Vas The Stampede
Zing Toys - Reviewing and taking a closer look at the Zing zCurve Huntress Bow, the Zombie Slayerz Bow, Air Storm Z-Tek Bow, Legends Longbow, Zoom (Zomp) Rocketz, and Sky Ripperz. Thank you to Zing for all the samples!
This is probably going to be a HUGE post, so how about some pictures?
|zCurve bow: Zombie Slayerz, Huntress, Air Storm, and the original green.|
|Zoom (zomp) rocket|
|Zartz of various types.|
|Zing Sky Ripperz|
Includes: zCurve Bow, 3 Zartz (the arrows; 2 long range and 1 suction cup type)
The Huntress and Zombie Slayerz are new skins for the old zCurve, and that's that. Still the same great bow, but but with a new look. Regrettably, no included arrow holder like they used to years ago.
Next, the zTek bow/Legends Longbow
The zTek bow is a bit smaller and doesn't feel as powerful as the zCurve, but the ammo holders and overall feel of its own merit work pretty well. I t doesn't feel like the bow has the same pull as the zCurve, but it is still pretty powerful and feels very sturdy and durable, what I've come to expect from Zing.
Price: Approximately $29.99 (estimate, prices were all over the place online)
Includes: zTek Bow, 3 Zartz (the arrows; 2 long range and 1 suction cup type, compatible with zCurve Bow and variants)
Interestingly, the zTek and Legends Longbow have the same feel. They also both have ammo holders in the same spots on either bow, the same enclosure for the rubber bands (the zCurve bands are exposed), and all fire the same ammo. The Legends Longbow seems to be a variant on the zTek bow. Either way, the ammo holders on the bow arms are nice to have.
Also, this part gets missed with the Zing bows I think - while you have the ability to pull back as far as you can (to hit upwards of 200+' with zCurve bows) some caution must be recognized in the operation of the zing bows. Recommended directions state to NOT pull the bow all the way back, even for target practice. But people will want to anyway, and shoot at each other/targets with full strength. Use caution and be responsible.
Next, there are the Zomp (Zoom) Rocketz - Zimple enough.
Price: Approx. 19.99
1 Launcher (some assembly required)
3 Zoom (Zomp) Rockets - I have versions that use either name, so that's why I'm using both.
Air bladder connected via hose to a tube where a rocket is slid on and then propelled via air when the bladder is stomped on. They say 200'+ is possible, but I had a hard time getting to even 170'. I would like to try having 30or 40 of them, and seeing what happens when everyone stomps at once. Being able to have different angles to aim the rocket is a neat little feature, and some kids would especially get a kick out of this, I think. Nerf game wise, this might make for a good objective with the right rules set.
And one of my favorites from the Zing line, the Sky Ripperz. Possibly upwards of 200' with these, and so simple yet so powerful. A handle with a rubber loop is all that's used in launching these, and hooking the rocket onto the tubing.
In the end, the Zing Toys may seem a bit pricey initially, but definitely well worth it for the quality construction and time you'll spend perfecting your technique and your aim (hopefully outdoors when possible!) Also, with the Hunger Games "Catching Fire" in theaters, wouldn't you want to tap into your inner Katniss? In Nerf games we count these as large ammo rounds to eliminate/break shields, so implementation is what you make of it. I personally am a big fan of Zing's products and whether I would use these on the field or not, target practice is always fun. In the end, the choice is yours but whatever color your bow, may the odds be ever in your favor.
FULL PICTURE GALLERY IS HERE: