January 17, 2024
The rest is arguably the most critical bow-mounted accessory. Get a sub-par model or one loaded with technologies that don't perform as advertised, and arrow flight will be janky.
QAD UltraRest Integrate MX2
Quality Archery Designs took the rest world by storm by introducing the riser-mounted UltraRest Integrate MX. For 2024, this legendary crafter of top-end archery accessories brings you the MX2. Sporting all the features that made the MX an instant classic, the all-new MX2 sports a rugged and stealthy capture bar and bulletproof 7075 aluminum launcher that will take all the punishment you can dish out. The most significant innovation is the replaceable (offered in multiple color options) launcher arm dampers and Berger hole damper. Felt, other than a single piece to be added to the cradle of the launcher arm, is gone, and easily insertable and interchangeable rubber is in. The new dampening system looks great and allows archers to color-customize, but it further thwarts post-shot noise and vibration.
$279.99-$299.99 | qadinc.com
The Ratchet Cable Driven and Ratchet Limb Drive fall-away rests are new from the minds at Ripcord. Available in multiple mounting options, including Standard Micro, Standard Non-Micro, IMS Micro, and IMS Non-Micro, this rest pairs precision with convenience via a slim, sleek, and user-friendly design that makes tuning a breeze. Speed Set Technology allows for quick cable takeup without needing a bow press, and tried-and-true Ripcord innovations mean this rest will perform in any environment in any weather condition. Sweetening the pot is the Anti-Bounce-Back Launcher, which stops the launcher when it falls to eliminate accuracy-robbing bounce back.
$189.99-$259.99 | ripcordarrowrest.com
Taking several design cues from what is, arguably, Hamskea's top drop-away rest build, the Epsilon, the new-for-2024 Everest, is a win. Smaller and more streamlined, the Everest is lighter and more compact than the Epsilon and hits a pleasing price point. Via customer request, vertical lockdown was added to the cord system. Hamskea moved the clamps to the outside of the rest for more accessible, more immediate access. Another innovative Everest feature is the new direct drive micro-tunable blade angle adjustment. With this new feature, all that's required to change the angle of the launcher blade is the backing off, adjusting, and tightening of two easy-to-access screws. Zero Tolerance Technology eliminates lateral shaft movement, and the Everest is available in Everest w/Mathews Approved Bracket, Everest w/Riser Interface, and Everest w/Universal Bracket.
$199.99 | hamskeaarchery.com
Arizona Archery Prophecy QD
A top-tier arrow rest that heeds the hunting and tournament rest call, the Prophecy QD is a full-capture fall-away with a proprietary trigger mechanism with a nano-second delay. This trigger allows the rest to stay up longer while maintaining maximum arrow clearance. The flexible but durable launcher arm is ultra-durable, and an internal mechanism prevents the launcher arm from dropping in the event of a letdown. Another hat-tipper of this rest is the Freakshow QD mount, which has dominated the podium at many tournaments worldwide. The Freakshow QD mount has 15 points of contact to ensure the rest returns to the same spot every time.
$309.99 | arizonaarchery.com
Ripcord didn't stop with the Ratchet. Enter the new-for-2024 RAK arrow rest. A budget-friendly rest loaded with purposeful technologies, the RAK comes in Standard and IMS Micro mount versions, and like the Ratchet, activation cord takeup doesn't require a bow press. When loading the rest, an easy flick of the thumb rotates the launcher arm into position, and at the shot, the launcher arm falls quickly but won't bounce back and hinder arrow flight. The over-molded launcher arm eliminates the need for extra felt or moleskin, and easy-to-make windage and elevation adjustments are marked with laser-etched marks.
$129.99-$159.99 | ripcordarrowrests.com