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    I started out with the WB. They are easy to use but after awhile I was getting excessive wear on one of my vanes. I tried to alleviate the extra contact to no avail. I could tell from the odd wear on the whiskers that something was going on. Instead of replacing the Whiskers, I switched over to a Drop away. Plus I use Starrflight Fobs which cannot be used with a WB. Now I'm using the TrophyTaker Smack down...and I love it. It's easy to adjust and tighten. It connects to my lower limb.

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    I'll be fitting the NAP Apache drop away once it finally gets here. Will give feedback once fitted.

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    I have a NAP Apache, and I think it's a very good rest. I also have 3 Trophy Taker Full containment drop-aways that I use. Very good rests in my opinion. I have a WB on one bow, and while it's a decent rest, I personally don't care much for it. A bit noisier than my drop-aways, due to the fletching slap against the whiskers. To me, the WB is a good rest, but I love the clean flight I get with a drop-away.
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    It's drop away for me.
    I can’t even get myself to try a Whisker Biscuit. After so many years of trying to tune my bows to achieve 100% vane clearance for the cleanest arrow flight, it just seems so wrong to intentionally shoot an arrow thru a soft whisk broom.........However, I have a friend that really likes his Whisker Biscuit and he generally shoots well with it.
    So based on last couple years shooting with him, here’s my personal observation from our 3D shoots and practice sessions.

    WHISKER BISCUIT:
    • Inexpensive
    • Easy install and get decent basic tune
    • Good containment at any angle
    • Nothing mechanical to go wrong (not sure on affects of snow frozen in whisker?)
    • Smaller vanes appear to shoot well out of them, and even the 3 4” helical vanes my friend now uses fly pretty well, but have noticed slight vane wear.
    • Accuracy may suffers beyond maybe 30-40yds of what it could be……I have noticed a friend getting some strange arrow flight at targets 45-50yds and out to +/-60 that I believe were Whisker Biscuit caused.

    DROP-AWAY:
    • More expensive
    • Slightly more involved install and tuning, but still not that hard
    • My Trophy Taker Shakey Hunter can drop an arrow off if you bump arrow and/or try shooting at some weird angle, but I’ve not had this be a problem. Other full containment rest do not have this issue.
    • Operating string can slip when wet causing improper arm operation…...last spring at a 3D shoot is was snowing on us, my rest string slipped and I sent 3-4 shoots under target before I noticed the problem……totally my fault for apparently not getting served in tight enough, but I have since put on one of Trophy Takers wonderful Buss Stop Cable Clamps and have not had another issue.
    • I also fell in slick mud/snow at that shoot and packed my rest with mud…….not good (not a good day). Rinsed it off with water I carry and it shot fine. Later at home I took it apart to clean…....not good, maybe worse idea. Took a lot of trouble to get it back together. Next time, only WD-40 or some other lube, and leave it alone.
    • Accuracy is as good as it gets. Once the bow is properly tuned with correct arrows, it’s all on the shooter. There is no arrow rest contact to disrupt arrow flight.

    Another friend has used whisker biscuit and believes that is the best rest out there for a simple, easy tuned hunting rest for most hunters……….look at his bow and you’ll now see a Rip Cord Code Red drop away
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    There are a few drop-away rests such as the NAP Apache, Trophy Ridge Revolution, Trophy Taker Xtreme SL and several more that are cheaper than a lot of whisker biscuit rests. So don't rule out a drop-away thinking it is always more expensive than a WB as that just isn't the case.
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    To each his own, but why do you have to limit your choices to a WB or a drop-away? There are many rests on the market that have been used for decades and are still good rests. Star Hunter, Nap 750, Nap Quicktune 1000, Bodoodle (several), and lots of other shoot through rests. Seems like the "containment" craze has taken over these days. Maybe something simple would be a better choice in the long run.

    I've only ever had two drop-away rests that I liked. One was a Trapdoor and the other is the Muzzy. Most have some stupid piece of cord that connects to the down cable, which can cause timing issues if it should slip or the string/cables creep. Why do we keep lining the pockets of manufacturers who essentially reverse the spring on a prong rest, attach a cord and go from $20 to $80 or more for some of them? I've a GKF Infiniti ($130) in the junk drawer. Smoothest dropper I've ever seen, but it's got that stupid cord. When are we going to see some real innovation and get rid of the cord?

    Contaiment? Who really needs it? I've had people tell me they could use a Bisquit and shoot the bow while standing on their head. My reply is usually something like "Here's my phone number. Call me the next time you shoot your bow while standing on your head."

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    I'm new to archery. You mean there are other kinds of rests besides WB and drop-aways? No way!
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    I had a wb and I hated it it seemed to be less accurate I now have a qad ultra rest hdx and I love the drop away once its setup it's just as fool proof as the wb. The down side is cost the hdx is 150+ a wb is 50

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    I shoot with a NAP Apache and it is the best rest I have ever had. I have perceived faster speed than with my wb. I am shooting flatter and more tighter groups but groups with my arrows can be dangerous, cause I shoot FOB's so groups break FOB's like they tear off fletchings.

    I also got tired of replacing the brushes on the wb. all in all I think the dropaway has been a better rest for me.

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    I've had biscuits on at least three bows for a number of years. This year they're all coming off. They are not foolproof like I and so many others have thought.

    My buddy and I have made two trips to Africa and we both took two bows on each trip. The airlines managed to wreck a biscuit or two on each trip. Both going and coming. Other types of rest may have been wrecked if that's what we would have had. Can't say for sure. In each instance the bows were in top dollar SKB cases. By the way, the SKB $1500.00 content protection guarentee has not yet yielded a penny, but, that's another topic.

    I'm not saying the biscuit is bad --- just saying it's not commpletely foolproof.

    Best of luck to you.

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