New Bows for 2014

By: Bow Staff
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12/26/2013
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In the market for a new bow? Here are some good ones to consider in the coming year. I am beginning to see a trend in modern compounds; ones of shootability over raw speed. Sure, every company still has its hotrod model, the 350 fps-plus platforms offering the most impressive IBO numbers in the industry. But many more models seem to have been designed for accuracy and forgiveness, and sacrificing just a bit of speed in the process. Heck, even speed king BowTech toned the 2012-year-model Insanity down a tad to create the 2013 Experience, giving up a little speed for a bow that is much more pleasant to shoot. Silence also seems to drive the market today, most new models holding silencing technologies that make these fast bows quieter than we could have only imagined a decade ago. With those trends in mind, here are some of 2014’s most intriguing new bow models:


Mathews

2014 Mathews Creed XS

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 28"
Brace Height - 7 ½"
Weight - 3.8 lbs
Draw Weights - 50 - 70 lbs
Draw Length - 26.5" to 29.5"
Speed - Up to 321 fps
2014 Mathews Creed bow

Mathews needs no introductions, being the sport’s top bow brand many years running. The new 2014 Creed XS (MSRP $950) features a compact profile with the forgiveness and accuracy serious bowhunters demand. The Creed XS is powered by SimPlex Single Cam technology, giving the bow a silky-smooth draw cycle and tack-driving accuracy through solid back wall and unsurpassed consistency. Important specs include forgiving 7 ½-inch brace height, 3.8-pound mass, 28-inch axle-to-axle length and 321 fps IBO rating.

The Creed XS is offered in 50, 60 or 70 pound peak weights and draw lengths from 26.5 through 29.5, in half-inch increments. GeoGridLock Riser gives the bow its handsome lines, a virtual honeycomb look that makes the bow lightweight but rigid, and holding Harmonic Dampers beneath each limb pocket. Preloaded limbs include parallel geometry for quieter shots and less felt recoil on release, and the Reverse Assist Roller Guard eliminating torque at full draw while also helping create a quieter shot. The CenterLine walnut grip promotes repeatable hand placement shot after shot. The Creed XS is in Lost Camo and black finishes.


Mathews

2014 Mathews McPherson Series Chill R

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 33"
Brace Height - 6 1/8"
Weight - 3.95 lbs
Draw Weights - 50 - 70 lbs
Draw Length - 23" to 30"
Speed - Up to 342 fps
2014 Mathews Chill R Bow

In the dual cam arena Mathews has expanded on the popular Chill platform, released in 2013, with the new Chill R.  With a longer axle to axle length and shorter brace height the Chill R offers some added stability for those who prefer a longer bow while also picking up more than 10 fps for those who are addicted to speed.  The Chill R features the same silky smooth DYAD AVS cam system as the original Chill and is available in several new color options including the new Blue Ice and Desert Tactical.  Be sure to visit your local Mathews Retailer to shoot one for yourself.


BowTech Archery Bows

BowTech Carbon Overdrive

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 31.5"
Brace Height - 6.5"
Weight - 3.3 lbs
Draw Weights - 50-70 lbs
Draw Length - 25" to 30"
Speed - 342
2014 Mathews Creed bow

Bringing two great Bowtech technologies together into one package is how the Carbon Overdrive was born. Using the minimal weight of the Carbon Knight riser and the outstanding tenability of the OverDrive Binary cam system, along with industry-leading FLX-Guard, the Overdrive is one sweet shooting bow. It is also very fast and can really throw arrows downrange with authority. Additional features include Bio-Shock Extreme Dampening System, hand-made, machine grade Octane Factory Strings and Rotating Modules that allow for nearly 6 inches of draw length adjustment. An Infinite Draw Stop feature is also available for customizing the bow’s draw length to your exact preference. Color options include Black, Mossy Oak Infinity and Realtree AP.


BowTech Archery Bows

BowTech RPM 360

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 31"
Brace Height - 6"
Weight - 4.4 lbs
Draw Weights - 50, 60, 70 lbs
Draw Length - 24" to 30"
Speed - Up to 360 fps
2014 Mission Ballistic Bow

Bowtech opens up 2014 with the fastest bow it has ever produced; the aptly named RPM 360. Spitting arrows down range at an amazing 360 fps, the RPM is sure to satisfy the fast bow crowd. Incorporating standard Bowtech technologies like the Center Pivot Extreme and OverDrive Binary Cam, the RPM 360 also comes with the new Bridge Lock pocket for precision and accuracy, and trapezoidal I-beam riser for strength. The result is a speed bow that provides the balance, feel, and extreme tunability that demanding bowhunters and archers demand. Additional features include; Carbon Core limbs, FLX Guard cable guard, N-Fusion technology, Bio Shock system, Octane Factory strings and rotating modules. Color options are Mossy Oak Infinity, Realtree AP and Black.


BowTech Archery Bows

BowTech Carbon Knight

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 31"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 3.2 lbs
Draw Weights - 50, 60, 70 lbs
Draw Length - 26.5" to 30.5"
Speed - Up to 335 fps
2014 Mission Ballistic Bow

BowTech made its mark with pure, raw speed. For 2014 the big news at BowTech is the lightest premium bow ever produced. The new BowTech Carbon Knight (MSRP $699) weighs just 3.2 pounds, due entirely to its high-tech carbon-material construction. BowTech discovered the perfect carbon-composite balance to produce maximum strength with minimal weight in their Knight Riser.

The Carbon Knight includes the company’s 80-percent let-off Binary Cam System for a smooth and comfortable draw and arrow speeds of up to 335 fps IBO via a 7-inch brace height and 31-inch axle-to-axle dimensions. The Binary Cam includes two symmetrical cams slaved to one another to offer precise nock travel and superior accuracy. The Binary Cam System fueling the Carbon Knight can also be adjusted from 26.5 through 30.5 inches via its rotating module, and ordered in peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds. The bow comes with string stop and buss-cable silencers. The bow is offered with Mossy Oak Infinity camouflage finish.


Elite Archery 2014 New Bows

Elite Archery Energy

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 31 3/4", 35 3/4"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 4.3, 4.5 lbs
Draw Weights - 70 lbs
Speed - 335 fps
2014 Elite Hunter Bow

Elite Archery, a relative newcomer to the bowhunting scene has made its name by concentrating on pure shootability rather than raw speed. The 2014 Energy 32 and 35 (31 ¾/35 3/4-inch, 4.3/4.5-pound, 7-inch-braced, respectively) both shoot around 335 fps IBO (70 pounds, 30 inches, 350-grain arrow). They include Elite’s new Riser Cage riser construction adding a 30 percent increase in strength and 19 percent increase in rigidity without additional weight. This includes unique, hollow-milled construction on the “upper elbow” above the sight picture that also adds to superior balance. Both also include more parallel limbs to make them more vibration and recoil free. The bows are powered by hybrid EN Cam Systems that are super-smooth drawing.

Overall, both Energy models offer an extremely pleasant shooting experience—the shorter model likely ideal for short-draw archers, and the longer model for those with longer draw lengths. Energy 32 models are offered in black, Realtree Xtra, Max-1 and APS (snow camo), the 35 in additional target finishes, both coming out of the box factory-equipped with Winner’s Choice Strings and Cables and Limbsaver limb, string, and string-stop silencers. MSRP on both is about $875.


Elite Archery 2014 New Bows

Elite Archery Spirit

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 31 7/8" +/- .125"
Brace Height - 7" +/- .125"
Weight - 3.9 lbs
Draw Weights - 30-60 lbs
Speed - up to 307 fps
2014 Elite Hunter Bow

Looking to satisfy the ever-growing number of lady bowhunters, Elite introduces the 2014 Spirit. The focus on females is evident in the petite grip and riser design. Top features include parallel limb design to squelch noise and vibration, highly efficient Spirit Cam which produces very fast arrow speeds and Elite’s new Riser Cage structure located above the grip for maximum torque reducing strength and stiffness. The Spirit is also very forgiving and can accommodate a variety of draw lengths and draw weights. Elite made sure to add a ladies touch to the bow by offering it with custom pink/purple Winner’s Choice string and cable. The bow finish is available in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Realtree AP Snow and Ninja Black


PSE New Bows for 2014

PSE Archery DNA SP

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 31"
Brace Height - 6"
Draw Weights - 50, 60, 65, 70 lbs
Draw Length - 24.5" to 30"
Speed - Up to 345 fps
PSE DNA SP Bow

Pete Shepley’s Tucson-based bow company has been delivering the goods since 1971, the 2014 DNA SP (MSRP $900) yet another example of that company’s expertise in producing fast yet forgiving compound bows. The original DNA was all about speed, but PSE listened when customers asked for a little softer draw. SP stands for Smooth Pull, but this DNA still retains the lightweight and speedy nature of former models.

The machined-aluminum riser provides a wide base for the past-parallel limbs and a slim, comfortable grip helping to eliminate shot torque. The DNA SP is offered in draw lengths from 24.5 to 30 inches and peak draw weights of 50, 65, 60 and 70 pounds. The bow arrives factory equipped with limb and string silencers and string stop, standard finishes including Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, and Skullworks or black.


PSE New Bows for 2014

PSE Full Throttle

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 33.25"
Brace Height - 5 1/4"
Weight - 4.1 lbs
Draw Weight - 50 to 70 lbs
Draw Length - 26.5" to 30"
Speed - 370 fps
PSE DNA SP Bow

It isn’t called the Full Throttle for nothing. In fact, this is arguable the fastest bow on the planet. However, PSE engineers didn’t just set out to make a fast bow, they also wanted to make a fast shootable bow. And, according to them, the Full Throttle is just that bow. Thrusting arrows at an amazing 370 fps, 1 pin setups at extended ranges are actually possible with this bow. When it comes to a bow this fast, it really needs to be shot in order to get a “real world” feel for it. Obviously this bow won’t be for everyone; especially novice shooters. Still, PSE has made a real barn-burner and if speed is your thing----this just might be your bow. Color options include Mossy Oak Infinity, Solid Black and Skullworks camo.


Bear Archery 2014 Bows

Bear Archery Agenda 6

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 32"
Brace Height - 6"
Weight - 3.9 lbs
Draw Weights - 50, 60, 70 lbs
Draw Lengths - 25.5" to 30"
Speed - Up to 350 fps
2014 Bear Agenda 6

Bear Archery Products has experienced a rebirth under Escalade Sports management, giving established compound powerhouses a run for their money. The 2014 Bear Agenda 6 (MSRP $900) is fast—like 350 fps fast. It accomplishes this via a 6-inch brace height and a new 75-percent let-off H13 hybrid cam system, each with dual stainless steel sealed bearings for high efficiency. The system also has remarkably smooth drawing for a cam this fast, and includes a rotating module to accommodate draw lengths from 25.5 to 30 inches in ½-inch increments.

Accuracy and shootability are accentuated through advanced, milled-aluminum riser technology that evenly distributes limb loads (and contributes to its feathery 3.9 pounds), Hinge Guard cable-guard system that reduces lateral loads and torque and Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets. Silencing technologies like rubber riser inserts, Max-Preload Quad Limbs and new Bi-Dimensionally Adjustable Offset top and bottom string suppressors make the 32-inch Agenda 6 remarkably quiet for a bow this fast. The Bear Archery Agenda 6 includes Bear Contra-Band HP strings and cables, and comes with Realtree APG finish.


Bear Archery 2014 Bows

Bear Archery Venue

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 32.25"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 4 lbs
Draw Weights - 50 to 70 lbs
Draw Lengths - 24" to 31"
Speed - 330 fps
Bear Archery Venue

Bear archery needs no introduction and the company has been working hard to reestablish itself as a leading bow manufacturer. With a slew of new bow options in 2014, Bear is looking to once again become the household name it once was. The new Bear Venue is a step in the right direction. The company calls this bow possibly the best all-around hunting bow you can put your hands on; thanks largely to the S13 single-cam system that provides a smooth, easy, steady draw and a forgiving brace height that delivers a very forgiving shooting experience. Throw in high-efficiency riser technology and Max- Preload Quad limbs and what you get is effortless performance. The bow is also said to be light weight, super quiet, shock and vibration-free, remarkably fast. However, the only way to really know is to shoot one yourself. Color options include Red, Green, Black, Realtree APG and Realtree AP Snow.


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Hoyt 2014 Faktor

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 30", 33", 34"
Brace Height - 6.75", 6", 6.75"
Weight - 3.9, 4, 4 lbs
Speed - Up to 340 fps
2014 Hoyt Faktor

Utah-based Hoyt can always be counted on to bring us something exciting and 2014 is no exception. The 2014 Faktor (MSRP $999) is made to hunt, decked out with an aircraft-grade aluminum riser, new Z5 Cam & ½ system and multiple vibration-squelching/silencing additions. The new Z5 hybrid cam system offers the next level of speed and comfortable drawing characteristics from Hoyt.

Noteworthy silencing technologies include mid-point, cantilevered-position Shock Rods beneath both limb pockets that soak up vibrations and shot noise (custom colors offered), AirShox Limb Suppression that quiet limbs without being attached to them where they can rob a bow of speed, bearing-equipped Roller Cable Guard, ShoxStop string suppressor and integrated rubber arrow-shelf-silencing pad. The Faktor is offered in 30- (6 ¾-inch brace height, 3.9 pounds), 34- (6 ¾-inch brace, 4 pounds) and 33-inch (6-inch brace, 4 pounds) versions, offering 332, 330 and 340 fps IBO speeds, respectively. Faktor riser provides a stable “bridged-handle” design that distributes weight more evenly for better in-hand balance, holding tight-spec aluminum limb pockets and past-parallel, multi-layered limbs. Standard colors include Realtree Xtra, Max-1, black, and other custom colors available.



Prime by G5

2014 Prime Alloy

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 33.25"
Brace Height - 6.75"
Weight - 4.2 lbs(out of the box)
Draw Length: 26”-30”
Draw Weights: 50-70 lbs
Speed - 335 fps
2014 Prime Alloy

Accuracy is a very important aspect when it comes to Prime bow design. So much so, accuracy is in their slogan. However, balance is also very important. So when it came to the 2014 flagship bow the engineers came up with the all new Alloy. The new Alloy is a great combination strength, weight, forgiveness, and versatility. By blending the company’s innovative parallel cam system with the patented flexing roller guard and a ridged riser, the Alloy gives bowhunters the edge they are looking for. And, it does it all in a lightweight, attractive package.


strother

Strother Archery Vital

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 32"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 4 lbs
Draw Length: 26”-30”
Draw Weight: 50-80 lbs
Speed - 335 fps

Some bows have IT and some don’t. Whatever IT is----the Strother Vital has it. The company has taken the aesthetically appealing riser of last year and made it even more high tech. Also, the Vital comes with a more preloaded zero tolerance limb-pocket along with a BcamIII. Together they add up to a smooth draw and down range power.


Quest Drive

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 33.25"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 4.3 lbs
Draw Length: 26”-31”
Draw Weight: 50-70 lbs
Speed - 330 fps
quest drive

The all new, 2014 Drive is a balanced bow that was engineered with forgiveness, smoothness, and accuracy in mind. Thanks in part to the new Flux Cam, the draw on the Drive is said to be extremely smooth and because of the newly-designed riser, the bow is also stable when held at full draw. It is perhaps one of the most forgiving and accurate bows that Quest has designed to date.


Xpedition

Xpedition Archery Xcentric

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 32.25"
Brace Height - 6"
Weight - 3.9 lbs
Draw Length: 27.5"-29.5"
Draw Weight: 40-70 lbs
Speed - UP TO 352 fps
xpedition xcentric

If you’re looking for a smooth drawing speed bow, the Xcentric delivers arrows at a blistering 352 fps without the harsh draw cycle of some of the other bows on the market. The Xcentric is powered by the all new XS cam system that is said to be smooth to draw. The bow comes in module specific draw lengths and is fairly light. Another feature bowhunters will find interesting is the newly redesigned patent pending ATR cable guard that raises efficiency and reduces torque by eliminating any moving components. The company also offers a version of this bow for short draw archers; the Xcentric SD.


mission

Mission Blaze

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 33"
Brace Height - 6 1/8"
Weight - 4.18 lbs
Draw Length: 26"-30"
Draw Weight: 50-70 lbs
Speed - 340 fps
mission blaze

Everyone in bowhunting circles is probably familiar with this company. If not, Mission is a division of Mathews Inc. and they make outstanding bows at an affordable price. The 2014 Blaze continues that tradition by offering “blazing” arrow speeds and a super smooth draw….all for less than $600. The Blaze gets its performance from the perimeter-weighted AVS cam-system which produces an IBO speed rating of up to 340 fps in conjunction with a comfortable draw cycle and 80 percent let-off. This bow is also highly adjustable with a draw range of 26-30 inches and a draw weight range of 50-70 pounds with standard cams and limbs. It comes standard with noise and vibration dampening accessories that include Harmonic Stabilizer, Sting Grubbs, and a String Stop.


Win&Win Archery Eclipse

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 31"
Brace Height - 6.5"
Weight - 3.8 lbs
Draw Length: 26"-30"
Draw Weight: 40-70 lbs
Speed - 320 fps
win-eclipse

This new company releases a feature-packed bow called the Eclipse for 2014. It comes with the companies pure carbon riser split limbs that can be combined with your choice of either a hybrid or new binary cam system. The Eclipse also has a self-adjusting draw and weight design that allows shooters to achieve a perfect fit for them without the need to visit a bow shop or find a bow press. Shooters will also find that they can adjust the valley within the draw cycle of the Eclipse for even more individual tuning.


APA Innovations Mamba M5

Specifications

Axle to Axle - 32.25"
Brace Height - 5"
Weight - N/A
Draw Length: 23-28”
Draw Weight: 50-70 lbs
Speed - 348 @ 28" fps
apa mamba m5

This company has been around for a while and so they know a thing or two about what their customers want. This year, APA developed a bow specifically for they short draw archers crowd who also want a bow with the highest level of performance possible. The Mamba 5 features APA’s built in carrying handle, Fang Riser for easy bow hanging, a cam-lock system foe in the field bow repairs and a neat riser-integrated tool center; complete with a broadhead wrench, nock adjustment tool and carbide sharpener.


pse

PSE Fever

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 33"
Brace Height - 6 3/8"
Weight - 3.6 lbs
Draw Weights - 50 to 70 lbs
Draw Length - 11.5" to 29"
Speed - 304 @ 29” fps
pse fever

If you’re going to introduce a youth bow then you better do it right. That means making the bow fun to shoot and highly adjustable. The new PSE Fever is both of those characteristics. The bow is lightweight, forgiving, highly adjustable and hard hitting. In fact, this bow is said to be the choice of Taylor Drury, daughter of famous hunter Mark Drury, for 2014.


hoyt

Hoyt Carbon Spyder 30

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 30"
Brace Height - 6.75"
Weight - 3.6 lbs
Draw Weights - 30 to 80 lbs
Draw Length - 24" to 30"
Speed - 332 fps
hoyt carbon spyder

Known for revolutionizing the carbon bow craze with its groundbreaking Carbon Matrix and Element bows, Hoyt forges ahead with the introduction of the 2014 Carbon Spider lineup. The Spyder is available in 30, 33 and 34-inch Turbo versions. All three bows come equipped with Hoyt’s vibration stopping Helical Flex-Tune Carbon riser that provides strength and stiffness in conjunction with light weight. The flagship bow in the lineup is the Spyder 30. It is also the shortest bow Hoyt has ever developed. Additional features include the AirShox limb dampening system, Shock Rod dampeners integrated into the riser and the In-Line Roller Guard cable-containment system. The complete package can be found in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Black Out and various custom options.


Diamond Carbon Cure

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 32"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 3.3 lbs
Draw Weights - 50 to 70 lbs
Draw Length - 27" to 30.5"
Speed - 325 fps
diamond carbon cure

This is the lightest single-cam bow that Diamond has ever produced. However, lightweight doesn’t mean this bow is light on features. Powered by a silky-smooth single cam and Diamond’s R.A.K system, this bow is field ready and deadly. The Cure is also highly adjustable thanks to Diamond’s rotating module system and carries 80% let off for times when you may have to hold at full draw for an extended period of time. And because the bow’s riser is made of carbon it is also very lightweight. Additional features include Bio-Shock Extreme Dampening System and hand-made, machine grade Octane Factory Strings.


Parker Lightning

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 30"
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 3.45 lbs
Draw Weights - 29 to 60 lbs
Draw Length - 19" to 29"
Speed - 310 fps
parker lightning bow

Another great option for the lady or youth bowhunter, heck, anyone in your life, is the all-new Parker Lightning. This bow, like others in similar categories, is feature-packed and can grow with younger shooters or be right at home with the female shooter. The Lightning gets its power from the Eagle single cam system and is very forgiving. It is also light weight, short and comes with 70% let off. It is available in a Vista camo, Spider Web Black and Pink color options. It can also be purchased in an “Outfitter” package which includes a sight, peep, full capture rest and a quiver.


Quest Radical

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 29.25"
Brace Height - 7 1/8"
Weight - 3.25 lbs
Draw Weights - 29 to 60 lbs
Draw Length - 17.5" to 30"
Speed - 295 fps
quest radical bow

With versatility being the theme of the Radical by Quest, you will be hard pressed to find a bow with more flexibility than this one. Not only is this bow great for adults, but it is also a great option for younger shooters who tend to “outgrow” bows with less adaptability. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this bow isn’t feature-packed….it is. And, it is also very forgiving.


Martin Alien

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 32”
Brace Height - 7"
Weight - 3.5 lbs
Draw Weights - 50-70 w/ 15 lbs. downward adjustability
Draw Length - 25.5" to 30.5”
Speed - 335 fps
bear-rumor

With versatility being the theme of the Radical by Quest, you will be hard pressed to find a bow with more flexibility than this one. Not only is this bow great for adults, but it is also a great option for younger shooters who tend to “outgrow” bows with less adaptability. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this bow isn’t feature-packed….it is. And, it is also very forgiving.


Oneida Eagle Kestrel

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 43" to 46” tip to tip
Brace Height - 6 1/8"- 7 3/8"
Weight - 3.8 lbs
Draw Weights - 25/45 35/55 50/70 lbs
Draw Length - 25" to 31”
Speed - NA
oneida-kestrel

Oneida Eagle originally turned heads many moons ago, 30 years to be exact, with its radical looking bow that was something of a cross between a recurve and a standard compound bow. However, Oneida makes anything but common bows. One look can confirm that. The 2014 Kestrel is 30 years in the making and shows what advanced engineering and workmanship can build. This new bow is smaller and fast than any bow previously offered by Oneida. And once you shoot an Oneida you will understand the difference between it and every other bow on the market.


bear

Bear Anarchy HC

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 35.5"
Brace Height - 7.25"
Weight - 4 lbs
Draw Weights - 50 to 70 lbs
Draw Length - 26.5" to 31.5"
Speed - 330 fps
bear-anarchy-hc

Bear Archery continues to take a bite out of the competition with the 2014 Anarchy HC. Sporting a double Hybrid Cam design, a very forgiving axle to axle length and brace height, the specs suggest that this bow is a real shooter. The Anarchy gets its horsepower from the Pre-Load Quad limbs which offer great speed with the inherent accuracy of the bow.


Bear Rumor

Bear Rumor

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 30.25"
Brace Height - 6.5”
Weight - 3.6 lbs
Draw Weights - 40 to 60 lbs
Draw Length - 23.5" to 27"
Speed - 300 fps
bear-rumor

Rumor has it Bear has got the perfect bow for female shooters…..The all-new Rumor. Designed to fit the specific needs of female archers, the Rumor is built around Bear’s Hybrid Cam technology and offers a lightweight anti-torque structure, smaller slip-free grip, tailored draw cycle, and silent, shock-free release that women will find much easier to handle when trying to pull of that shot of a lifetime.


Darton Archery DS-714

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 33 13/16"
Brace Height - 7”
Weight - 4.1 lbs
Draw Weights - 40 to 70 lbs
Draw Length - 26" to 32"
Speed - 335 - 340 fps
darton-ds714

Darton is a household name when it comes to sweet shooting bows. For 2014, the company took the ever popular 3800 frame and the DualSync technology that made that bow such a hit. So what is the difference between that bow and the new DS-714? According to the company it is just a little bit of change here and a little there. For starters the brace height is more forgiving and the draw length will now accommodate long-draw shooters. Additional similarities include the smooth draw cycle and forgiving valley of 3800 DualSync series as well as the companies draw stop modules which allow shooters to tweak the amount of cam let-off to match their precise shooting style. Overall let-off can also be manipulated from near 80 % to 65%. Darton built it…now go shoot it. Colors include Next Vista, Shadow Black and Muddy Girl Pink Camo.


Ross Manta Ray

Specifications

Axle to Axle Length - 30.5"
Brace Height - 7.5”
Weight - 3 lbs
Draw Weights - 30 lbs
Draw Length - Up to 30"
Speed - NA
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The first bow in the lineup aimed directly at thise who enjoy bowfishin, the Ross Manta Ray has everything you need to be successful on the water. The Manta Ray is lightweight and accurate and offers an excellent draw weight with 0 let-off cam system. The Manta Ray is right at home chasing stingrays, carp or any other legal game fish and is compact for easy maneuvering in tight places or on crowded boats. The Manta Ray can be purchased as a single bow or as part of a ready-to-fish package complete with retriever reel, arrow rest and 2 arrows.


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7 Comments on "New Bows for 2014"

Re: New Bows for 2014

Its all about money I see. Couldn't help but notice that they show 2 models from their sponsor & only one from the other manufactures. Also notice that the Prime Alloy from G5 isn't even listed.

Posted by ANTLERS125 on 12/30/2013 1:38:04 PM

Re: New Bows for 2014

Antlers...,,,this is just a quick preview of bows for 2014. Look for the entire lineup in our coverage of the 2014 ATA show next week. I'm sure the G5 bow you mentioned, as well as all others will be listed in our main coverage. Thanks for the feedback!

Posted by Steve Flores on 12/30/2013 2:03:38 PM

Re: New Bows for 2014

Any feedback on any of these bows yet?

Posted by swpaguy on 12/31/2013 3:10:38 PM

Re: New Bows for 2014

Hey guys I would really like to see some comparison shoots done independently of sponsors, for the Obsession line, against the other companies. I think it would give reviews, the reviews a lot more credibility to shoot side by side comparisons against the big and smaller names in the industry...elite, prime, obsession, hoyt ,mathews, Athens, etc. It would be an exhaustive task, but something I think we would all appreciate.

Posted by olddognewbie on 1/5/2014 9:31:15 AM

Re: New Bows for 2014

Good videos and summaries of the different bows!

Posted by swamphunter on 1/13/2014 12:23:21 PM

Re: New Bows for 2014

i have shot them all side by side by side three made my list chill r , elite 35, and last years bowtech experience. i havent got to shoot the 360 yet because its not out. the obsession was good but left vibration in my hand i dont care for the grip on the chill r so im down to the experience or the 35 they blew all the others off the shelf hoyt pse etc couldn't touch these two bows in shoot ability. lets face it really the speeds are all the sameish its down to size and shoot & ability to me ( not sponsored by either) elite and bowtech were the most comfortable and shootable

Posted by Aaron Fischer on 3/13/2014 10:45:59 AM

Re: New Bows for 2014

I would like to know if Strother uses their 80ibs bow settjng when testing ibo speed?

Posted by Josh on 7/21/2014 12:05:34 AM

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