Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gear Review: TightSpot Quiver

As you can clearly see, my TightSpot Quiver gets abused when I hunt.

Durable. Adjustable. Nearly Indestructible. Quality. All things you want to hear when considering new hunting gear. These are necessary if you want your purchase to last and be worth every penny. The TightSpot Quiver is every one of those and more. With so many people asking me about quivers lately, now is the right time to share my thoughts on this top-notch, must have quiver. 

First off, the TightSpot Quiver is Made in the U.S.A. Need I say more? I interviewed TightSpot owner, Joe Jacks, in 2013 and he explains why it is made in the U.S.A. You can read the interview here. They have constructed an incredible quiver that, if set up properly, eliminates vibration in multiple ways. It is quiet and solid.

Many of us hunt with our quiver mounted to our bow. There are plenty of other bowhunters who prefer to remove it while hunting. You get the best of both worlds with the TightSpot. Now, I remember a few years back, when I first heard about TightSpot, I had a few disagreements with others using this particular quiver on their archery rig. Why? The main reason was cost. It retails for $162.95 and not everyone is going to have that in their budget. I didn't have it at that time and I was a bit short-sighted. I went the hard way and purchased cheaper, lower quality quivers. Yes, that is plural. What I needed to do was to save up and purchase one quiver I would own for life.

It took a few years, but I finally came to my senses and got a TightSpot. I am pretty rough on my gear and when I lay my bow down, typically it is on the quiver. Rocks, sand, and the occasional truck bed were no match for the durability. The quiver is tough and stands up to everything I have thrown at it. You can take it off on a stalk, in a tree stand, or when practicing. You can move it closer to the bow itself which drastically reduces torque. One of the coolest features is you can adjust it forward and back to eliminate the need for a stabilizer, should you choose that route. I personally like having my quiver in a certain spot, so I use a stabilizer, too. It's a mental thing for me. Still, you can fine tune it to have the weight of the quiver forward or back depending on your shooting style. You can also adjust the quiver up and down to center it on your bow by the use of the middle frame. Just loosen up the screws a bit, slide the two carbon poles up or down to get it where you want it and then tighten them up again. It's a great system!

The old style TightSpot Quiver had a foam insert for your broadheads to fit into. I really liked this design. Many complained that the foam got cut up and they hated having to replace it. TightSpot switched to a rubber molded insert to appease the customer. Personally, I liked the foam better. The foam allowed you to insert any size broadhead with ease. The rubber limits the size of the broadhead you can use, and it makes it very difficult to get the arrow in and out. I have constructed my own foam inserts to fix this issue, as I don't think TightSpot will go back to the foam, but I like the foam better. Have I mentioned that enough? Foam is good!

Smaller diameter arrows (like the ones I shoot) can be tricky to keep snug in the quiver, but it's not that difficult to adjust the screws and spacers to fit them. The crew at TightSpot was super helpful in sharing how to adjust the quiver spacers to get the arrows to fit here. The same goes for really fat arrows, like crossbow bolts. You simply have to do the opposite and loosen the screws to accommodate the shaft diameter.

Some may find an issue with mounting the quiver to the bow when you shoot a sight like the HHA Sports single pin series. I know I did, but TightSpot thought of that and offers a mounting bracket that allows you to use the sight and quiver combo with ease. The bracket costs $21.95, but it is worth it. I also invested in the universal mounting bracket for my crossbow. Simple to install and allows me to use any of my TightSpot quivers. It's awesome! MSRP on the Universal Crossbow Bracket is $22.95.

A nice feature to consider if you own two bows is that you can buy one quiver and two mounting brackets. Yes, you can buy separate mounting brackets! That way if you choose to shoot a second bow, you can just flip the lever on the quiver on the first bow, remove it, put it on the other bow and lock it down. No need for a second quiver!

The TightSpot mounts easily to many sights, but many need the additional mounting bracket.

TightSpot customer service is excellent. Not only do they answer questions reasonably quickly, but they stand by their (original owner) lifetime guarantee. For example, last year I cranked on a screw a bit too hard and bent the frame that attaches the quiver to the bow. I tried fixing it myself and realized I had completely messed up. I contacted them and informed them of my overly aggressive tightening and they said to box it up and send it in to be fixed under warranty. I offered to pay for it as it was 100% my mistake and they said they would take care of it. In about a week I had my repaired quiver in hand and it felt brand new. 

Like I said earlier, many will balk at the price tag. My opinion is that you do get what you pay for and the TightSpot Quiver is one essential article of gear that you really need to invest in. They offer a five-arrow quiver and a three-arrow. Personally, I am not interested in a three-arrow quiver, but for those that hunt close to home and in a treestand, this might be an option for you.

Would I recommend the TightSpot Quiver? You bet! I have been recommending them for years and continue to do so. This quiver is hands down the best I have ever had the pleasure of utilizing. I have had many of my close hunting buddies start investing in TightSpot and they rave about them as I do. I highly (yes, I said highly) recommend TightSpot Quivers to any bowhunter out there. Do yourself a favor and invest in a TightSpot Quiver. It'll be the last quiver you buy for yourself because it will last you a lifetime.

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