Wind is a challenge. It is a natural part of just about every outdoor archery tournament and requires incredible strategy and discipline on top of already high levels of skill and pressure. We can try to avoid it or rely on hope, or we can accept it and design for it.
Here at Pioneer we have designed everything with wind in mind. A stabilizer can go from your best friend in the calm – holding you steady shot after shot – to your worst enemy in heavy gusts. We have spent a good portion of our career and many big tournaments in those gusts, and we have come out of those experiences analyzing how every little part can either make or break us in the wind.
First up – Rod Diameter.
All RamRods stabilizers are designed to have the best performance and smallest diameter available. These are often conflicting goals, as an increase in diameter allows for higher stiffness to weight ratio, while a smaller diameter allows for better performance in the wind. Many archers are already familiar with these trade offs as they apply to arrows. Some of the fastest arrows on the market are larger diameter all-carbon tubes, while some of the most accurate arrows are very small diameter carbon and aluminum composites. We build on this idea and have created all our rods at a 1/2″ (12.7mm) diameter. This reduction in wind drag can be felt even in a light breeze and corresponds to dramatic improvements in sight picture on the target, all while preserving the consistent feel of a round rod.
Next up – End Caps.
The end cap is the next area we placed our focus. We have to provide a solid connection for the weights, but can we make it more efficient? Our Archetype rods are fitted with sleek Stainless Steel caps on the distal end, allowing for the same cross section but increasing the weight by about an ounce. That saves the archer from having to purchase one ounce of weight for every rod, and provides an even bigger benefit in eliminating that weight from ever being caught by the wind.
And finally – Weights.
Weights are often the parts that sits the farthest from the archer’s bow hand, and can impart a huge torque if exposed to the wind. While still preserving a common and easy to use size, we designed weights that presented the smallest profile in the wind. We also have a few specialty weights that reduce this cross section even more.
All these facets of design create a high performance rod that can present some of the lowest drag available. We keep everything in mind, including wind.