October is here, and it’s time for new bows for the coming year to start being announced to the archery and bowhunting community. One of the first to launch this year is Bear Archery with the release of their all-new Bear Execute 30 and Execute 32 compound bows.
We got our hands on the Execute 30 to spend some time on the range and get an overall feel for what this latest offering from Bear is all about. Take a closer look in our Bear Execute 30 bow review below.
This bow has a great feel and killer looks right out of the box. It immediately grabbed our attention with the super popular Mossy Oak Bottomland camo pattern finish. But it also has a slim and trim compact design that feels good in the hand. Our test bow weighed in at 4.9 pounds, but honestly feels much lighter due to its balanced design and construction.
Specs on the Bear Execute 30
Axle to Axle – 30″
Speed – 340 FPS
Brace Height – 6.5″
Draw Weight – 45-60 / 55-70
Draw Length – 26″ – 30″
Let Off – 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%
Finish Options – Fred Bear Camo, Mossy Oak Country DNA, Veil Whitetail, Mossy Oak Bottomland, Throwback/Black, Throwback Tan, Olive, Stone
Price – $1199.99
(The Execute 32 option offers a 32″ axle to axle length and Draw Lengths of 26.5″ – 30.5″)
Check out the video below for a look at the Bear Execute 30…
A Fresh Design for a Smoother Draw and Shot
This bow starts with a fresh redesign of some of Bear’s hottest features to make a good thing even better in the Execute 30 bow build for 2023. You’ll see it in the bow’s revised EKO (Equalized Kinetic Orientation) cam system.
The cam system delivers the popular performance Bear shooters have come to know, while bringing a smoother and more forgiving draw cycle for 2023.
The bow draws nice and smooth with a light bump on the back end of the draw cycle as the cams roll over to the back wall. It’s a pleasantly smooth drawing and shooting experience with very minimal hand-shock at the release.
Shock Management System (SMS)
The Execute will give all other flagship bows a run for their money when it comes to noise and vibration reduction with their Shock Management System (SMS) built into the bow’s forged riser. The result is a much quieter shooting experience. And as mentioned above, a more dead-in-hand feel at the shot.
We like the fact that Bear has accomplished this with a simple, yet sophisticated, system that’s quieter and more vibration-free than ever, yet without all the extra add-ons to quiet a noisy bow like you’ll often find with other bows on the market. The combination of the SMS system and the new swing arm cable guard takes this bow to a new level for the Bear lineup.
The grip on a bow can often be a love/hate relationship for many shooters. There’s a number of ways to customize a bow’s grip by building up, tearing down, adding tape, etc. But Bear has made the move to help please a wider range of shooters by including two grips with the Execute 30. It comes with the popular slim grip design and the all-new soft touch Grizgrip, with a thicker palm swell for added comfort.
Both grips have a really nice feel and sit nicely in the sweet spot of the hand. It truly comes down to personal preference here, but we’re sure you’ll find one of these options to meet your needs.
On the Range
We spent some time on the range to see how the bow felt at the shot as well as performed through the chrono. To get a real-world look at performance, we shot a hunting arrow weighing in at 408 grains through the bow set up at 28″ draw length and 70 pounds of draw weight. Here’s what we got when shot through the chrono.
Arrow 408 grains – 293 FPS
The bow fits a wide range of shooters with draw length options from 26″ to 30″. The bow is built on a parallel limb design with limbs that are wider and more stable than what we’ve seen in the past in the bows from Bear. This, combined with the bow’s machine limb pockets, make for a rock solid limb and pocket combination that can take a beating.