Meet The Risers

risers

What is the difference between a riser of one family and a riser of another family?  I don’t know if it is tremendously different as a purchaser of equipment.  Here’s the Prodigy XT and the Horizon Grand Prix.  If we don’t look at their profile with different lace structure patterns, I see a lot of similarities in the arrow platform, the stem, and the thickness of the bow.   I understand that the Prodigy has a variation of ILF that I haven’t quite understood.  I miss the old apple logo from Hoyt (which may be part of Easton’s old offerings, more here).

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Swap Meet

The Prodigy XT 25 arrived and a whole bunch of other stuff.  Time to get this hand me down process started.  First, time to build up the older kid’s bow with the help of her coach.  We adjusted tillers and checked for staightness.

Her coach had some used limbs we could buy and that means her draw weight poundage is going up.  These limbs are made of wood.  That seems appropriate for her for now.  Future choices include all carbon, foam, and even bamboo.  Sometimes it feels less like innovation and more like product specialization.  Although, the only perspective I have is that of the customer.

Her Shibuya stabilizer, the Shibuya plunger, and Shibuya sight joined some vanity Hoyt tillers and her blue string to make one sharp looking white kit.

Then, on to the refitting of her old bow (Hoyt Grand Prix Horizon).  Black and teal seem to be an acceptable scheme for the younger one.  A teal left handed quiver goes with her new-to-her riser.  More work to do…

Switching It Up

After a little coaching and encouragement, the younger one tried the left handed practice bow and her groupings changed.  Yes, another left eye dominant daughter, as feared.  What to do? It means another riser, quiver, finger tab, and possibly new fletchings.  Then, there is the buy nice or buy twice dilemma, but almost in reverse.  Did I want another JOAD starting bow?

I decided to go another route.  I would upgrade the older kid’s riser and do a hand me down program.  The younger kid would get the electric teal Hoyt. It was after the ATA trade show and that means the official roll over of models of bows.  Just like cars, bows have a model year and retailers may want to get rid of them for a discount.  I found the Hoyt Prodigy XT 25 and it was 26% off.  Now to think about limbs…