Dead Center Archery, Pro Bow Balancer - One
just has to take a quick glance at the Pro Bow Balancer to appreciate the pure tuning marvel that is available to them. This system makes balancing your tournament bow simple and easy. You can forget about holding the bow out in front of you to see where to add weights. I was able to play around with the device at the show and was blown away by how
easy it is to hook a bow into the handle and test for balance, allowing you to see where to add or subtract weight. It doesn’t end there, I could tell the system was meant for years of use in an archery pro shop or at home due to the sturdy construction.
Full Flight Technology, Velocitip Ballistic System-
If you’re a technical minded archer who loves collecting data and figuring out how your setup performs downrange, then the Velocitip Ballistic System is worth your time. All you have to do is thread the tip to your arrow and shoot at the target. The Velocitip system is housed in the field point and is activated when the arrow leaves the bow and stops when it hits the target, all the while measuring arrow performance more than a thousand times as the arrow is traveling downrange. Velocitip provides a wealth of data, yet target archers might find the precision trajectory, time-of-flight, and drag to be the most useful. Trajectory is useful for any archer but can really help 3D shooters and hunters who must estimate shot distance. Time-of-flight is the ultimate measure of which setup is the flattest shooting. Drag can be used to select the most consistent set of arrows for use in competition. You can finally see how your arrows are performing at any distance. All of this is done with data from your own arrows.
Specialty Archery, LLC, Pro Series Hooded Peep-
You can’t control the outdoor elements, but you can control your archery equipment. The Pro Series Hooded Peep can do it all from a peep standpoint. It helps prevent glare in your peep due to the extra material at the top that both indoor and outdoor archers can benefit from. The peep also comes with an anodized matte finish, further enabling you to make the shot count on the range without fear of glare interference. If that wasn’t enough, you can also interchange aperture sizes without removing the peep from the string and you have the ability to add a clarifier or verifier. The Pro Series Hooded Peep is a key product for the technical minded archer.
Spot Hogg, Spark
As a guy who is always looking for ways to improve his shooting, the new Spark scope by Spot Hogg grabbed my attention. This product is so new that it didn’t even make the company’s 2013 catalog. The scope instantly stands out due to its multiple alignment rings, ability to add magnification lens, and four different reticle options (crosshair, duplex crosshair, circle, and dot), all of which can be lit with the addition of a light kit (with variable colors). The scope comes in two different mount sizes; the standard Spot Hogg mount and the universal mount with a 10/32 rod. Like all of Spot Hogg’s products, durability and precision are at a high level.
There is finally a solution for a proper way to rest your bow at a tournament or while bowhunting in a ground blind. No more laying your expensive bow on its side or scratching the limbs with other bow stands. Bowstix is a fully adjustable bow bi-pod that fits every major bow on the market. It works by screwing into your stabilizer mount on your bow and operates on a spear system that enables unlimited movement for a fully customized fit. You also have the ability to mount a stabilizer on the end of the Bowstix. This design allows you to shoot with the legs on, and when they are not needed, you can unscrew the legs from the mount and then screw the legs together and place in your quiver.
Hamskea Archery Solutions, Easy Third Axis Level-
While not a new product to the Hamskea line, the Easy Third Axis Level continues to be a strong tuning aid for archers. Shooting steep, up and downhill shots are the name of the game in tournaments. This simple leveling devise allows you to set your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd axis sight settings, which is crucial for getting rid of those right and left misses. Setting 3rd axis at full draw is pivotal in properly accounting for the effects your bow has from static to full draw as the load on your strings and cables increases. The compact nature of the tuning aid is perfect if you need to check your sight level while out on a 3D tournament or back at camp if you happen to drop your bow or bump the sight.
Hot Shot Manufacturing, Eclipse-
Hot Shot Manufacturing ramped up their lineup of releases this year. The popular Eclipse release has been re-engineered for 2013, offering dual-locking screw adjustments for varying tension and trigger travel amount. Also the internal parts and hook have been improved, offering smooth and consistent firing. For the comfort side of things, the Eclipse has numerous adjustment capabilities in the thumb post for true, effortless shooting. It comes in four finger and three finger designs. A great release choice for the tournament archer.
Firenock, APS (Arrow Preparation System)-
One new product from Firenock that really excited me this year is the APS (Arrow Preparation System). This is an all-in-one tool for preparing your arrows for the field. Not only can you square and spin test an arrow, but you can also adjust the track system to allow you to square the nock side of an arrow that has already been fletched. Also, you have the ability to add and change the grinding surface by utilizing sandpaper that is readily available at a hardware store. Gone are the days of waiting a week to receive new parts to square an arrow. It seems that no corners have been cut with this design. Precision is taken to the highest level.
Morrell had several great new targets on display including this Mathews-branded model
The new collection of Rinehart 3-D targets available for 2011.