Hoyt Spyder 34 Bow Review

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Hoyt Spyder 34 Bow Review


 

Just the Facts:

SPYDER 34 SPYDER 34
LONG DRAW
LIMB XTS Pro ARC XTS 1000
AXLE-TO-AXLE 34″ 34 ½”
BRACE HEIGHT 6 ¾” 7 ½”
DRAW WEIGHT 30-40#, 40-50#,
50-60#, 55-65#,
60-70#, 70-80#
30-40#, 40-50#,
50-60#, 55-65#,
60-70#, 70-80#
MASS WEIGHT 4.0 LBS. 4.1 LBS.
ECCENTRIC OPTIONS
& DRAW LENGTHS
RKT CAM & ½
25.5-27″
27-29″
29-31″
RKT CAM & ½
31.5-32″
SPEED 330 FPS 340 FPS

 


Editor: Utah Jake


Story:

I recently purchased the new 2013 Hoyt Spyder 34. Every year I have the opportunity to shoot the latest, greatest products from Hoyt Archery. After shooting last year’s premier model, I wondered what they could possibly change in order to design an even better product than they already had. Once again, my expectations have been literally blown away! Hoyt’s team of top engineers never stop until they exceed perfection. They continue to find ways to tweak and improve what seems to already be the perfect bow. The 2013 Spyder is in my opinion the best bow on the market. The new and improved RKT cam still has an incredibly solid back wall, but also has a smoother draw cycle than before. They have managed to achieve this without sacrificing speed or performance. It’s made the bow easier to let down. They have also made improvements to the riser in order to make the 2013 model a little bit lighter, and they have designed a new AirShox technology to eliminate even more vibration. Hoyt’s patented limb pocket design allows the limbs to go past parallel, creating a faster bow that doesn’t jump out of your hand when you shoot it. One other reason I am so impressed with Hoyt Archery is that they have the best quality factory strings of any bow on the market. They use the same material as Winners Choice, so your bow comes out of the box ready to shoot, and your strings will stretch less than other factory strings!

The 2013 Spyder comes in 3 different options. The Spyder 30, the Spyder 34, and the Spyder Turbo. Both the 30 and the 34 have a 6 ¾ brace height, with IBO speeds of 330 fps. The Spyder Turbo is 34 inches axle to axle, has a 6 inch brace height, and a blazing IBO speed of 340! The shorter brace height makes it faster, but also a little less forgiving to shoot. They come in a variety of color options. You can choose between Realtree Xtra, Max 1, Blackout, or my personal preference… the Bone Collector. It has a camo riser, with black limbs and custom graphics. It also has the custom Bone Collector grip, and customized string and limb shock absorbers.

My Hoyt Spyder 34 is set up with a #2 cam. It is set at 70 lbs draw weight with a 29 inch draw length. I shoot Easton FMJ 340 shafts with custom wraps and 2 inch high profile Blazer vanes. With 100 grain points, my arrows weigh exactly 475 grains. That is much heavier arrow than most people shoot, but I prefer it because it penetrates like you wouldn’t believe. My bow shoots that heavy arrow at 282 fps, giving me and incredible 84 lbs kinetic energy! I could easily get my bow to shoot over 300 fps, but I prefer the heavier arrow at a little slower speed. It’s easier to tune, and seems to penetrate much better than a lighter, faster arrow. That is just my personal preference; you gotta do what’s best for you. I HIGHLY recommend shooting this bow!! You will love it! I can’t wait to hunt with it!


What they could do better:

I have to believe they could get the cost down.


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Comments

  1. Great review.

  2. Good review. I like my turbo. I shot a lot of bows out there, and this is the one I decided on. Yes it is expensive, but so are the other two I really liked. I figure this is the last bow I will buy for a while, so I went all out.I have already taken a turkey with it, and look to get an elk, and maybe a deer this year. Keep up the good reviews.
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    • Here is an update from my posting. I was able to take a nice bull on a wounded warrior hunt through Idaho “N” Heroes outdoors. Even though my shot was not the greatest, my elk only went 160 yards before it laid down for the last time. I shoot about 5 days a week, and have not had a problem yet with this bow. I did not like the handle that came with it, I prefer a thin handle, so I took off the wooden one, and wrapped the handle with racket ball hand grip tape. Hoyt has made a great product.

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