Hoyt Spyder 30 Review
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Editors' reviewThe Hoyt Spyder 30 is designed with hunters in mind. Following the short axel-to-axel, lightweight bow trend, Hoyt has designed the Spyder 30 to meet the needs of shooters demanding these specifications. With tons of Hoyt technologies incorporated, the Spyder has a lot to offer those shooters not on a budget. Despite some technology changes, the Spyder may not be different enough to entice those who bought last year's Vector in to buying this year's Spyder. However, those wanting an axel-to-axel measurement less than the Vector's 32 will love the Spyder's 30-inch measurement. Equipped with the popular RKT cams, Hoyt shooters are sure to love the draw of this hunting rig as well, which is sure to meet advertised speeds of 330 feet per second.
FinishHoyt has a great finishing process leaving the bows well covered and durable. Despite the many riser cutouts, the finish options are always done well and are blemish free. There are lots of finish options available for the Sypder model including camo patterns and target colors sure to match what shooters are looking for. For shooters wanting the entire bow in the same finish, there are several choices. Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max 1, Realtree Snow, Realtree Pink, and Black Out are probably the most appealing for hunting finishes. However, there is also an option for fusion, red fusion, green, orange, cobalt blue, jet black, pearl white, and pink. For shooters who like to mix camo and black, there is a Bone Collector edition with a camo riser and black limbs and custom graphics, a Vixcen edition, and a half and half version as well. For a hunting bow, there are tons of finish options available to meet the style of every shooter.
RiserThe Spyder has a newly designed riser, which features some useful technology shooters are sure to benefit from as well. The TEC LITE riser makes the thickest part of the riser where shooters place their hand. This adds strength where it is needed the most and allows for a more consistent shot. The Inline roller guard system eliminates string torque and noise on the draw as well. Being inline allows the cables to move more naturally reducing friction and stress on the cables while being drawn. The silent shelf adds rubber where the riser meets the drop away arrow rest dampening any noise that may be caused from the two contacting each other. The rear mounting string stop system helps deaden the bow, and the offset front mounting stabilizer helps balance accessory weight side to side as well. This offset works very well in balancing the weight of the sight and rest. Not only can shooters balance the front to back weight, but they can also balance the weight from side to side.
GripHoyt offers several options for grips, but all use the Pro-Fit custom grip technology. The 180-rubber grip has come standard on most Hoyt's prior to this year, but the Spyder comes from the factory with the wooden grip installed. All grip options available through Hoyt are very comfortable and force the shooters hand into a repeatable hand placement All grips are interchangeable by removing two Allen screws for those wanting to change to a different style. In terms of thickness, the Pro-fit grip is about in the middle between thick and thin making it comfortable for shooters to adjust to regardless of what their preference is. The grips also feature a few different designs and colors to match shooters preferences as well.
LimbsHoyt takes advantage of a few major technologies including 5LL (five layer limbs), ARC limbs, and Pro-lock limb pockets Hoyt has designed a very long lasting, high performing limb design sure to withstand all the shooting a person can put on them. The spilt parallel limbs take very little stress, which allows them to perform well over and over again without putting stress where solid limb bows get the most stress. The five-layer technology also allows the limbs to be shaped a little different adding strength where it is needed. With 50-pounds of adjustment, the Spyder 30 is available in draw weights of 30-80 pounds with maximum weights in 10-pound increments. The draw weight range is one of the largest available, and is sure to match the poundage any shooter prefers.
Eccentric SystemThe RKT cam is the powering force behind the 2013 Spyder 30. The cam and a half system produces advertised speeds of 330 feet per second as well without having to fine tune the rigs to achieve the velocity advertised. The cams are designed to work together every time making them easy to tune, and stay in tune without having to constantly tweak the string. The RKT cam is also designed to pull the hardest where your body is most comfortable doing so.
Draw lengths are available for the Spyder 30 from 24.5 to 30-inches in half-inch increments. The RKT cam is slightly adjustable, but there are three cam options that with module adjustments within that specific range. The number 1-cam is adjustable between 24.5-26 inches. The number 2-cam allows for modules between 26-28 inches. The number 3-cams is for draw lengths between 28-30 inches.