Drop-away rests have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years and for good reason. When set up correctly they can allow for perfect fletching clearance and are easy to tune. There are several different varieties of drop-aways that include those that tie to the downward moving buss cable and those that hook to the bow limb with a plethora of different types of forks and arms that support the arrow. The Sizzor falls into the category of tying into the buss cable, though it’s atypical in that it doesn’t have a single prong or bar that drops away, but rather one from the top and one from the bottom that use a “scissor” action.
Models, availability and price of the NAP Sizzor
There are two different models of the Sizzor, one for most bows and one that is specific to Hoyt bows and their Tec risers. The adapter for the Hoyt risers has a machined in angle that mates nicely up to the riser and prevents the riser from rotating. The Hoyt version also has a hole for the screw rather than a slot that the normal version does and once mounted cannot move forward or backward. For this review the Hoyt version will be used since the test bow will be an Ultra Elite.
The Sizzor can be found at many pro-shops and most online archery retailers. Prices that I was able to find for the Sizzor ranged from $90 to $120 with the Hoyt version sometimes being $10 higher.
Structure and Operation of the Sizzor Rest
The NAP Sizzor is unique in that it uses a “scissor” action with arms that surround the arrow from the top and bottom. Each of the arms are steel rods with a curved section on the end to contain the arrow. The bottom arm is covered with a replaceable shrink tube while the top arm is coated with a hard plastic.
Before the shot the arms must be cocked by squeezing the arms together until they click into place. Once the arms are in place, the arrow can be slipped between them were the arrow is completely closed in and cannot come off of the rest by moving the bow in any direction, though a hard bump of the arrow could dislodge it. Like other buss cable attached rests, the Sizzor’s cord is pulled down when the bow is drawn and the hammer is pulled with it. When fired, the hammer springs up and hits the trip mechanism and the rest springs open, allowing the fletchings to pass freely. If the bow is let down, the arms stay in place and the rest is ready to shoot without any further interaction.
Tuning and Shooting the Sizzor
For the testing several arrows were used including Gold Tip 30X with 3″ AAE Elite Plastifletch vanes, Easton ST Axis with FOBs and Carbon Express Terminator Lite Select with QuickSpin ST Speed Hunter vanes. All were shot with a Hoyt Ultra Elite XT3000 bow set to 58 lbs.
The first few shots with the 30X arrows showed definite contact with the vanes. With the bow pulled back the hammer was just barely below horizontal. I made a minor adjusted by pulling about 1/4″ more cord through the hammer. This change resulted in the hammer being pulled visibly more downward and cured the contact problem.
Tuning the bow with the rest went fairly quickly. During the initial installation I lined up the center shot as close as possible. This is done by loosening two set screws on the bottom of the rest and sliding the arms in or out. Care must be taken to make sure that the arms are centered with respect to each other so that the arrow sits properly between them. Vertical adjustments are made by loosening two screws on the mounting bracket and sliding the entire rest up or down. There is approximately 3/8″ of vertical adjustment which should be plenty for tuning any bow.
After nearly two hundred shots using the different arrows, the rest continued to perform as expected and never once failed to function properly. Each type of arrow caused slight difference in tune and vertical impact because of the varied diameters, but each situation was quickly fixed by adjusting the vertical height of the rest. The accuracy of the setup was on par with the lizard tongue style rest that it replaced for the review. Of special interest to me was if the FOBs would have issues with the rest and they passed with flying colors.
To thoroughly test the mechanism I let down around twenty times trying to get the arms to trip. No matter how slow or how fast and violent the let down, the arms consistently stayed closed and remained ready to shoot. In order for the arms to open, the hammer must hit the rest will a high speed and it was not possible to do so with a let down. This should be a nice feature for hunters that may encounter any number of situations where the bow would have to be let down and drawn again without having to worry about the rest.
Conclusions and Final Thoughts on the NAP Sizzor
Sizzor rests are definitely unique compared to most drop-away rests and at first I was a little apprehensive about how it would operate. After the initial few shots that had contact with the fletching and the minor adjustment I had to make, there were no issues with the operation of the rest. It functioned equally well with the various diameters and fletchings of the arrows and was fairly easy to tune. Most impressive was that no matter how the bow is let down, the rest remains cocked and ready to shoot. The arrow is also well contained and it would be difficult to knock it out of position before taking a shot.
The cons I could find with the rest were minor compared to how well it worked. Adjusting both arms took some care to make sure they lined up well with each other and remained perfectly vertical and was a little awkward but not bad. Probably the biggest pitfall of the rest is having to cock it for each shot. The arms must be snapped into the initial position with the shooter’s hand. Because the operation is different from any other rest I have had, it took some getting used to but eventually became part of the shot sequence. I soon didn’t notice even thinking about it.
NAP has come up with a unique design that gives archers a different solution than the norm. The Sizzor is well built, easy to use and tune and never failed in my testing.
What I liked about the Sizzor
- Ease of setup
- Full containment
- The best clearance of any drop away style rest I’ve used
- No chance of bounce-up due to design
- Rest does not need to be reset after let-down
What I didn’t like about the Sizzor
- Adjusting the horizontal setting of the arms is a bit crude
- Always have to manually cock the rest for each shot