PSE Spyder Review
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Editors' reviewThe PSE Spyder was manufactured from 1999-2006 because of its popularity, ease of use and ability to fit a wide variety of shooters. Originally designed to be a starter bow for youth, some models do come with a 70lb peak draw weight to fit small framed adults also. This rig is a great bow to learn to shoot with because it is a simple bow that is easy to handle and can be adjusted to fit most shooters.
Riser & LimbsStress-optimized, precision-engineered Magnaglass limbs are attached through the limb pockets to a fairly simple riser that is designed to keep the bow light weight while also keeping the cost down. The riser design is almost straight, making this bow very forgiving, an important aspect for individuals learning to shoot.
GripThe Spyder incorporates a rubber grip that helps dampen vibrations and is quite comfortable for most shooters. However, because the rubber grip is fairly wide some hand induced torque is possible.
Eccentric SystemDepending on which model Spyder is purchased the IBO speed could be anywhere from 240-295fps, which is quite impressive for a bow originally designed for youth. The wide range is due to PSE producing a Single Cam version and a version which employs Cam Wheels (S4) each year. The Single Cam versions are always significantly faster.
Draw length and Draw weight, of course, differ in availability and range year to year and model to model. The S4 version, offered every year, offered two peak draw lengths, 19 & 23 inches with 1/2 inch adjustments and peak draw weights of 20 - 40 lbs. The different Single Cam versions (VC, ST & RF) offer draw lengths of 23-28 inches in 1 inch increments and peak draw weights of up to 70lbs. While the 70 lb bow is not available each model year it does make this bow a good candidate for a small framed adult. Below is a list of model year and corresponding Cam Systems available:
- 1999-2001 - S4 (Synergy 4) & VC (Venom Cam)
- 2002-2003 - S4 & ST (Stinger Cam)
- 2004-2006 - S4 & RF (Rim-Fire One Cam)
Draw Cycle / ShootabilityAll models of the Spyder draw fairly smooth however the back wall may feel somewhat mushy with the S4. From the factory this rig is pretty bare bones and thus there is some noise and vibration after release. In order to reduce these effects a stabilizer, string leeches, limb dampeners, and possibly a string stop should be added.
PSE Spyder vs. PSE Deer Hunter
|Bow||PSE Spyder||PSE Deer Hunter|
|Version||2010 (NI Cam)||2012|
|Brace Height||7 "||7.625 "|
|AtA Length||31.5 "||38.25 "|
|Draw Length||25 " - 30 "||24 " - 29 "|
|Draw Weight||35 lbs - 70 lbs||30 lbs - 65 lbs|
|IBO Speed||310 fps||257 fps - 265 fps|
|Weight||3.5 lbs||3.6 lbs|
|Let-Off||65% or 80% (adj)||65%|
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The PSE Spyder is fairly comparable to the PSE Deer Hunter. However the PSE Deer Hunter is longer axle to axle. If you look at the specs from both models of the Spyder it looks as though PSE took some from each and created the Deer Hunter. Of course this is not what happened but it is believable. While the Deer Hunter is a good rig for a teen, the Spyder VC, ST, or RF (Single Cam models) offers more performance for a similar price and the Spyder also has a youth model in the S4.