02 Aug 2021
We might not think about it as much as our sight, arrow rest, or drop aid, but the quiver is an essential bow hunting accessory, keeping our arrows securely in place while performing a function of Important safety by keeping the sharp razor-like tips hidden to avoid injury in the event of a trip, fall or other incident on the ground.
Like all archery products, quivers come in different styles and sizes, with a variety of features depending on the model and how much you’re willing to spend. A line that has stood the test of time – reaching the sweet spot where quality and affordability meet – are the quivers made by Alpine Archery.
Launched in the late 1980s, Alpine has a rich history of developing reliable archery products. The company was purchased by Kinsey’s Archery in 2020, with the quiver line undergoing a transformation to accommodate the changing interests and needs of the modern hunter. The company’s top-of-the-line model is the 4-boom Power Loc, which comes with several features that make it a stellar choice if you’re in the market for a new boom carrier.
For starters, the Power Loc is easy to affix to your bow – Alpine even has short videos on their website that show how to set up their quivers. Weighing just 6.3 ounces and measuring 11 5⁄8 inches in length, the Power Loc is also light and compact.
Over the years I’ve had a quiver or two where if you got caught on a branch while you were walking, or when you were raising or lowering the bow in your tree, the arrows would come out easily. Well, the Power Loc’s two-stage arrow clamp is a gem, holding both standard and micro-diameter arrow shafts firmly in place. What I really like about this quiver, however, is the deep hood lined with urethane foam that protects both you and your broadheads. The fixed blades of My Muzzy Trocar slipped quickly and easily into the pre-cut slots, the foam encompassing the entire hunting head. Talk about peace of mind!
When I’m at the helm, I like to remove the quiver from my bow. The Power Loc’s rubber mount and stainless steel locking pin make it incredibly easy to secure the quiver in its holder and / or remove it from the bow, while the loop on the hood is really handy for hanging the quiver. to a hook or a tree branch. The rubber mount doubles as a shock absorber to reduce noise and vibration between the riser, mounting bracket, and quiver.
If you prefer flexibility in your quiver setup, Alpine also offers the Bear Claw, a 12 inch long model that is available in 3 and 5 boom versions and can be adjusted vertically for better fit, balance and comfort. ‘bow.
Although it costs just $ 33, there is a lot to love about this accessory beyond its price tag. For example, the Bear Claw is lightweight (7.3 ounces), the numerous holes on the shaft allow you to adjust the quiver up to 6 inches up or down, and the hood includes two separate layers of foam. to fit both fixed blade and mechanical broadheads.
If you are shooting with fixed blades, using the two layers of foam allows you to sink your entire blade into the foam. To better adapt to the mechanics, you can simply remove the top layer.
Alpine also offers a third quiver model, the Soft Loc, available in 3 and 5 arrows. All Alpine quivers can be mounted on crossbows and accommodate both right and left handed shooters. They are available in three colors: Realtree Edge, OD Green and Black. – Associate editor Mark Demko