Goat Tuff Equalizer Release Review
To be honest… I had never heard of Goat Tuff or any of their products. That being said, I am relatively new to the archery scene (hence this is one of the first archery related reviews I have published), but after using the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release, I will be ordering more of their products.
The Goat Tuff Equalizer Release claim is that it can add 1-3 inches of draw length simply by using their product. Myself having a 30-inch draw length, I wasn’t too concerned about the additional draw length, but it did allow me to move to a 31-inch draw length simply by using the release.
The action on the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release is smooth and easy to use. I have used a trigger type release in the past, and while it translates well from rifle shooting to archery, the plunger style release allows me to stay on target easily and more efficiently during the shot. Just by using the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release you can tell the internal materials and hook portion of the release are made of solid material and was engineered to the highest standards.
When I ordered the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release, I didn’t realize there was a buckle strap option and ordered the Velcro version of the release. Other than the Velcro being horrendously loud when out hunting, the strap material and Velcro are solid. The Velcro version of the release has a double closure to ensure the strap is closed and eliminates the risk of clothing or other items catching on the Velcro when using the release. I have contacted the company to inquire if I can purchase the buckle strap portion separate, rather than buying a whole new release. So far I have not heard anything from their customer service department, which will slightly hurt their overall rating the of the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release.
The leather strap of the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release is heavy duty and will last for years to come. I did end up using some neatsfoot oil to help soften the strap that sits on top of the hand since I found it was digging into the top of my hand slightly. I wouldn’t return the product based on this issue, and I may have hands that are more prone to this issue, but after shooting a few dozen arrows with the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release, the strap material softened up and I am satisfied with the product.
From the questions I have received, there seems to be a misconception of how the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release increases a person’s draw length. Once you purchase the release, you will need to adjust your bow to accommodate the added length that the release provides and does not automatically add the draw length to your bow. The added length comes from having the release point back into the middle of your hand rather than sitting out front of your hand like other “trigger” type releases.
It does take some getting used to the Goat Tuff Equalizer Release but I do encourage you to pick up a Goat Tuff Equalizer Release. Priced on the Goat Tuff website at $199.95 USD it is on the high end of the price range for a release but they do go on sale at my local archery shop from time to time.