When I received the X-Factor Systems noise suppression system as a birthday gift, I was very pleased with the look and quality of each piece of the system. Though, I was pleased with what I saw and felt, before installing the products on my bow, I decided to do some testing and comparisons of the X-Factor System with the competitors products that were previously on my bow. When I completed the testing on my bow, I then took out my sons bow (a Fred Beaar Vapor 300), and tested the X-Factor system on a second bow. I was sent five of the X-Factor Outdoors Systems for our staff and randomly chose three of the systems for weight comparisons.
Todd and Kristi Williams at X-Factor Outdoors have developed a system consisting of the String Factor (silencers), Limb Factor (limb vibration dampener), Stabilizers, Stabilizer Quick Connects , and the Weight Factor (weights that can be added to your stabilizer). The String Factor, Limb Factor, and Stabilizer are made of a special A-Tech Rubber compound they have developed (take a look at the picture below. The members of the SBH staff have chose not to use the Weight Factor products at this time. The X-Factor Outdoors products are the only products, of their kind, on the market that comes with a guarantee the String Factor silencers come with a lifetime guarantee. These products are advertised as a product that will revolutionize the industry. Read on to see the results of the testing I have done with these products.
Currently, I am hunting with a Matthew’s Ultra Light hunting crossbow that I purchased in 1996 and is now 14 years old. At the time I purchased the bow, it was the top of the line and came with all of the latest technology including a scope. Over the last 13 or 14 years, technology in the many fields of the archery industry has continually improved, including noise suppression and vibration dampening. As you have probably figured out, my bow, lacking the latest innovations found in the industry today, is loud compared to the super fast, deadly quiet bows of today. Even with the latest versions of the competitors noise suppression and dampening systems, my bow sounded like a small caliber rifle cracking off a round in comparison to todays bows.
I started the testing by comparing the weights of each of the components (see table below). I used my personal scale for the weight comparison, the same scale I use to weigh my broadheads, shafts, inserts, etc. when building my arrows. As mentioned above, I selected three of the X-Factor Systems for this test. I weighed twelve of the X-Factor String Factor silencers and six of the competitors string silencers. I was impressed with the quality control of the String Factor, as all twelve units that I weighed were 13 grains each. They were not within a range of 12 to 14 grains, but each of the twelve weighed exactly the same all were 13 grains. Compare that with the competitions six string silencers, each weighing between 28 to 30 grains each. I weighed the competitors silencers a second and a third time trying to tighten up the range between each piece.the quality control just wasn’t there. I tried to stretch the String Factors to a point that they would tear or rip and could not get any of them to show any sign of damage or fatigue. The second string silencer by a competitior that I stretched, began to tear making it unusable. The String Factors come with a liftetime guarantee, but after testing, it’s doubtful that any guarantee will be needed.
I then moved on to the limb vibration dampening components (check out this resource). I weighed six of the X-Factor Outdoors Limb Factor dampeners. Of the six that were weighed, five came in a 240 grains and the sixth was 239 grains. Again, I was impressed with the quality control of the X-Factor products. The limb dampening products by the competitor for my bow weighed in at 253 grains each and on my sons split limb bow, the limb dampeners weighed in at 505grains each. The Limb Factor Dampeners wrap the outside (not stuck or glued on) of the bows upper and lower limbs and can be moved up/down the limbs until you find that sweet spot that provides the best results for your equipment.
Next to be weighed were the Stabilizers. The XFactor Outdoors Stabilizer (model F6) was six inches long, while the competitions stabilizers on my and my sons bow were 4.5 inches long. I weighed three of the X-Factor F6 stabilizers, all weighing in at 5.7 ounces each, compared to 3.58 ounces (my bow) and 6.6 ounces (sons bow) for the competitors stabilizers previously used on our bows. As part of the F6 stabilizer, I also checked three of the X-Factor Quick Connect Knuckles and Barnett Jackal crossbow review, each weighing in at 467 grains each. The quick connect knuckles allow quick and easy removal of your stabilizer so that your bow will fit into your case, while leaving your bow sling and/or other accessories attached and ready to go.