7 Must-Have Archery Upgrades

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1. Easton Flipside 4-Tube Hip QuiverEaston’s Flipside 4-Tube Hip Quiver is the answer for those carrying their shafts at waist level. It keeps your bow weight down and arrows more accessible as the Flipside is adjustable for angle. Left-handed shooters need not feel excluded; the Flipside is ambidextrous. Features include a fully adjustable quiver belt and three exterior pockets. MSRP: 52.99.

2. Easton FMJ ArrowsHigh-strength carbon-fiber cores and 7075 aluminum-alloy jackets ensure Easton’s FMJ arrows provide bone-crushing performance and precision. The ultra-thin FMJ shaft is durable and capable of pass-throughs on almost any game. A slick finish ensures an easy pull from high-density targets. To take advantage of more precise broadhead-to-arrow alignment offered by Deep Six technology, the FMJ is compatible with Deep Six Standard RPS inserts, points and broadheads; spine sizes 500, 400, 340, 300. MSRP: $129.99/12.

3. Muzzy Trocar BroadheadMuzzy launched the three-blade Trocar in 2013, and now this deadly critter killer has been engineered for use with Easton’s smaller-diameter, Deep Six inserts. With a 13/16-inch cutting diameter, solid steel ferrule and helix blade design, the Trocar is strong, deadly and field-point accurate. Change blades easily upon releasing the hex screws. Available in standard 100-grain, Deep Six 100-grain, and 100- and 125-grain crossbow. MSRP: $29.99/3.

4. PSE DNA SP BowPSE has unveiled its answer to the speed vs. forgiveness debate, fine-tuning last year’s X-Force Dream Season DNA bow to launch the DNA SP (Smooth Pull) featuring the new Source Cam system. PSE drops IBO speed a bit from the original to what is still a whopping 345 fps, maintaining the lightweight design and performance of the DNA but with an easier draw cycle. With a brace height of 6 inches and an axle-to-axle length of just over 31 inches, it is still a fairly compact bow. Draw range from 24.5 to 30 inches. MSRP: $899.

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5. Trophy Ridge React-One SightTouted as the industry’s most accurate single-pin sighting system, the React-One sight from Trophy Ridge may look like it requires an engineering degree to operate, but is actually designed to simplify the sight-in process. Zero at 20 and 30 yards, and the React Technology takes over to predict your range points out to 100 yards. Once it’s set, simply turn the dial to match your distance. Its bright fiber-optic pin and toolless micro adjustments round out the great features. MSRP: $199.99.

6. Ripcord Code Red Arrow RestThe Code Red arrow rest from Ripcord just might be the best of the breed in drop-away rests. Unlike many drop-aways, the Code Red’s soft rubber molding and Arrow Containment System not only ensure a smooth draw, but also prevent slips that can lead to lost arrows or spooked game. A lightning-fast drop minimizes contact between arrow and rest after the release while the internal brake system eliminates launcher bounceback. The launcher can be manually locked before you draw, great for hunters, or lifted while you draw for target shooting. Adjustable for windage and elevation. MSRP: $105.95.

7. NAP Apache Predator LED Stabalizer“You Can’t Kill What You Can’t See.” That’s the slogan for the new stabilizer from New Archery Products, the Apache Predator LED. While we certainly aren’t suggesting lighting up a whitetail past legal shooting time, there’s more out there than just deer. As its name suggests, the stabilizer was designed for those whose prime time is the dark of night—hogs and coyotes beware. Activated by a trigger switch that can be mounted almost anywhere, the 3-watt green LED shines out to 100 yards. This 6-inch, water-resistant stabilizer weighs only 4 ounces. MSRP: $69.99.

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