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The 2009 BOWTECH Lineup

by John Mueller 12. January 2009 15:18
John Mueller

The 2009 BOWTECH Lineup

            One of the reasons I really wanted to attend this years ATA Show was to see the new Bowtech Lineup. I was recently accepted to their Hunting Pro Staff, so I wanted to get a look at their new bows and accessories. I also wanted to meet a few of the guys I had talked to on the phone when applying for the position. I don’t think I am being biased by saying Bowtech had the largest booth at the show and the most people staffing it too. It was quite the display of archery equipment.


The Bowtech shooting range.


Bows on display in the booth.


The staff writing contracts.


            The new bows are always the highlight of the ATA Show and Bowtech has 7 new models debuting for 2009. There are 3 new Center Pivot models that include the 31 1/16” ata Admiral, the 34” ata Captain and the 36 ¾” Sentinel. There are also 4 new traditional riser models including the 40” ata Brigadier, the 34”ata S.W.A.T., the 34 1/16” Sniper and the just released Air Raid. The Air Raid is so new it is not up on the website or in their catalog yet. Its specs. are 32 ¾” ata, 7” brace height, IBO 328-336, 26”-30” draw length, and 65,75 or 85 lb. draw weight. The following chart shows the specs. for the rest of the lineup.


            These bows come in a variety of camo options as well as competition colors including Firestorm Green, Purple and Red along with the Testarossa option, Black with Red Accents.


I shot a few of the bows while I was there and you cannot make a bad choice. There is something for everyone. You just have to find the bow with the features that you are looking for and one that fits your shooting style. The Admiral was a great shooter with absolutely no hand shock or jump, just a small thump at the shot. The Captain was just as smooth as the Admiral and the one that was waiting on my porch when I got home from the show. That was a nice surprise to come home to. Then I shot the new Air Raid and it has the feel of a slick shooting speed bow, maybe just a tad louder than the 2 center pivot bows but not by much. I then asked Bowtech’s pro shooter Matt Bressler to shoot a couple bows for me so I could get a couple of pics of them in action. He was more than happy to give me the demonstration and even cleared out the shooting range for me.



Bowtech Pro shooter Matt Bressler showing off the Sentinel.


Matt shooting the brand new Air Raid with its unique yoke system.


Bowtech also has an extensive line of casual clothing and logo caps. This is some very well designed and stylish clothes. Too bad Christmas is over I could have made a long wish list.

Bowtech clothing for every member of the family.




A Bowtech cap for every occasion.


            While I was at the booth I ran into a couple of our own Matt/PA and Greg/MO, both of whom are on Bowtech's Corporate Advisory Staff, and both hard at work.


Greg/MO giving the evil eye to the competition.


Matt/PA listening to input for a customer. 

Categories: Pro Staff

Shot The New Diamond Iceman Tonight

by John Mueller 9. December 2008 13:36
John Mueller

I went to my local archery shop (Tim-Buck-Outdoors, tonight and he had just gotten in the new Diamond Iceman bow today. I asked if I could shoot it along with the new Bowtech Admiral and the Captain. He said it was no problem and they already had rests on them.  Nothing else but a rest, but that's all I needed to shoot them!

First off, let me say the Iceman is one sharp looking little package. He had it setup at 65# with a 29” draw. A little short for me but I had to shoot it anyways. He gave me a few arrows and off to the range I went.

The draw on this bow is silky smooth with no hard spots the entire length of the draw. I drew it several times before attempting a shot. What I found was just a very gradual buildup of resistance and a slight fall into the valley. The Iceman is rock solid at full draw with no wanting to creep. I touched of the release and a slight thump was barely heard and the arrow smacked home in the backstop.  This bow is very, very quiet. This will be a great hunting bow for sure considering the effortless draw and quiet shot.  Now to be honest, I did feel a little vibration with the shot. Nothing major, just a slight tingling in my bow hand. Of course a few accessories would take care of that for sure, remember this bow only had a rest on it.  I’ll bet if I would have put a stabilizer on it I wouldn’t have felt anything. With this bow being the only single cam center pivot bow out there, I can see it being a big seller for Diamond. It will cater to whole new crowd that have to have a single cam bow.

While there I also shot the Admiral and the Captain from BowTech. I am not a big fan of the super short bows. Being 6’ 3” tall I like a little length to my bows. But the little 31” Admiral stole the show shooting against the longer Captain. However, the Admiral was set at 60# and the Captain was at 67# so there was a difference there. The Admiral was smoother on the draw and quieter at the shot, whitle the Captain seemed to have a big hump in the draw right at the end. But after talking to Jeff after shooting the bows, he said a lot of that can be adjusted out by playing with the draw stop setting and the let off. These new bows can be customized to each individual shooter in a variety of ways. You can get a lot of different feels from the same bow, depending on how you like your draw or let off to feel.

Both of these bows were super quiet, just a slight thump and a loud whack of the arrow hitting the backstop. The new string suppressor system is a big improvement over last year’s model and with the carbon fiber rod that is a lot lighter too. I can’t wait to get one of these bows and set her up with a sight and all of the goodies and see just what they will do on the targets!

Once we have a chance to shoot them a little more at the ATA show next month, we will get some additional information posted on these great new bows from Diamond and Bowtech, along with the rest of the 2009 bows as well.

Categories: Pro Staff

BowTech Introduces 2nd Generation Center Pivot Technology on Three Models

by Staff 1. December 2008 03:12 StaffEugene, OR (December 1, 2008)-In the archery business you can't think just about raising the bar, you must reshape it entirely. BowTech's latest Center Pivot Riser Technology, featured on three new bows, the Admiral, Captain and Sentinel, in addition to a cache of other features, elevates these bows above the rest of the troops.     
The technology begins with a single-piece riser of forged aluminum and which is then machined into shape. Eye-catching cutouts and beveled edges remove excess material while maintaining strength and integrity. The riser then meets the split limbs near the center point in a zero-tolerance assembly process, guaranteeing no-slop precision. You get more strength, virtually no horizontal torque or vibration and, with the deflexed design, consistent accuracy shot after shot. Each bow features BowTech's proprietary CenterTrac Binary Cam System, Single Rotating Mod and original Carbon Rod String Stop.                    
"For the archer who wants a bow with the latest technology and optimal performance, these newly redesigned Center Pivot bows deliver," says Jerid Strasheim, national sales manager.
With a ton of technology efficiently packed into a tight 31" frame and IBO speeds of 312 to 320 fps, the Admiral is ideal for thight tree-stand or popular ground blind shooting situations. It has a forgiving brace height of 7 1/2" and fits a variety of shooters with peak draw weights offered at 40, 50, 60 and 70 ounds and a draw lenght range of 24 to 30".
The Captain perfectly combines performance, silence and speed. The 34" axle to axle paired with a 7" brace height sends arrows flying at IBO speeds of 315 to 323 fps. The bow is offered with peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds and a draw length range of 24 to 30". With every Captain purchased, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. T.A.P.S. is a Veteran Service Organization that aids and comforts hundreds of American families who have tragically lost their loved ones in the armed forces. For more information, visit            
The forgiveness of a longer axle-to-axle length (36 ¾") makes the Sentinel an ideal hunting and/or 3D target bow, which is suitable for release and finger shooters alike. Available in peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60 and 70 pounds, with a 7" brace height and adjustable draw length range of 24 ½ to 30 ½", the Sentinel is boasting IBO speeds of 317 to 325 fps.
All bows are available in a variety of camo patterns featuring Realtree Hardwoods Green HD® (standard), Hardwoods Grey HD®, AP HD®, APG HD®, Advantage Max-4 HD®, Mossy Oak Brush®, Camowest® Vanish Hybrid, Next® FLX™ Digital and Gore Optifade™ Concealment Technology and finished with InVelvet.
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