I personally don't know any traditional archer wearing a chest protector. I noticed however that Olympic archers (and similar disciplines) nearly always wear one. Which circumstances should make me think about wearing such?

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    Sports sometimes have minimum equipment requirements so in some cases you may be wearing an item to simply be eligible for participation. – Aravona Jul 29 '16 at 7:30
  • @Aravona Good point! – OddDeer Jul 29 '16 at 7:41
  • A bit like this answer What is a “shooting jacket”? – user2766 Jul 29 '16 at 8:36

Chest guards works as the same of arm guards. It protects the archer from get the sting from the string.

Although, when an archer shoots his/her arm, it's more likely it's related to his/her form while shooting his/her chest is a natural body shape fact. (not an actual problem, just as it is.)

It's also very commonly used by girls for obvious reason but some guys with a slightly longer draw length might use it as well.

  • Back in the day the guys in my archery club who were using chest protectors were the ones who tended to have a bit of a belly... – fgysin reinstate Monica Aug 3 '16 at 11:32

There doesn't seem to be anything in the (UK) rules saying this is required (unlike shooting jackets)

Protective accessories may be used such as finger-protective tape or gloves, chest protectors, and arm guards

As I understand it the chest protector is simply to allow you to pull the draw very close to your chest without it rubbing and hurting (and to prevent it getting caught on something)

So my guess is simply for protection. If you shoot enough arrows in a day (Olympic standard achers are going to practice a lot!) then I guess it's easy for your chest to get sore.

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