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Building a Monster: Mathews/QAD Ultra Rest HDX

I’ve been shooting this set up for a little while now and loving it. One of the key components is the rest. I’ve never shot anything but a Whisker Biscuit since I started bowhunting about 7 years ago. It’s affordable, accurate and simple. The key there being simple I liked simple, there was essentially nothing that could fail or malfunction except in extreme cold the bristles can freeze and there is a solution for that. But this isn’t about the whisker biscuit it’s about ‘Building a Monster’ with the Mathews Ultra Rest HDX which is a QAD Ultra Rest HDX with a couple harmonic dampeners and the Mathews logo.

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There are plenty of simple rests out there but with this set up I wanted to take it up a notch with a drop-away rest. My arrow choice which you’ll read more about in the near future, is heavy and has a large diameter that tapers. I wanted to make sure that I was reducing friction and increasing accuracy, thus I went with the Ultra Rest HDX. QAD (Quality Archery Designs) is well known, for well, it’s in their name – Quality. I was surprised at the ease of set up and use. Granted, I had my pro shop install the rest and really if you’re putting a new rest on and you aren’t 100% confident in your abilities you should be doing it at a pro shop as well. After it was installed a few shots through paper and a couple minor adjustments and I was headed to the range. The adjustments are easy to keep track of with the easy to read markings.


Operation of the rest is simple. Just nock an arrow and push the little tab with your thumb to put the rest in place and you’re set. The Ultra Rest HDX like all of QAD’s rests is full containment, meaning that once the rest is in place the arrow cannot fall out. This is a must for me. Not that I shoot upside down, it’s more for the confidence in knowing that the arrow cannot go anywhere. The rest only drops out of the way when you release or quickly flick the thumb tab. So if you draw and hold for an animal and then let down the rest stays up, you won’t have to put it back up if you go to draw again.

Lastly, because this is a mechanical rest there is potential for failure but I’m confident that it won’t be an issue as long as the cord attached to the cable isn’t compromised. Honestly, if my bow goes through something rough enough to mess up that cord, it likely isn’t my only problem at that point.


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  • Wesley Levy

    This looks like it’s going to be an awesome tool in the field! That rest looks pretty handy.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Thanks Wesley!