I've had a Hoyt Carbon Defiant for the past few seasons. There are archers out there who comfortably shoot this bow and love it, and I was confident that I would overcome my problems without making another major purchase of a new bow.
If you love your bow, stick with it. Every modern bow out there can be effectively used for hunting today. It's not realistic for everyone to switch to a bigger device like this if something happens at the first sign of failure, but I'll explain why I decided to switch and how I chose the Bowtech Revolt X.
My rethinking started when I bought a new version of the Resistance right after the 2019 season. This release – which activates the shot by pulling through and building pressure rather than pulling a trigger – emphasizes the correct shape. Part of this was examining how my anchor point was positioned.
I shot a draw length of 28.5 inches. That felt good with my thumb release, but it was too long after switching to the resistance. My anchor hand was right on the corner of my chin bone.
I went to the sheet shop and made some adjustments to the draw length. A 28-inch pull felt good when it came to where my anchor point was positioned, but even that little length adjustment made the arch look different from how I'd settled in on full pull.
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The string angle – where the bow string is on your face – can be influenced by the axis-to-axis length of a bow and adjusting the length of the pull. In this comfortable anchor position, my line sat just enough in front of the tip of my nose to frustrate me.
I brought the bow home and tried to shoot through it by leaning into the line. A month went by and I had great discrepancies in form and accuracy.
It was at the point where I wanted to at least shoot different bows, but this time I really needed to understand what it meant to find a bow that suited me. We always hear this when you shoot new arcs – buy the one that suits you. But what does that really mean?
Perhaps this is obvious to seasoned archers, but it wasn't years ago as someone who was completely self-taught after starting bowhunting after college.
This time I shot arcs without indulging in a lot of online information about the different brands. I had owned Bear, Mathews, and Hoyt bows in the past and had already decided on these particular models because of marketing before I ever shot them.
This time my first focus was on really understanding where I wanted my anchor point. Once that was established, it was the bow that suited me to shoot with the correct straight up and down shape, with that line perfectly aligned on the tip of my nose and the corner of my lip.
I got used to the bow from previous purchases instead of understanding the correct shape and finding the bow that I could shoot best with.
This was the first time I knew exactly what I was looking for in order to find the right fit, and the 33-inch axle-to-axle Revolt X hit it all.
There is no leaning on the string to find the peep sight. I pull back, anchor myself and everything aligns quickly and perfectly. This resulted in better accuracy and less maneuvering time on a full train. This, in turn, meant that there was less anxiety to build up in moments of pressure while hunting.