Hoyt continues its dominating presence in 2013 with the introduction of the Spyder line, which includes the Spyder 30, Spyder 34 and Spyder Turbo. The Spyder 30 is short, stout and deadly in the field. It is also the subject of Cheaper Than Dirt’s latest archery review.
The Spyder 30, built using the popular Tec-Lite riser, includes many of Hoyt’s must-have features from the past such as the Perfect Balance Stabilization System, RKT Cam & ½, XTS Pro Arc limbs, Pro-Lock X-Lite limb pockets, 180 Pro-Fit grip and In-Line Roller Guard. For 2013, Hoyt has upped the bar by the lowering the noise thanks to its new AirShox silencing system.
There are several factors to consider when determining how a bow will shoot. The grip must have a positive feel that is repeatable. AR-15s call it furniture, but in the bow world accessories are just as critical to the balance and feel of the bow. Unfortunately, you can’t typically dress a bow with all of the accessories you plan to use before you have to make the purchase. This is a leap of faith many bowhunters have frowned upon—until now.
Hoyt addressed the problem with a technology advance. Hoyt’s Perfect Balance stabilizer mounting system counters the weight of accessories. This allows the archer to set up the bow and then “rebalance” the bow by countering the weight of the accessories, which are all mounted on one side of the bow.
The cams are the engines that power any compound bow, but like any technology all cams are not equal. Hoyt reshaped the industry a decade-or-so ago with the introduction of its Cam & ½ technology. Hoyt continued to improve on this revolutionary design with RKT Cam & ½ on the Spyder 30. Combined with the Spyder’s 6.75-inch brace height, the RKT accounts for much of the 330 fps ATA speed rating.
The Spyder is available in three draw length ranges and serves archers from 24.5 to 26 inches, 26 to 28 inches or 28 to 30 inches. Within each of these individual ranges you can fine-tune the draw length using different modules. Draw weights range from 30 to 80 pounds with a 10-pound adjustment range and feature approximately 75 percent let-off.
Hoyt continues to invest in performance by outfitting the Spyder bows with its XTS Pro Arc split limbs. Going beyond ordinary parallel limb technology, Hoyt designed and built its XTS laminated limbs with its ARC Limb Technology to feature incredibly high energy storage in a recoil-free, beyond-parallel configuration that increases speed and reliability. ARC Limb Technology also reduces vibration providing for a quiet and smooth shot.
XTS limbs are constructed using a 5-layer process. The reverse bend process provides a uniform stress distribution (USD) to eliminate potential failure areas. In fact, Hoyt is so confident in its technology that it subjects designs to a 1,500-shot dry-fire test before final approval. The Spyder 30 then brings the riser and limbs together via its Pro-Lock X-Lite pivoting limb pockets for a precise limb-to-riser interface.
The Spyder has so many features it is impossible to cover them all here in the space provided, but worthy of note are the smooth draw cycle with a comfortable valley and easy letdown. Hoyt refers to this system as the ErgoDraw. The one-piece wood grip offers a repeatable low-wrist design, but if that does not fit your preference, no worries. Hoyt also offers the Pro-Fit Grip system, which includes four grip styles that share a common mounting platform to ensure the Spyder will fit your hand and shooting style.