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Contributors to this thread:
Cazador 12-Dec-21
Bou'bound 12-Dec-21
SIP 12-Dec-21
Blood 12-Dec-21
Bono 12-Dec-21
wyobullshooter 12-Dec-21
Grey Ghost 12-Dec-21
Cazador 12-Dec-21
Grey Ghost 12-Dec-21
midwest 12-Dec-21
Blood 12-Dec-21
nchunter 12-Dec-21
WapitiBob 12-Dec-21
Thisismyhandle 12-Dec-21
PECO 12-Dec-21
Dino 12-Dec-21
DRR324 12-Dec-21
x-man 13-Dec-21
Cazador 13-Dec-21
Ucsdryder 13-Dec-21
12yards 13-Dec-21
midwest 13-Dec-21
Cazador 13-Dec-21
Bowfreak 13-Dec-21
smarba 13-Dec-21
Beginner 13-Dec-21
Meat Grinder 13-Dec-21
APauls 13-Dec-21
bighorn 13-Dec-21
bighorn 13-Dec-21
Dale06 13-Dec-21
Cheesehead Mike 16-Dec-21
Cazador 17-Dec-21
Nick Muche 17-Dec-21
buckeye 17-Dec-21
Cazador 17-Dec-21
Nick Muche 17-Dec-21
kota-man 17-Dec-21
Bou'bound 17-Dec-21
Ermine 19-Dec-21
Nocturnal II 19-Dec-21
Gator 19-Dec-21
x-man 20-Dec-21
Cazador 20-Dec-21
From: Cazador
12-Dec-21
So, I'm going to take the plunge and get a new bow. As exciting as that is, I'm not looking forward to setting it up. To be very clear, I'm not a "tinkerer". I will have a local shop set it up, and the bow, once shooting well, will be just that a bow ready to go.

I have shot a trophy taker pronghorn for 15 years and still have a new in the box rest I was hoping to use but I'm not sure they will fit on the new bow. Simple question, what is a good rest these days for a guy that hates to tinker, want's to set it up, let the screws rust in place and be done with it if I can't get the TT to work?

From: Bou'bound
12-Dec-21
Qad ultrarest

From: SIP
12-Dec-21
Bou x2

From: Blood
12-Dec-21

Blood's embedded Photo
Blood's embedded Photo
Upgrade to the Trophy Taker Smackdown Pro limb driven and don’t look back. Can’t say enough good things and advantages of this type of rest.

From: Bono
12-Dec-21
Blood x 2

12-Dec-21
Another TT fan, although I prefer the cable driven. Hate the name, love the rest.

From: Grey Ghost
12-Dec-21
Although new string technology has gotten better, they all still require a break-in period to settle into a length that they will stay for a while. Therefore, no compound bow will be a "set it and forget it" type deal when new. I'd recommend at least 200 shots before you get serious about fine tuning your new bow.

IMO, you really should learn how to tune your bow yourself. Every bow should be tuned to the shooter. There's no magic tune that will shoot perfectly for every shooter. So, if you're not comfortable with tuning, hopefully your shop tech will tune your bow to your specific shooting form. If he simply sets your bow up, then hands it to you claiming it's tuned, I'd be very leery.

There are a lot of rests on the market that should provide trouble free operation for a long time, if set up properly.

Matt

From: Cazador
12-Dec-21
@ GG, that's not what's happening. I get the break in period (just replaced string on my old bow) and I paper tune, bareshaft and all that. I have no issues at all getting BHs and FPs to fly well and hit the same at the ranges I shoot.

What I'm looking for is once the rest is on, all set and broke in, I want to forget about it. That is achievable, I have a bow that hangs on a peg in the garage sights and rests pretty much rusted so nothing moves from from salt water etc. It's pretty much pick it up, and it shoots the same year after year hence the reason I've kept it.

Those TT Smackdowns are the new as good as the old? Guys that are hard on their bows, how do these limb driven strings hold up? I hunt very very thick areas for elk and deer, bears etc. It seems like it could be a liability, but maybe not. I know with the short length of cord on the TT type rests, when it gets real bad, I have my hand over that small 5-6" place where the cord could get ripped off the cable. It seems the limb drivens there would be more exposed.

From: Grey Ghost
12-Dec-21
Sorry for misunderstanding, Caz.

I have 3 bows with different models of string attached drop-away rests. I haven't had to touch the rests on any of them for 15-20 years. Sorry I can't offer advice on any of the new rest offerings. All my old junk is still working well, so I've taken the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude with respect to bows and accessories.

Matt

From: midwest
12-Dec-21
I like limb driven. The Vapor Trail is about as simple and trouble free as it gets in a drop away.

From: Blood
12-Dec-21
If your limb driven string ever loosens or breaks, you just pull it tight and tie it in again. You can even use your shoelace (for real). Simple. Bullet proof. So easy. No timing issues. I use a long piece of D Loop material.

From: nchunter
12-Dec-21
Hamskea hunter pro

From: WapitiBob
12-Dec-21
For your rest, get some good cord and it won't move. I haven't touched the cord on my hamskae in over a year. And hunting with a limb driven rest is no issue.

12-Dec-21
Hamskea hunter pro x3 here. I haven’t touched my rest since I put it on the bow over a year ago. Also I got rid of the stock football thing and use their cord tensioner. The string hasn’t loosened yet.

From: PECO
12-Dec-21
Whisker Biscuit. Yes, you have to replace the brush disc once in a while but no adjustment will be needed.

From: Dino
12-Dec-21
Another vote for Hamskea. Trinity pro hunter.

From: DRR324
12-Dec-21
Another Hamskea user here, Trinity Pro Hunter.

From: x-man
13-Dec-21
If you don't like to tinker, DO NOT BUY A CABLE DRIVEN DROP AWAY!

Limb driven drop away rests could not be easier to set up and maintain.

From: Cazador
13-Dec-21
Sounds like a few options are available and Hamskea is right here in CO.

From: Ucsdryder
13-Dec-21
Hamskea

From: 12yards
13-Dec-21
Hamskea gets all the rage now days and they sound very good. I've had QADs for a long time now and love them. I've also had two TT Smackdown Pros and they have worked great. Never had a Vapor Trail but never heard a bad thing about them. Lots of good choices mentioned above.

From: midwest
13-Dec-21
Hamskea is built like a tank and can be mounted using top limb, bottom limb, or cable.

I saw where Allen Bolen had his hooked up to both limb and cable so no matter what, the rest will raise at full draw and will drop when released. lol

From: Cazador
13-Dec-21
I see where you can take the cage off of them so there is less "Stuff" up around the shelf. I've never used a full capture rest so I will take a look at that. I like a simple fork for simple arrow on rest and done.

From: Bowfreak
13-Dec-21
Hamskea Hybrid Hunter is reasonably priced and is solid as a rock.

From: smarba
13-Dec-21
Vapor Trail Limb Driver has worked for me for 10(?) years zero issues. Have heard good things about Hamskea also.

From: Beginner
13-Dec-21
I like my Hamskea, it seems very durable.

From: Meat Grinder
13-Dec-21
Hamskea Hybrid Hunter Pro. Super easy to set up.

From: APauls
13-Dec-21
Whisker Biscuit.

From: bighorn
13-Dec-21

From: bighorn
13-Dec-21
whisker biscuit

From: Dale06
13-Dec-21
I used Ripcord on five bows over 15 or so years and had zero issues. Ive used QAD integrated on my new Mathews the last year, zero problems. I shoot a lot.

16-Dec-21
I have the QAD ultra on my Halon. I set it and forgot it 5 years ago and this year it bit me in the butt and cost me 2 big bucks because it failed to drop. I shoot a lot too and have shot thousands and thousands of arrows through it. The problem is, how do you know when a rest is worn out and/or about to fail? I have a Trophy Taker Pronghorn on my Mathews MQ1 back up bow and it has never failed me. I've been shooting it lately until I replace the rest on my Halon because I can't trust it anymore. I'm looking at the Hamskea Trinity as a replacement.

From: Cazador
17-Dec-21
Tough break Mike.

From: Nick Muche
17-Dec-21

Nick Muche's embedded Photo
Nick Muche's embedded Photo
If you want simple, been using this one for 10 plus years. It’s been great!

Vaportrail Limb Driver Pro

From: buckeye
17-Dec-21
Whisker biscuit won't freeze up

From: Cazador
17-Dec-21
Nick, that looks pretty close to the old Trophy takers. I like that style I don’t need that “cage”

From: Nick Muche
17-Dec-21
The cage sucks, agreed. The Limbdriver is as simple as a drop away gets, and has been extremely reliable.

From: kota-man
17-Dec-21
Longtime QAD user, but switched to Hamskea last year. I like the Hamskea much better. Solidly built xl and work everytime.

From: Bou'bound
17-Dec-21

From: Ermine
19-Dec-21
Hamskea is the best. Currently use the Trinity. They are bombproof and won’t fail

From: Nocturnal II
19-Dec-21

Nocturnal II's embedded Photo
Nocturnal II's embedded Photo
Another vote for Hamskea

From: Gator
19-Dec-21
Hamskea

From: x-man
20-Dec-21
Cazador,

That Limb Driver Pro is also on all of my bows. Nothing like the Trophy Taker though other than "looks". This one is limb-driven. I have my prongs cut off at the end of that black teflon wear material, just a personal preference.

From: Cazador
20-Dec-21
The problem with a lot of the older rests, is the string that attaches to the cables comes out of the center of the rest not the side like they do these days. With bows with larger brace heights, its a non issue, anything 6 or under it's a problem as the string comes right over your hand with little if any clearance. Looking at the Hoyt's, I don't see how one could run the cord to the cable as there is "Too much" in the way.

Anyways, a lot of good options. I have to buy the bow still, we'll see how that goes!

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