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What is the Best Arrow Quiver for me?

Longbow with quiver and arrowsHow to Decide Which Arrow Quiver is Right for you?

Trying to choose the right quiver can be as difficult as choosing the right bow. While the essential purpose is to simply hold arrows, there are many options available. So where do you start? Other than personal preference, it’s going to depend on the type of shooting you plan on doing. To help you decide, let’s break them down into three categories (Back Quivers, Side/Hip Quivers, and Bow Quivers).

Leather Back Quiver with Strap
Traditional Archer Leather Back Quiver
Backpack style catquiver 3½
Catquiver 3½ True Timber® Quiver Pack

What About a Traditional Back Quiver?

The first mention of an arrow quiver and most people will probably envision a back quiver. A traditional style back quiver brings to mind images of Robin Hood and medieval times. They are still quite popular in the world of archery today and fully functional. Most back quivers will hold a dozen or more arrows without any problem and give quick access when needed.

This style is perfect for the hunter or reenactor who wants to drift back in time. Find a good quality leather back quiver and it will serve to last a lifetime. With some practice, it can be the quickest method for getting an arrow on the string. If there is one downfall, it’s that they tend to shift around as you walk through thick brush. In a hunting situation, it can be discouraging when you duck under some branches only to have your arrows falling out.

One helpful solution to this problem is a quiver side strap. The side strap will assist in holding the quiver in place and from moving around while walking.

Cat Quivers are another versatile type of back quiver that holds the arrows securely in place.They not only protect the arrows, but also protect feathers from inclement weather. They offer an adjustment that allows the archer to adapt the quiver to their specific length of arrows. Worn like a backpack, they have the unique advantage of offering accessory pockets and compartments. Several different options are available in size as well as price.

Neet Leather Target Hip Quiver
Neet Leather Target Hip Quiver
Side Quiver with accessory pocket
Safari Tuff ArrowMaster Side Quiver

What About Side Quivers or Hip Quivers?

There are many variations of side quivers and hip quivers, but the function is basically the same. The archer wears this style off the hip or to the side and the design provides a relatively easy way to access the arrows. Some models will use a belt or a sling to hold it in place, while others use a clip that attaches to the waist line of your pants or to the inside of a pocket.

Hip quivers tend to be most popular with target archers since the arrows are kept out of the way, but offer easier access than a back quiver as they keep the arrows right at your side. Another advantage is that they tend to be more comfortable than the back quiver, especially when shooting in hot weather.

Often times you’ll find they have pockets to store accessories such as a glove, score cards, etc., making it a convenient option for the shooter. Dividers or tubes to keep arrows sorted to an individual’s preference can often be found, making it an improvement over other style quivers.

Side quivers are more of a cross over between a back quiver and hip quiver. The side quiver is a good option for a hunter as the arrows are well protected while easy to reach. It makes it a convenient option to pull out an arrow when needed and eliminates some of the problems experienced with a back quiver. With these arrow quivers, the arrows don’t rattle around as much (or fall out). They can also be adjusted where it’s most comfortable and out of the way for those long hikes.

The Safari Tuff and Great Northern companies both offer side quivers that have some nice additional features. The Safari Tuff side quiver keeps the arrows quiet by adding the fleece lining and the water repellent Amerisuede material does a great job of keeping the arrows dry. The Great Northern Side Kick arrow quiver will securely hold arrows in place using a gripper. The strap is easy to adjust making it quick to adjust for the best comfort.

Bow Quivers are the Best Arrow Quivers Right?

Detachable quiver on longbow
Selway Slide-On Bow Quiver

Bow quivers are best suited with the hunter in mind. There’s nothing extra to carry as they mount directly to the bow. It gives the best advantage for putting an arrow on the string with minimal movements, which can be crucial when hunting. Although some will argue that a skilled archer using a back quiver can be quicker, the arrows in a bow quiver are always close at hand.

These quivers attach to the bow using a variety of methods such as straps; others will slide over the limbs, and some bolt to accessory bushings that manufactures install into the riser of their bows. Grippers hold the arrows in place and allow for easy access to removing an arrow. The hood shields the points and/or broadheads from the elements and keeps the archer safe. Some archers might find the limited capacity in the quantity of arrows these quivers hold to be a deciding factor.

One of the attributes of a bow quiver is that it can affect your shot. The extra weight on the side of the bow can cause changes in performance. Some archers find it easy to shoot with a quiver installed and prefer the weight, helping to stabilize their follow through after the shot. Others will opt for a model that can be removed easily once they get to where they are hunting, as they feel a bow quiver gives an unbalanced feel. To overcome this, they simply remove the bow quiver and set it to the side, or hang on a tree if hunting, until they are ready to leave. Depending on your preference, some bow quiver models are easier to remove than other styles.

The Final Decision:

Simply stated, it becomes a personal decision and there’s no right or wrong answer. Hopefully this sheds some light on the different options. If you still need help or advice, give us a call. We’re more than happy to discuss the different arrow quivers available to help narrow down your choices.

By R. Strong


Bow Quivers for the Traditional Bowhunter

A Place Your Arrows Can Call Home

It’s a simple fact… carrying extra arrows is a necessary element of archery. And the most convenient way to carry those extra arrows is in a quiver.

However, quivers come in as many styles, designs, and categories as bows and arrows do. Bow quivers, hip quivers, back quivers, catquivers, side quivers, and more. For the record, it is our opinion that no one has yet invented the “perfect quiver.” The challenge for any archer is selecting a quiver he can get along with.

For now, let’s focus on bow quivers. Specifically, bow quivers for traditional archers. We’ll discuss the benefits of bow quivers as well as describe the models we recommend.

Fred Bear, founder of Bear Archery, held the first patents on the bow quiver. The first one was a crude hand-held affair that never really caught on. But his unrelenting persistence drove him to continually improve the idea until it was a viable product. He then pioneered its use and through his never-ending marketing and promotion, he almost single handedly caused bow quivers to become the standard quiver of nearly every bowhunter in the country. Good thing he did too. The bow quiver has evolved into the best quiver designed so far for carrying your extra arrows. We owe a debt of gratitude to Fred Bear, for more than just bow quivers. What an incredible bowhunter, inventor, and businessman.

Why use a bow quiver? Longbows and recurve bows are graceful, even beautiful works of art. They’re light and responsive in the hand, and wonderfully balanced. Why then, would anyone want to change all that by attaching a bow quiver full of arrows to their bow? The best answer to that question may very well be, “Why not?”

Everyone appreciates convenience and bowhunters are no exception. With a bow quiver, when you grab your bow your arrows are there. In effect, the bow and the arrows become a single unit, providing you with everything you need to get into the field and hunt. A second arrow can be removed from a bow quiver very quickly, and arrows can be put back into a bow quiver very easily too.

Another convenient feature is easily detachable. Many archers prefer to actually take the quiver off of the bow once they are up in their tree stand. In addition, they prefer a bow quiver that can be removed without un-stringing the bow. Many of today’s bow quivers offer this feature. Bow quivers as a rule are fairly lightweight too. Even though they add weight to the bow, it’s not excessive. In some cases adding a bow quiver to the bow can even improve the shot experience by dampening vibration.

Arrow capacity is always an issue with bow quivers. How many arrows should the quiver hold? We carry quivers that hold anywhere from three to seven arrows at a time. We’ve found that many archers prefer the five arrow model.

The Selway Longbow Slide-On Quiver. A great five-arrow bow quiver.
The Selway Longbow Slide-On Quiver. A great five-arrow bow quiver.

If memory serves, it was 1988 when Gordy Mickens, owner of Selway Archery, introduced the “Stick Quiver”. They were a slide-on quiver that revolutionized bow quivers for traditional archers. The new quiver came in two parts. A hood section that slid down the top limb and a gripper section that slid up the bottom limb. The attachment “arms” were strong rubber that gripped the limb, keeping the quiver parts in place. The hood was tough hand stitched rawhide-leather that offered excellent broadhead protection and had a “natural” look that has always been popular in traditional circles. The bottom rubber gripper piece did a great job holding the arrows securely. The “Stick Quiver” was an instant success and now 17 years later, it remains one of the top selling bow quivers of all time. Of course through the years additional models were developed to fill specific needs. There are now side-mount quivers, bolt-on recurve quivers, and the most exciting development since the first “Stick-Quivers” were introduced, the Detachable Stick Quiver. The detachable quivers have the same look as the original series but utilize a threaded “cap” that screws over a split bracket holding the bracket in place. To remove the quiver, you simply un-screw the cap, spread the bracket “arms” apart and pull them off the bow. It’s a very simple and effective system. To answer the need for less expensive versions of their quivers, Selway developed the Soft-Kote line. The “Soft-Kote” hood is a soft, yet strong rubber, retaining attractiveness and durability.

The Selway Soft-Kote line offers an economical bow quiver with quality construction.
The Selway Soft-Kote line offers an economical bow quiver with quality construction.

Not too long after the “Stick Quiver” hit the market, Jerry Brumm, and Rick Shepard, owners of the Great Northern Bowhunting Company, introduced an ingenious bow quiver that took the traditional market by storm. The Great Northern Longbow Quiver offered a beautiful hand stitched leather hood, a heavy-duty wire support (with a lifetime guarantee), a quality rubber arrow gripper, and a rubber strap attachment system that was easy to use yet held the quiver to the bow like a vice. The rubber straps allowed the quivers to be used on bows of all sizes resulting in a truly “universal” quiver. In fact, we remember one of their first ads that listed dozens of bows their quivers would fit. They too have come a long way from their first quiver and now have many models to choose from. Their adjustable model is so well designed that it will fit nearly any longbow or recurve ever made. Just try to find a bow it won’t fit. (We don’t think it can be done.) They also offer a screw-in model for bows with side bushings and a Quick-Mount model for three-piece take down longbows and recurve bows that use the standard limb bolt attachment system. All of their quivers allow easy attachment and easy removal, which is a great benefit to traditional bowhunters. When deciding which bow quiver is best for you, give the Great Northern Bowhunting Co. serious consideration. Their quivers are superbly designed, and very popular with traditional archers everywhere.

Some argue that the Great Northern Adjustable Bow Quiver is the best, most universal quiver on the market today.
Some argue that the Great Northern Adjustable Bow Quiver is the best, most universal quiver on the market today.

Another popular entry in the traditional bow quiver market is Thunderhorn. Thunderhorn offers quality bow quivers with interesting innovations.

Thunderhorn’s hood and gripper sections have a look similar to Selway quivers, but differ dramatically in attachment design. Their “Boa” utilizes a simple rubber strap attachment system, similar but shorter, than that of the Great Northern. Their Two-Point is designed for use on three piece take down bows. The attachment brackets are placed under the limb bolts and left on the bow. The quiver components can then be removed or re-installed on the bow without disassembling the bow. By eliminating the use of leather on these two models, Thunderhorn has been able to keep them very reasonably priced as well.

The Thunderhorn Boa Bow Quiver allows you to keep your bow strung during installation and removal.
The Thunderhorn Boa Bow Quiver allows you to keep your bow strung during installation and removal.

No discussion about bow quivers would be complete without mentioning the Kwikee Kwiver. They have been selling bow quivers for decades. One of the original models, the Kwikee Clamp-On Kwiver still retails for just a little over $15.00! They also have a compact Kwik-3 (holds three arrows) and the respected standard Kwikee Kompound Kwiver (holds six arrows). Both of these quivers snap into a receiving piece that is mounted to the sight bushings of the bow, whether it’s a recurve, longbow, or compound. Sight mount bushing kits are available and can be installed on most recurves and longbows if desired.

The Kwikee Kwiver not only holds up to six arrows, but also includes an ultra lock bracket system to eliminate any quiver noise.
The Kwikee Kwiver not only holds up to six arrows, but also includes an ultra lock bracket system to eliminate any quiver noise.

Traditional archers have many types of quivers to choose from, but the vast majority of them end up with bow quivers. Bow quivers are compact, easy to use, and keep your arrows with your bow at all times. They are popular with all bowhunters and may very well be the best all-round method for carrying your extra arrows.

Keep Hunting
Dale Karch & Todd Smith

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