A Forums member in another thread (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...982#post857982) got me thinking about my arrow rest. New to archery and with zero experience bowhunting yet, most of my bowhunting is learning and planning. The pros/cons of different arrow rest designs are interesting and knowing general characteristics to look for can be helpful. What good or bad characteristics of each type rest do you consider when choosing one type rest over the other. What does each type do well, or not so well?
Good, short, basic intro article:
Good Forums discussion: http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...Fall-Away-rest. Excellent points made by jmg (post#6: capture-type could offer advantage for stalking) and AKDoug (post #7: freezing is just BAD for bows! Read "I once did a test...")
Short of the only perfect answer (see Vince's post#20 in the above thread), what performance characteristics might one consider when choosing capture versus fall-away designs for Alaska? What traits matter when considering each design for bowhunting in Alaska?
Design parameters for bowhunting in Alaska:
1. Simplicity is best.
2. Moving parts can fail.
3. Poorly made parts can fail.
4. Alaskan bowhunts more often than not require considerable investments of money, time, travel, etc; therefore the shot opportunities are valuable.
5. Alaskan bowhunt conditions to consider include: wet (dew on willows, etc or rain/snow); freezing temps; long hikes with gear)
Example: Although my bow (a gift) came equipped with an Octane Hostage Pro and the rationale for this piece of equipment made sense to me, another Forums member pointed out some things to consider in the poor reviews by Cabela's customers who purchased this rest (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Octane-Hostage-Pro-Rest-from-Diamond/728841.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2 Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fs ch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dhostage%2Bpr o%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=hostage+pro). Most (32/51) comments were either 1-star (12) or 5-stars (20) ratings. Although the 5 star reviewers were enthusiastic, the 1 star reviewer comments were troublesome too, describing brush durability problems and adjustment mechanism hardware failures - important potential weaknesses of this rest. I haven't had those problems yet, but the points are good ones to consider and I will watch for them.
Finally, quoting AKDoug: "I'm a big proponent of shooting what you are comfortable with. I happen to shoot a WB, but I'd never tell anyone to get rid of their drop-away to get one".
Choose what you like to meet your particular performance requirments, but what things should one consider generally when considering either type rest?
Here's my list:
1. Good: Capture type rests are simple designs which is good, minimizing the risk of in-the-field mechanical failure, but ...
2. Bad: Capture-type brushes may freeze if the brushes get wet - and full capture type rests would fail. (Or not? See AKDoug's "I once did a test...")
3. Good: Drop-away rests offer many advantages - which contribute to accuracy by avoiding contact interference with the arrow, but...
4. Bad: Drop away rests are more mechanically complex and so vulnerable.