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- Comparative review of Truglo Down-Draft Review by Aries
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I recently purchased the Truglo Down-Draft Arrow Rest. I have several bows and have previously used the Trophy Ridge Revolution Rest, Whisker biscuit and the QAD Ultra rest. These rests worked perfectly well until I picked up the PSE DNA.
The whisker biscuit worked well but it is understood that this rest creates problems with vanes. After a fair amount of shooting the vanes become wrinkled and cause disturbance in arrow flight characteristics. I Then decided to take a QAD off my backup bow and found the rest was contacting the shelf when initially setup with the convenient marks on the PSE riser as a starting point for tuning. This shelf contact would not allow proper drop away characteristics of the QAD and ultimately made the rest unusable.
I found the revolution rest worked and tuned well giving good flight characteristics but had to be set back off the riser to the point that rear arm was touching my fletchings. Also after a few thousand rounds out of the revolution rest the rest would unexpectedly rotate and release the arrow while stalking. I decided I would like to try out something new.
I looked at the NAP Apache and the Trophy Taker smackdown. They looked great and functioned essentially the same as the Down-Draft. However the price was much higher and the Truglo was a much lighter option.
Installation was simple and the although the design is not tool-less it offered smooth and precise adjustment. The Down Draft also comes with a down cable clamp if you don't have a bow press or access to a proshop. I used a string separator to install the new down cable in the same location as my previous down cable, I prefer a tied in cable.
Initial setup was easy. Setting center, height, and timing was fast and easy. Precise adjustments with the multiple witness marks on the rest allowed walkback tuning to be performed in no time. I had the bow tuned to 90% in about 20 shots. I then began broadhead tuning and found the process to be straight forward and easy considering the rest allows ample fletching clearance. On the shelf I used stick down moleskin in lieu of the supplied shelf pad due to in my opinion excessive thickness. My experience resulted in a well tuned bow that throws arrows with six different types of broadheads into a 2.5in group at 50 yds. (broadheads used: Wasp Drone, Wasp Boss, Heartaway beveled two blade, swhacker, rage hypodermic, and G5 Striker)
Overall the rest is easy to install, easy to tune, and is lightweight at an affordable price. Construction is solid and simple which gives me confidence that this sight will stay where it is set. After a few hundred shots I am extremely happy with this sight and would recommend it to anyone. I assume the Truglo UpDraft is as well built but limb driven instead of cable driven. The length of the driving cord to the limb makes me nervous about using it in tight brush and stalking situations, hence my preference to go with the Down-Draft. Hope this helps you out.
(Posted on 5/8/16)
- A definite upgrade Review by Tuck
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I recently replaced a prong style rest. I wanted a drop away, but without the price tag that some brands carry. After looking at everything under the $100 mark, the specs of the Down Draft made it one of the front runners. I had my local shop serve the cord in for me, but the included cable clamp makes it possible to do it yourself easily enough. Tuning took about 25 shots, and now my groups are a few inches tighter at 30 yards than they were with my old rest. One of the deciding in purchasing this rest was the width of the paddle. It will catch and guide the shaft of your arrow to the center from anywhere in the captive ring, so any jostling while stalking will be less of an ordeal than it would with some of the narrower rests out there.
The only negative thing is that on my bow, the rest lies just below the shelf, so without some kind of silencing pad, the motion of the arrow makes quite a bit of noise.
(Posted on 5/16/14)