Bow Spider Review: The Solution For Hands-Free Hiking During Archery Season
Now you can carry your compound bow hands-free and with minimal hassle, thanks to the Bow Spider.
There is always an avalanche of new products and innovations in the world of bow hunting. Many products that I have come across seem totally useless to me. I’m the kind of hunter who never wants to carry the weight of something I don’t need in the backcountry.
I was introduced to Spider bow attending the Total Archery Challenge in Terry Peak, South Dakota. I was skeptical at first. It seemed like another extra gadget product that would add weight to my system with little reward. In this case, I was wrong.
The Bow Spider is a simple and easy-to-use mounting system for your bow, and it lets you move hands-free in the woods.
Read on for my full take on this great product.
What is the arc spider?
There are two main components of Spider bow ascend. The first is the pole, which is attached to your bow via the stabilizer base. The second is the receiver, which is designed to be mounted on you.
There are a few options for mounting the receiver bracket. You can purchase clips that attach the receiver to the waistband of your bag. There are also straps designed to secure the receiver to the back of your bag.
Attaching the receiver to your belt gives you two very convenient options. You can slide the pole into the receiver and just let your bow hang down by your side, or you can pull it across your body and secure it with your bag’s chest strap.
Letting it hang essentially gives you the ability to let go of your bow without putting it down. If you are standing for a long period of time or watching, you can slide the pole into the receiver in one quick motion and have your hands free.
Bow Spider assembly
The position of the strap holder was a game changer for me. With the bow mounted on my belt, I was able to swing the bow across my body, thread my chest strap through the riser, and secure the bow in front of me. For long hikes, rough terrain, or crossing multiple fences, that means my hands are completely free and my bow is securely attached to my body.
Another feature I didn’t expect is that when my bow is connected and I’m exhausted, I can basically put my arms on it and rest my head on my bow. This gives you the equivalent of a “field office” to lay your head on.
The other option of attaching your bow to the back of your bag certainly has practical uses. If you take long hikes to places where you don’t need quick access to your bow, or maybe you get to land on horseback or mountain bikes, the rear support seems like a good one. solid option. I didn’t use it on the back of my bag.
I usually hunt in areas where I want my bow to be easily accessible, and I happen to be a little human. To mount your bow on your back with the bow spider without removing your bag, you need to swing your bow over your head.
For some, this can be an easy task. For me, not so much.
The rainbow spider in action
This year I used the Bow Spider my entire archery season. I hiked very steep terrain, crossed several streams and countless fences.
The whole time I was moving my bow was in this forward sling position. My hands were both free which gave me more stability and agility, with the added benefit of eliminating the hand / arm fatigue that comes with carrying your bow manually.
In cases where I wanted to drop my bag and move faster through thick wood, I unclipped my chest strap, lowered the bow, and lifted it off the receiver. It’s quick and easy, meaning I could drop my bag down pretty quickly and go with my bow in hand.
A huge bonus: use in your vehicle for safe storage
The next thing I’m about to tell you is not listed as intended use. It’s my little idea. Not for honking, but BEEP BEEP.
Because I didn’t intend to use the straps to mount my second Bow Spider to the back of my bag, I instead mounted it in the back of my driver’s seat. That alone is a reason to buy one. It gives you a quick and safe place to mount your bow in your vehicle. I hate having a big, bulky case and hate having my bow just resting in the backseat, especially when my quiver is full of broadheads.
This solution keeps your bow safe and quickly accessible. I went a little further and made a small incision in the base of my seat, threaded a Velcro strip through it, and attached the lower limb to the metal frame of my driver’s seat. This means the bow doesn’t wiggle even on the roughest roads.
Where it could be better
No product is flawless. Unfortunately, the Bow Spider certainly has one. It all comes down to the post. The metal mounting piece that attaches to the actual bow has two drawbacks.
The first is simple: it adds weight. Can’t tell if the weight is noticeable to me, but if you count ounces it’s worth noting.
The second fault is a big problem that I am still trying to resolve. The pole is secured by removing your stabilizer, lining up the hole in the Bow Spider pole with the mounting hole on your bow, then reattaching your stabilizer. For this reason, if you have the style of stabilizer that twists instead of bolting, the weight of your bow on the pole almost always loosens your stabilizer.
After an entire season of hunting with the Bow Spider, I finally got into the habit of quickly turning my stabilizer every time I pick it up.
This is not ideal but will not prevent me from using the Bow Spider either. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
I love this thing. I think a definitive way to decide whether or not you like a product is to go out there without it after you’ve used it for a while.
Unfortunately my vehicle was broken into after the opening weekend of the rifle season this year. One of the items taken was my hunting bag, and my bow spider was attached to my bag. I then went on a few more archery hunts, only to find myself distraught without being able to easily tie my bow to myself. It really felt like I was struggling in a way that I hadn’t had all season.
That alone will be the reason I will be replacing my stolen Bow Spider before next season. It’s a solution to a problem I didn’t even know I had, and it dramatically improved my ability to move around the field.