[shhh-thunk] Hey guys, this is NUSensei. Today I’m going to go through a very interesting resource. This is the Rio 2016 archery equipment list which is made by
Maxime Zopfmann. Thanks Max, this is a fantastic resource. What this is it’s a chart of every archer who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games men and women, and it outlines every bit of their equipment from their riser to their limbs to their vanes and finger tab. It’s such an amazing resource to have. You can find this information elsewhere, but this has been compiled into some very useful formats. You have the complete listing of all 128 archers, men and women, and by default it’s ranked from first to last based on their finishing in the knockout rounds. You can also sort by country, by name, by score in the ranking round, as well as by each individual equipment. You can also sort by recurve women only, recurve women final eight, the recurve men in terms of their knockout rounds, and the recurve men final eight as well. So you can see all this yourself, but I’m going to use the overall list. Now there are a few goals in this. I’m not going to go through every single part in a different video. If you want to see more of a statistical analysis, Shore Shot Archery does this. I’m going to do this as a more general approach because I have two different goals here. The first goal is to satisfy curiosity. A lot of us love to look at specifications and what people use and seeing what the world’s best are using. It’s fascinating to see the trends and patterns and the number of brands being used. The second reason is how does it affect us as an average archer? If the world’s best are using these things then surely we should use it as well, and archery equipment is a bit unlike other sports where the very top end gear is already accessible to the average archer. It will cost a lot more, but you can buy it right away. Now what’s stopping you from buying top end equipment? It’s mostly money. That’s really it, but do you need to get top end equipment? This is what we try to answer here because what the very best use isn’t necessarily what you need to use as a developing or average archer. So we’ll go through these two goals. So what I’m going to do: I’m going to sort by… I’m going to go through each one, riser, limbs plunger, and so on. I want to sort by alphabetical order because that will give us the the quickest indication of general brand names and bow types and models and so on. Some of these are more obvious than others and some will be quite interesting. This will be mostly a casual talk so I’m not going to structure this in a particular informative way, but as I’m going through I’ll put some visuals on the side so you see, what I’m talking about in case you don’t know what these things are. Ok, so let’s go through the riser. I’ll sort by alphabetical order, and we see a few different brands. So we’ve got four Fivics, all of them using the Titan Plus riser. We have one archer who is from the Ivory Coast who’s using a Gillo G1M, and the rest the majority I believes are Hoyts. Look at this. Most archers: Hoyt HPX, that’s a fairly old bow, absolutely a very good bow, the Ion-X is fairly newer. This is interesting, the Hoyt GMX, that’s a lot of Hoyt GMX’s Now this was a great bow around five plus years ago, but it’s still a very competitive bow. It’s actually really interesting to see them use Hoyt, because people these days using the HPX, the GPX there’s only one GPX. The Prodigy is the newest bow on the market. Wow! wow wow wow wow…
The majority of people are using Prodigy, it’s the prodigy RX and Prodigy XT, the newer higher-end model. I think that currently, as of this video the Prodigy XT is the newest bow in the Hoyt line. So that’s obviously the majority Prodigys that’s not surprising, but I’m just interested in the GMX. That’s something which is a bit more affordable these days. Very interesting that people are doing that, including some high ranking archers. You see Ki Bo Bae, number three Korean archer: Hoyt GMX. Lisa Unruh from Germany also uses Hoyt GMX ,very fascinating to witness that. I’m going down. We have a few MK Alphas. We have a few PSE X Appeals. That’s very interesting because PSE isn’t particular well known for their recurve bows. The X Appeal is one of the few models they released,
and a couple people have been using them from Venezuela, which is interesting enough, and then we have the Win&Win’s. We have the Nano Max, the Wiawis Nano Max, which the current newest model on the market for Win&Win. Let me see, the Australians are using it:
Taylor Worth, Ryan Tyack. I know the third Australian, Alec Potts, uses Hoyt, but the others are using Win&Win. Then we have the other models. We have one Win&Win AL1, which interesting, a Japanese archer, and we have a lot of AXTs. This is a slightly new mode,l basically the AXT is the aluminium version of the Win&Win Inno CXT, a very similar design. including the men’s winner, the Korean Ku Bonchan. He uses an AXT. A lot of AXT risers and a few CXT, which is what I currently use. This was the cutting-edge bow around five plus years ago, but now there’s a shift going towards the aluminium risers which is quite interesting. In the aluminum risers, the AXT, I think it’s a bit cheaper than what you find in the CXT or the Nano Max or the AL1 even. So this is actually very interesting to see this breakdown. Going back up if you sort by the final placings, we see the top archers Win&Win and Hoyt Prodigy. Win&Win and Hoyts, that’s basically the top ten. Sorted by the ranking round, the same pattern here, Win&Win and Hoyt. Now there’s one Fivics interestingly. So going back to the limbs now. We’ll sort by alphabetical order. You see again Fivics. All the people using Fivics limbs. That kind of does make sense and we see mostly its a brand match, so Hoyt because of Hoyt, Win&Win because Win&Win and so on. It’s not always the case but usually is. It seems the Hoyt Quattros are by far the most popular limb, and that’s probably their best limb at the moment anyway, the Hoyt Quattro. That’s a lot of Hoyt Quattro’s. That’s a lot of Hoyt Quattro’s. Practically every Hoyt Archer used the Hoyt Quattro, except for a couple of people using the the F7, but they’re using the former HPX, which is just a little different, so yeah, this makes sense. The Prodigys, the former HPX, they’re all Hoyt Quattro’s. So that’s their best limb at the moment. Then we see some MK Archery. I’ve seen some of the Hoyts flipping over to MK. I could’ve sworn there was a Win&Win…. All the Hoyts are using Hoyt limbs, and then we see…there are some differences. …later on…. MK Archery MK risers make some sense, and the Win&Wins and most of these Win&Wins are the Inno EX. That’s what I current use as well. That’s not surprising. The Win&Win Inno EX is probably the best limb. The Wiawis is a newer limb. There’s actually a lot of Wiawis, but the Inno EX is still a more popular limb, which is quite interesting, and what’s even more interesting is a lot of the Hoyts using Win&Win limbs. I don’t think any Win&Win archers use Hoyt limbs, I will double check that, going cross brand isn’t that big a deal really like you know that’s quite normal but I think Hoyt and Win&Win, the two giants, you can expect them to use their own limbs, but it seems that no Win&Win archer uses Hoyt limbs, but some Hoyt archers use Win&Win limbs. So that’s an interesting shift. Riser and limbs, we see the domination is in the Hoyt and Win&Win risers and limbs. The plunger. I’ve done reviews on plungers before, and really the Beiter plunger is by far the best plunger. From the top we’ve got three AAE Gold, one AS which is a French brand, I think, I’m not too sure about this. Beiter being a German company, they have the best plunger. The most adjustable one. It’s all the way down. A few Fivics, a couple Shibuyas. Shibuyas are not bad either, but they tend to be not preferred compared to the Beiters. We have a few Win&Win. I’ve used the Win&Win plunger as well. It’s also very nice plunger. Probably second best compared to the Beiter, but the Beiter is by far the preferred plunger. The rest, which is interesting. ok….this is interesting. In previous videos people have taken a shot at me for using a Hoyt Super Rest on my bow, because they think “oh you you know using a $1000 bow while using a two-dollar rest?” I want to clarify this because the Hoyt Super Rest, the Hoyt SR is the Hoyt Super Rest, ok. The plastic rests are fine. There’s nothing wrong with them just because they’re not $50 and made from metal and magnetic clips, that doesn’t means it’s a bad rest. Bear in mind that it wasn’t that long ago that the Super Rests were the best rests in the field, because you could buy them for very cheap, they were quite durable, and people shot records with these rests. So it’s not like I’m being cheap… At the moment I don’t use a Hoyt Super Rest. It’s just the fact that people kind of bag it, and say it’s a very cheap rest. It is cheap, but it isn’t bad. So the rest, we’ve got one AAE , I think that’s the the wrap around rest. It’s a more complex one. There’s an AAE Mag, which I haven’t heard of before. We’ve got quite a few Hoyt Super Rests. You can’t really see it in replays because you don’t see that side of the bow, but the fact they’ve got quite a few Hoyt Supers including… what’s the highest-ranking… We’ve got Taipei, fifth-place. We’ve got a Korean, 8th place, with the Hoyt Super Rest. A lot of these guys finish mid to low, but we’ve got a few top finishes, top tens, using the Hoyt Super Rest. So don’t diss the Super Rest guys! It’s a cheap rest, but that’s something that still works in top level competition. Shibuya is by far the most popular rest, I believe it’s the Shibuya Ultima. I currently use that. That is by far the most popular rest. By FAR the most popular rest. yeah… they’ve got a Spigarelli and three Win&Wins. I’ve used Win&Win as well. They are alright, but I think Shibuya by far. I mean it’s like the standard now. It’s a AU$50 rest. Very adjustable and kind of nice looking as well, so people are using that. Alright next we have the clicker. And wowwwww, that’s also quite a bit of a monopoly on clickers. I’ve got a AAE Micro Tune…. So these are interesting clickers. Some of these are sight mounted ones. I don’t think these are the sight mounted ones, but I’m pretty sure AAE… I currently use one… the AAE does have a sight mounted clicker, but by this stage most people will tune their arrows to shoot from the regular clicker. Beiter, by far, is the strongest clicker here, and they do make a couple models. They make a black and silver model, both aluminium, but it just seems really obvious that Beiter is the preferred clicker for the majority of archers, and Win&Win is a distant second place, and I currently use a Win&Win for my short arrows and that tends to be the second preference. Going back up, wow, this is really fascinating. The sight, wow, this is where things get really interesting, because the sight is one of the big determining factors that divides archers, and also a good sight will make it much easier to have good performance, good results. So we have a few AS sights, and the rest I think the majority are Axcel. Interesting, Axcel was not that big a company about four five or ten years ago, and it’s really taken up, especially now they’ve become official sponsors of many events. So the Axcel sights, they are currently in the peak of the market. Axcel Achieve. That is easily… I don’t use Axcel, personally. I don’t know many people who do, but that’s something taking off a lot. You see that quite a bit. Fivics have a couple. Shibuya Dual Click. This is interesting. The Dual Click is the more budget version of the Ultima, and this is interesting how we have one person from Myanmar. He uses the Dual Click and a Korean archer. Wow, that’s Chang Hye Jin, the gold medalist uses a Dual Click. That’s actually really interesting. Just saying that you don’t need a very expensive sight to… I’m speachless here, because that’s quite unexpected, but the sight works fine, so there’s nothing wrong with the sight, but everybody else is using the Shibuya Ultima Carbon. That’s by far the next most popular sight. I use it myself. Sureloc is… only three there… and Win&Win has a few. They make some decent sights, the WS600 is currently their most expensive sight, and I think the only sight they are making right now, so it’s also a very good sight, but Shibuya Ultima Carbon by far. No aluminum versions, just the carbon so there you go. Alright, next we have the sight pin. Now the sight pin, for those that don’t know, is the aperture. It’s the the thing that… It’s the sight ring that people use now. The standard means that it’s the one that comes with the sight, which is basically an iron ring with a red dot somewhere. There are a few people who will change the sight pin for a different aperture, and the most popular is the Titan Scope, wich I also currently use. I’ve got a Spiga or the Spigarelli one. Standard. I think the majority of archers use a standard pin, and we go all the way down to the bottom, but that’s the vast majority right there. Go to the very bottom, the Titan Scope is the next most popular. So what do you have here…. All the Australians use Titan Scopes. There are three Titan Micros, which is smaller than the regular Titan Scope. This is the most popular alternative aperture, but it seems that the majority of archers just stick with the standard sight. That’s actually really fascinating. If you sort by the final scores, it seems that… let’s see…the gold medalist, silver, and bronze, all use standard apertures. Brady Ellison is the exception, he uses a Titan Scope and came in third, bronze, and then we see again mostly standards. A few Titan Scopes up there. So this isn’t a huge determining factor. I still think that the aperture is personal preference. You don’t need to buy Titan’s scope, but if you want one, then it has certain advantages, but it seems most people perform just fine with a standard sight, which is interesting. I don’t use standard, I use Titan personally. I might reconsider that. Stabilizers. This is a bit more of an open market. There’s a lot of different brands here. Let’s have a look…we got AAE Hot Rodz, Apogee, Arctec, AS, Bee Stinger. They are getting pretty popular now, and Brady Ellison uses Bee Stingers. Beiter, they’ve got a few… They’ve got a particular model of stabilizer. It’s a multi rod one, and only four people use it. So thats interesting. Cartel they’ve got one there. The Doinkers! Now I use the Doinker Platinum Hi-Mods, and they’re faily popular, not dominating popular, still fairly popular. Easton Contours, interesting, that’s at a very popular stabilizer. I haven’t used them myself. That’s a very popular one. The Easton X10 which is a stabilizer, the Zflex, Fivics stabilizers, the Fuse Blade which is an interesting design.
The Win&Win HMC is also very popular. Wow! That’s the most popular stabilizer:
the Win&Win HMC series. There are a few more. Obviously the Wiawis. The Win&Wins are by far the most popular stabilizers. The Wiawis and HMC Series. Alright, next we have the arrows, the shafts, so this is where things get… No surprise here. What’s fascinating is one person from Kenya uses the A/C/E, and the A/C/E was a very good shaft, and now it’s second place to the X10, It’s been that way for the last decade or so, so the fact of one person still using it… it’s okay.. She’s finished 49th, decent ranking round as well, and A/C/Es work fine by the way. I mean, they don’t have the market domination of the X10s. These aren’t bad arrows, and again, it’s often you more than the arrow. There are a few Nano P Xtrem’s. We’ve got six people using them, but everybody else is X10, so that seems to be a no-brainer. Everybody uses the X10 arrows. Alright, I just got my own X10s, by the way. They do fly magnificently. I’m haven’t fully tuned them yet, but they’re definitely a great performance competition arrow. The most expensive you can probably buy right now, but probably well worth it. Next the nocks. No points here but the points are pretty standard. Most people either use stainless steel X10 point, or for those who have the money, and for those guys who are sponsored probably, the tungsten target points which are quite interesting. The nocks are probably not too interesting, but we got the Beiter InOut there, and this isn’t that important. Yeah, the pin nocks. It seems that the Easton pin nocks are by far the most popular, and a few Beiter pin nocks,
but basically a nock’s a nock. There’s no real performance variation there. Now the vanes, this is where things get pretty interesting. Now I want to draw your attention to Jake Kaminski. He’s a veteran American archer, he’s been on the team for a long time. He’s the only person in the field who’s using straight vanes, every other vane in this list is a spin wing or variant of a spin wing, so they’re the special curled vanes. The AAE Max is a straight vane. I vaguely recall that Jake mentioned that he can’t be bothered with the curly vanes. Look, the straight vanes work. I mean, he is a good shooter, and he is consistently in the American team and a top archer for a long time, so if he uses straight vanes, they work. The problem with the curly vanes, if you’re not well tuned, they are very high maintenance. It can be very annoying to put on. Clearly it’s the preference for practically every archer in the field, but it doesn’t mean you have to use them, and really, spinny vanes don’t make you a better archer. They can make your.. my line is: “they can make good groupings better, but they don’t make bad groupings good.” People are using these sometimes but you kind of have to know what you’re doing before you stick them onto your random arrow. So yeah, *one* straight vane, the AAE Max. The rest are curly. Elivanes are very popular. The GasPro vanes, only a couple of people using them, Kurly vanes, Spider vanes, including Brady Ellison, because he has his own brand label in Spider vanes, the Brady Ellison Spider Vanes obviously. Spin Wings are by far the most popular. They were the original curly vanes, I believe. At least they say so. The vast majority are Spin Wings, and then we have XS Wings, which are good. They’re taking a big hold on the market now. I used to use them. I still do actually. They’re very nice vanes as well. A lot of these are cosmetic, more so than functional, but if you look at the the final place finishers, Spin Wings: one spot that’s Brady Ellison. Not surprised there. Spin Wings, and we’ve got a fourth place on XS wings. So yeah, that seems more of a personal preference thing, and lastly, and not the least important is the finger tab. This is really interesting. It’s a lot of variations. We have a few A & F, we have the AAE which I believe would be the AAE Cavalier. They make several tabs, but Cavalier is the most important one. That’s fairly popular. We have one Angel.
This used to be a very popular brand of finger tab and other products, but Angel’s kind of taken a backseat to the other ones.
We have a Simon Fairweather finger tab. Now Simon Fairweather is an Australian gold medalist back in Sydney 2000, and he designed his own finger tab, and that’s what one person is using right now in the top 128. Fivics is by far the most popular finger tab. Now thats very interesting. Bear in mind that this is just the manufacturer, there could be different models, but most people use a very similar model. I can’t remember off the top of my head what it is, but i’ll bring it up in a few moments, but fascinating to see the vast majority are using Fivics. I’ve got to give this a try at some point. We’ve got a few people using the KSL Gold tab. I’ve got this myself. Quite a lot of people using it, so a fairly good finger tab too.
Designed by Kisik Lee, the American coach. We have a few Wiawis EZ tabs this is the newer tab they have, and we have one EZR. I don’t have the EZ, I might try it at some point. I have the EZR. That’s kind of a pretty big tab, and it doesn’t seem that many people using it, and nobody’s using my tab which is the Win&Win 360. It’s a fairly old tab by now, so it seems that …. Wow, that’s amazing, the Fivics tabs. Alright, so wow, ok, so that’s my little ramble on the different equipment. Hopefully it’s interesting because going back to the question “how does this affect you?” Should you buy certain things because the best people are using them? In some ways… There are two trains of thought here. The first one is, well, if the best people are using them, then it must be good equipment, and therefore it’s worth getting. The second thing is, just because everyone uses it doesn’t mean you have to use it, and I think there is a midpoint here. Certain things are undoubtedly quality. I’ll give you an example, the X10s are quality arrows. There aren’t many arrows which can match X10s in terms of their straightness and tolerance, in terms of their performance at 70 meters, these are by far the best arrows. Do you need them? No, but I guess if you’re going to a serious competition, this is probably something you will want to get sooner or later. Then there are things like the
risers and the limbs. The fact that there are variations, the fact that people are using old models, the fact that people are using other brands besides Hoyt and Win&Win, it means that you can still do very well on a non main-stream riser or non main-stream limb. Certain things reflect the market domination of certain brands. The Beiter plunger is indisputably the best plunger. The Shibuya rest is one of the best rests, although bear in mind the Hoyt Super Rest is a nice second place. The clicker, Beiter is very popular. This is more of a preference thing, I use Win&Win myself, but Beiter is a very popular choice. The sights are very interesting. Lots of variation. You have the Axcel Achieve and the Shibuya Ultima. The sight pins are quite interesting. You don’t need to invest in a different sight pin. It seems that the standard sight is the standard for most archers. Some people do prefer a different sight aperture, but not required. Stabilizers, seems to be anyone’s game really. There’s so many different variation. The vanes, only one person uses straight vanes . Everybody else uses spinnies. Do you have to? No, but, I guess, if you are shooting at that level, these things will make a difference, and last, the tab is the most interesting thing, and personally, ironically, I guess, I started off and making videos on finger tabs. I think looking at this, the tab is one of the most important things I think for a new archer, even for a veteran archer, because it’s the only part of your body touching the bow apart from the grip, and I think that if you pick the right finger tab it makes an amazing amount of difference in the way you shoot. Now I’ve personally used so many tabs. I’ve used the AAE Cavelier. I’ve used the Win&Win 360, the KSL, the Win&Win EZR. I think, looking at this, I am going to buy some new tabs. I’m gonna buy the Fivics. I’ll see what they’re using. I might buy the EZ, because it’s a variation of the EZR. It’s a different design. It’s popular with certain shooters, in fact, if you look at the top finalists, we’ll see the last result is a Fivics. I mention before Fivics, KSL, Fairweather, and the EZ. So this seems to be the most popular tab. I’m not entirely sure why as I haven’t used it myself, but I’m going to have to give it a go. So hopefully this is an interesting run down. This may affect your future archery purchases, or if you’re really spoiling yourself then you might want to get something right away. Do I have a definitive answer about how much it matters? Well no, of course not. I think there’s a lot of variations and really what you use is up to you. You use what works best for you, not what other people use, but if you want a reference, you want to see what works and what people find most useful or very popular, this is a great tool to look at. I’ll leave the link in the description below. Hopefully this gives you some insight, and a bit of curiosity has been satisfied. Anyway, this is NUSensei, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.