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 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.
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?