Redhead XPS Deluxe Caliper
This dual-caliper release offers a wide range of adjustments for a customized fit and feel. The fold-back head lets you tuck the release away when it’s not needed. A thin trigger is great for bare fingers but may be too dainty to manage well with gloved hands.
T.R.U. Ball Super Stinger
A pull-to-open jaw design allows for silent operation; however, it leads to some trigger creep. An offset trigger reduces punched trips. The trigger tension and overall length are adjustable, though customizing the length is cumbersome and imprecise. The fleece wrist strap is plush and quiet.
Scott Archery Quick Shot
The Quick Shot has the smoothest trigger in the groups, but its tension, unfortunately, can’t be adjusted. The buckle strap makes it simple to get the release on in the dark; however, the material is relatively stiff. A trigger-head rope connection promotes torque-free shooting.
Cobra Pro Caliper
The padded, heavy-duty leather wrist strap with a Velcro enclosure is fuss-proof and easily donned using one hand. The downside: Neither the trigger tension (which is preset at the factory) nor the release length is adjustable. In its defense, the trigger is quite smooth.
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