Steven Sims changed the archery industry for good in 1998 with the introduction of his small mushroom-shaped stick-on vibration dampening devices called LimbSavers. Easily attached with industrial strength double-backed tape to the inside surface of each bow limb, they launched an assault against noisy bows everywhere.
There is much more to the backstory of this product, but suffice it to say that Steven is a relentless innovator who continues to expand his company’s ever-growing product line of ‘products that work’ – a tagline you can hang your hat on.
The backbone of Sims Vibration Laboratory, located in Shelton, Washington, is a proprietary and patented rubber compound Steven developed called NAVCOM, which was scientifically formulated to cancel noise and vibration from dynamic systems, such as a bows and arrows, among a wide variety of other applications. So, in simple terms, energy that is not transferred to the arrow during a bow shot cycle (noise and vibration) is largely swallowed up by the NAVCOM material, thus reducing noise decibel levels.
Introduced in 2011, the LimbSaver Kodiak Firearm/Crossbow Sling solves two common problems with existing gun slings. First, this sling incorporates Sims’ proprietary NAVCOM vibration dampening elastomer for unsurpassed shoulder comfort. Another benefit is that NAVCOM has a high coefficient of friction and won’t easily slip and slide off your shoulder, even when shifting your weight from side to side while navigating uneven terrain. Additionally, a moveable NAVCOM hand grip provides natural hand placement and control while hiking.
I swapped out the sling on my Remington 870 with the Kodiak Sling for spring turkey season and was pleased with the performance against the company’s claims.