The function of the Arrow Rest is quite simple, to hold your arrow in place, and to support the arrow until the bow is fired. There are many types of arrow rests to choose from. Some are simple to install and adjust, and some are not. The arrow rest is something that you will need to consider carefully when choosing.
Here are the types of rests there are:
- Containment Style
- Specialty Arrow Rests
Shoot-Thru Arrow Rests:
The Shoot-Thru arrow rest is one of the most common types of rests there are. These type of rests usually are simple to install and do work well for most applications. The Shoot-Thru has two prongs called launchers, and are spaced apart where the arrow will sit on top of the prongs filling the gap in between. The launcher will usually be spring loaded as to help add additional clearance for arrow and fletching as it passes thru. The reason this type of rest is called a shoot-thru is do to the fact that the odd vane (cock vane) will pass thru the prongs as the arrow is released. You may use either a straight or helical fletch pattern with this type of rest.
This type of rest does have its disadvantages though. First this style of rest does not contain your arrow. So once you draw back your nocked arrow, there is nothing to keep your arrow from falling off the launcher. Another disadvantage of this type of rest is that if one of your vanes contacts the launcher it will cause your arrow flight to be disrupted, and possibly damage your vanes on the arrow, but a properly tuned rest, and aligned arrow vanes shouldn’t have this problem. One more disadvantage is that if you are a finger shooter it is extremely difficult to get this type of rest to provide you with total clearance for vanes, do to the fact that when you release your arrow, with fingers, the arrow oscillates side to side, instead of up and down like when released with a mechanical release. So for this reason it is recommended that you use a mechanical release with a shoot-thru type of rest.
Drop Away Arrow Rests:
Drop Away Arrow Rests have been out for some time now but did not surge in popularity until a few years ago. These rests may also be referred to as a fall-away rest. This type of rest does exactly what it says drops out of the way of the arrow as it passes thru. The way these rests operate is when you draw your bow back it pulls the launcher up holding the arrow off the riser shelf. Now as you release the bow the rest drops down out of the way giving total vane clearance as the arrow passes over. Now what makes this rest work is a cable that is either attached to your bow’s buss cable, the cable slide, or the fork in the limb of the bow. Now another advantage this type of rest has over a shoot-thru is that the rest has a large notch or launcher that will cradle your arrow better than the shoot-thru type of rest, thus giving you the archer a less chance of the arrow falling off the rest.
Now this rest does have some disadvantages as well. They are typically more complicated to install, and tune. The rest must stay in the up position long enough for the arrow to establish its trajectory, but must fall down in time for vane clearance, therefore it is best to leave this job for you bow technician, as he can get it right. And these type of rests typically are more expensive then say a shoot-thru or containment style rest
Containment Arrow Rests:
The containment-style arrow rest is a favorite among hunters, and are some of the most poplar rest on the market. The reason for this is because this type of rest eliminated the chance of the arrow falling off the rest. So you can nock your arrow, lay your bow down across you tree stand, and then pick the bow back up and draw on a deer and never have to make sure your arrow is on your rest. This style of rest if simple to install and use, and is a great choice for both new shooters as well as youth, since they can worry about there technique and form and not have to worry about the arrow falling off the rest.
The disadvantages to this style of rest are, if you are shooting the CAP Whicker Biscuit, damaged arrow vanes. Since this particular rest makes contact with all three vanes, the vanes tend to wrinkle after time. However even though the arrow vanes do make contact with the rest, since they all three contact at the same time is does not affect arrow flight. Now another example of a containment style rest is the NAP 360 Rest, this rest is designed to hold your arrow in but not make contact with the arrow vanes. The downside to a rest like this is that you must have nock point and vane alignment right or you will have vane contact.
The Pressure/Plunger style rests is more designed for finger shooters. These rest are also known as Shoot-Around rests. How this rest works is simple, when you release a arrow with fingers the arrow oscillates side to side, well to help counteract the horizontal oscillation the rest pushes back from the side. The amount of pressure determined is done by tuning while shooting your bow with fingers. Now since these rests may not work if your bow does not have a center-shot cutaway riser you may have to use a flipper rest. The way this type of rest works is simply, holds the arrow off the shelf, as you release the arrow the side to side oscillation causes the arrow to actually come off to the side of the rest, thus the name shoot-around.
Specialty Arrow Rests:
These rests are include bow fishing rest, 3D rests, and flipper style rests. Now since these rests are specific to your situation it is recommended that you contact us here at the pro shop to help assist in finding the rest you need.