Common Misconceptions with Limb Drivers

Let’s face it, Limb Driven is “different”. People are often times scared of change, and, especially in the archery industry, hesitant to try something they haven’t seen before. When the first limb driver was introduced by Vapor Trail over a decade ago, it was often-times entertaining watching peoples’ faces as they tried desperately to try to figure out what they were looking at, and how it worked.
Since then, many companies have hopped on board after realizing this system is the most forgiving, accurate, and easy to set up across the board. Still, many people are hesitant to try, trust, or believe in limb driven rests.
Misconception #1: “I don’t like that cord running up to my limb….it’s going to get in the way”.

 In all reality, I have NEVER talked to a customer that has had issues with their cord to the point of it being an actual legitimate problem. If you think about it, you’ve already got a string and sometimes up to FOUR cables already running up and down on your bow. If you’re using a cable-driven rest, you’ve got a cord running ACROSS your bow from the riser to a cable. If you shoot with a quiver on, the quiver will be protecting your activation cord anyway!
Do me a favor….take your hand, pretend it’s a weed, stick, branch, or whatever you want, and run it up and down your bow between the string and cables…..if you’re running a cable driven rest, you got hung up on your rest activation cord didn’t you??? Now, if you were running a limb driven rest, you probably wouldn’t even had made contact with the cord…and if you did, it didn’t get hung up.
A story I like to tell (and many of you have probably heard if you know me very well) is about a guy at the Western Trail Shoot in Redding, CA a few years back. This guy (who I didn’t know before that day) was ALL OVER me about my activation cord. “That’s gonna get hung up on a branch sometime and you’re going to be screwed”……”I can’t believe you shoot with that silly cord on there running all the way up to your limb”…..Well, I’m not a great target shooter, but I was still beating this guy. Not sure why he was on my case, but, I let it go. After about 20 targets, he brought up the cord again. So, me being a respectful smartass at times, I took my Leatherman out of its case on my belt, flipped the knife out, reached up, and cut my cord. Right there on the 3D course with 5 targets left. The look on this guys’ face was priceless. I handed him the knife and said “Here, you cut your cable driven rest’s cord and we’ll see who’s up and running quicker”. “Absolutely not!! Why did you do that?? You can’t even finish the day now!” was his reply.
2 minutes later, my shoelace was now activating my rest and the guy never again mentioned anything about my launcher cord……
If you’re that concerned and worried about the activation cord getting cut, throw a piece of cord in your pack. It’s a 2-5 minute fix, which I can assure you outside of an extremely odd circumstance you’ll EVER have to do. I’ve run the rest with dental floss, shoelaces, etc. just to prove a point. I’ve hunted all over the country in some of the worst conditions around and I’ve never once worried about, or had an issue with, the activation cord. To see this in action, click Limb Driver Misconception Video
Are there circumstances that may require a little extra tinkering?? Yes. Sometimes quivers, sights, etc have brackets that may “make contact” with the cord. But, unlike a cable-driven rest, THIS DOESN’T MATTER!! As long as the cord is allowed to go slack and come tight, it is perfectly fine touching or rubbing different parts of your bow.
Misconception #2: “Limb Drivers don’t drop fast enough”

False, followed by me giggling. I hear “I want the fastest dropping fall-away out there” ALL OF THE TIME. Do you really?? So, if you had the fastest dropping fall-away possible, it would be down as SOON as you fire your bow correct?? Is your arrow moving at this point? No. So, by law of gravity, your arrow will begin to fall before it is traveling forward. Hey Einstein, this robs you of accuracy, obviously.
What you really want is a combination of your launcher staying UP as LONG as possible, yet falling at a fast rate once it is triggered. This, my friends, is one of the cornerstones of a limb driven rest. By running off of the limb, which is one of the last parts of the bow to return to its “zero” position, the arrow is supported long enough during the shot cycle to achieve the speed it needs to stabilize itself. Then, when support is no longer needed, the launcher arm is pulled away at an extremely fast speed (note I said PULLED….it doesn’t rely on a spring to operate it on the shot…the limb FORCES it down) allowing the arrow to exit the bow with near-perfect flight.
Misconception #3: “It’s not full capture…I don’t want my arrow to fall out”

Are you a monkey?? Do you hang upside down from a tree when you shoot?? The Pro-V has a near-full capture cage, and with either the SHAG pad or arrow holder used on the shelf, you should never have any issues with an arrow falling off your bow, no matter if you’re spot and stalking, still hunting, sitting in a tree stand, or riding on the wings of your favorite super-speed jet.
Before searching for issues for the simple purpose of finding one, stop and think about if it is something that would ever really affect you.
Misconception #4: “How can a limb driven rest be more accurate than my cable driven rest?”

Great question, and I love answering it.
A cable driven rest can be a great rest, obviously. They’ve been around for a long time and thanks to companies such as Trophy Taker, QAD, Ripcord, Schaffer, etc, about every nook and cranny has been swept clean looking for ways to improve them and get a step up on the like-competitor. Here’s where the limb driver shines.
All previously-mentioned systems are held into a RIGID position at full draw. You draw your bow, your cables move, pull your cord tight, raises your launcher, and holds it tightly there. As your arrow passes across this RIGID surface, any imperfection in arrow spine, error in shooter form, tuning issues, etc can be magnified immensely as there is no forgiveness.
Limb Drivers feature a FREE-FLOATING head. Translation: A forgiving surface that can actually CORRECT these flaws.
Anyone can get a basic rest to shoot well at 20 yards. Get out to 50, 60, 70+ yards and imperfections are again magnified immensely. This is where you’re going to see your accuracy improve with a limb driver. Being held UP by a premium torsion spring, your arrow can actually press against the launcher, which can eat up any issues, correcting them to some degree, and returning the launcher/arrow back to its zero position before the end of the shot cycle. Result: Better forgiveness and accuracy.
Next, think about that cable driven rest. What happens if your cable stretches?? Your rest is out of time. What happens if your rest is set up incorrectly? That cord can pull your bow out of time/tune. THERE IS NO TIMING with a limb driver! I have unattached my activation cord dozens of times while in the middle of a 3D shoot just to show people how easy it is to setup. I usually hear “No, don’t do that!! I don’t want you to mess your rest up just to show me how it works!”.  Attaching the cord back to the rest takes all of 5 seconds, and I’m right back to where I was. No problem.
Furthermore, the spring tension can be adjusted to even better fine-tune your setup. A simple turn of a set screw can add or lessen the spring tension, making the forgiveness and setup even more streamlined.
Misconception #5: “Well if the launcher stays up longer, won’t that magnify issues in a shooter with bad form?

To some regard, yes. However, my particularly inquisitive friend, the limb driver is AGAIN able to remedy this. By adjusting WHERE the activation cord is attached to the limb, you can actually control WHEN the launcher arm falls in the shot cycle. Closer towards the limb pocket equals earlier in shot cycle, closer towards limb tip equals later in the shot cycle. Boom: Remedied.
Misconception #6: “I only support products Made in the USA”

Take a look at our packaging. Take a look at our website. Stop by the shop and take a gander around. EVERYTHING we do is made in the USA. We have our own machine shop just down the road, and assemble every single rest right here on my desk in Ham Lake, MN. The only thing that Vapor Trail isn’t 100% in charge of, is the anodizing process which is outsourced to a local company across the street from our machine shop. We support good ole #murica!

So, in closing, misconceptions are abundant with all companies in all industries. Remember that just because your buddy at the local range said so, or some “genius” posted it on Archery Talk, doesn’t mean it’s chiseled into stone. Often people, including shop owners, only push things that they personally shoot and talk other products down. Do your research. Whether someone is talking down a competitor’s product OR our product, do yourself a favor and find out for yourself. Ask more than just a couple sources. Educate YOURSELF on products out there; don’t just rely on other people to make your mind up for you. Do this and I promise you, you will feel so much better about your decisions both in archery, and in life!


May 03, 2017 | Category: Arrow Rests, Limbdriver | Comments: 20


20 comments on “Common Misconceptions with Limb Drivers

  1. Jeremiah Vanscoy

    I switched to a limb actuated rest. Sorry not a limb driver. My wife shoots a limb driver though and I can say it is better than cable actuated. I spot and stalk hunt western open country. High desert, grass land and timber. So far I have had nothing but excellent results. Black Tail has been open in California for a month and my wife and I both filled tags. Great rests!!!! Her limb driver was easier to set up and maintain than anything I have ever worked with.

  2. Tom Marsteller

    To learn, I have invested in several rest types. For me a limb driven rest is my favorite choice. Otherwise a Whisker Biscuit is my second choice. I am ordering a Limbdriver Micro Elite today to try on my 3-D bow. I’m pretty confident I will like it.

  3. greg.blomfield

    I have had a well known brand of cable driven rest. Didn’t like it and it didn’t function too well. Bought a limb driven rest (other brand) new technology, was really good for three months then kaput, in the bin. Fellow archers led me to Vapor Trail, highly recommended. I have ordered a Vapor trail Pro V because of the simplicity and construction design which has advantages over my previous. Looking forward to recieving it maybe this week? Limb driven are just streaks ahead of the rest. Accuracy is simply amazing especially at 50+ yards, tight groups. I shoot 3D. I will up-date when i get my Vapor trail Pro V sighted in. Confident in great results. Can’t wait!

  4. John Moore

    Can`t wait for my purple pro v limb driver to show up I will
    be installing it on my Mathews Mission Craze. I know it`s
    going to look great and perform better than my whisker
    biscuit. (Ears) was really helpful to a newbie. I will be
    ordering new strings very soon.

  5. John Moore

    Just recieved my pro V limb driver, WOW what a beautiful piece! Only took a couple of days to get here, Everything I had heard about customer service was true. Looking forward to my new set of strings. The packaging is great and even had some free stickers. I could not be happier. Thank again (Ears) and Vapor Trail.

  6. Greg Hall

    the pro V isn’t fitting on my martin carbon feather weight

  7. David Smith

    I’ve been through just about every rest on the market struggling with timing issues and vane contact until I bought VT Limbdriver and no more issues ! It’s the BEST ON THE MARKET THANKS VAPORTRAIL Y’ALL MADE ME A BETTER ARCHER!

  8. chad30

    absolutely awesome rest ! Solid, simple , super easy to set up and just works! I had to experiment with the cord routing a bit because I have a cumbersome RangeRover Pro sight dial on one of my bows but after experimenting with a coupe of routes which all worked, I found the one I liked best. The minimal moving parts and simple reliable activation system just makes it a no brainer. I can’t see ever using another dropaway design.

    I also have to say that the customer service is second to none. I got replies and answers super fast.

  9. Gyorgy

    I bought my bow used with a vapor trail pro-V rest. It had worked flawlessly and made me a better archer. I am putting together a second bow and going with vapor trail again. Love the mechanism and aesthetics equally!

  10. Del Kleckner

    Just a shout out for the outstanding service and support by “Ears” on a few questions regarding my Elite rest. I am tryuly impressed with the quick responses to my concerns, recommendations for correcting my problem, and excellent support/follow through. I believe Vapor Trail sets the bar for outstanding service and support…wish more archery manuracturers would follow their style.

  11. Chels Price

    Why would you want you launcher arm to hang onto the arrow longer (70-80% of the arrow) as oppose to other types of rests which only hang onto the arrow for a shorter amount of the arrow (20-30%)? I feel that the longer the arrow makes contact with the launcher arm the more friction there is. The force of friction opposes the motion of an object, causing moving objects to lose energy and slow down. Also as soon as you release your arrow the arrow starts porpoising. Why would you want you arrow to porpoise on the launcher arm. I feel like that would affect arrow flight a bit?

    • vaportrail14


      Great questions!!! Historically it seems people always wanted the “fastest dropping” fall away. Understandable. The thought is to get the launcher out of the way as fast as possible. However, that is not the best route to take! Think about this: The FASTEST the launcher could get out of the way would be EXACTLY when the release is triggered. IF the support of the launcher was taken away immediately in this situation, the arrow would have no forward motion. With no forward motion and no support, it would begin to fall. This is where you will see your porpoising, lack of tuning ease, lack of accuracy, etc. With Vapor Trail rests, LONGER arrow support allows the arrow to achieve the speed it needs to stabilize itself BEFORE the support is pulled away. In addition, the launcher is a FREE-FLOATING head. Meaning, it is not a stiff, rigid platform like most cable-driven rests. This allows the launcher to “give” a bit in order to negate any arrow, tuning, bow setup, or form flaws. The spring loaded (free-floating) platform is adjustable, so you can fine-tune the performance if you so wish.

      So overall, the design of the launcher arm to be ultra-forgiving, in addition to the longer arrow support to allow it to achieve the speed to stabilize itself, results in a near-perfect recipe for downrange accuracy, consistency, and forgiveness!

      If you have any further in-depth technical questions, please email me directly at Thanks!

  12. Thomas Huffaker

    I like my LD pro V but the felt has worn off of the left side of launcher arm. What is the best way to replace the felt?

  13. Justin James

    I just bought a Gen7 and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival, and of course right after i bought it, after choosing it over other rests with microtuners or a bottom limb option, you guys go and make the Gen7x lol…
    I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me with products, but it’s just my fools luck i guess… still excited to get my VT Gen7!

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