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George

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Now, I realize that I have just asked a very open-ended question determined by differing needs, but I'll be very basic.  I have an old and true Bear Kodiak Hunter which was my first bow.  I want to put a new arrow plate and rest on it and have been pondering using a feather rest and leather plate, or I could go with just a straight brush rest.  Does anyone have an opinion as to which might be most efficient?

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Well George like you say, an open ended question. I use both, the brush rests I have been using on my bows since 1972. The feather rest is on my Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak Reproduction. It just looks like it belongs there. I don’t shoot that bow everyday so no idea how long it will last. I have had one brush rest fail in all these years. I do modify mine but cutting the plastic (now leather) right below the brush. Gets the arrow closer to shelf but I can still shoot vanes which is why I started to use one. Also I find it’s easier for me to tune my bow.

I have tried others, Bear Weather Rest, Hoyt Pro rest, flipper rests to name a few. I just never got them to work for me as well as the brush rest. Others have believe me.
The mention of vanes, I have hunting arrows for my recurves fletched with vanes. Way back when before tuning I got my feathers drenched and missed a Buck cause arrow went everywhere but straight. So I carry a couple just in case. Yes I have Fletch cover as well.

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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

I hunt public land.
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I like a leather strike plate and a velcro rest.  The arrow shelf is flat, so I put a short piece of leather under the velcro at the deepest part of the grip. IMO, the velcro or brush rest will be more durable and consistent than a feather rest.
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I suggest a feather rest.
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I use a calf hair plate and Velcro rest.  Make sure you use the loop side not the hook if you choose Velcro for rest material.  I have some adhesive backed Velcro that's more than 20 years old and it still holds securely.  Frank

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The pic's a little blurry but you can get the idea.  You don't need much of either material.  Frank
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Thanks to all of you for your input and expertise.

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Your finger works great as well.
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On a Kodiak I like an elevated rest since the shelf is flat. Feather rest or brush rest will be just a personal thing - I have the original feather rest on my '60 Kodiak and the bow was used intensively before I bought it without damages.
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