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TexDaddy:
My 16 yr. old just bought his first bow, and he is really enjoying it.

Mjolnir:

--- Quote from: InquiringMind on December 17, 2014, 07:28:15 AM ---Just to follow up:

Went to Cabela's yesterday. I tried out the Infinite Edge and really liked it. As I mentioned in the original post, it's been years since I shot a bow, but it still felt natural. Bows and bikes, I guess. I had them set it up with a 45 lb draw weight as a starting point so I can get in lots of practice without tiring out. As I build that strength, it will be easy to up the weight.

I managed to line up a bunch of holiday season deals, and walked out of there with a bow (including quiver, rest, sight, & peep sight), arrows, and release for under $300. Quite pleased with my purchase and can't wait to put some arrows down range! Hopefully this weekend. I'll post some pictures and a review once I have some experience with it.

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That's awesome bud. Keep us in the know and I hope you have years of enjoyment with it. Just curious what brand and kind of arrows did you get, I am assuming carbon.

InquiringMind:
Well, I made it to the range for a couple hours yesterday. Left only after my fingers and toes were frozen from the cold and I ran out of daylight. It came right back to me, and I had a great time shooting. I'm already scheming about when I can get back out there.

I thought I'd post some initial impressions of the equipment, in case anyone is interested. Keep in mind - I haven't shot in about 15 years, so I don't have any recent experience with other equipment for comparison.

Diamond Infinite Edge:
The bow felt and shot great. Smooth draw, and the 75% let off meant I could easily hold at full draw. This made 45 lbs feel surprisingly light, so I will probably increase the weight soon, and with a max of 70 lbs, there's plenty of room to move up. The bow seems to be high quality construction, so I expect it will provide years of use. The only thing I don't like is that one spot on the handle rubs against my thumb knuckle. This is a minor ergonomic point that I can probably fix it with a small piece of moleskin.

The rest worked well. I don't have experience with this brush-type design they seem to use on compounds now, so I don't know how it will hold up. But if the brushes wear out, they should be cheap and easy to replace.

The sight is somewhat lacking. Pros: solid construction and the fiber optics are highly visible. Cons: the elevation adjustment is coarse at best, and it doesn't seem to have any windage adjustment. I'll probably stick with it for the time-being, but will likely upgrade at some point. This seems consistent with the other reviews I've read online.

Cabela's Carbon Hunter Arrows with Cabela's (100gr) 3-D Field Points :
When I last shot, carbon arrows were just coming on the market; now they seem to dominate. I can't say anything for or against these arrows. They seem to do the trick. However, I did manage to shoot through one of the fletchings, so I will need to learn how to repair that. I'm used to feathers, and haven't encountered this issue before, so I'm not sure if it's inherent to plastic or if these are particularly flimsy.

Cabela's E-Z Adjust Pro Caliper Release:
This worked great for me. Very comfortable, good ergonomics. There are much more expensive releases out there, but I can't yet see the need.



Mjolnir:

--- Quote from: InquiringMind on December 22, 2014, 11:50:15 AM ---Well, I made it to the range for a couple hours yesterday. Left only after my fingers and toes were frozen from the cold and I ran out of daylight. It came right back to me, and I had a great time shooting. I'm already scheming about when I can get back out there.

I thought I'd post some initial impressions of the equipment, in case anyone is interested. Keep in mind - I haven't shot in about 15 years, so I don't have any recent experience with other equipment for comparison.

Diamond Infinite Edge:
The bow felt and shot great. Smooth draw, and the 75% let off meant I could easily hold at full draw. This made 45 lbs feel surprisingly light, so I will probably increase the weight soon, and with a max of 70 lbs, there's plenty of room to move up. The bow seems to be high quality construction, so I expect it will provide years of use. The only thing I don't like is that one spot on the handle rubs against my thumb knuckle. This is a minor ergonomic point that I can probably fix it with a small piece of moleskin.

The rest worked well. I don't have experience with this brush-type design they seem to use on compounds now, so I don't know how it will hold up. But if the brushes wear out, they should be cheap and easy to replace.

The sight is somewhat lacking. Pros: solid construction and the fiber optics are highly visible. Cons: the elevation adjustment is coarse at best, and it doesn't seem to have any windage adjustment. I'll probably stick with it for the time-being, but will likely upgrade at some point. This seems consistent with the other reviews I've read online.

Cabela's Carbon Hunter Arrows with Cabela's (100gr) 3-D Field Points :
When I last shot, carbon arrows were just coming on the market; now they seem to dominate. I can't say anything for or against these arrows. They seem to do the trick. However, I did manage to shoot through one of the fletchings, so I will need to learn how to repair that. I'm used to feathers, and haven't encountered this issue before, so I'm not sure if it's inherent to plastic or if these are particularly flimsy.

Cabela's E-Z Adjust Pro Caliper Release:
This worked great for me. Very comfortable, good ergonomics. There are much more expensive releases out there, but I can't yet see the need.




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Glad you enjoyed the bow. The whisker biscuit rests typically hold up well for quite awhile. You may decide to check out a fall away rest in the future when it wears out. Compound sights are one of those pieces of equipment that you usually end up spending some money to get a decent set. Usually the stuff that comes with the bow is mediocre. As far as the carbon arrows and the plastic vanes, the vanes could be flimsy but a lot of times the arrows that are already fletched don't have the best glue to hold the fletching. Usually it's a easy fix. I like fletching my own arrows so I just buy the bear shafts. Glad that it all came back to you, and I hope you can get a chance to take it out hunting soon.

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