Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hoyt Satori

The Hoyt Satori review on my YouTube channel

Hoyt's latest hunting recurve bow...

When Hoyt archery announced their 2017 line-up, a couple of takedown recurve bows were dropped. 
Among them were the Hoyt Buffalo, Tiburon, Game Master II and Dorado. These were the bows using Hoyt's Formula limbs.
With some input from Fred Eichler, Hoyt's collaborator in recurve hunting bow designs, the new riser that came out for this year was the Hoyt Satori.
Instead of having multiple models, the Satori is sold as a system bow. You don't get the complete kit, but rather a choice of having a 17", 19" or 21" riser.
This year, the changes are apparent. No more Formula series limbs for the Satori. 
Hoyt uses the Grand Prix series limbs for the Satori which is available in short, medium and long configurations.
So, if you are a tall person with a long draw, a 21" riser will increase the bow's AMO length to 66". 
The standard wooden limbs for the Satori is sold separately so, that said, you will have to source for the riser and limbs together. One thing that was kept was the rolldown bow bag which is pretty cool.

Performance

I opted for a 21" riser and got a pair of standard limbs. This was back in March when the bow arrived in Malaysia through my dealer Excella Archery. 
What I don't get with the Satori, is a string. For this, I opted for the Flex Archery 18-strand flemish twist string (64").
Once I had the bow set up, I shot it off the shelf. It was dead accurate straight out of the box and I must say that I am very impressed with the Satori.
To take it to a higher notch, I trained with this bow and took it to the Thailand Princess Cup archery tournament. It took me as far as the 1/16 elimination rounds.
For a traditional bow, the performance is unquestionable.

Shooting the Satori at the range

The ILF limbs set up in seconds

can briser in blackout finish

The Satori can be rigged to hunt and there are a couple of good accessories that you can add onto the bow's riser.
The ILF limbs are really versatile with a 5-pound increment from 35-60lbs. If you want to shoot off the shelf at 3D tournaments, the 35-lb limb is perfect. To get the best out of it, Hoyt had also introduced the Carbon X-tour traditional limbs for the Satori. This takes the shooting experience to another level. The carbon laminated limbs with a bamboo core are out of this world in terms of smoothness and speed. I paired the Satori with the proven Easton Axis Traditional carbon shafts and use a spine higher to shoot 3D targets as well as paper target faces.
So far, I have nothing bad to say about the bow. This is the bow that I will bring for trad meets around the country and hopefully, for IBO shoots in the US someday...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Defining Barebow

*The video from Samo's YouTube channel

The blurred line...

There are many people shooting barebow in Malaysia long before I discovered archery. Most of the pioneers would lay low and hardly took part in competitions.
What is interesting, is the fact that barebow archery has gained keen interest from the traditional archery community here in Malaysia. 
Even so, if you lug a modern takedown recurve target bow to a paid range, people would generally frown at you. You'd probably fall under the category of people who howl at the moon and practise some gong-banging ritual.
Again, there are many interpretations on barebow archery. Most of the folks here would lump a guy with an Asiatic bow and a guy who shoots a minimalist modern target recurve together. 
But they missed out on one point: trad archers either shoot off the shelf or with their hand as a rest.

Trad vs Barebow

Two years into archery and countless of local tournaments including two international gig, I saw the shortcomings of being a trad archer. 
You shoot off the shelf, you better be good to maintain consistency and narrow down the variable.
With an arrow rest and a plunger, you reduce the margin of error. But, that said, it's the credo: "Its the archer, not the bow" that determines your advancement in a tournament. Having seen the numbers, trad archers tend to drop out as the tournament reaches a climax. At a trad/barebow meet, the barebow archer would be triumphant.

Going full barebow...

The odd are building. How to reduce it? Well, inevitably, it will be going down the path of setting up a full barebow rig and shooting three-under. You get the picture...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Easton Axis Traditional Carbon Arrows

Shooting the Easton Axis Traditional Carbon Arrows with my Hoyt Satori

If you shoot modern trad bows...

I first came to learn about the Easton Axis traditional carbon arrows two years ago. It was mainly through websites and the social media channel.
While the product may not be new, some Malaysian archers have already been using this carbon arrows.
I found it as an excellent match for my Hoyt hunting recurve bows. While searching for this particular product, I came across a series of disappointments.
The pro-shops here in the Klang Valley don't sell them. Some of these so-called pro-staff I had encountered have not even heard of such a product.
Worse still, some shops wanted to charge RM1,200 for a dozen. The excuse: not enough quantity for a single order.
So, fast-forward to the 2016 Thailand Princess Cup, a trip to the Thai Archery store in the outskirts of Bangkok solved the problem.
I bought a dozen, have it built to my liking and shot them at my range in Subang Jaya.
The bow: a Hoyt Tiburon, arrow spine, size 500 and bow limbs were rated at 35lbs. 
Straight out of the box, the Axis is an excellent shaft. It was meant primarily for hunting and its hidden insert technology is meant for deeper penetration onto a game.

Shooting off the shelf...

Most of the local archers I know would need some sort of tool to help them reduce the odds on the shooting line. Hence, the arrow rest and plunger.
My rig, on the other hand, is totally minimalist. Just a rug rest and a side plate. And the Axis, which is built with a 4-inch feather vane, does its job.
Shooting off the shelf means more chances of making mistakes in a competition. But, my primary usage of the bow, is to put meat on the dining table. So, my take on this is very different from the competitive archer. 
Although I have taken the Axis to numerous local tournaments, learning to shoot well on a trad bow is a humbling experience.

Landing a clean shot with the Axis on the Hoyt Satori
For what it's worth...

The Axis is not for everyone. If you shoot a target recurve bow, it looks totally out of place. Those who love Western trad bows like the longbow, single-piece and wooden takedown recurve would appreciate this carbon shaft.
It's tough and it could take a real beating before it gets shot to bits. I have broken one and lost another. So far, no complaints. If you are one of those who is willing to spend some money for quality goods, the Axis will be there for you, yielding plenty of fun!