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Sling lengths based on height
Feb 5th, 2017 at 3:44pm
 
So, for a 5 foot 3 inch guy, what would be a good size for a small, medium, and long sling. I've made a few long ones but most seem a bit too long so I'm interested to see what you guys think.
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Re: Sling lengths based on height
Reply #1 - Feb 5th, 2017 at 4:16pm
 
i'm 5'5" this is my opinion:

small: 60cm
medium: 65-85cm
long:85-110cm
v.long: the max length you can handle, also depends on style  (1,4m for me)
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Re: Sling lengths based on height
Reply #2 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 11:00am
 
I have found the two best lengths for me. 

Stand with your sling on like you have a rock in the pouch, holding the retention cord at your release point.

My short sling is when my arm is hanging naturally, the pouch will be even with my ankle bone.

My long sling is my forearm held horizontally, the pouch is even with my ankle bone.

These are not measured features, my slings vary 1-2 inches, (25-50mm) above or below.  Although slightly shorter is better than slightly longer, but that is for me, personally.  You may do better with a slightly longer sling.

However, especially with my shorter sling, this lets me throw underhand without hitting the ground.
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Re: Sling lengths based on height
Reply #3 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 1:16pm
 
I am new to all of this, so big grain of salt. 

The distance from my sternum to my outstretched hand seems to be optimum.  Interestingly, this is the same distance from my hand (w/ the arm held straight down) to the ground.

I am 6'2".  My current favorite sling is 35" measured from the center of the pouch to the retention loop. 

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Re: Sling lengths based on height
Reply #4 - Feb 7th, 2017 at 10:19am
 
I use the length from where the retention loop goes on my finger up to my armpit. I like relative sizes personally because I feel like a 30 inch sling might feel different for a person who is 4' 5 vs a person who is 6'5".  When I was testing this I would try to dial my sling length and ammo weight in by getting ammo from about 3.5 Oz all the way up to say 8 Oz and testing each combination out for speed, accuracy and over all hitting power. Match the sling to the ammo to the slinger so to speak. There is no set standard. Just experiment and use what feels best.
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Re: Sling lengths based on height
Reply #5 - Feb 7th, 2017 at 11:10pm
 
i make my short slings where when folded in half its from the grip to a little ways past the elbow and then medium i go past the shoulder long slings i go to about the opposite shoulder
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Re: Sling lengths based on height
Reply #6 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 5:08pm
 
I am 6'4", A 2.5 foot (a little less than 3/5ths of a meter) Is the length of my general use sling. for Accuracy I Prefer a 2' sling, and when I am out in the open, away from possible snags, I use a 3' sling for distance.
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