The stabilizer is a valuable piece of equipment that every hunter should be using.
However, it is also a misunderstood piece of equipment with many not really grasping its value in the way it assists with aim and consistency.
It's important to take the time to ensure you have the right length of stabilizer so it is doing the correct job.
And then there’s the offset stabilizer.
With all of the accessories installed onto compound bows such as bow sight, quiver with arrows and more, it is not uncommon for the bow to become overloaded on one side.
An offset stabilizer is an important way to rebalance the bow. At the same time it makes it easier to steady as you settle on your target.
To attach the offset stabilizer onto the bow you will need a front stabilizer mount.
What Is an Offset Stabilizer?
The offset stabilizer balances the bow to compensate for the accessories mounted on the bow, usually all on the one side of the bow.
By placing a stabilizer on the other side of the bow, it provides a counterweight bringing the bow back into a more balanced state.
Adding The Offset Stabilizer
You add the offset stabilizer by first installing a stabilizer mount.
This mount will either slip in behind your front stabilizer, screwing into the same bushing, or you can use one of the other bushings drilled into the riser.
You then just screw the stabilizer in through the mount and onto the bow, locking it in place.
Reasons for using an Offset Stabilizer
The offset stabilizer helps to adjust the weight of the bow so that it is back in balance. It compensates for the weight coming from accessories added to the bow.
It can also settle down the natural movement that might occur from trying to steady a very light bow.
The added weight of the offset stabilizer makes it just a little easy to control when you’re at full draw.
With a well balanced side stabilizer setup you get the following advantages:
- Reduced torque because you’re now starting closer to level and it is easier to keep it there.
- Steady aim because you’re not fighting to keep the bow level
- Tighter groups
6 Offset Stabilizer Mounts
To give you an idea of the types of offset mount options that are available we have compiled a selection of both single offsets and dual V-bar style mounts.
No matter how you’re looking to set your bow up, any one of these components will help you position your stabilizers in just the right way.
Single Offset Mounts
Axion Pro Sidebar Mount
This is a machined aluminum mount that is fully adjustable with tapered locking joints.
It can be adjusted so that the stabilizer is positioned any way you need to properly balance the bow.
There are laser etched lines on two axes to help with the precision of the positioning.
And it has an integrated quick disconnect feature for front and back stabilizers.
The MSRP is $74.99.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products by visiting the Axion Archery website.
Bee Stinger Infinity Side Bar Mount
This side bar mount is designed to support any V-Bar regardless of its weight.
It can be adjusted to whatever angle you need because the moveable component does not come with teeth. The point of this is to ensure that it can be locked at whatever point you need.
Positioning can be made in either up and down or an in and out directions for full versatility.
The mount also has an integrated quick disconnect feature.
It weighs only 3.6oz.
MSRP is $124.99.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products by visiting the Bee Stinger website.
Mathews Adjustable Single V-Bar Mount
This offset stabilizer mount enables the attachment of a rear stabilizer to the bow so that it is positioned perfectly to compensate for weight on the other side of the bow.
It is equipped with an anti-walkout washer, laser engraved indicators, a quick disconnect clamp system and drop-stopper shelf.
All of this amounts to a high quality piece of equipment that can be micro-adjusted to the exact angle needed. It is a perfect fit for any Mathews compound bow.
It comes with all of the hardware necessary to get it firmly attached to the bow.
The MSRP of the mount is $129.99
Find out more about the company and the full range of products by visiting the Mathews Inc website.
Dual V-Bar Mounts
Apex Gear Outpost Dual Stabilizer Mount
This is a machined aluminum dual mount system that allows a rear stabilizer to be mounted at any angle.
Unlike some of the other brands available, the positioning mechanism is a meshed teeth process which doesn’t make it infinitely adjustable but it does allow adjustment down to a significant level.
The design is ambidextrous so it can be set up for either left or right-handed use.
For the price it is an extremely solid and reliable dual mount system
MSRP is $43.99.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products by visiting the Apex Gear website.
Dead Center Diamond Series Dual V-Bar Mount
This mount will be suitable for both front or rear stabilizer installation.
It is precision engineered and each joint features a TaperLok design giving it infinite adjustment capabilities. It will not come loose no matter what weight is applied to it.
The mount comes with a mounting bolt and stabilizer clamping rod.
It is suitable for either left or right handed set-ups.
The mount weighs 8.2oz.
MSRP is $104.99
Find out more about the company and the range of products by visiting the Dead Center Archery website.
TAP V-Bar Dual Side Stabilizer Mount
This is a uniquely designed stabilizer mount made from 7075-T6 aluminum.
It is equipped with both left hand and right hand threading at critical points to ensure the mount maintains a tight connection at all times.
The mount is fully reversible and can be set up in an infinite number of ways with a full range of horizontal and vertical adjustments possible.
No matter how you need to offset the weight on the bow this mount will enable stabilizer positioning in exactly the right spot.
It is also fitted with quick disconnect pins.
The mount weighs 5.6oz.
MSRP is $89.99.
Find out more about the company and the full range of products by visiting the Titanium Archery Products website.
Adding a sidebar or a rear offset stabilizer to your bow can provide instant improvement in the feel of the bow as well as its performance.
The range of mounts available give you the freedom to position your stabilizers in exactly the right place and at the right angle to bring your bow into balance.
The majority of hunters who make the decision to add an offset stabilizer to their setup are astounded at the difference it makes.
And the cost is usually extremely affordable.