Now that you have made the investment in a hunting crossbow, you may want to think about ways to protect it, especially when you are transporting it to and from your hunting destination. Crossbows are oddly shaped and can sometimes be difficult to pack with other hunting gear, making them vulnerable to being scratched or damaged during travel. There are three basic types of crossbow cases on the market today: soft, backpack and hard. If you are in the market for a crossbow case, you should consider your travel needs to determine the case style that will work best for you.
Soft cases are made from a rugged exterior fabric with a softer fabric sewn inside to provide your crossbow with protection from surface scratches and dings. A thin layer of padding may also be placed between the outside and inside fabrics to provide additional protection. Since they are primarily made of cloth, these cases tend to be lightweight and provide cosmetic protection during short vehicle trips from your home to your hunting camp or archery pro shop. They are also ideal for off-season storage, as they provide a barrier for dust and moisture. TenPoint’s Universal Soft Case fits both forward- and reverse-draw crossbows with wide or narrow bow assemblies, and is great for short trips and off-season storage. Keep in mind, however, that soft cases lack a rigid interior skeleton, which means that they provide minimal protection against falling objects or if the crossbow and case themselves are dropped or fall.
Backpack cases are basically soft cases that have additional pockets for accessory storage, and are equipped with shoulder straps that enable the case to be carried like a backpack. This type of case is ideal for situations when you need to carry your hunting crossbow and accessories with you into the field. Instead of carrying a separate backpack with your accessories, this case allows you to carry the crossbow and accessories all together and leave the other backpack at home. TenPoint’s Blazer Soft Crossbow Case is a backpack-style case that is lightweight, rugged and has three large storage compartments, allowing you to transport your crossbow, quiver, arrows, rail lube and broadheads all in the same case.
Hard Shell Cases
Hard shell cases are made from rigid plastic or metal and provide the greatest level of protection for crossbows. These cases are designed to withstand impacts from heavy objects and even provide protection if the case and crossbow are dropped. Most hard cases can be locked to provide an extra measure of security. Hard crossbow cases are ideal for hunters who are looking for maximum travel protection, especially those who fly to their hunting destinations and must transport their crossbows as checked luggage. The EVO-X Hammerhead Hard Crossbow Case from TenPoint is a heavy-duty hard case that will accommodate forward- or reverse-draw crossbows with a large range of assembly widths and overall crossbow lengths.
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