow Precise but I'm hoping this Pink band will do it with a bit less draw weight.
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