Well Rednecks as promised, this will be our last post in a series of 3 on what we believe is the best hinge release for hunting.
So, lets get down to business.
1st off the bat we have….
Scott Longhorn Hex Release
If you’ve read some of our other articles on releases you’ll notice Scott Releases get a mention pretty often. That’s because they’ve always pumped out quality gear and the Longhorn upholds that same reputation.
The Longhorn is the perfect type of back tension release for the archer who’s looking to transition into the hinge style releases.
The open full radius handle along with it’s two finger design make for a comfortable release, however, people who’ve been bow hunting a bit longer may feel as though the release still has a bit of tension when your holding at the wall. Nothing a little bit of practice doesn’t fix though.
The release features a pivoting roller design which aids the archer in not having premature misfires, which can be somewhat of a drama for those using a hinge release for the fist time.
The Longhorn also has a wrist strap which is a big upside as a lot of hinge releases are more so designed with the target archer in mind where having a wirst strap is not neccessary. Out in the field though having a release thats connected to you in some way shape or form, in my opinion, is an absolute necessity.
So whats the good, the bad, and the ugly on this bad boy?
- Pivoting roller design aids archers in premature misfires. Especially handy for the first time hinge release user
- Great option for those who are transitioning into a hinge release
- Wrist strap makes the release a great choice for the hunter
- Available in black or Realtree
- Due to being a two finger design the release can feel as though you still have a bit of tension left on your hold while your at the wall
TRU Ball HT
Another mighty fine release from TRU Ball.
The HT is a micro adjustable back tension release that allows an archer more flexibility over tuning the release to his or her exact needs and wants.
The HT comes in 2, 3 or 4 finger models which can be a plus for first timers as I find that a 4 finger release provides more stability through the hand. The downside to that though is a more advanced archer will get better shot placement out of the 2 finger designs.
Personally I believe this release isn’t really that great for the beginner though. Don’t get me wrong, the HT is a top release but I feel as though this type of release is better suited towards the more advanced archer who’s looking to micro tune everything to get the best out of himself and his bow.
The release has a lot of customization that can be done to it, and to me I’d rather take the simple approach, especially if I was first timer in the market for a back tension release.
- Micro adjustable back tension settings
- Available in 2, 3, or 4 finger models in a choice of medium or large designs
- May be a little complicated for the first time archer
Carter 2 Moons
Now, as per all Carter products, I’ll say it again. This is for the more eligent redneck, and probably not the beginner Archer.
The reason we review carter products is they are the best on the market, and they’ve been producing quality for a long time. But, you will pay for it.
So, what does the 2 moons offer that other back tension releases don’t.
Once again their simple yet robust designs of releases never cease to amaze me.
The 2 moons is another release (and they were the first) that offers micro adjustment. Unlike the TRU ball HT though Carter has done it in a much more simple way.
You can adjust the length of your clicker in .005 increments ranging from .0 to .030. Their unique split moon design ensures that the release looses no smoothness between the transition of before activation and after activation. Not only this but the speed of the rotation style release can be adjusted as well, which is pretty crazy considering the release is activated via rotation of the hand.
The 2 moons is also offered in a 2, 3 or 4 finger models and large or small sizes.
All in all Carter always brings out some top quality gear, but along with top quality gear comes a top quality price, but it’s with good reason.
I truly do believe that Carter are the best in the game when it comes to releases, but the average beginner budget probably doesn’t allow for the price tag. This is why you’ll see a lot of highly competitive target archers using carter releases, as they are a cut above the rest.
So, what’s the pros and cons on this bad boy.
- Micro adjustable in .005 increments from .0 to .030
- speed of release can be adjusted
- Available in 2, 3, or 4 finger models in small or large size
- High quality construction and high quality materials used in construction
- Hefty price tag. Not really in the beginners budget.
Wrapping things up…
So there we have it folks, this is the last post in the three main categories of release aids. Hopefully by now if you’ve read through all of the posts on our recommendations of release aids you should be able to make an educated decision (even if it is redneck education) as to what release aid you think will work best for you given your current journey in the archery world.
We will do a more informational post on some of the differences between these releases and what will works best in different situations, but for now, you should be able to have a pretty good understanding as to what will be best for you.
So ’till next time,
Keep on Redneckin.