WHAT IS A STABILIZER? A stabilizer is a simple screw-in device that attaches to the bow’s riser (handle) just below the grip. The function of the stabilizer is to provide counterbalance to the bow (so the bow doesn’t tip forward or back when held at arm’s length) and to absorb noise and vibration. The issue of counterbalance is a simple matter of weight and length. The longer and heavier a stabilizer is, the more counterbalance it provides. Across the entire market, stabilizers can range from just a couple inches to over three feet long – and they can be made of anything from plastic tubing to stainless steel. But for mainstream bowhunters, the typical stabilizer is 4-8″ long and weighs 4-12oz. Bowhunters don’t usually like extra-long weighted stabilizers (mostly because it makes them look like a “target shooter” and because long stabilizers have to be removed every time you put the bow in its case). So the 4-8″ models endure in the bowhunting market.