|Octane Deadlock pro|
Now that I am addicted to western mountain elk hunting, the quiver is an integral part of the weapon, no longer just something to hold arrows.While the purpose of the quiver hasn't changed, the function has been redesigned. Browse the elk hunting forums and it doesn't take long to find the unanimous choice of western hunters is the Tightspot quiver. Tightspot has taken the utilitarian quiver and redesigned it to become an integrated part of your weapon, enhancing its capabilities not detracting from it.
The only issue with the Tightspot quiver is the price. at $130 it is an expensive investment. In my search for a less expensive alternative, I found the Octane Deadlock Pro quiver. Octane is the accessory brand of Bowtech archery.
The Deadlock pro is a 5-arrow quiver. The structure of the quiver is 2 carbon rods, the hood is molded plastic, (octane calls it carbon) with a dense foam insert, the arrow grippers are a unique rubber about 2" long. The arrow grippers are hard to get arrows into at first, but after the initial time they work great.
|Octane Deadlock pro under the hood|
|Octane Deadlock pro arrow grippers|
The Deadlock pro has an attachment system that allows the quiver to be flexible in 3-axis directions. front/back of the bow and some rotation within that axis, height up and down, and in and out from the bow. the weight of the quiver is 6.4oz per Octane. The mounting block is molded plastic, (octane calls it carbon) and the mounting screws are stainless steel.
While the Deadlock pro is removable, it requires quite a bit of force to slide it off. There is a quick release type skewer that clamps onto the dovetail, putting the quiver on is a non-event. removing it is another story. I ended up with a bloody forehead once, but since I have learned where to apply the force needed to remove it.
|Octane Deadlock pro mounting block|
I got the Deadlock pro for $58 plus shipping, over half from the Tightspot, and about $30 less than MSRP from Ocatne, and it is American made.
I have shot my bow with the loaded quiver, and it is very shootable and well balanced, there is no additional noise or vibration. While I still prefer to shoot without a quiver on, the Deadlock pro does not detract from shooting.