Civil but Disobedient
There has been a lot of talk recently regarding bow testing. There is a shortage of good test results available. That is not to say that there are not good folks out there doing tests and reviews. There is just too much equipment, and too many variations. It has been my feeling that if we want to see the data, then we need to produce it ourselves. That has been my approach for several years now. I started testing my own stuff and then went on the road with my portable test kit that remains in the trunk of my car (boot to some of you). I have also taken measurements from others and returned the results in a standard format with relevant comparisons based upon test data currently in my database. I am trying to expand my database as much as possible since I believe it is in the comparisons that we get the value. So we can spend time trying to find some standard process and person/organization for recurve testing, or we can take control ourselves, and learn something along the way. I am still accepting data from anyone that is willing to take measurements. By testing ourselves, we are sharing real data produced by folks shooting their bows. There is no perfect solution. Bows shot from mechanically released Hooter Shooters show what a bow is capable of under ideal circumstances. They do not represent what you will see in the field. We need to learn how to interpret the data we get, which is where the value of the discussion comes in. If we want analytics to drive our purchases, then it is up to us to create the data and understand its value and limitations.