With Wind in Mind

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.

3 thoughts on “With Wind in Mind

  • By Edward Yee - Reply

    Currently using Doinker, Avancee, 12″ side rods with about 3 ozs. Would using your RamRod ultra 14″ sides rods help me tip the front of bow up? Thanks for your help.

    • By Zach Garrett - Reply

      If I understand correctly, your sight is dipping during aiming? If that is the case, a dipping sight picture can be indicative of several things – many of them are form related. However, from an equipment standpoint, this is typically indicative of too much front stabilizer weight in relation to the side stabilizer weight. You may be able to fix the problem by removing weight from the front or adding it to the sides. That being said, I would suggest keeping at least an even weight distribution. For example, four ounces on the front, four on each side bar. I prefer more weight on the front stabilizer than the sides – by at least one ounce. This is also dependent on the length of your extension and the angle of your side stabilizers. A longer extension will make your bow feel more front heavy than a shorter one and a flat v-bar mount will make it more front heavy than an angled one. Yes, longer side stabilizers could also give you a more back-heavy bow, but as you can see, there are many variables and many solutions to this problem.

      I hope this helps,

      Zach Garrett

  • By Erick - Reply

    Hi Zach:

    If I understand correctly, the Side Rod – Classic – Hollow is the soft one (like classic) but with hollow carbon fiber tube and give us lighter weight?

    Thank you


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