I have been using the Exxus from Scott Archery for two years now. It wasn’t the first thumb-trigger release that I tried – however, it has been, and will likely continue to be the last one that I use.
The benefits of a handheld release are numerous. They provide a more comfortable and consistent anchor point, they can help defeat target panic when used with proper technique, and, for me, they just feel better.
In the video I point out four attributes/benefits of the Exxus that I love – comfort, consistency, adjustability, durability. Let me expand on those areas, and highlight a few more benefits of the Exxus.
Comfort is such a critical factor for all bowhunting equipment. Hunters have this vs. that debates about what gear is “better” all of the time, but what’s truly best is what feels best to the individual and will perform the same time after time. The Exxus is that release for me.
I love the Exxus’ ergonomic, tapered design, radiused edges, and balanced weight. I have shot with dozens of releases, and handled many more – none feel as good as the Exxus for me.
The Exxus can be counted on to feel the same and perform the same from shot-to-shot for thousands of shots. I have used other releases that felt nice and crisp for a while, but eventually started to feel “mushy” on the break.
In the two years that I have been shooting it, the Exxus has yet to feel any different than it did on day one. I’m sure that Scott’s choice of high-quality, 440c stainless steel internals and anti-wear titanium coating play a huge factor in the long-term consistency of the Exxus.
The Exxus’ trigger is fully adjustable for tension (“weight”) and travel. Personally, I like a heavy trigger that doesn’t have any travel; this allows me to use back tension and get a surprise release. But, if a light trigger or some trigger travel meets your preference, the Exxus can do that as well. The Exxus comes with three interchangeable tension springs (light, medium, heavy), and each spring can be micro-adjusted via a set screw.
The thumb barrel and trigger level arm are both fully adjustable as well. The trigger arm can be moved in and out from the release body, and it can also pivot around a moon-shaped track. The thumb barrel can be rotated or canted to fit you hand exactly where and how you want it to.
As I’ve mentioned, the Exxus’ internals are made from a high-quality, 440c stainless steel – which is a type of steel that’s known for extreme hardness and offers precision when machined. In addition to the materials, the overall build quality of the Exxus leads to durability. And since it is a Scott Archery product, the Exxus is backed by a lifetime warranty.
In addition to those four categories, let me conclude by mentioning a few other things that make the Exxus a great release.
Scott claims that the Exxus features a “sound dampening technology”. I have no idea what they use to make the Exxus quiet, but whatever it is — it works. The Exxus isn’t as silent as a spring-driven wrist strap release, of course, but it isn’t nearly as loud as many other thumb-trigger releases that I’ve tried.
I also love the security that the Exxus provides. The positive-lock, closed-jaw design works great for hunting — allowing me to connect the release to my d-loop and leave it hanging there, ready to use when needed.
The Exxus is built upon the same platform as my favorite series of Scott back-tension releases – the Longhorn. I can use both releases interchangeably without being forced to used a different anchor point at full-draw, or have a significantly different feel in the hand.
Finally, I’ll mention design and engineering. The designers and engineers at Scott build their products with the input of world-class, professional archers that make a living using Scott products. I won’t even pretend to know all of the details of design minute decisions that they make to optimize accuracy and forgiveness, but I do know that I shoot my best with their releases.
The Exxus is a phenomenal release. If you’re new to the idea of a handheld release, then the price tag might be off-putting, but the quality of the product matches the investment. There are cheaper thumb-trigger releases on the market, but having tried many of them, it is my opinion that none of the competition provides the consistency, adjustability, feel, and long-term performance of the Exxus.
As always, let me know if you have any questions.