What exactly does a stabilizer do?

Stabilizers have 2 basic functions. The first is to improve balance of the bow to improve aiming. The second is to reduce vibration and noise. Specialty Archery stabilizers accomplish vibration reduction with the use of Sims Vibration Labs NAVCOM material. Balance and aiming are improved by varying the amount and location of the weights on the stabilizers.

Which stabilizer will work the best on my bow?

There are several questions that you need to answer to properly choose a stabilizer.

What is the purpose of the bow?

Hunting – generally select a shorter, lighter stabilizer. Hunting stabilizers are usually 12″ or less, such as one of our Feather Lite hunting stabilizers or one of our shorter Ultra Lite stabilizers. This shorter length makes the bow more maneuverable in a treestand or ground blind. The main focus on hunting length stabilizers is usually the reduction of vibration and noise.

Target and 3-D shooting – generally use a longer, heavier stabilizer. The Pro Stix is the most popular model for target and 3D shooting, although many who prefer a lighter stabilizer choose the Ultra Lite. Many target shooters also use a V-bar with either 1 or 2 additional rear-mounted stabilizers. In many cases, a V-bar can help the shooter achieve proper vertical alignment of the bow when at full draw. The most common lengths for front stabilizers are 24″ and 36″. The rear-mounted stabilizers attached to V-bars are usually between 12” and 15”.

What is the physical size and strength of the archer?
Small woman or child – generally prefer a lighter stabilizer, such as one of our Ultra Lite stabilizers.
Adult Male – generally prefer slightly heavier stabilizer, such as a Feather Lite for a hunting bow or a Pro Stix for a target bow.

How do I choose how much weight to use on my stabilizer?

Choosing the amount of stabilizer weight is a personal decision. We recommend starting with a moderate amount of weight, and adding or subtracting weight to improve the sight picture when at full draw. Some archers prefer a fairly heavy bow, while others prefer a lighter bow. Once the overall weight of the bow is established, the archer can now experiment with positioning of the weights to further steady the sight picture. Some people prefer a great deal of front stabilizer weight, while other archers prefer less front weight. If you are using a V-bar, experiment by removing an ounce or two from the V-bar and adding it to the front stabilizer. If the sight picture improves, you may want to move another ounce or two from the V-bar and put it on to the front bar. If the sight picture worsens, you may want to try removing weight from the front rod and putting it on one of the V-bar rods.

What does a Quick Disconnect (QD) do?

All Specialty Archery stabilizers come with a Quick Disconnect (QD) as an integral part of the stabilizer. Stabilizers often need to be removed from the bow for transportation in a bow case, especially target bows with very long stabilizers. A QD allows quick and easy removal of the stabilizer from the bow. A QD works by simply turning the stabilizer ½ turn and removing it from the stabilizer lug. To re-install, the stabilizer is placed back over the lug, and tightened. This is much quicker than completely unscrewing the stabilizer from the bow.