When I took up archery my first riser was the Sebastian Flute Forged Plus and I still think this is one of the best risers for a beginner as it has all the features of a more advanced riser but at a fraction of the price and most importantly shoots very well. Having reached a stage where I'm looking to progress further in archery I decided that it was time to upgrade my riser.
It's no secret that the two biggest names in recurve bows are Hoyt and Win & Win and when you are looking at spending £300 - £500 on a riser there is very little to separate them with the largest decision factor being personal preference in how they feel and shoot to the individual.
Having fairly recently bought a new pair of Win & Win Rapido limbs and having previously shot a Sebastian Flute riser, which is made in the Win & Win factory, it made sense for me to buy a Win & Win riser and initially I started looking at the Winex riser. The Winex is certainly a very fine riser but I figured that if I was going to spend a few hundred pounds on a riser I may as well do it once and buy the best I could afford and so looked at the Inno range. As I didn't want an aluminum riser that ruled out the Inno AXT and Inno AL1 and so I opted to buy the Inno CXT.
When I started archery a couple of years ago I obviously wasn't going to spend a lot of money on my first set of limbs. In the end I bought long SF Premium limbs with a draw weight of 34lb. The SF Premium limbs are made from Maple wood with glass laminates and for a first set of limbs they are actually pretty good with a smoother draw than other 'starter' limbs of a similar price.
The SF Premium limbs have served me very well and with them I easily achieved 2nd Class classification in my first year and 1st Class classification in my second year. In terms of the distance I could achieve, with a draw length of just short of a 30" (I am pulling nearly 40lb on the fingers as measured with a bow scale) this allowed me to easily shoot at 60 yards but there was a noticeable and rapid drop off towards 80 yards. Whilst I never tried to shoot at 100 yards with these limbs I am certain that I would not have been able to reach this distance as my sight block was virtually at the bottom at 80 yards anyway.
I've been a sound engineer working in film, TV and spoken word for nearly 25 years now and so it is fair to say that I am quite picky about sound quality as I've been trained to hear things that the average person may not and to make sure that sound is reproduced in the best way possible. Whilst MP3 may offer huge convenience in terms of portability, even relatively high bitrates still sound noticeably inferior to my ears. This is why I decided to rip my entire CD collection into iTunes using Apples lossless codec ALAC. However as I have a long commute everyday to work there then is the question of what do you listen to music on and what headphones/earphones to use?
Whilst I used to have an iPod the limitation of only being able to use to to listen to music means that I have now replaced this with an iPad and an iPhone. Perhaps not ideal platforms but a compromise is necessary if not to be weighed down by multiple devices. But what headphones to use?
When I took up archery a couple of years ago I just bought a basic sight to get me a going, a Cartel Q Sight which I bought from Quicks. As a complete beginner there was little point in me buying anything better as at that stage a pin stuck in the side of the riser would have been good enough for me. However, although a big improvement over a pin, the Cartel Q Sight was not without it's problems. A common complaint with pretty much all Cartel sights is that they constantly shake themselves loose with some people saying they have to re tighten them after every arrow. I was fortunate that my sight would remain tight most of the time and 'only' required tightening once or twice a session. Unfortunately this was probably due to it being very stiff and meant that it was a nightmare to adjust. So around 8 months ago I started looking for a new sight, but which one should I buy?
I've always been a fan of the iPhone but my iPhone 4 was running slower and slower and so needed to be replaced. Having had a couple of iPhones previously, owning an iPad and two Apple Mac's it made sense to stick with Apple and so I went with the iPhone 5S. The difference between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5S is huge. So much faster, better screen, better camera, 4G capabilities etc etc. To be honest when I got the iPhone 5S I hadn't realised that it can now shoot video in slow motion as I've never really used the video side of any of my phones. A couple of weeks ago though I found a use for this feature in my archery.
If you own an Apple Mac and are running their current version of OSX, OSX Lion, the chances are that you are one of the countless thousands of users that are suffering Wi-Fi drop outs. The majority of people affected by this bug say that their Mac will not connect to their Wi-Fi after the computer wakes from sleep. However numerous others also report that their Mac's can simply suddenly 'drop' the Wi-Fi connection and that this can have several times a day and completely at random. There are hundreds of websites listing all kinds of different solutions, for some these solutions work, for others though they do not. Apple themselves say that they addressed the problem by releasing a patch for OSX but whilst it fixed it for some, for others it did not and worryingly it even introduced it for others. I think though that I have found a solution, or at least one that seems so far to work for me so hopefully it will work for you too.
I have always been interested in history not so much on a global, political, economic way as so often taught in schools, but on a social level i.e. what was it really like to live in certain time, what did the people look like, what did they do for a living, how did they get to their place of work, what did they eat etc? It is for this reason why I have also been collecting old Victorian and Edwardian photos because you can really get a sense and feel for a place from a photo arguably in more detail than you can get from just reading about it in a book. Through collecting these old photos I have also become very interested in stereo photography.
Since I bought my Mac I've become more and more a fan of Itunes. I used to have iTunes on my old PC but I only bought a few MP3 files and only ever got around to ripping a handful of tracks from my CD's. However now that I'm using a Mac and the way iTunes beautifully interfaces with various Mac applications and the fact that iTunes just seems to work better on the Mac then it did on the PC, I have really fallen in love with it.