DoubleTake Archery’s Air-Rest marketed by American
Whitetail Targets, is designed to reduce or eliminate the common problems we
find with most arrow rests…namely friction, noise and moving parts.Lets take a look at the Air-Rest and see how
it measures up…
The Air-Rest is solidly constructed from lightweight CNC-machined
aircraft grade aluminum.It has a
black anodized finish with laser-etched graduated adjustment markings for
windage, elevation, and front to rear adjustments.
The main components of the Air-Rest include: the main magnet, the
main magnet housing (including the windage adjustment bar), the mounting
bracket, and the elevation bracket.
The rest has a very strong, nickel-plated magnet with a black epoxy
coating for protection.This main
magnet is held in the housing by use of a steel snap ring.
The mounting bolt and both adjustment screws are constructed of
The windage and elevation adjustments on the Air-Rest are made
using a 1/8” hex head wrench.The
front to rear adjustment (for tweaking the draw length of the arrow) is
made using a 3/16” hex head wrench.There are easy to read graduated adjustment markings located on the
components of the rest for each of these dovetail-type adjustments.
The mounting bolt that holds the rest to the bow is a ¾” long 5/16”
x 24 thread bolt that requires a 3/16” hex head wrench for installation.
The Air-Rest comes with a felt pad that installs on the inside of
the Rest to eliminate noise upon contact with the arrow both at rest and
during the draw.
The Air-Rest also includes six special magnetic arrow inserts,
which are also constructed from machined aircraft grade aluminum.Each has a strong rare earth magnet
fitted into the rear of the insert.This part centers itself in the Rest at full draw of the arrow.
manufacturer claims that you will have perfect arrow flight every time when
friction caused by the arrow contacting the Rest during its flight is
eliminated.The Air-Rest uses powerful magnetic
levitation technology to literally float your arrow on air so there is no shaft
contact, no fletching contact, no friction, no noise and no moving parts to
wear out.You must use the inserts sold
with the Rest in order for the magnetic field to hold your arrow in place while
at full draw.You get six free inserts
with the purchase of the Air-Rest and additional inserts can be purchased.These inserts are available for both carbon
and aluminum arrows, and in most sizes for each…and they are adding new inserts
They offer carbon arrow magnetic
inserts to fit most carbon arrows, including:
• CI-1 fits most standard carbon arrows
such as Beman ICS, Carbon Express, etc
• CI-2 fits ACC 3-60 and Carbon Tech
• CI-3 fits most Gold Tip arrows
also offer magnetic inserts to fit most aluminum arrows, including the
2117, 2213, 2216, 2314, 2315, 2413
This rest is designed for
newer bows with a draw stop or bows with a very solid, definite “back
wall”.The manufacturer does not
recommend use with older bows or bows with a “spongy back wall”.Correct setup is critical for proper function
on the bow.The setup guide included is
sufficient for getting everything properly installed and tuned.The Air-Rest is available in right or
Installation and Setup
I found the installation
simple enough, just one bolt for mounting and glue the special inserts into six
of your favorite arrows.Position the Rest
in the middle of its front to rear adjustment and then adjust for square and
Setup is a bit more
difficult than with most other Rests on the market today but nothing to be
concerned about.It is critical that
your arrows be cut to the proper length in order for the arrow insert to
levitate, or “float” at full draw.The
setup guide specifies that your arrows be cut so that they stick out 7/8” past
the front face of the Rest.Cut one
arrow first and measure to be sure before cutting your remaining arrows.I found that if your arrows are not cut to
the exact, recommended length, that the arrows tend to drop into the “valleys”
of the Rest at full draw, making it impossible to release the arrow
effectively.The Air-Rest can be
adjusted by up to one inch overall from front to rear to make it easier to fine
tune the draw length for proper fit of your arrows.
Fine-tuning for proper function depends on
having a solid back wall or draw stop for a consistent anchor point each time
you draw.If you do not have a
consistent anchor point each draw, the arrow will not levitate and settle into
the center as intended.The setup guide
included was sufficient for proper setup.
The initial inspection of the Air-Rest and the
included inserts for quality craftsmanship, fit and finish proved that there
were no apparent quality or workmanship flaws.
The next test, after all components were installed
and properly setup, was to determine how stable and consistent the arrow
remained while at full draw.I admit
that the setup took some time to get right, but once it was, everything
performed as intended.The arrows levitated
in the center of the Rest and stabilized quickly upon full draw.Upon my first trial, the arrows were not
stabilizing as quickly as I would like, so based upon the manufacturer’s
recommendation, I eliminated my string loop and attached my release directly to
the bowstring.This helped stabilize the
arrow more quickly while at full draw.
After I was satisfied with the function and stability
of the arrow’s levitation while at full draw, I shot 60 arrows to test the
accuracy and consistency of the arrow flight.The Air-Rest’s performance remained consistent in both arrow flight and
impact points.Wind did not seem to have
any adverse affect while I was shooting.In addition, the arrow is fully surrounded by the main magnet both at
rest and at full draw, so it is impossible for the arrow to fall off at any
time.As far as noise level; the felt
pad that was included kept the arrow silent in the Rest at all times, a
One item to note...the inserts that you must use are
approximately 50 grains per insert for carbon arrows.The typical weight of an insert for a carbon
arrow, for example, is around 11-15 grains.For aluminum arrows, the exact insert weight varies with the different arrow
diameters, but typically add 25-35 grains over typical inserts.If the weight of the insert is a concern, you
can drop down in the weight of the tip or broadhead you use in your arrow to
compensate for the heavier insert.
Overall the Air-Rest performed well.The concept and design are revolutionary to
say the least.I’m sure we’ll see more Rests
like it in the future.
Arrow inserts: machined aluminum, 50 grains each
for carbon arrows, add 25-35 grains each over typical aluminum arrow