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02-23-2012, 10:28 AM
Would appreciate any opinions regarding favorite arrow rests for spot and stalk hunting out west?

I used prong style rests for years when only hunting whitetails from a treestand...in last year I've tried many rests (drop aways to whisker biscuit) trying to find the right one...yes, I'm picky.

Like for arrow to be held in place while stalking, quiet on draw, tunable/accurate. I've always had the "keep it simple" mentality which is one reason I haven't fallen in love with drop-a-ways yet and the moving parts...

Curious what others have used and why?

02-23-2012, 10:41 AM
I love my QAD Ultra rest dropaway rest.

02-23-2012, 11:04 AM
The vaportrail Limbdriver pro V would be awsome for what your doing, it has full containment and and they connect to your limb instead of the down cable, they are extremely easy to set up and tune and very reliable, here is there link

02-23-2012, 06:29 PM
Another vote for QAD! Never had any issues!

02-23-2012, 06:58 PM
QAD Ultra rest for me too!

Full Draw
02-23-2012, 07:13 PM
You can't get more simple and problem free than the wisker biscut! Quick to tune and just as accurate as anything else, the only bad thing I've heard about this rest is that it rob's a few fps. But what is 3-4 fps when most bows are cranking out 280-320 fps?

02-23-2012, 07:17 PM
I shoot the trophy taker smackdown. It's not full containment but they have a new side load full containment that looks sweet I'll probably be going to. And the smackdown keeps up with the fastest bows, a problem I've had with a couple other top models

02-23-2012, 07:32 PM
I'm all for the whisker biscuit! :)

Nebraska Outlander
02-23-2012, 07:59 PM
Spent a lot of time at the local archery shop and got to see a lot of different arrow rest and different perspectives of what people wanted. Me I prefer the Trophy Taker Arrow Rest always worked for me and I my groups shortened up quit a bit. The Whisker biscuit is too hard on the vanes for me but it is a good arrow rest if you don't shoot alot.

It seems like NAP makes a rest where it can be a drop away and a fixed rest if the drop away fails. Can't remember the name but might be something worth looking at.

If you want to "Keep It Simplie, Stupid" (Kiss) I would stick with the whisker biscuit.

Just my two cents worth!

Nebraska Outlander

02-23-2012, 08:48 PM
I'm a Ripcord Arrow rest guy. Love how you can lock the arrow up in place until ready to shoot. Full containment if you choose.

02-23-2012, 09:28 PM
In my humble opinion, if you are looking for a rest that will shoot well and great for stalking, I would go with either a Ripcord, QAD, or you could look at the Trophy Ridge Revolution. All are great fall away rests, and all have full containment that can be cocked in place.

02-23-2012, 10:38 PM
I love my QAD

02-24-2012, 06:35 AM
Another vote for the whisker biscuit. I don't mind refletching in the off season

02-24-2012, 06:09 PM
Ripcord or Trophey Taker...both are great..never failed me..and I beat the crap out of my stuff

02-25-2012, 12:36 PM
I've always used qad. I have a limb driver prov going on my next bow.

02-25-2012, 05:20 PM
The whisker biscuit is good and simple, but definately is hard on vanes. I always enjoyed its simplicity...but borrowed a drop away from my bro to "sample" and it is way more accurate and is simple too. I won't ever go back to the biscuit now bc of the accuracy difference.

02-25-2012, 10:43 PM
I've got a Trophy Ridge revolution on my Destroyer, and quite frankly, I love it. The arrow is held securely in place and it still is quiet. The equal best would be the QAD. I've got one if those as well. Had to send it away to get cleaned as it was sticking and wouldn't go all the way down. Great service though, no charge.

As for the Ripcord, great containment, easy setup, no containment on slow let down. Most people think that its no biggy, but I could see it costing me an animal eventually.

Limbdriver Pro-V. Easy setup, dead accurate. Even though it is said to be a containment style rest, the arrow is bouncing around in the "cage" when stalking. The arrow makes a lot of noise even with the felt stuck to the inside of the cage. Pass.

The rest I can't comment on as I've never had one. Good luck.

Sent from my "Galaxy".

02-25-2012, 10:49 PM
I've got a QAD Pro on my new bow (G5 Prime), but I am switching back to the Spott Hogg Whammy rest on my old bow. Once I got used to it I fell in love.

02-26-2012, 02:26 AM
Trophy Taker for me. I have used one on my last three bows and I'm sticking with them till I have a reason to switch.

02-27-2012, 10:44 AM
I'm currently trying my 4th rest in the last year - still undecided which I will have come fall.
My experiences so far:
2 prong (TM style)PROS: IMO very accurate and very tunable. CONS: only con is the No containment and arrow falling off during stalk.
NAP Apache PROS: Rock Solid & Quiet. CONS: not what I consider full containment as arrow rolls all around in cage, did not tune to my liking
QAD drop-a-way PROS: true full containment. CONS: Plastic launcher and small launcher arm not as rugged as other brands.
Whisker Biscuit (currently trying) PROS: Very Simple, arrow does not move while stalking. CONS: slight noise on draw back, and mentally hard to overlook fact my vanes are dragging through the bristles each time - as I've spent most my archery life trying to avoid vane contact with rest???...but, so far it's had to not like the Whisker Biscuit - my last test for it will be long range accuracy at 60-70yds...if that checks out OK...Mmmm I'll have a decision to make.

Sometimes I have to tell myself I'm trying to find the best rest for that one shot at an Elk 4 miles from the road after a long day of banging my bow through the moutains...and not necessarily the best rest for shooting X's in the backyard the other 364 days a year. The good news is that they all are great rests - it's all about what gives YOU the most confidence when you head out.

Again - thanks for the replies - and any other opinions still appreciated!

02-27-2012, 04:30 PM
Another QAD ultra user - no issues.

02-28-2012, 10:00 AM
I have been using the Octane Hostage Pro for the past couple of seasons. It still gives you complete containment like the whisker biscuit without having your vanes pass through any whiskers. It has been a great rest.

02-28-2012, 09:58 PM
The QAD gets my vote i just switched from trophy taker shot it loved it got the wife one also smooth quiet best upgrade i have done recently:-)

02-29-2012, 03:37 PM
Ripcord all the way, I used to shoot a trap door but had too many arrows fall off in the heat of the moment.. Love how it locks up and is fully contained.

02-29-2012, 08:38 PM

03-01-2012, 10:14 AM
Shot a QAD ultra HD pro series for awhile but it failed me, for some reason when it got cold I could not cock the rest up into the upright position. As a company they do not recommend you to shoot the rest with out cocking it. So after having a whole season with it doing that I contacted the company and they had me send it in so they could fix it. Needless to say it took about a month and a half to get a brand new rest back, plus they had pretty good customer service was impressed with them. While I was waiting for a new rest got stir crazy and bought a whisker biscuit. If you tune this rest right you will drive tacks out to long range. So I have a brand new QAD rest sitting in my archery box just in case I want to switch back. But its total preference!

03-01-2012, 08:28 PM
octane hostage pro
I like not having to worry about my arrow when stalking.

03-21-2012, 07:49 PM
i have had the QAD pro on my destroyer the last two years. i cant speak for any other rests but mine, but i do a 7 mile pack in elk hunt every year. camp elevation is at 10,500', hunting elevations range from 10,000' to 12,000' and temps have been anywhere from 70's to this past year of teens. My rest has never failed me and my equipment gets abused.....climbing on the rocks at timberline down to belly crawls in the grassy meadows at lower elevations, it has worked flawlessly. tuning was as simple as it gets and the containment speaks for itself.

last year it was cold and snowy for the whole week. never had a problem with the temps or the precipitation...worked awesome. i would buy it again. good luck in your search.

03-21-2012, 10:11 PM
I'll put in another vote for trophy taker. They are a very solid, very reliable rest. I shoot the Trophy Taker full capture with the side load slot. Quiet and fail safe. I always keep a finger on the shaft so I never have problems with arrows bouncing around the cage. Just a learned habit from the days when there was no such thing as containment.

04-08-2012, 02:38 PM
QAD...all day long

04-08-2012, 04:43 PM
When I was in college I worked at the local sporting goods store. On a side note, I'm still looking for a new shop as it was blown away by a tornado nearly a year ago. I live in Joplin, MO where we got hit with an F5. Kind of sad to see my old employer that had been in business since the 50s just disappear.

Anyway, while I worked there I probably saw twice as many whisker buscuits come through the door than anything else. It's a proven rest, and the one I use. Only negative I can see (and this isn't to be dismissed) is a little noise. I've worried about it some when treestand hunting. I still probably won't change any time soon.

04-08-2012, 05:11 PM
I like the whisker biscuit as well. I know there are more accurate rests out there but when crawling through c.r.p, milo, or weeds, I think a full capture rest w/ no moving parts is critical. Sometimes just before you nock an arrow you have to pull out grass from your sights and rests, the whisker biscuit is no maintainence.

04-17-2012, 12:01 PM
Can't beat the simplicity of a biscuit. I'll likely never use another drop-a-way again.

04-22-2012, 10:14 AM
I love my QAD! Had a trophy taker and it failed me. However I do have a whisker biscuit for my back up!

04-22-2012, 10:51 AM
I had a QAD and it worked great, but it was loud. I switched to a ripcord and couldnt be happier. Full containment and quiet.

04-22-2012, 11:20 AM
I also like the ripcord rest its nice to be able to not worry about your arrow falling off when your on a stalk .And its easy to tune

04-22-2012, 02:00 PM
I also like the ripcord rest its nice to be able to not worry about your arrow falling off when your on a stalk .And its easy to tune

yep, it seems solid too. I suppose any mechanism can fail, but this unit responds so clean. I sense the machining is superb.

04-22-2012, 09:58 PM
Thanks for all the replies! I've tried more rests in the last year than all my years combined - and I'm even suprising myself at this point in that I look to be settling on the whisker biscuit. It makes no sense to me - I have spent 18 years of bowhunting/archery taking all precautions to avoid vane/rest contact and microtune my bow to perfection...but that is all in my garage - when I'm stalking an animal nothing will beat this whisker biscuit for speed of loading and being able to twist and turn my bow upsidedown or whatever while maneuvering...on top of it, my accuracy is pin-point still.
Slow motion cameras have also opened my eyes to what is really going on when you release an arrow out of 300fps bow...things are bending, shifting, torguing, you name it...no rest truly keeps that arrow a perfect dart the whole cycle anyway.

All rests will work just fine - confidence should be a major factor for everyone - and mine is sky high with the whisker biscuit.
I hope everyone has a successfull/safe 2012!