But here's the problem: There is very little obvious consistency in terms of which specific bow characteristics produce those results. About the only general rule I'd stand by is that heavier bows tend to do a little better than very light ones. But I've seen exceptions to this. As for the rest of the conventional wisdom about what affects forgiveness—brace height, speed, different cam system, cable guards, etc.—none of it has been borne out clearly in our tests or in my experience. I can't tell you how many bows I've shot—several in the low- to mid-price range—that "shouldn't" have been forgiving but nonetheless shot really well even when I wasn't at my best.