The whisker biscuit has been a controversial arrow rest since it came out. It is stationary, full containment arrow rest that has contact with the arrow during all parts of the shot cycle. Let’s take a closer look at this popular arrow rest option.
Installation of the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest
Installation of the Whisker Biscuit is pretty simple. The required tools are as follows:
- Allen wrenches
- Bow square/arrow level
Bolt the whisker biscuit to the bow and ensure it is square. You then make sure your arrow is level and left to right is adjusted correctly (aka center shot is correct). Then continue to the more advanced tuning steps. There really is not much to the set up.
Performance of the Whisker Biscuit in the Field
This rest does its job. It fully contains the arrow and will enable the shooter to achieve tight groups if there aren’t any form or tuning issues. The downfall to this rest is that it touches the arrow all the way through the shot. This steals a little bit of the arrow’s kinetic energy through friction. It also causes premature wear and tear on the arrow’s fletchings. Every time you shoot an arrow, the fletchings get worn out a little more. Before you know it, you arrow’s flight may be off due to deformed fletchings.
The Whisker Biscuit is also affected by weather. Picture getting rained on then experiencing a freeze either through dropping temperatures or the windchill. I am willing to say that a wet/frozen whisker biscuit will perform different than a dry/thawed out one. This is another reason to weigh out all your options before deciding on the whisker biscuit for your arrow rest this season.
Our thoughts on the Whisker Biscuit
The Whisker Biscuit is a very simple rest that delivers decent results. It is a handy, easy to install, full containment arrow rest that has been part of many equipment setups that have kill some nice animals.
The Whisker Biscuit arrow rest does have limitations though and when exposed to the elements, it could be less accurate than drop away arrow rests. It is best used for demo bows in an archery shop (due to the quick setup), on a kids bow, or on the bow of someone who can not afford a drop away rest. Although we personally do not use the Whisker Biscuit, we do think there is definitely a place for it in the archery industry.
Pros and Cons of the Whisker Biscuit
Here are the pros and cons of the Whisker Biscuit rest.
- Simple design/no moving parts
- Easy Set up
- 100% containment
- Rest is very accurate past 40 yards when new
- Limits vane/fletching selection
- Can damage vanes/fletching
- Rest wears quickly
- Whisker biscuits that have been shot a lot will lose accuracy beyond 30 yards
- Susceptible to poor performance when the weather turns wet and cold.
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