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Recon review

KYhunter66

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Turns out it wasn’t you, Lol. I’m sorry for the false accusations! Either way my recon is a little bit lighter now...
Did it help is your noise fixed and are the plates sharp? Thanks
 

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How long have you been using the Recon?Mark just sent me a email and said let it brake in and the noise should stop?
Giving it time to cure (during the off-season) is certainly worth a try...you really have nothing to lose. If the season comes and it still hasn't quieted down, then wax will work. But I don't believe wax has gone thru the test of time. I wouldn't want to trust that it wouldn't start making noise during a critical time during a prime hunt. I felt the same way with the Predator noise. Yeah, wax seemed to do the trick but there's no way I wanted to trust it. An entire season can come down to a single encounter with a deer that might be a buck of a lifetime. I ain't gonna depend on having my fingers crossed that a piece of gear will stay dependable.
So, if the season comes and the coating didn't cure, you can always wax it...or cut it off and never have to worry about it.
I swear, sometimes deer can hear us blink our eyes or hear our heart pounding. I absolutely hate noise from gear. It ruins my enjoyment of a hunt. I'm completely happy with my decision to remove the coating, but giving it some time to cure can't hurt either.
 

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Turns out it wasn’t you, Lol. I’m sorry for the false accusations! Either way my recon is a little bit lighter now...
Hey, no worries. I didn't take it as an accusation I know I been part of some discussions about waxing the plates, so it is possible that I discouraged removing the coating in the hopes they would quiet with time. Wax does work, but is it a long term or short term fix? Does wax work in certain temps or humidity and not work dependably in others?? I don't think anyone has an answer to that yet. Time will tell.

I still really like my Recon. The only reason that I didn't hunt with the prototype (Mark did not have the coating on the prototype) every day last season was because my buddy borrowed it. Which left me to use my Kestrel. And I like the Kestrel, but I like the Recon better.
The noise is an easy fix, and I will bet there are a few things that we haven't tried yet. Maybe a little ozone?? Scuff it and give it an over spray of primer?? Hair dryer or heat gun? Some UV light??
 

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Did it help is your noise fixed and are the plates sharp? Thanks
Removing the coating definitely fixes the noise. I've tested 3 individual Recons without the coating and none of the plates were sharp. I have no idea if there are any out there that do have a little burr or other hard edge, but mine aren't sharp in any way. But even if there were sharper edges, that also would be an easy fix. Just touch it up with a little fine file.
 

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Just removed the rubber on my plates not taking a chance on noise and deer hearing me moving in the sling! And I added some stelth silencers on the plates. 20200801_180217.jpg
 
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Tested my Recon today after removing the rubber from the plates and switching the straps and losing the leg straps. Working good now no noises and really nice.I do like my Tackisaddle a lot because the belt floats as you turn in the saddle. But you can't just have one saddle need one for every day of the week!! That what I tell my wife she just doesn't understand20200802_141259.jpg
 

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If I leaning back and and forward I can get it to creak maybe it's got some thing to do with my size I'm 5.4 140 I useing a small I don't now what to do now! I start hunting next month in Ky
 

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I don't understand how that could be. Not disputing you, but it sure puzzles me how that could happen.

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It's not doing it when I turn like before just when I leaning back and forth?
 

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May need to use my Tactisaddle if I can't get it to quit. And sell the Recon!
 

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If I leaning back and and forward I can get it to creak maybe it's got some thing to do with my size I'm 5.4 140 I useing a small I don't now what to do now! I start hunting next month in Ky
I would launder it a few times and just try breaking it in a bit.
I'm 5-7 175 and I used a medium (prototype, no rubber plates) all last season with no noise. I'm estimating that me in a medium probably equates to you in a small.
I launder my gear a lot just before and during the season so maybe that helps to break them in.

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I would launder it a few times and just try breaking it in a bit.
I'm 5-7 175 and I used a medium (prototype, no rubber plates) all last season with no noise. I'm estimating that me in a medium probably equates to you in a small.
I launder my gear a lot just before and during the season so maybe that helps to break them in.

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One thing I just thought of I panted the plates maybe the primer is making the noise
 

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One thing I just thought of I panted the plates maybe the primer is making the noise
I am curious how high you attach the tether to the tree?
I'm totally convinced that the Recon is best suited for a low tether. Is it possible that a higher tether pulls on the straps on an angle that contributes to creaking?
IMO, the fact that a low tether works best with a Recon is a bonus. If its comfortable, a low tether is much better for bow hunting than a high tether.

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I am curious how high you attach the tether to the tree?
I'm totally convinced that the Recon is best suited for a low tether. Is it possible that a higher tether pulls on the straps on an angle that contributes to creaking?
IMO, the fact that a low tether works best with a Recon is a bonus. If its comfortable, a low tether is much better for bow hunting than a high tether.

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It was the paint on the plates sanded the plates and no noises! I guess the problem is the plates need to be polished smooth!!
 
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