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Bow Review-Mathews eZ7

by Steve Flores 1. May 2011 09:06
Steve Flores

While a good deal of attention is being placed on the flagship Z7 Extreme, and rightfully so, it would be a mistake to overlook the other bows in the Mathews stable, more specifically, the new eZ7.  Without question, this is the smoothest bow I have ever had the pleasure to shoot.  Not only that, it is also deadly accurate.

 The eZ7 cam may look similar to systems of the past, but when combined with today’s technology, it becomes an essential part of an entirely new killing machine.

At the heart of the eZ7’s buttery smooth draw cycle is the cam system. This system is similar to that used on the DXT series of bows from years passed. Anyone who ever shot those bows can attest to how pleasant they were to pull back. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this is simply the “rehashing” of old technology. When you combine this cam system with the new Gridlock Riser, a slightly longer ATA than the original Z7, and the Reverse Assist Roller Guard, what you get is an amazingly quiet, super smooth bow that spits out arrows fast enough to kill anything that walks the planet. 

 Perfect balance best describes the Mathews little “e”.

And, while speed is a good thing, it doesn’t come free. Most often you must sacrifice drawing comfort and brace height. The trick when choosing a new bow is to find one that balances speed and accuracy. The Mathews eZ7 is a perfect example of discovering this balance point. With a 7” brace height and an IBO seed rating of 321, one could justifiably ask “what more could you want in a hunting bow?”

 Tight shooting situations prove no problem thanks to the effortless drawing motion of the eZ7.

Out of the box the eZ7 proved to be exactly what I expected. With very little time behind the string I opted to take it with me on a recent hunt in Kansas for wild turkey. Reaching full draw without being detected was easy because there was no need for excessive movement just to get the string back. This bow can be drawn without the common “point to the sky” movement I see from a lot of guys shooting aggressive speed bows. And, at my 70lb draw weight, which feels more like 60, it packed plenty of punch for long beards (or anything else standing downrange).

My new Gold Tip Pros held up exceptionally well to this 40-yard nock busting hit.

As I mentioned, the eZ7 is accurate. This point really hit home when I recently found myself busting nocks while sighting in a forty yard pin on a new sight I was testing. Results like that, this early into my pre-season warm up, really builds confidence.

 

 With plenty of options to choose from, you can customize your next Mathews with special colors schemes and weight options to suit your own style of shooting or hunting.

The addition of a second “Harmonic Stabilizer” adds weight to my rig which I like very much. While a good deal of bowhunters opt for a lightweight rig, I think heavier bows hold steadier at full draw and fight bow torque much better than featherweight setups but…..to each his own. 

Test drive this bow before making a final decision no matter what brand you may be considering.

Without a doubt, there are some amazing products coming out of Sparta, WI. But, take my advice and give each one a fair chance. If you do, I think you might just find a surprise or two…..I know I did. For me, the Mathews eZ7 is the ideal blend of speed, accuracy, and quiet shooting personified.

 

 

 

Dominant Bucks TV - Behind the Scenes

by Brenda Potts 19. March 2011 12:08
Brenda Potts

After winning the Golden Moose Award from Outdoor Channel during the most recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas for Most Educational/Informative TV show, the crew from Mathew's Dominant Bucks with Stan Potts are more inspired than ever. Producer, Tom Miranda met with his team of Solo Cam Pros and cameramen on the night before studio shoots began this past week to let them know he expects to raise the bar yet again when the show begins airing later this summer.

 
The crew worked to set up a great studio back drop to film the interviews and spines that would frame the story of each episode.  During this portion of the filming each Solo Cam Pro answered several pages of questions detailing their techniques and philosophies on hunting dominant bucks.

The Solo Cam Pros are a collection of top hunters from around the country with many combined years of experience hunting mature whitetails. They each bring a unique perspective to the common goal; and share their advice and opinions on how you can become better at outsmarting big bucks with bow in hand.


When not in the studio "hot seat" it was time to head outdoors to film hundreds of in-field tips that will be used to support the theme of every episode. Topics covered use of scents and lures, scent control, optics, trail cameras, rattling, calling, rub lines, decoying and much more.

During the process of photographing the work in progress I noticed how awesome the Mathews Lost Camo looks in every set up.  Just check out the pictures. And for more information on how you can become a Solo Cam Pro on Mathews Dominant Bucks TV visit their website.




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