When I go on long
hunting trips, I am packed three weeks in advanced. Everything I own is
My clothes are sealed in
water/scent proof bags, and of course my bow is in its hard case.I take all the precaution in the world to
ensure that my equipment will make it there safe and sound.Yet, if I am hunting close to my home, I
usually lay my bow in the front seat next to me and drive to my hunting area.What is the difference between a long trip
and a short one?
I have found,
nothing.The reason I have not secured
my bow on short trips is because I want to just grab my bow and walk into the
woods.The last thing I would want to do
is mess around with a bow case, undoing all the straps and getting my arrows
Well, Alaris Concepts has answered
my prayers with their new BowKaddy?, a
revolutionary way we store, transport, and protect our hunting equipment.
When I received the BowKaddy, I also received the Kaddy BracketPickup, and the Kaddy BracketATV.We will
get into both of these a little bit later. First, lets go over the BowKaddy
itself.The BowKaddyis made up of
four parts and all are made from injection molded high strength plastic.
The base is a five-inch by
five-inch octagonal plate, with four holes that allow for stable mounting to a
flat surface.The main support arm
connects to the base with a 2-½ inch bolt and a 2-inch quick release pin.The main support arm has two slots located in
the middle and four small holes on each slide of the slot.The slot is where the last two parts of the BowKaddy, the swing arms, are connected.At the end of the swing arms there are two
rubber-lined clamps that hold your bow while not damaging it, and have two
holes drilled through them so you can lock your bow for added security.
Now you might think that this is just like any other bow
holder.Well, not really.As a matter of fact, the BowKaddycan
form itself to any type of bow that is manufactured, making the BowKaddythe most versatile bow-holder on the market.It all starts with the swing arms. The swing
arms are attached to the main support arm by the means of a wing nut and
bolt.Depending on how far your limbs
are apart, you can adjust the arms to where they match your limbs in length,
all the way out to 35 ¼ inches.Now if
that is not long enough for you, you can loosen the wing nut just a little more
and pull the swing arms up or down until it clicks into place.How does it keep from slipping when you are
on a long drive?Simple, that is where
the holes on the main support arm, come into play. You see; the swing arms are
equipped with a stud on the back that slides in the slot of the main support
arm.When you loosen the wing nut more,
it allows this stud to slip out of the slot. Then, when you raise the arm up of down, it falls into one of the holes,
thus ensuring both sides will be equal. While testing the BowKaddy,
I used a recurve, vertical limb, and basic compound bow and there was no
problem with the BowKaddy conforming to all of them.
There are a few ways to mount this in your vehicle. One
way is to attach the base directly over the wheel well.You would locate the area you want to mount
the BowKaddy mark and drill the four holes, then fasten it with the hardware that is
provided.I know what you are thinking.
Drill?? Well this is where the Kaddy BracketPickup comes into play.
Made from anodized aluminum, the main plate is designed to fasten under the box
rail with two bolts. For added support, the plate has a slide adjuster that is
attached to the wheel well using adhesive Velcro.This allows the Kaddy BracketPickup to conform to any type of truck bed.Even though you drill two holes, they do not
compromise the integrity of your bed, or bed-liner. This is the best way to
mount the BowKaddyto your vehicle.
don?t have to be stuck to mounting the BowKaddy
in just a vehicle. You can mount the BowKaddyon
the wall in your den, or even in your garage. I constantly work on my bow to tweak it to perfection. Sometimes, my
friends bring their bows to set up for them. If I have a few bows that I am working on, I want to ensure I have
somewhere I can keep them safe and out of the way.Well, the BowKaddyis the perfect answer for that problem. I attached
the BowKaddy to the wall in my shop, and it is great for keeping my bow out of
the way.Yet if I want to step in my
backyard and shoot some arrows, it is right at my fingertips.Just you can have your bow secure and safe,
not just hanging from a hook or propped in the corner.
I am in Colorado chasing elk, there are roads that are not wide enough for my
truck, so I use an ATV.It is near to
impossible to hold your bow with one hand, while trying to navigate the
boulders in the road with the other.You
could always put your bow in a case and attach it to the ATV, but that gets
back to the point of wanting to be able to grab your bow at a moments
notice.That is where the Kaddy BracketATV comes into play. The Kaddy
Bracket ATV is made from anodized aluminum
just like the Kaddy
Bracket pickup, except this has two rubber
lined hooked ends on it.The great thing
about the Kaddy
BracketATV is, there is no drilling.The base of the BowKaddy attaches to the Kaddy BracketATV. Once the base is connected, the Kaddy BracketATV
can be attached to the quad-rack of your ATV. To do this you take the two
rubber-lined hooked ends of the Kaddy BracketATV, and hook
them on a tube of your quad-rack.Next,
insert the rubber coated J-bolt that is supplied, into one of the holes that is
by the next tube on the quad-rack.Then,
all you have to do is twist the J-bolt underneath the tube and tighten the wing
nut. That is it, simple as pie and the
great thing is, you won?t damage your quad-rack by drilling or scratching
thanks to the rubber coating on the hooks and J-bolt.
testing the BowKaddy and all of its accessories, I was ruthless.I drove down every back road with logs and
holes that I could find.Although I was
bouncing all over the cab of my truck, the BowKaddyheld true to word. My bow never moved, even on the ATV, the BowKaddyperformed
excellent. I am truly impressed with the durability, dependability, and
versatility the BowKaddyoffers.
Durability:4.9 out of 5
The injection molded high strength plastic is virtually
indestructible.I and was able to
withstand every vibration from paved road to gravel.After testing, I inspected all parts of the
BowKaddy and found it in the same condition, as it was when I pulled it out of
Versatility: 5 out of 5
As I stated before, I was able to put all types of
bows in the BowKaddy and it was able to fit them all. It has to be the most adjustable bow holder ever made.
Installation: 4.5 out of 5
The BowKaddyis simple to install. The only thing I did not like
was drilling into a vehicle, but the Kaddy BracketPickup takes care of that
problem.The Kaddy BracketATV is the simplest to install due to not having to drill.
Affordability: 4.8 out of
When I judge the cost of something that is meant to
protect my equipment, I take the cost of the equipment into consideration. The
BowKaddy cost $89.99, and the Kaddy Bracketpickup cost $26.99 and paying a little extra for the
BowKaddy is worth the money you save in the
long run. Also, most bow holders for ATV?s cost around $49.00. The Kaddy BracketATV cost only $21.99 and since it is detachable, you can
move it from ATV to Pickup quickly.
Conclusion: Overall I am very impressed with every aspect of the
BowKaddy. If you to transport your bow to and from your
hunting area in a pickup or ATV, you need one of these.The setup was simple and the product is made
to last.There is no doubt to say that
the BowKaddy is a revolutionary change in the way we store, transport and protect our
If you would like more
information on the BowKaddy, give them a call or check them out on the web at
the address below.