Hoyt Spyder 34 Review
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Editors' reviewThe Spyder 34 is a little shorter axel-to-axel measurement than Hoyt's standard of a 35-inch bow. With that being said, the forgiving 6.75-inch brace height, attainable speed of 340 feet per second, and the smooth drawing RKT cam and a half system, the Hoyt Spyder 34 is a wonderful option for shooters who like the Spyder platform but demand a longer axel-to-axel bow. Designed with hunting in mind, the Spyder 34 will produce more than enough speed, accuracy, and kinetic energy to take down big game animals all in a compact design.
FinishHoyt finish options leave the riser and limbs coated with a tough feeling finish. It just feels like it will hold up to the normal abuse of being used as a hunting bow. Hoyt's finish not only feels tough, but it performs well also. It looks great on the bow, covers all areas thoroughly, and is completely blemish-free. Hoyt also offers tons of camo and color options sure to meet the needs of any shooter interested in a new Spyder. For camo finishes, Hoyt offers: Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Realtree Snow, and Realtree Pink. Hoyt also equips the Spyder in a variety of target options as well including: black out, fusion, red fusion, green, orange, cobalt blue, and jet black; with powder coat pearl white, and pink as well. If that is not enough, Hoyt also offers some half and half options with a black out riser and either Realtree Xtra or Realtree Max-1 limbs. The Bone Collector edition bow sports a Realtee Xtra Riser with black limbs and special graphics. There is also a Vicxen model, which offers a Realtree Max-1 Riser, and black limbs with custom graphics. All these options are sure to give everyone a desired finish pattern allowing shooters to have a more customized look.
RiserThe TEC LITE riser is designed to be lightweight while providing extra strength where it is needed the most. Around the grip, the Spyder riser is reinforced to further eliminate torque and to add additional strength preventing riser twist. Hoyt also incorporates some other useful technologies on the Sypder riser as well. The silent shelf is incorporated in the riser where drop away rests come in contact with the riser. While most shooters add some type of after market dampening device or moleskin, Hoyt equips their bows from the factory with the silent shelf. The rear mounting string stop system is slightly adjustable and offers a rubber dampener to transfer vibration and to the front mounting stabilizer hole. The front mounting stabilizer hole is offset away from the quiver and sight mounting side to help add more balance. Hoyt also utilizes the Inline Roller Cable Guard, which helps eliminate even more torque at full draw caused from the cables. All of these technologies assist in creating a sturdy riser that eliminates torque and residual vibration leading to improved accuracy and repeatability.
GripThe Pro-Fit custom grip is arguably one of the most comfortable grips available in the archery industry. Hoyt offers several different styles and colors that can come with on an ordered Spyder. From the factory, shooters will have the wooden grip option, which really adds to the look of the bow. The grip fits very well in the shooters hand and is repeatable, which is key to accuracy. Although the Pro-Fit grip is not thin, is does not feel fat either. This makes it an easy transition from any other style grip as well.
LimbsHoyt has featured spilt limb technology for a while, and the Spyder 34 follows the same trend. The parallel split limb technology has proven to be very strong and durable. Using Multilayer lamination, Hoyt limbs are not only strong, but the provide additional strength where the limbs experience the most stress while being drawn. At full draw, the limbs go beyond parallel and looks very extreme. Despite the added stress, the limb design still lives up to Hoyt reliability standards. The Spyder limbs also offer a wider than normal range of draw weight ranging from 30-80 pounds. Limbs still follow the industry standard of 10-pound increments available in maximum draw weights of 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 pounds.
Eccentric SystemThe RKT cam and a half system produces the energy and speeds up to 330 feet per second. Shooters will also be relieved that this velocity is attainable out of the box without needing to be super tuned. The RKT cam system was used on last year's Hoyt models as well. Engineers designed the RKT cams with efficiency and Ergonomics in mind. This means, the draw is harder where the shooters body is better equipped to draw more weight. This feature is noticeable in the draw cycle and may account for the reason why shooters enjoy the draw as much as they do.
Draw lengths are available for the Spyder 34 from 25.5 to 31-inches in half-inch increments on the Spyder 34 and 31.5-32-inches on the long draw model. RKT cams use modules for slight adjustments, but new cams may be needed for some adjustments. The RKT cam is available in three options plus the long draw option. The number 1-cam features draw length adjustability from 25.5-27 inches. The number 2-cam features draw lengths between 27-29 inches, which can be changed using the modules. The number 3-cams features draw length 29-31 inches. The long draw Spyder cam is available in draw lengths of 31.5 or 32-inches.