Summer camps at High Altitude Archery kicked off this week, and no time is being wasted! Participants are building bows, starting by roughing out the basic forms using hand tools under the close supervision of our master boyer, Cuatro.
We're happy to offer Hoyt recurve equipment, including an in-stock selection of Hoyt ILF risers. Call for details!
High Altitude Archery is proud to announce a partnership with Phoenix Weaponry to create weights customized to the needs of barebow shooters. Note the "mushroom" shaped weight, designed to fit around limb bolts or other riser features such as the knuckle guard on the DMS riser and provide a full 12oz of weight. The larger mass weight is a full 18oz providing additional stability. These weights are designed to remain within a USA Archery compliant barebow setup. We also offer a larger brass internal weight for Spigarelli risers giving additional 10oz counterweight. Call or stop by for more details.
Interested in trying compound bow archery? Choosing a compound bow is a complicated affair. To correctly size and weight your bow you will need to be able to measure or estimate your draw length, and accurately gauge your strength. If you're new to archery, we at High Altitude Archery highly recommend choosing a basic recurve bow to start, or renting equipment from a local shop for a few months to learn the basics of archery. Compound bows have a set draw length and weight, so you will need to know how to specify this value to the shop. Do not assume that the shop you purchase from knows how to accurately measure these values - I have seen many archers with incorrectly set equipment. Once you're ready to try a compound, you'll need to measure or estimate your draw length. A good archery shop will use a specially marked arrow with a recurve bow to measure your draw length, but you can also estimate your draw length by dividing your height by 2.5. I am 69" tall: 69÷2.5 = 27.6. As it happens, my draw length is 27½. Other recommendations involve measuring your "wingspan" or arm length from fingertip to fingertip -- but this is very often the same as your height, which is usually already known. Note: If your draw length is greater than 29", you may have difficulty finding an inexpensive compound bow. Resist the urge to get a bow shorter than
Basic Recurve for Recreation or Target ArcheryBasic recurves are great for an introduction to archery for recreation and even to start competing. Basic recurves are usually characterized by a wooden riser and wood / fiberglass limbs. Generally speaking, the limbs can be taken off the riser, and replaced with new limbs as the archer gains skill and strength. Basic recurves have mounting points for accessories such as weights, stabilizers and sights, though it is unusual to see anything other than a weight or single long-rod stabilizer used with a basic recurve.
Choosing the right size of basic recurveRecurves are relatively easy to size correctly. When strung, the recurve should stand with one tip on the ground and the other tip should be roughly between the middle of the ear to the top of the head. For example, given a 5' 9" individual, a 66" recurve would be a very good size. Where sizing gets tricky is when dealing with younger archers who may be growing rapidly. In these cases, keep in mind that it's better to choose a bow that's slightly longer than required than having a bow that is too short.
Choosing the right draw weight for a basic recurveAn appropriate draw weight depends on several factors specific to an
High Altitude Archery is pleased to offer select Fuse Archery stabilization products like the Carbon X Taper and Carbon Blade. These stabilization systems are top-notch products designed for Olympic Recurve and Compound Target archery applications. The pros at High Altitude Archery can help you design and tune a stabilization system calibrated to your exact needs, to provide you with the most accurate and forgiving setup.
High Altitude Archery offers STAN releases as the premium compound target archery release. These releases are HOT, and take some time to get used to, but offer a fantastic release profile that with practice will increase accuracy.
TRU Ball manufactures a line of releases well suited to beginners learning how to use thumb releases for target archery. We recommend starting with the Max 4 release.
These targets are the best targets on the planet. The interior of these targets are about the same toughness as moving blankets, and will not degrade even when left outside. You are most likely to damage the cover before the padding degrades beyond usage -- but the good news is that you can purchase a replacement cover and extend the life of your target for many more years.