The fork bow spotted on a breakfast commercial.
The fork bow spotted on a breakfast commercial.
This bag is a replacement for the excellent Easton bag. The younger shooter’s low end Legend bag was ripping at the seams in numerous locations and she needed a different bag. This Hoyt was procured for the older shooter.
At their schools, the tradition of self expression (as well as signaling their membership in different groups) is alive and well with backpacks. These keychains get clipped to book bags and will often equal the volume of scholarly materials.
No one has reached the levels of the Japanese kids in the top photo, but plenty of bags look like the bottom bag.
This has carried over to quivers.
The younger one’s quiver includes declarations, awards, and totems.
At the range this weekend, we got to see the end of an indoor 3D tournament and then an unusual archer shooting a yumi
Wikipedia informs us that:
Yumi (弓) is the Japanese term for a bow. As used in English, yumi refers more specifically to traditional Japanese asymmetrical bows, and includes the longer daikyū (大弓) and the shorter hankyū (半弓) used in the practice of kyūdō and kyūjutsu, or Japanese archery. The yumi was an important weapon of the samurai warrior during the feudal period of Japan.
I think this yumi was probably close to nine feet long. The archer was close to 6’4″. It was bamboo and full of natural features. I suspect his bow was made locally, maybe even in the Boulder area. What’s interesting about the Japanese bow making craft is that it is passed on in a documented inheritance.
The older kid has chosen to study the affect of fletchings on arrow flight. Her simple goal is to examine the results of feather fletchings and plastic fletchings for indoor shooting. Her project includes shooting a lot of arrows which is underway. Her paper has been submitted to her teacher. You can read it here.
In a previous post, Formula fittings are compared to ILF. In this post, a deeper dive into the Formula limbs.
A 2009 Hoyt product catalog introduced the system
NEW PARALEVER MOUNTING SYSTEM
The Formula limbs innovative, all-new cross-carbon multi-laminates work in concert with the Paralever Mounting System and extended limb design to reshape the limb stress curve for unmatched smoothness before the shot. The Paralever mount also manages vibration after the shot, with more than 40% less limb stress in the critical riser interface area. The result: increased smoothness in the clicker zone and a substantial velocity advantage with ultimate accuracy. The Paralever mount also further reduces limb alignment tolerance, allowing for rock-solid alignment stability and 0.005” increment adjustment capability using the ultra-reliable Hardlock alignment module.
Formula system components feature two riser lengths and three limb lengths for combinations ranging from 66 to 72 inches in length, and from 22 to 50 pounds measured to ATA standards.
The Formula Series Limb Dampening Bushing allows the use of accessories like the FUSE Recurve Shock Rod or even a simple Doinker suppression mount – to absorb vibration before it gets to the riser. This patent-pending feature is exclusive to the Formula Series.
In my view, the two distinct features are:
The change in geometry on the Formula limb (about 1.5 inches longer) will change the physics of the limb. The longer working segment of the limb will change the drawing and loading characteristics of the limb. In theory, the total length of the limb could be made lighter since the thick, heavy part of the limb doesn’t have to be as long. Lighter limbs will change the energy dynamics of the bow in general.How would a normal human test this? It would require Hoyt to make identical risers in both the Formula fitting and the ILF (“Grand Prix”) fitting. Then, identical Hoyt limbs in both fittings and an incredibly robotic archer shooting statistically random sessions (hot, tired, indoor, etc). This would be fantastic, but unlikely since Hoyt doesn’t produce their high end risers in both fittings. They do produce the Horizon in both fittings. As a parent of a young archer, I struggle to think about the nearly robotic archer to launch and measure the results.
This is the second feature of the Formula is the the threaded socket (bushing) to allow a new class of dampener to attach to the limb and absorb vibration from the limb before it hits the riser. The patent illustration shows this example:
This sounds logical and it would be neat to see innovation in he limb dampening space.
And here is an archive picture of Brady Ellison shooting Formula limbs with a dampener.
You can see the dampener highlighted in yellow. There’s a special dampener on the back of the bow shown in blue. I suspect that might be a Doinker.
In 2017, several years after the introduction of the Formula limbs, the market should have many options. Sadly, there are not a lot of market options. Is the market voting that this technology isn’t living up to the promise?
The FUSE Recurve Shock Rod also appears to be discontinued.
An interesting question remains. If you attach something like the FUSE dampener to your limb, do you only attach it to the bottom limb? Do you shoot with this apparatus on both limbs? Does only the bottom limb produce vibration? I guess the advantage of the riser based stabilizer is that it can take vibrations out from both limbs.
If you are chasing the top of the line riser from Hoyt, it will be a Formula fitting riser. The Hoyt engineering team may have found a way to get straighter and lighter limbs by changing the ILF into the Formula fitting. Any benefit you receive from the Formula fitting will be wrapped up in total engineering of the premier equipment from Hoyt. I don’t think you will be able to say the limbs were the single secret.
The Hoyt website has plenty of manuals.
If your string is not quite running down the center of your bow and limbs, the Grand Prix offers a single set of adjustment screws.
I decided to adjust the bow while it was strung. There is not much play in these screws. A few adjustments on both sides made my string seem closer to center.
Besides angering online archers, what is the difference between ILF, Grand Prix, and Formula limbs?
There are ILF limbs from SF Archery and Formula limbs from Hoyt.
Recurve bows are made in a take apart design. The International Limb Fitting or ILF was first designed by Hoyt in the 1980s. Before this time, manufacturers had different limb fittings that were not interchangeable. Today, Hoyt call this the ‘Grand Prix’ fitting.
ILF and Grand Prix are the same thing.
Hoyt evolved the Grand Prix design and created the Formula fitting. It is also a dovetail system. The slide-in attachment on a Formula limb is about two inches further away from the slot. As such the attachment portion of a Formula limb is about five inches while ILF is three and one half. Obviously, the physics have changed and Hoyt has probably found some benefits from this design besides a fitting that is exclusively theirs.
Formula and Grand Prix/ILF are not compatible.
Here is a Hoyt Grand Prix Horizon riser and Hoyt Formula limbs. You can see the compatible notch, but the ILF riser ends and the Formula limb is too long to attach.
From what I can tell, the FIVICS “Saker” has become one of the most popular and imitated finger tabs. Originally released as the Soma, the Saker comes in at least three models (Saker 1, Saker 2, and Saker3) and at least three materials (Aluminum, Brass, Carbon Fiber).
The Saker 1 is on top (blue), the Saker 2 is on the bottom left (green), and the Saker 3 is on the bottom right (red). Which one is right for you? This is especially important in the age of online shopping and limited selection in retail. Importantly, it’s not just the color (more on that later).
They are not named by “quality” either, the Saker 1 isn’t better than the Saker 2 or the Saker 3. It’s more about the design. The Saker 1 has more metal and sits back into your hand. That triangle on the end may not be very comfortable for many shooters. There also appears to be some other accessory that can be added to the back triangle. The Saker 2 has less metal and the Saker 3 has even less metal. It comes down to how much you like the extra metal and this other fact (that isn’t published on many retailer sites but is available on the FIVICS site ) — what is your preferred positioning of your fingers on the string regarding the load of drawing?
|Model||Index Finger||Middle Finger||Ring Finger|
Besides the fit in your hand, this other bit of data may be an important decision making point. Kisik Lee in his book says the right distribution is 40, 50, and 10. That would make a good choice the Saker 3, particularly if the Saker 1 is uncomfortable.
Now, what color? Surprise, you don’t pick a color. You pick a size. But most of you are shopping online. What size do you need? FIVICS has put out this guide (PDF), but again, it’s not easy to find. My copy surfaced on a Slovakian site.
You’ll note Dark Blue is XL and at the other end, Green is XXS. The guide may not be flawless, so I found this extra information.
Finally, there are three materials. The aluminum model is by far the most prevalent. It’s also the only one with color selections. The brass model is three times heavier than the aluminum model and that may be important for some shooters. The carbon fiber model is lighter and probably stiff than the aluminum model with less chance of deforming.
We ordered the Saker 3 and soon, she’ll be able to tell me how it is to shoot with it.
A month ago, the younger one had withdrawn from the shoot. We returned to practice this weekend at our outdoor range. She proclaimed she was so excited to be able to shoot again. And overall it went really well. She was appropriately distracted by various bugs and a fearless little bird she named “Tinee”, but she completed more ends than I expected. We were out there for almost four hours because the older one was getting ready for her second state games.
We worked on form, as every archer does during every practice, or at least that is what every practice has been for these kiddos. Maybe Mackenzie Brown gets to do something else with her practice time at this point.
Understandably, her form was a little rough. I decided to use Hudl Technique with her. I was hoping to slow things down so I could see it. I’ve used Hudl with the older one and I also wanted to make sure the younger one knew she was special too.
It was easy to see at 1/4 speed even if it is hard to see your iDevice with full sun. I shared it with her and she felt like she could keep her bow arm extended and work on her draw arm elbow.
Meanwhile the older one was getting her site ready for 30-20-10 distances that the next tournament uses. She was doing her sport and I didn’t have to pay too much attention other than recording her site positions.
Having a camera helps, but we also record them in her archery journal so that when we get to a tournament, we have backups.
She really likes this Shibuya site. There are more expensive models, but this one works for her. Since she started using it, we are both seeing more of them around, probably some sort of cognitive bias. At Salt Lake, Steve Anderson spoke to the archers at breakfast. Later, we saw he was shooting a Shibuya too.
There summer is winding down. School starts again in a few weeks. That means the outdoor season is winding down and the indoor season will be ramping up (with a lot of overlap). I think the Byrds sing a song about this.