If you’ve been around archery very long, you’ve probably heard of Spot Hogg Sights. In this Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL review we take a look at what makes the Fast Eddie XL a great sight, as well as the things we thought could be better after testing it out.
Spot Hogg is known for making some bulletproof sights with super bright pins, but probably most notable is the one- of-a-kind Spot Hogg MRT (multiple ring technology) sight housing. The MRT setup is dynamite when it comes to helping you get your sight housing centered in your peep in various lighting conditions.
Spot Hogg Sights MRT System
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL, along with most Spot Hogg sights, comes with their one-of-kind MRT technology. MRT stands for Multiple Ring Technology. It gives you three different sight housing rings to choose from to best suit your needs. Why three to choose from? Well, your pupil becomes larger in low light to let in more light, and smaller in bright conditions to let in less light. This affects how big the sight housing appears through your peep sight in those different conditions.
The MRT system gives you three reference points to counteract this. The yellow outer ring, green middle ring, and another yellow inner ring. When your pupil expands and contracts, the MRT system still allows you to center your sight housing by referencing whichever ring you can see in any give light condition. Pretty cool setup.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Yardage Wheel
While doing this Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL review I came to love how smooth the Spot Hogg sight dial was. A nice large wheel makes it super easy to adjust, and there isn’t too much or too little resistance. It was just perfect. I didn’t particularly care for the locking lever, though, as I found it to clank on the dial and it got in the way a little. You get the hang of it after a little use, but I felt like it could have been better placed.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Sight Tape Placement
I found the location of the sight tape on the Fast Eddie XL to work well, but it wasn’t as ideal to me vs. the placement on the Black Gold Sights. Being that the sight tape is located on the opposite side of the riser, it requires you to move your head or bow to see what yardage you are set to. The Black Gold sight tape can be seen easily at full draw and are located right in front of the sight housing for quick reference.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Yardage Indicator
The Spot Hogg Sight’s purple yardage indicator is easy to see and being purple, is easy to locate. I do wish it was a bit thinner, though, as I found it a little tough at times to be very precise in choosing a specific yardage. In all practical purposes, it’s really not a big deal, but there are times when I am trying to set my sight to an exact yardage and found it a bit difficult. In a hunting situation, plus or minus one yard isn’t a big deal, however, when shooting 3D or long range it could make a difference.
While I tested the single indicator setup for this Fast Eddie XL Review, Spot Hogg Sights also offers a dual indicator option on many of their sights. If you want two yardage points of reference at all times, this could be a great option. The indicators are not adjustable, so you could have something like a yardage of 40 and 53 respectively. We won’t dive into how the dual indicator system works here, but it could certainly be useful in those situations where you draw your bow and the animal moves before you get a shot opportunity. Having a second yardage reference point could make a big difference.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Build Quality
When pulling this sight out of the package for this Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL review, it is undeniable that it is built like a tank and will withstand serious abuse. It’s made of solid 6061 aluminum, the fiber optics are well protected, and the dovetail securely attaches to its base with either a quick detach nut or the traditional Allen head screw.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Quiver Attachment
I found that I wasn’t able to use the quick detach “Hogg Nob” when using my Tight Spot Quiver. I was a little bummed as I prefer using the Hogg Nob, but it wasn’t a big deal. The Hogg Knob got in the way of the dovetail attachment on the Tight Spot Quiver and unfortunately just didn’t work.
How to Set up the Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL
When I got my sight for this Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL review, I noticed that it requires some assembly. Unlike a lot of sights that come fully assembled, this one does not, but this gives you a lot of flexibility as well. The Housing comes fully assembled as well as the base/dovetail, but you have to attach the two. While this may seem odd, it’s important because this is also one of the adjustments that affects the windage for the sight.
Rather than try to explain it again, take a look at this video as I go through the process of how to set up the Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL, including getting the 2nd and 3rd axis all set up. It’s just easier to show you in this video than try to explain it.
The Fast Eddie XL features tool-less adjustments, which is super nice when at the range trying to get your sight dialed in. No need to bring any Allen wrenches to get the windage and elevation dialed in. To adjust the individual pins it does require an Allen wrench to adjust (more on those adjustments below).
Spot Hogg Sight Tape Setup
If you’ve never used a sight tape, or set up a sight tape on other sights, you may find the Spot Hogg sight tape setup process a bit different. I put together this video to walk you through the process step by step. Make sure you first go through the setup process above or you may find yourself doing the sight tape setup process again.
Spot Hogg fast Eddie XL Review: Pin Adjustments
Adjusting the individual pins on the Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Sight is quite different than most other sights I’ve played with. While most other sights require you to loosen a screw, move the pin up or down, then tighten back down the screw, the Fast Eddie XL (and most other Spot Hogg Sights) have a different process. To see how to adjust Spot Hogg pins, watch the video below.
The process takes a little getting use to if you are new to it, but it’s not complicated with a little practice. With that being said, I felt like the process was a bit overly complicated and made those small adjustments take longer than necessary. It’s certainly not a deal breaker for me, but something worth noting on the Spot Hogg Sights.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Weight consideration
While the Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL isn’t what I’d consider a heavy sight, it’s certainly not a lightweight one. It’s significantly lighter than the Tommy Hogg and Hogg Father Sights. Coming in at a beefy 17.2 ounces, it’s a bit heavier than something like the Black Gold Pro Sight, which comes in at 11.2 ounces, or the Black Gold Mountain Light which weighs in at just 8 ounces. I can say from using all of these sights that the extra 6-9 ounces is noticeable on your bow.
Spot hogg Sights Customization
Another thing that is awesome about these sights is the ability to customize them to your liking. As you can see by the pictures, I went with a pin setup of:
- Green (.19)
- Green (.19)
- Yellow (.19)
- Green (.10)
- Green (.10)
You might ask why I selected those colors and sizes. I’ve found the green and yellow pins to work best in all lighting conditions without giving me the halo affect in bright light, and those colors have done the best for me in low light as well. I LOVE the decreasing pin diameter as the .10 size pins make a difference at longer distances so you don’t completely cover the target you are aiming at with a larger pin. That is just my preference, though.
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: What I liked
- Bullet proof design
- MRT ring system
- Silky smooth yardage wheel
- Nice bright pins
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: What I didn’t Like
- Cumbersome pin adjustments
- A little on the heavy side
- Couldn’t use the Hogg Knob with my Tight Spot Quiver
- Sight tape location
- Yardage pin indicator a bit large
Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Review: Awesome Warranty
One thing you can be sure of when buying a Spot Hogg Sight is that your purchase is covered by a great lifetime warranty. While I’ve personally never had to use their warranty, I’ve heard great things about it. I’d love to hear your experiences with the Spot Hogg Warranty in the comments below.
Fast Eddie XL Review: The Value
Yes, Spot Hogg Sights are on the expensive side, but not as expensive as others out there. You get a tank of a sight that is built extremely well and will last a long, long time. Backed by a lifetime warranty, you know you’ll get your use out of this sight.
See How the Fast Eddie Stacks up Against Black Gold Pro
My ratings from the Fast Eddie XL Review
Fast Eddie XL Review Conclusion
It was a privilege to have the chance to test and put together this Fast Eddie XL review. In doing so, I found a lot that I love about this sight, and a few things I didn’t. These sights are built extremely well, give you awesome bright pins, tons of micro-adjustability, and are backed by a lifetime warranty. While some of the adjustments were a little cumbersome, you get the hang of it with a little practice.
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