Source: Stick & String Adventures Podcast – Episode 28 – Archers Roundtable
The Continuing Conversation between
Ned Miller – Well let’s do some definitions here. We’re throwing out a lot of different words here, especially for a new archer. Jason, if you could go into the different style of quivers that are out there. Things they can look for when they’re on the internet looking around. So when we say, “Side Quiver” or “Pocket Quiver” or “Back Quiver”, what exactly are we talking about. If you could just run through a couple definitions.
Jason Albert – Ok… A Back Quiver is basically a quiver that you toss on your back. They have the dual shoulder back quivers. Those are the quivers that sit right in the middle of your back. They have the single shoulder strap quivers that you just toss over your shoulder. These quivers lean to one side or the other. And of course there are a hundred different styles to go with those. They’ve got your hip quivers. The hip quiver is usually attached to your belt. They can either hang strait down like the knife sheath or they could be like the competition style that hang down at an angle. Then there are what I like to call, “Sling Quivers.” Those are the quivers that you toss over your shoulder, but they hang down at your side. Now, the Canyon Quiver is a combination of a back quiver and sling quiver. It does go over your shoulder, but you draw from your side. The Native Americans use the sling quivers a lot. Then there’s the pocket quiver that simply fits in your pocket. Then of course, the bow quiver that you put on your bow.
Ned Miller – Thank you. I think that will help to visualize a little bit about what we are talking about. Once we start getting in to all these terms, sometimes it gets a little muddy as to what it is exactly that we’re talking about for somebody that’s new into it.
My perspective on quivers is pretty strait forward to be honest with you. I have never used a bow quiver. I use a hip quiver whenever I am practicing in the yard. I also use a back quiver. Just a strait, over the shoulder back quiver that sits offset on my right shoulder. Those are the two quivers that I use. I use a back quiver when I go hunting. Now, that being said… I run into difficulty, as Nick was kinda pointing to, when I am in the woods with a back quiver. I have to always be mindful of those arrows in the quiver whenever I am walking. Hitting branches, I have to duck down. I have to remember to put my hand back there to hold them to make sure that I have enough clearance to go through. So now I am starting to think about using, I am not even sure about the correct terminology, I think it’s called a backpack quiver, or middle of the back quiver. Where the arrows don’t come up beyond my neck. In fact to retrieve the arrow, I bring my hand around and pull it from the small of my back.
Nick Viau – Like the Cat Quiver style or the Glen St. Charles style.
Ned Miller – Exactly. The Cat Quiver style that has a nice little back pack on the top. The one I’m thinking about is, and Jason and I talked about this already too is making one like that just from leather with some pockets and stuff. What I find is from a functionality standpoint, pulling that arrow out is a lot easier when you’re hunting in the woods. I don’t have to worry about clearance, because if my head is going to make it, the back quiver is going to make it through. At least with this type that I am talking about.
Again, with quiver’s, you would think that it would be something very strait forward and to a new archer, what they see on TV is basically the back quiver. So that might be all they know or think that there is out there, Just thinking about the past couple minutes that we’ve been talking, there are tons of choices. That’s why I think that it is good to get your perspective on it.
Jason Albert – I make quivers constantly. And just like you bow makers make your bows and your latest bow is always your favorite bow. That has never been the case for me. I found the quiver that I wanted. I like the dual shoulder strap where my quiver sit’s right in the middle of my back and I’ve stuck with that through the whole thing. I keep making new quivers and they’re awesome quivers, but my quiver has always stayed the same. I love that, for my, like you said in the woods it’s always right there. It’s lower than my head so I know if my head is going to make it, the rest of it is going to make it.
Ned Miller – Yeah, It’s really interesting stuff. That’s good to hear from your perspective as a quiver builder that you can find a style that works for you and stick with it. Okay Jason, from a retailers standpoint, what do you see as the biggest seller and why do you think that is?
Jason Albert – My biggest seller is the Ranger Quiver. It’s got the bow holster on there, but the one thing that I get a lot of requests for is more pockets. So, I think people want to put everything all in one place. I think that’s the quiver’s job these days. To store everything they need.
Ned Miller – I think all three of us have talked about that too. I know Nick, you have too. You’ve expressed the need for staying light in the woods as far as how much gear we are taking in there with us.
“I find that the more you take into the woods, the more you’re messing with stuff. You’re fidgeting. You’re making more noise. You got more to carry. You’re trying to get adjusted. So I really wanted a quiver that just had enough for me to take a few things.”
Nick Viau – Yup. Last year I went out there with a back pack. I tried a fanny pack and a bow quiver. This is all relative to the kind of hunting that you do. It’s the same with target archery and stuff like that. If you’re going to buy a quiver, you really have to decide what you are going to do and what works for you. For my style of hunting, I noticed that I don’t really go that far from where I’m parking. For the public land that I currently hunt on, I don’t have to do a really big hike to go anywhere. Even when I hunt at other spots…. I either up-north at my folks house or something like that. So I really don’t need to go into the woods with a whole lot. I find that the more you take into the woods, the more you’re messing with stuff. You’re fidgeting. You’re making more noise. You got more to carry. You’re trying to get adjusted. So I really wanted a quiver that just had enough for me to take a few things. Then I have my knife, some freezer bags. I would go take care of it when I get the deer and I have the time to wait for it. Then I will just go back to my car and get what I need. For other people who hunt and they have to hike a long way to their spot that day pack is probably a good way to go.
Ned Miller – Right. But it’s nice to have those options. It’s nice to have someone like Jason that’s able to take those different options and put them together from different style quivers.