Equipment Reviews


Reviewer: Keith Parsons

Equipment Reviewed: Hoyt Formula HPX Riser

Keith ParsonsI recently bought a new Hoyt Formula HPX, and I am really pleased with the way it was so easy to setup. The new Formula HPX increases performance with a more aggressive and efficient geometry, yet it doesn’t give up on accuracy, stability or shoot-ability. The HPX geometry extracts more energy from the draw and decreases vibration at all draw lengths. HPX’s dynamics also promote faster aiming and a smoother follow-through.

The HPX Paralever Limb System provides for a smooth draw allowing the choice of shorter than usual riser-limb combinations. This provides the option of more performance gain possibilities for experienced shooters. Like all Formula series risers, HPX features Hoyt’s Dynamic Flex Control, for enhanced riser follow-through and shot-to-shot consistency. HPX risers are equipped with the Hoyt high wrist wood grip and are compatible with all current Hoyt recurve grips. The Formula Paralever Mounting System reduces stress and vibration by up to 44% Paralever also improves the accuracy of the limb to riser fit by50%.

Technical Specifications

  • Material:  Precision Machined Aircraft Aluminum
  • Grip:  Hoyt High Wrist (#8)
  • Tiller Bolt Sysytem:  Pro Series Full-floating Tiller Bolt
  • 25” HPX – 2.7 lbs. /1,224 Grams
  • 27” HPX – 2.8 lbs. /1,270 Grams

HPX Brace Height Chart

25″ HPX – Bow Length 66″ (Short limb) 68″ (Medium limb) 70″ (Long limb) String Length 63.25″ (161 cm) 65.25″ (166 cm) 67.25″ (171cm) Brace Height 7.5″-8.4″ (19-21cm) 8″-8.5″ (20-21.5cm) 8.5″-9″ (20.5-22.5cm)

27″ HPX – Bow Length 68″ (Short limb) 70″ (Medium limb) 72″ (Long limb) String Length 65.25″ (166 cm) 67.25″ (171 cm) 69.25″ (176 cm) Brace Height 7.5″-8.4″ (19-21cm) 8″-8.5″ (20-21.5cm) 8.5″-8.87″ (20.5-22.5cm)

Go to Hoyt’s own review of their Formula HPX on You Tube


Reviewer: Karen Blanch

Equipment Reviewed: Shibuya Ultima Recurve Carbon Sight

Karen BlanchI bought this sight about a month ago having previously been using a second hand Shibuya Dual Click sight. Being made of carbon it is very light and I have noticed that it does feel more solid on the bow with slightly less vibration than my old sight.

I was under no illusion that my shooting would improve with the purchase of this sight but the huge benefit which has made a big difference at tournaments is the ease of adjustment. There is no locking screw, the sight block holds itself in place and adjustment is made with the side and top winders. These winders are also marked with arrows showing which direction to move them, in and out, up and down which I have found very useful (maybe I shouldn’t admit to this!)

The sight adjustment is very fine which took a bit of getting used to but this accuracy of adjustment can only be a good thing. Each fractional turn of the winder has a reassuring “click” and the action is very smooth. Having bought this sight as a treat, not expecting it to be hugely different from my old one I am really very pleased with it and although it hasn’t made a big difference to my shooting it has given me more confidence at tournaments as the ease of adjustment in changeable conditions is excellent.


Reviewer: Keith Parsons

Equipment Reviewed: Beiter pressure button

Keith ParsonsI started shooting the Beiter pressure button in around 1995. I have found it to be a very good button, the easiest button I’ve ever had to tune.  I can throughly recommend this product. The button’s tip is virtually indestructible, and with the click adjustment makes it easy to alter.  They are expensive but you get what you pay for.

The Beiter Plunger, developed from 1985 to 1986, was introduced at the Las Vegas Shoot in 1987. Actually, it is represented on archery fields world wide. At the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 about 80% of the archers were using the Beiter Plunger.

The Beiter Plunger is produced out of precision machined parts (the Beiter company supplies the watch, precision-mechanic and medical industries, and works only with the finest materials). The Beiter Plunger is offered – according to the relative model – in 2 thread cylinder lengths. The thread cylinder is made out of high-grade refined steel, the springs out of stainless harmonic steel, the notching scale cylinder and the slotted nut out of anodised aluminum. The notching scale cylinder allows an exact and reproducible spring tension time after time. The material used for the Plunger Pin offers excellent glide and wear behaviour when using aluminum, aluminum-carbon, or carbon-arrows. With each button you also get.

  • 1 Spanner
  • 2 springs ”extra hard” (0.70)
  • 1 spring ”hard” (0.60)
  • 2 springs ”soft” (0.45)
  • 1 Allen Head Wrench 1,5mm
  • 2 Allen Head Screws M3 for slotted nut 2 screwgates M3 for Allen Head Screws 6 Spare Pins

Colours Available: Blue, Dark blue, Gold, Red, Black, Silver.


Reviewer: Rick Andrews

Equipment Reviewed: “Spin Wings” arrow vanes

Rick AndrewsI tried Spin Wings for a year or so as I believed they would improve my scores. I found them difficult to put on the arrow, in need of constant maintenance and, no, my scores did not improve. Only the really top archers will notice the difference between Spin Wings and any other good quality vane. The real difference is that without an expensive jig, most archers stick the Spin Wings on by hand. If they are not put on absolutely perfectly they will not help your accuracy, in fact they will be detrimental because the arrow will be out of balance. What is the point of having balance and matched arrows as with ACE’s and then manually stuufing a Spin Wing on them?

The alternative is a good quality, durable vane such as the AAE Plastifletch Max (2″) put on with a cheap but accurate jig. These vanes are a fraction of the cost, last the whole season without coming off or in fact showing even the slightest signs of wear. As a direct comparison a couple of years ago I experimented with 3 arrows fletched with Spin Wings and 3 with the Plastifletch at 100yds with a 38lb bow. The Plastifletch only lost 6″ in height at that distance. Surely every sight made can cope with that.

Following on from the above article, some further advice from Rick

I have been an active archer now for over 4 years, and have never spent a fortune on fancy new equipment. Most of the new equipment on the market is new because it is fashionable. Only the very top archers will ever be able to tell the difference or in fact gain any benefit from replacing last years top of the range riser with this years top of the range riser. In short most of us are not as good as the equipment. Where this leads us is that there are plenty of people prepared to dump perfectly good equipment, at very reasonable prices in order to upgrade to the latest fashion. The only brand new equipment I have ever bought was my sight (because it will last my lifetime) and a new set of arrows. The arrows were bought on the expert advice of a retailer and after 2 years have proven to be of the wrong spine.

This is a lesson in common sense for all newcomers to the sport. Technique and practise will improve your archery far more than the latest gizmos and save you a small fortune. For anybody who really wants to be an archer and improve, but only has a limited budget, despair not, because if you look around you can find some real good second hand equipment.