November 10, 2021
With all due respect to the many great bow companies in the archery industry today, if there is a bowmaker with a better pedigree than Hoyt, we don’t know. not. Started in 1931 by the St. Louis, Missouri-based father / son tandem of Earl Hoyt, Sr. and Jr., the start-up company quickly established a reputation for making high-grade cedar arrows. quality and remarkably straight arches.
By the mid-1940s, the Hoyt Archery Company, led by pure engineering genius Earl Hoyt, had begun to incorporate the stunning, dynamically balanced, even-length arch branches that would distinguish their target arcs. A decade later, semi-pistol grips and then full pistol grips, along with the first true bow stabilizer, would lead to the most successful competition bows line in history – think gold medal-winning recurves. (they won their first Olympic gold in ’72) – and ultimately what would become a legendary line of the strongest and most accurate hunting bows on the market – think of the compounds provided by Chuck Adams at the start of his quest for the first Super Slam.
Given Earl Hoyt, Jr.’s groundbreaking design patents, which are now commonplace, it’s easy to see why he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame in 1977 (Earl Jr. told us also brought the first micro-adjustable stand, a viable disassembly system for recurves, as well as remarkable advancements in risers and bow limbs). But surprisingly, when Earl Hoyt Jr. entered the Hall, his wife, Ann Weber Hoyt, was already an AHOF inductee, having received the honor in ’72, a year after their marriage. Widely regarded as one of the best field archers of all time, Ann dominated the 40’s and 50’s and won the world championship in 59. That true couple of archery power – later awarded the Thompson Medal of Honor by the National Archery Association for their unparalleled contributions to Target Archery – will spend the next three decades positively influencing their beloved archery industry with dedication, kindness and grace rarely seen.
But in many ways, that’s just the beginning of the story, as in 1983 Earl Hoyt, Jr. accepted the offer of his longtime friend Jim Easton to bring Hoyt Archery into the Jas. D. Easton Family of Companies. This partnership not only continued Hoyt’s impressive record of innovation, quality and service, but the eventual relocation to a new, more than 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, has enabled the brand to access a new level of resources, all under one roof, along with the design and manufacturing expertise that has led to unprecedented growth and placed Hoyt bows at the top of the market in booming bow hunting of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
Hoyt has brought many of the most popular flagship arcs to the archery market, with names like Gold Medalist, Pro Hunter, Pro Medalist, ProVantage, Pro Force, Super Slam, SuperStar, Defiant, Raptor, Tenacity, Stratus , Striker, Viper, Havoc and AlphaTec, which has led to a long line of TEC Riser and Cam & ½ Performance System arcs with names like UltraTec, ProTec, VorTec, CyberTec, HavocTec, RazorTec, VTEC, Trykon, Vectrix, Katera , AlphaMax and more. And in 2010, Hoyt’s team revolutionized archery once again with the introduction of the 3.8 lb. hollow carbon tube Riser Carbon Matrix, which led to a continuous series of carbon riser arches. In 2018, Hoyt introduced its successful REDWRX series with the Carbon RX-1. This year, 4.4 pounds. The Carbon RX-5, powered by the new HBX camera and producing speeds of up to 342 fps, is easily one of the most advanced arcs ever released. The Ventum 30 aluminum riser isn’t much heavier at 4.6 lbs, and it sends arrows down at the same speed.
Suffice it to say that Hoyt’s archery engineers are at the top of their game, and in this brief column, there is no place to document all the technological advancements they have put on. the market, nor to pay due tribute to the contributions of other industry Hoyt executives such as the recently retired Randy Walk.
This magazine’s relationship with Hoyt Archery began in the early 1980s and has grown steadily since, and we are truly grateful for that. We are also grateful to Hoyt for continuing to make the most reliable bows on the market since 1931. For those who do the math, it’s been 90 years and well worth a tip. Bow hunter cap. Thanks, Hoyt!