• Great review, Mark. I am a huge fan of limb-driven rests and this one looks t be a winner. I am glad i am not the only one who has heard the noise of the QADs. Great rest, but noisy. Well written review!

    • SoleAdventure

      I appreciate it, Al. The noise and overall “feel” of the Smackdown is much better than the QAD.

  • Allan K.

    Nice review Mark. I also switched to a limb driver rest and couldn’t be happier. However, I have wondered since the tension holds the arm down, (I’m assuming the spring would be at tension when the arm is down), does the spring wear out, since it’s at tension more often?

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question, Allan. I’ve researched that quite a bit (for both arrow rests and keeping gun magazines loaded), and the general opinion is that a spring wears out from “cycles”, not being kept in a compressed state. Trophy Taker, and others, have been making limb-driven rests for a long time and I haven’t heard of a higher failure rate with limb-driven rests over “traditional” fall-away rests that don’t keep the springs under tension.

  • Kurtis Baus

    Hey Mark, just wanted to say I love your blog and the advice you give. I have been having a problem with my Smackdown Pro. I have had it for 2 weeks now and am having trouble getting it setup right. I paper tuned it just the way i like it. Sighted it in, and then after 40 or so arrows through my bow, my shots were dropping at 40 yards pretty bad. I noticed that even though I had tightened everything really well (as tight as I could get it), the force of the dropaway cord tightening after every shot had actually pulled the rests elevation adjustment down considerably.

    Have you heard of this problem? Did I get a bum rest? Should I go to the hardware store and buy a new “tougher” screw?

    • SoleAdventure

      No, Kurtis, I haven’t heard of that problem, or experienced it with the couple of Smackdown rests that I have. I would call Trophy Taker – I’m sure they’ll take care of you.

      • Kurtis Baus

        I heard back from Trophy Taker already. They said this is a known issue with some of the Smackdown Pros that have a ‘button-head’ elevation screw. He suggested that I switch out the crew to a ‘socket-head’ screw that I can tighten harder because the socket head screws have a larger Allen head hole. He said that in the newer models of the Smackdown Pro they have switched to this style of screw for this exact purpose. So if you are having this problem you can pick up a 10/32 – 1/2″ socket head screw and it should keep it from slipping.

        • SoleAdventure

          Great info, Kurtis, Thank you for sharing that with us.