Archive for the ‘Archery’ Category

Watch Your Arrow In Flight Using Lighted Nocks

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Easton Tracer Nock

Simple concepts, when they are correctly created and achieved, can be tremendously valuable and the concept of lighted nocks is undoubtedly one that is getting growing approval among hunters. The idea is that the back of the arrow is fitted with a small led light that enhances the visibility of the arrow when it is released from the bow.

There are several things to like about having an arrow which has a light attached, the most obvious is it is simpler to see the arrow while it is in flight. Therefore the shooter is able to see precisely how his or her arrow travels through the air and the light trail which is created will indicate the path of the arrow clearly. If modifications are necessary it is going to quickly become evident and this will help on upcoming shots.

The light will also provide a secondary benefit to the archer and that’s to stop arrows from getting lost. In the event the target be missed for some reason, depending on the thickness of the undergrowth, it is extremely easy to lose your arrow. In most cases these arrows are quite high-priced and the last thing you want to do is to replace all of them each time you go out. The led light inside the arrow nock will enhance visibility of the arrow as it sits in the undergrowth ensuring that it will be found without a lot of searching.

While these nocks have a tendency to cost more than the regular old plastic nocks they can be thought of as providing good value for money, especially if you bag more game or retain all of the arrows every time you shoot.

Get Compound Bow Equipment

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Apart from the compound bow and a good set of arrows there is really nothing else you need to get started in the sport of archery. However if you are planning on succeeding in any meaningful way in the sport there is a huge list of compound bow accessories that many people consider crucial.

Equipment you might add to your bow includes a bow sight to ensure your aim is assured, a bow stabilizer to help balance the bow and reduce vibration, a bow sling to assist with carrying the bow, an arrow rest to fire the arrow on a straight path. You might also like to use a bow release which is something that many archers prefer to use to ensure a minimum of movement at the time of release.

Not using these pieces of equipment will still allow you to shoot a compound bow without any trouble at all. To get the greatest performance from your bow, these items will certainly be of great use.

The only real danger is that once you start to get to know about the various types of bow sights and bow releases it is very easy to become fanatical about them. A 3-pin bow sight will not be enough, you’ll simply have to have the 7-pin and the bow release with a manual trigger won’t hold a candle to the more sophisticated Carter back tension releases that are available.

Piling you bow with the latest fancy equipment is not a guarantee to successful shooting but it will certainly help you to improve and enjoy the sport even more.

Comparing the Hoyt Maxxis To the Alphamax

Monday, March 8th, 2010

So what do you do if you are a bow manufacturer with a need to keep feeding the masses with new products every year, yet your existing line is still wildly popular? You simply take your existing bows, rename them with a hip new name and sell them as the latest model, new for this year bows.

That’s what Hoyt Archery have done with a couple of their new bows for the 2010 line-up. The Maxxis 31 and the Maxxis 35 sound very similar to the Alphamax 32 and the Alphamax 35. There are some minor differences – the 1” smaller axle-to-axle frame of the Maxxis 31, for example, but when you do a comparison between the new and the old they stack up as very similar types of bows that perform the same functions.

What the Maxxis bows have is the benefit of newer technology which, according to the company makes them smoother drawing and has even less vibration when shooting. The speeds of the bows look to be almost identical. The cam system is still the same XTR Cam and ½ or the Z3 Cam and ½ for the shorter draw.

For many it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Those who have shot both and who have not been taken in with an unreasoning love for anything brand new have reported that they could distinguish no difference in draw, noise or hand shock between the new and the old.

The bottom line will most probably be that those who are in the market for a new bow will probably be inclined to go for a Maxxis while those who are already shooting an Alphamax will stick with what they have. There are some people who simply must have the latest and greatest releases and will be moving quickly to get their hands on the new Maxxis bows regardless of whether they like or dislike their Alphamax.

For the rest I suspect those who have been longtime users of the Hoyt Alphamax 32 and the Hoyt Alphamax 35 will continue to go on loving their bow.


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