An archer without an arrow quiver is like a knight without an armor!
No matter where you see archers; in the movies or on the archery range, they will all have some kind of quiver that holds their arrows for gaining quick access to them.
While they all have the same purpose, there are quite a few different types of quivers and I want to talk about the most common ones:
Side Or Hip Quiver
Like the name suggests, this kind of quiver is attached to the side/hip of the archer. Side and hip quivers are the same!
Often a belt can be pulled through loops of the quiver, to pin it to the side of the archer. Other hip quivers have a sort of hook that can be used to fasten it to the pants of the archer.
No matter which way they use, they all are great quivers, because it is so easy to pull out an arrow from them and load your bow.
A side quiver will never get in your way and you can put it on your right or left side. It doesn’t really matter with which hand you draw your bow, you can decide for yourself on which side it is more convenient for you to put the quiver.
Modern quivers often have tubes inside to keep your arrows sorted and easier to pull out.
One great side quiver is the Easton Flipside 4 Tube Hip Quiver.
It can be worn on the right and left side and has additional pockets where you can put in tools like a rangefinder, string wax, etc.
Back quivers are the most famous quivers, as we all know them from books and movies. They are great quivers and is just looks cool when you use one!
I personally prefer the side quivers, but this is just because I am used to them.
Back quivers can also be used for right and left handed archers, they just have to be slung over the correct shoulder to make access to your arrows as easy as possible.
The best back quiver I found is the G4Free Back Pot Quiver.
There are cheaper back quivers, but this quiver can store up to 24 arrows, has several pouches and is made of very durable micro fiber.
It can not be used as a side quiver!
Don’t use it with broadhead arrows as you can damage the material easily with them.
A bow quiver gets attached directly at the bow and is mostly used by compound bow archers.
Recurve bow archers use those quivers, too, but I personally have never seen a longbow archer using this kind of quiver.
(There are bow quivers for longbows, but they are just not used my many longbow archers.)
Bow quivers have the advantage, that your arrows are very near to your hands all the time. It is a very short way to your next arrow, if you need to shoot multiple arrows in a short period of time.
A disadvantage of the bow quiver is, that most of them only hold 4-6 arrows at a time. If you want to lose many arrows when practising, you have to go and pick them up again after only a few shots, or need another quiver as a reserve.
The TruGlo Carbon XS 5 Quiver can hold up to 5 arrows at a time and gets attached to your sight.
This means that it fits on almost every bow.
It is easy to use and very sturdy.
The perfect bow quiver for hunting and archery practice.
Many archers love the traditional aspect of archery and want to use traditional (looking) equipment.
You can find traditional back and side quivers of all sizes and prices.
They have the same functionality like the modern quivers, but give you completely different feeling when you use them.
One example is the OMP Mountain Man Quiver, which can be used as a back and as a side quiver!
Traditional quivers usually don’t have tubes in them so you need to be careful not to damage your quiver with your arrowheads.
I wouldn’t use broadheads while using a traditional quiver.
The Right Quiver For You
Like with most other things, you will be the one who has to make the final decision.
I offered you all the facts about the most common arrow quiver types, and now you have to choose the best quiver for yourself.
Some people even don’t use quivers, and hold them in their hand while shooting, or stick them into the ground when they don’t change position when shooting their bow.
This is also viable, but not the best practice in my opinion.
I will be happy to help you to make your decision!
Let me know in the comments if you have problems choosing a quiver, or if you have any question about them.
Looking forward to hearing from you!