Doinker has been in the stabilizer business for quite some time and has a reputation for top notch equipment. I have used Doinkers myself in the past and was very interested when the DISH (Distal, Interrupted, Stabilizer, Hub) hit the market and began getting attention. The DISH joins other stabilizers that are designed to put the majority of the weight as far from the bow’s riser as possible. What sets the DISH apart is Doinker’s approach to minimizing bow vibration as well as providing a stable shooting platform.
Doinker Dish Construction and Overview
The DISH is comprised of three main parts: a quick disconnect to attach the stabilizer to the bow, a lightweight main rod fabricated from aluminum fittings/carbon rod and the “DISH” which consists of a hub, polymer/rubber body and weights along the perimeter. Each DISH unit has places for eight removable weights around the perimeter of the stiff outer ring. Towards the center of the hub, the perimeter ring becomes thinner and allows the DISH to flex and absorb vibration. Also available is a mini DISH with six weights spots and an offset mini DISH with three spots for weights. The mini-dishes are made of a softer material and are much more pliable. Minis are intended to be used with any of the 2010 Doinker line, including the long freestyle bars.
One word that aptly describes the DISH is adjustability. Each weight is attached with one screw and each weight site on the DISH can be empty or hold up to three weights. With eight sites to populate and each weight weighing just over 1 oz. plus .35 oz per screw (more for longer screws), that’s up to 28 oz. of variability. That should be more than enough weight and adjustability to satisfy any shooter. Between the main dish and using the mini-dishes as side or v-bars, there is a combination for everyone.
Price and Availability of the Doinker DISH
The main DISH unit with a base rod of 2.5″, 8″ or 12″ can be found and most Doinker dealers for around $62-65. A quick search of several internet archery shops showed them readily available and in-stock.
Setup and First Impressions of the DISH
One of the first things I noticed about the Doinker DISH (besides it’s unique looks) was the appearance of the components. All of the aluminum fittings were finely machined and black anodized with no visible defects. The main carbon rod shows the nice weave of the fiber pattern and is accented with a visible yet discrete “Doinker” label. Molded polymer/plastic DISH parts look good though they do have few knit and flow lines from the molding process. What I found particularly nice was how the lines of the entire stabilizer flow. From the quick disconnect to the rod to the DISH, the lines are clean and transition well by using tapered and textured pieces that give the impressive of a well thought design.
It is immediately obvious that the balance is very front heavy which is of course the intention. With the quick disconnect and rod weighing less than 3.5 oz. total, the vast majority of the weight is placed near the end where it is needed. With three weights stacked the total length of the stabilizer from the bow is right around 11 1/4″ and should pass the muster of any bowhunter class.
Shooting and Testing the Doinker DISH
Two bows were used for the shooting test, an Elite Envy at 70 lbs. shooting a 450 grain ST Axis arrow and a Hoyt Ultra Elite at 63 lbs. shooting a variety of arrows weight from 315 grains to 420 grains. Each bow was shot without the DISH first to better get a feel for the affect of adding the stabilizer.
The Envy is a parallel limb bow that has little vibration and noise at the shot, but for me needs a good deal of weight out front to balance well. Without a stabilizer it tends to kick up at the shot and while not loud, has a fairly sharp “crack” at the shot. Adding the Doinker DISH with the eight supplied weights gave it a definite weight forward feel (which I like). With the stabilizer installed there was a discernible difference in the noise with the “crack” being deadened somewhat and became more of a “thump”. The balance felt good and the bow rocked forward slowly after the shot with no jump at all. Overall the feel was smooth and enjoyable.
Hoyt’s Ultra Elite has a completely different feel from the Envy in that it is a much longer bow that has more traditional limbs. The bow has a definite jump forward on the shot and has quite a bit of residual vibration after the shot. This is my 3D bow and the only vibration damping on the bow are Limbsavers on the limbs. For this setup I used the main stabilizer in the same configuration but also added the mini-DISH to a v-bar on the left side. With a heavier sight on this bow, it balance much better with the v-bar and the mini-DISH with 3 weights felt about perfect.
With the Doinker installed, there was a definite reduction in vibration after the shot; the only noticeable vibration left was the string twang. The forward jump was reduced quite a bit with the added weight of the stabilizer/v-bar combination. I thought the setup looked especially sharp on the Ultra-Elite and as we all know, looks are important! The only real drawback on this setup was that with my v-bar adapter the total length was about 12 1/8″. To fix this I flipped the weights over so the screw was on the outside and the weight towards the bow, perfect 12″!
Final Words on the Doinker DISH
My experience with the Doinker DISH was a pleasant one. The DISH is well made, looks great and best of all is highly adjustable. There is a growing trend in the market towards stabilizers that concentrate the weight on the distal end and Doinker puts their own twist on it with some vibration damping and extra adjustability thrown in. It is also a nice touch that they add a quality quick disconnect with the base price.
Some shooters will prefer other stabilizer solutions that offer a completely stiff solution, many will prefer the added benefit of the vibration damping. The DISH is a high quality product that will definitely find it’s niche in the market and make shooters happy.
One last note, different archery shooting associations, clubs and tournaments have very specific rules about how weight can be distributed on a stabilizer. Please check the regulations of your specific tournament or situation before attempting to enter any competition with a DISH that is not symmetrically weighted.
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