Finding the Best Hip Quiver
In this post, I'll be discussing HIP QUIVERS, and I'll go over a few options that will hopefully help you figure out the best hip quiver for you. I've got:
- Two models from Easton that seem to be very popular;
- A couple of camouflage options, if you'll be moving through the woods (or simply like camo as a design!); and
- Two low-fi options that are very simple, if you're not into the whole "bells and whistles" thing.
After all that, I've got a quick discussion about quiver belts and universal belts.
(One quote note: this post is not about hunting quivers that attach to your bow; I've written about those in another post.)
First up! A model from Easton:
The Easton Flipside Quiver
I can make a prediction: if you've been to the range recently, it's highly probable you've seen the Easton Flipside 3-Tube Hip Quiver. Easton is a well-known and highly-regarded sporting equipment manufacturer, and we think the Flipside a great option for new archers. When I got started in archery, this is the side quiver that I bought, and it served me well.
There's a reason it's popular: it's manufactured in a bunch of different colors (black, red, pink, blue, and camo), it can comfortably fit arrows that are 30+ inches long, and it can store up to 18 arrows (six in each tube) if you're not worried about the fletchings rubbing up against each other. At my range, we shoot ends of six arrows, so I put two arrows in each tube, and that way I'm reasonably certain that the fletchings never get too jostled.
Plus—this is my favorite feature—it has a pouch with internal pockets, so you can store some small items you may want to bring along: an Allen wrench, an extra glove, bow string wax, that sort of thing. Plus, it has an internal zippered pouch INSIDE the big pouch, where you can stash things you don't want to lose (and for me, that's keys, credit cards, etc.—if it's small, I'm going to lose it).
One of the reasons Easton is such a big player in the equipment game is because they make clever products. This quiver is reversible, meaning they can sell it to both lefties and righties. That big pouch on the side that says "Easton" is attached to the quiver itself by Velcro, and you can take it off and stick to the other side of the quiver if you want to put the quiver on the other side of you.
Easton has other hip quivers with more bells and whistles (and I discuss one below), but I think this is a great, no-frills, simple quiver that can last a long time. I won't say it's the best hip quiver, but I think it's certainly among them.
The Bohning Adult Right Hand Target Quiver
The Bohning Adult Right Hand Target Quiver is similar to the Easton model, but it's got five tubes, instead of three, and can hold up to 20 or more arrows (if you're not finicky about the fletchings touching). It's good for arrows 30+ inches, and it has plenty of compartments to stash a couple of smaller tools you may need during an afternoon at the range.
This is ONLY for righties, which means that it's a little more custom fit—and, because there's more fabric that between the belt loop and the actual quiver, the quiver may jiggle a little bit less when you're walking around. Most quivers attach with a clip, and the result is that the quiver bounces off your leg when you walk, and if you're not careful, the quiver can flip around, and even flip upside down and let loose the arrows on the floor. That's obviously a pain in the butt, and many archers place their hand on their quiver when they're walking around. So, the extra material at the hip is a nice addition.
The Easton Flipside 4-Tube Hip Quiver
I mentioned earlier that I like Easton products, and the Easton Flipside 4-Tube Hip Quiver gets my vote as the Cadillac of Easton quivers. It's got everything to other Easton quiver has—it's manufactured in different color options, like red, blue, pink, black, and camo—but it's got a lot of nice extras:
- Four Tubes. The Easton model I mentioned above has three tubes. What's better than three tubes? Four tubes.
- More Storage Space. My wife LOVES this. She's a person who likes to be prepared, and that's a good thing, because I'm more of the "fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants" type—so when we've been at the range for a few hours and I'm getting "hangry" (that's the feeling you get, where you're a little hungry and maybe a little angry), she'll come out of nowhere with a couple of granola bars that she's got stashed away, and all of a sudden everybody's happy again. This is all to say—extra storage space can be a great thing, and this quiver has a decent amount of extra storage space for a quiver.
- A Slot for Your Bow Square. Not a vitally important feature, but nice to have.
- Wide Tubes. The quiver can hold 20 or so arrows, and if you're shooting arrows with a wider shaft---as a lot of target archers do---the wider tubes may allow you to store more arrows.
- Great for 3D Archery. So there you go.
Lastly, just like the other Easton quiver, this is reversible, so it's good for righties and just as good for lefties.
The Pellor Adjustable 3-Tube Archery Quiver
If you don't like big emblems or logos on your gear, the Pellor Adjustable 3-Tube Archery Quiver can be a good option: there's a little tag on it that says "Pellor," but it's not as big as the Easton ones, above. I don't usually care one way or the other, but I think there are people who don't like that sort of thing, so I thought I would mention that.
This is a pretty basic quiver: it's manufactured in black and camouflage; it has 3 tubes for arrows; it comes with an adjustable belt loop so you don't have to use your belt or a loop on your pants; and—this is a cool little addition—there's a pocket that shaped specifically for your iPhone/smart phone! Clever.
The real reason I included this quiver, though, is because it's a hip quiver that can be converted into a back quiver: simply loop the belt through the belt loop so that the quiver is in the middle of the belt, then bring the belt over your shoulder and underneath your opposite armpit, and click the belt in front of you. It won't be as snug as a quiver specifically made for your back, but it's nice option if you're going to go from stationary shooting to roving.
Now, let's take it down a notch...
The OMP No Spill Quiver
If you're the kind of gal or guy who HATES extras, add-ons, or bells and whistles of any kind, the OMP No Spill Quiver may be what you're looking for.
It is a quiver, and it holds arrows, and it's got some pictures of leaves on it. For those of you who appreciate WYSIWYG products ("what you see if what you get"), this may be a good option.
That may sound disparaging, but I don't mean it to be. I think this is an excellent quiver that's lightweight, simple, and easy to store, and if you're going to the range to relax and let a few arrows loose, and you don't need a ton of storage space or room for oodles are arrows, this can be a great option.
The most attractive aspect of this quiver is the "no spill" feature. If you're klutzy or have less experience, that can be a fantastic thing.
Two other things: 1) OMP is a reliable company, and I actually use one of their arm guards, and I'm quite happy with it; and 2) This quiver isn't quite durable enough for broadheads, so if that's what you need, this isn't the quiver for you.
Now... let's take it down another notch!
The Mossy Oak Sidekick Hip Quiver
The Mossy Oak Sidekick Hip Quiver is, perhaps, one of the most basic quivers you can find: it's super lightweight (0.8 ounces), it's made of fabric, and it holds two dozen or so arrows. If you want a super-simple product, made to hold your arrows at the range, this could be it!
I think this is a good option, and there are plenty of people at my local range who use it, and—this is probably the main reason why I've included this one—I've gotten a few emails from people who were asking about no-frills, lo-fi option. Here you go!
One thing worth noting: the material isn't meant to withstand sharper arrows (like broadheads or field points). Some folks cut off the bottom of a plastic bottle and put it in the bottom of the quiver to give it something of a base.
The Belt Quiver
There's one additional product you may want to look at, and that's a universal belt. A lot of these quivers are just quivers—there's no belt included—and they attach to the belt you're wearing, or a loop in your jeans.
I'm not always wearing a belt, and if I'm going to the range from the gym or something, I'm sometimes wearing shorts or pants that don't have loops. That's where a universal belt is a good purchase.
Universal belts are pretty simple, so you don't need to do too much research—an adjustable nylon belt will do it.
One last note: If you're new to archery, you might be surprised at how much of the arrow's shaft sticks up out of the quiver. It's a little bit surprising, because, say, 30% or more of the arrow may be exposed, but that's totally normal. That doesn't mean you got a defective quiver; that's just how a lot of them are made.
Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your quiver, and happy shooting!