"Gear Review"

Renegade Archery, Inc. of Plano, Texas

Spirit II Longbow

62"/51# @ 28"

3713 Marlborough Court
Plano, Texas 75075
Phone 972-612-5288


Bowyer David Neidigh

Email Renegade Archery, Inc.



After many hundreds of shots from the Spirit II , I am ready to pass on my thoughts about this silky smooth drawing longbow. The Spirit II I am reviewing is 51# at 28"/ 62" long. This is a very nice bow to shoot. The Spirit II has a draw that I just love.It does not feel like it is any where near its scaled weight. On release it is silent and accurate. There is no trouble for me to shoot good groups with it. Arrow spine with this bow is a bit forgiving, because of the center cut riser , making arrow tuning easy. I am able to shoot several length's and spines with good accuracy from it. If you realy look for it you can notice a very slight string vibration on release. Silencers other than the Beaver balls I use may completely eliminate it , however It is so insignificant that after 4 hours of shooting it did not even register unless I was trying to determine if it was still there.

If this very slight buzz would bother you perhaps you may be better suited to Needle point.  I almost feel wrong in mentioning it at all but to be fair to other bows I have to .

At my 27" Draw I have the best flight with a 500 spine carbon arrow 29" long with 100gr brass inserts and 145 gr points. 

The Spirit II , I am testing is a nicely balanced bow with good looks, it is  built with black glass, the core is black locust ultra core, tempered tonkin cane and edge cut yew.The riser is cocobolo Dymondwood with yellowheart stripe.The riser overlay is natural cocobolo and yellowheart.


The string is a 15 strand 3 lay of Dynaflight 97 .Performance is very good with a variety of arrow weights as we will see in the Chrono tests later on. A few less strands in the string will boost the performance if you are looking for more speed.My personal preference on strings made with materials like DF97 and 8125 is to have 10 or 12 strands to utilize the string materials capability.
There are a couple of features of this bow that I realy like. One is the Tonkin Cane Bamboo in the limbs. Bamboo in a bow limb adds a smoothness that I think is unique. There is a feel to drawing a limb with Bamboo that I have come to recognise and love. The Spirit II is no exception.
The next thing that comes to mind is the addition of back and belly overlays. They look good on their own but the thing I personaly like about them is they  hide the Dymondwood edge lines. Many excelent bows have the edge line of the Dymondwood /Actionwood showing and it takes away from the looks. Dymondwood is one of my favourite riser materials. It is very strong, and not affected by moisture like other natural woods. Unfortunately when we see the edges it can look like a "plywood" type riser. The overlays eleminate this appearance .


For me I preferred a brace height of 8 1/4". It just seemed to be a quieter and has a better feel at this height. Others may like a lower Brace height , down to 7" and the extra speed that it will give. This is completely up to the shooter as to what  feels best.
THE CHRONO READINGS ARE TAKEN AT "AMO" MEASURED DRAW LENGTH. All shooting is done with fingers and a glove with marked arrows  for length. The battery is fresh and all shots are from a single session.
  5  00   415 gr     488 gr     525 gr    590 gr      
  10   3                    
  11   8                    
  12   12                    
  13   15                    
  14   19                    
  15   21                    
  16   23                    
  17   26                    
  18   29                    
  19   31                    
  20   33                    
  21   35                    
  22   38                    
  24   43   415 gr   149  488 gr   139   526gr   134   590gr   128    
  25   45   415gr   155   488gr   146   526gr   141   590gr   135    
  26   48   415gr   167   488gr   154   526gr   146   590gr   142    
  27   51.5   415gr   174   488gr   160   526gr   155   590gr   149    
  28   55   415gr   182   488gr   170   526gr   166   590gr   157    


Donovan Daniel Shooting the SPIRIT II

Some friends have shot the Spirit II and the feedback I received is  good. There are the differences in opinion on grip feel and size that always differ due to our personal preferences , but custom bows can be ordered to fit our hand sizes. I like the grip, as did others while some wanted a larger grip and others like a palm swell.  My wife Pat would prefer a smaller grip to suit her small hands.

The majority did not even notice the string buzz unless I pointed it out to them, and everyone commented on the smooth draw.
To sum up the review  I have come to the conclusion that the "SPIRIT II" is good.I would have no hesitation  to have it in my rack and take it for a few walks in the Alberta bush . The bow is definitely a shooter that has a place in a hunters hands.

Pete Ward & Renegade Spirit II

The only real concerns I have is with the tip length after the nock and the limb edges.  The tips are  too short to allow the use of a pocket type stringer.If you use the Push Pull method to string a longbow this is of no concern to you.Dave is considering  making the tips longer as I write this  and I will comment later on if he does change the tip length's on future models.
The limb edges could be radiused more to allow them to take some abuse from the bangs and bumps we subject a bow to. The rounder the edge the less likely we are to get edge chips if the bow is droped. Dave is  looking into this change for the new bows he will be building. I will update this statement also when I hear back from him.
I found Dave Neidigh to be a very easy bowyer to work with when doing the review. He accepted my criticism's with an open mind and genuine concern. He has a real interest in receiving feedback that will make these bows even better than they are now.
The Renegade  "Spirit II" is a bow that I recommend  considering when you order a new bow.
This link  CLICK HERE will take you to a section of RENEGADE ARCHERY'S website showing the steps involved in building a Renegade bow. I found it very informative with lots of interesting  photo's of the steps involved.
Note  :The following is copied from an email sent to me by David Neidigh.
" -I am incorporating the longer tips and will be raduising the limbs as you suggested.
- Delievery times run around 3-4 months - only build 8-10 bows a year.
- Many of the people that buy my bows do so because of the high cost of
     many of the other custom longbows
- The bow comes with a tips sheet to help in setup (BTW thanks for your input on it) "

Pete Ward
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