Mathews V3X Bow Review

By Justin ZarrNovember 16, 20211 Comment
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Mathews is celebrating 30 years of innovation with the launch of their 2022 flagship bow, the V3X, along with a new line of accessories that helps make this their most complete hunting package to date.

V3X Bow Specs

V3X 29
  • Axle-To-Axle – 29″
  • Draw Weight – 60, 65, 70, 75lbs
  • Draw Lengths – 25.5-30″
  • Let-Off – 80 or 85%
  • Bow Weight – 4.47lbs
  • Brace Height – 6″
  • Cam – CC w/Switchweight
  • IBO Rating – Up to 340fps
  • MSRP – $1,199
Mathews V3x Bow Review
V3X 33
  • Axle-To-Axle – 33″
  • Draw Weights – 60, 65, 70, 75lbs
  • Draw Lengths – 27-31.5″
  • Let-Off – 80 or 85%
  • Bow Weight – 4.67lbs
  • Brace Height – 6.5″
  • Cam – CC w/Switchweight
  • IBO Rating – Up to 336fps
  • MSRP – $1,299
Mathews V3x Bow Review

New Features of the V3X

Building on the wildly popular V3 platform, the new V3X boasts several new improvements to set it apart from its predecessor.

New, longer, axle-to-axle lengths, patented Bridge-Lock™ Sight Technology, patent-pending Stay Afield System (S.A.S.™) and a new line of low profile quivers make the V3X the most optimized hunting bow system that Mathews has ever produced.

Longer Axle-to-Axle Models

Last year’s V3 was offered in an ultra-compact 27″ model, or a slightly longer 31″ model, which left longer axle-to-axle lovers out of luck.  Mathews answered that call this year with a 33″ axle-to-axle model of the V3X, which offers a slightly longer brace height of 6.5″ and draw lengths all the way up to 31.5″.

For those who love the maneuverability of the more compact bow, the V3X is also offered in a 29″ model with a 6″ brace height.

Bridge-Lock™ Sight Technology

Mathews V3x Bow Review
The all-new Bridge-Lock™ Sight Technology allows a dovetail sight to be mounted inside of the V3X's riser. Shown with HHA Tetra Max Tournament Edition.

Perhaps the biggest improvement found on the V3X is the ability to mount a dovetail sight through the riser of the bow. This eliminates the need for an external mounting bracket and moves the weight of your sight into the middle of the bow.

With the weight of your sight centered in front of the bow, rather than on the side, it helps create a more balanced overall system.  This can help reduce the need for a side-rod that is typically used to counterbalance the weight of your sight, quiver, and other accessories mounted to the side of the riser.

To go along with the new Bridge-Lock™ Technology, Mathews has partnered with Axcel Archery to create the BL Fixed 5-Pin Sight. This sight allows archers to micro-adjust their elevation and windage, as well as each of the 5 pins (.019″).

The sight also features simple 1st, 2nd, and 3rd axis adjustments and is mounted to an ultra-high modulus carbon bar, designed for an exact fit to the V3X. If you already have a dovetail sight or prefer an adjustable pin model, the V3X will fit most other popular brands including HHA and Spot Hogg.

Mathews V3x Bow Review
The BL Fixed 5-pin Sight was created out of a Mathews & Axcel partnership.

Stay Afield System (S.A.S.™)

Mathews V3x Bow Review
The S.A.S. system allows you to adjust or repair your string and cables in the field without the need of a bow press.

Whether you’re up in the mountains or down the road at your local hunting spot, accidents happen. And when they do happen, you need to be prepared. Archer’s have never been more prepared for a bow accident than they are now with the Stay Afield System.

Now you can quickly, easily, and safely replace or adjust your string and cables in the field without the need for a bow press.  Hopefully, you never need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have it!

LowPro™ Quivers

Mathews V3x Bow Review

When used in conjunction with the Bridge-Lock™ Sight Technology, the new LowPro™ Quivers are mounted closer to your riser than ever before. These lightweight and ultra-stable quivers make it easier to shoot with your quiver on, because more of the weight is kept closer to the center of the bow.

Available in a 6-arrow fixed or detachable 5-arrow quiver, the LowPro™ series of quivers have been engineered to help keep your bow as light, quiet, and as vibration-free as possible.

Because of the Bridge-Lock™ Technology and ability to use an integrated dovetail mount rest, Mathews has been able to move the quiver 56% closer to the riser. Thus enhancing the balance, and minimizing vibration of the bow.

Mathews V3x Bow Review
Thanks to Bridge-Lock technology, the LowPro quiver can mount closer than ever to the V3X's riser. Creating the most balanced hunting package Mathews has ever offered.

New Granite Color Option

It’s not quite gray and it’s not quite brown, but the new Granite color option on the V3X is sure to catch your eye.  Replacing the popular “Stone” finish for this year, the new Granite color can be combined with any color limbs, riser and strings to make your bow unique to your style.

Mathews V3x Bow Review
The V3X has a new color option for 2022 - Granite. Photo courtesy Mathews Archery.

V3X Overall Impressions

It’s easy to look at the V3X and think it’s the same as the V3.  Sure, there are a few cosmetic differences and some new accessory options, but it’s pretty much the same as last year, right?

On paper, sure.  But holding and shooting both bows side-by-side, you’ll discover they’re anything but the same.  The longer axle-to-axle length of the 33″ V3X, combined with the difference in balance thanks to the Bridge-Lock mounting system and LowPro quivers give this new bow an entirely different feeling in your hand, while you’re carrying to your stand, and certainly while shooting it.

This is a system that has been purpose-built to provide the ultimate bowhunting experience.  And in my opinion, Mathews did just that.

Make sure to visit mathewsinc.com to learn more and visit your local Mathews retailer today to shoot one for yourself.

 

Justin Zarr
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Justin has been bowhunting for more than 25 years, harvesting a number of P&Y whitetails in his home state of Illinois during that time.  He co-hosts the popular bowhunting show 'Bowhunt or Die' and is a frequent guest on numerous hunting podcast.  Justin lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.
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