Choosing a release is a very personal thing, and it’s not often that the first release you buy is the one you stick with… More often than not, you will find that archers have a few releases that they keep with them and shoot with in different conditions.
Some people like a heavier release, others like a fuller release, and so on and so forth, so it is rare that you will find one release that works for all archers and all shooting styles.
As such, I have been shooting the Scott Exxus thumb release. A big part in my choice was how well it sat in my hand, it just fits… But I have been able to play a bit with the Scott Backspin recently and see them popping up on the line more and more…
Draw Length Long: 43mm
Draw Length Straight: 37mm
What makes this release different?
The backspin is a hinge or back tension style release that has reversible moon so that it can release smooth, or with a “clicker” – so far so good. What it has that is slightly different is that is comes in a three or four finger version BUT the extension for the outside fingers is interchangeable. So as your style adjusts to match conditions or competition, you can run a different setup. So extra options include a two finger snub or a curved four finger extension (that is four different options) in stainless steel. There is also a Levi Morgan signature three finger release, (green and black only!)
But now to the important part of the design: The pivot point is a rotating needle bearing design. That’s right, the whole inner runs on needle bearings so there is no way that it can pinch or wind up against your skin… each rotation is perfectly smooth. This also means that unless you actually put pressure on the outer finger points, the release will always self centre in a “locked” position.
Well… there were a few things to get used to here…
Firstly… unlike my Exxus, the BackSpin’s finger position on that standard 3-finger model is quite a bit forward in it’s angle. I shoot my Exxus in a “backtension” setup, so it kinda grabbed me the first few shots on the draw as I tend to pull the release back to be more level (which, on the BackSpin, is the release position) At least I didn’t knock myself out because the clicker went of as I setled on the draw… it’s a bit like hearing a rattlesnake behind you… all of a sudden, ALL of your movements become utterly slow and controlled!
Anyhoo… a few shots in, and I started to settle.
My setup has been a fairly cold release with a lot of travel. I will move that up a bit over time, but I am still in two minds about that clicker…
What it did show me was that, even though I shoot my Exxus in a backtension type setup… I very definitely have a problem with shot anticipation! It was an eye-opener to see how many times I genuinely thought the shot was going to go. Another eye opener… where I move the bow to when I anticipate the shot.
But back to the BackSpin.
The release is nice and heavy, which I like, and the is actually quite a bit heavier than the Exxus, which was unexpected. Another thing that I really liked is that although the shape of the two finger model is just about exactly the same on the inside, the Backspin is a bit thicker and doesn’t taper off so quickly as you go to the last finger position. For somebody with biggish hands, that makes the release quite comfy!
One thing to keep in mind though is that the distance of the release tip from your hand is actually quite a bit longer than the Exxus, which means you might need to adjust your draw length just a bit if you decide to make this your primary release. This caught me out the first time when I switched to the Exxus, so its something I checked this time. I wonder how many people do not realise that different releases have different “draw lenghts” and what they think might be an uncomfortable release, might be absolutely stunning, if the Draw Length fit the release?
Lastly, it might be worth mentioning that the head of the release actually has a small magnet in it, so once set, it will stay there until you put tension on it. A nice touch I think.
I think I unintentionally reviewed myself into buying a new release!
All images and Text ©Sean Nel
Thanks to Archer’s Edge for supplying
the review unit of the Scott BackSpin Three Finger Release