UPDATED ON: May 1st, 2015
Bow season is just around the corner and that means traffic at pro shops across the country is picking up. Now is a great time to buy a new bow. The top brands have pulled out all the stops and have packed their new bows with lots of bells, whistles and innovation. Below are some of the latest and greatest bows for 2013. If you are in the market for a new bow, now is a great time to buy. Bows are more bowhunter-friendly than ever before.
Mathews went a different direction for 2013. Their state-of-the-art flagship bow called the Creed is the first to come with Split Limbs. The Creed comes with the new Simplex solocam which is extremely efficient and smooth drawing. It also includes a Reverse Assist roller guard. The Reverse Assist Roller Guard reduces friction for a smoother draw cycle by positioning cables in a reverse manner; in front rather than behind the roller guard. The Roller Guard has a cut out in the middle of it, further reducing weight. Like you would expect from Mathews, the Creed comes with a Harmonic Damper on top of the riser and a Harmonic Stabilizer Lite in the bottom of the riser which reduces residual vibration by 75%. The Creed comes with the Geo Grid Riser. The Creed is super compact at 30-inches, axle to axle and offers a forgiving seven-inch brace height. The Creed has 80% let-off, is available in draw lengths from 26-30 inches and draw weights between 50-70 pounds. http://mathewsinc.com/
McPHERSON MONSTER CHILL
The Monster Chill gives a new look and feel to the Mathews McPherson Series line of dual cam bows. The Chill is equipped with the New DYAD AVS Cam System which features dual Perimeter Weighted Cams producing minimal post shot vibration and great speed. Combined with a Reverse Assist Roller Guard and a GeoGrid Riser, the Chill is lightweight, compact, and without question, the smoothest shooting two cam bow on the planet. These attributes continue to make the Monster line of bows, “The Fastest Bows You’ll Ever Want To Shoot!” http://mathewsinc.com/
Bear Archery is known for building bows that offer high-end features without the high end price tag. One bow that falls into that category is the Bear Method. The Method lets an arrow fly at 340 FPS and comes with Bear’s H13 hybrid cam system. The Method has dual offset string suppressors to help eliminate vibration, max pre-loaded quad limbs and zero tolerance limb pockets. This bow offers a lot for a reasonable price. The Method is 33-inches axle to axle, has a six and 3/4-inch brace height and weighs four pounds. It is available in draw weights between 50-70 pounds, and has draw lengths from 26.5-31 inches. www.beararcheryproducts.com
Bowtech has a new bow called the Experience. The Experience has many bells and whistles that will make shooting the bow exciting. It has an Extinguish Dampening System which includes the Revolver dampeners that can be found in several places along the riser of the bow. The system comes with the Clutch String Stop and Dura FLX string dampeners. The Experience comes with Carbon Core limbs and Bowtech’s CPX center pivot extreme deflexed riser. The bow also has the Overdrive binary cam, the FLX guard and a carbon rod string stop. The Experience is 32-inches long, weighs 4.2 pounds, shoots 335 FPS, has a seven-inch brace height and is available in draw lengths between 26.5-31 inches.
SPECIAL NOTE: A few weeks ago, Bowtech released a new bow called the Carbon Knight that features a carbon riser. This bow tips the scales at 3.2 pounds which will surely create some buzz. The Carbon Knight lets an arrow go at 330 FPS and is 32 inches axle to axle. The Carbon Knight is fairly fast, lightweight and short.
ELITE ARCHERY HUNTER
For 2013, Elite Archery is offering the Hunter. The Hunter comes with the H-cam system that offers an extra smooth draw cycle and a great shooting experience. Elite bows are known for being easy to draw and forgiving and the Hunter is no exception. It has a 7.75-inch brace height, which makes it extra forgiving. The bow measures 31.5 inches, weighs 4.3 pounds and throws an arrow 326 FPS. The Hunter is available in a variety of draw weights from 40-80 pounds and draw lengths from 25-31 inches. www.elitearchery.com.
G5 OUTDOORS PRIME IMPACT
The G5 Outdoors Prime bow is unlike other bows on the market, partially due to the parallel cam technology that is said to eliminate cam lean. The new Prime Impact comes with the PCX cam which produces speeds up to 340 FPS. The Impact comes with extra tough C-1 laminated limbs and a 7000 series aluminum riser that can lift a car off the ground. Check it out on their website. The Impact weighs 4.5 pounds, has a 6.25-inch brace height, and has a TI-Glide cable guard system. The Impact is available in draw lengths between 26-30 inches and draw weights between 50-70 pounds. www.G5prime.com
HOYT CARBON ELEMENT G3
Hoyt is the king of carbon bows. Over the last several years, most of their high end bows came with a carbon riser. This year is no different; the new Carbon Element G3 has a carbon riser that is extra stiff and lightweight. This bow comes with AirShox limb dampeners that keep the bow quiet and free of shock. The cam system on this bow is the RKT cam-1/2 which offers speed and a smooth shot sequence. The RKT system produces 332 FPS. The G3 comes with XTS Pro ARC limbs, an inline roller guard, Fuse strings and a custom grip. The G3 weighs 3.6 pounds, has a brace height of 6.75-inches, comes in draw weights of 40-80 pounds and draw lengths are available from 24.5 to 30 inches. www.hoyt.com.
MISSION ARCHERY BALLISTIC
Mission Archery is the sister company of Mathews Archery. Mission offers awesome bows at a great price. This year they have a new bow called the Ballistic. The Ballistic comes with the AVS cam system which offers an easy draw and speed to spare. The Ballistic is a short, easy-to-maneuver 30.5 inches, which makes it a whitetail hunters’ dream come true. The bow comes with features only found on Mathews bows including a Dead-end String Stop to quickly destroy vibration. The Ballistic has an adjustable draw length between 26-31 inches, shoots an arrow 330 FPS, weighs 4.18 pounds, has 80% let off, weighs 50-70 pounds and has a seven-inch brace height, making this bow extremely forgiving. Bowhunters on a budget will be pleased with this one. www.missionarchery.com.
PSE X-FORCE EVO MAX
PSE Archery has been around for decades and still produces awesome bows that bowhunters love. This year, they have raised the bar by offering the X-Force EVO Max. This bow comes with a wide range of technology people have come to expect from PSE. This bow produces speeds up to 345 FPS thanks to the new EVO cams, that are built to be smooth drawing and fast. The bow comes with fourth generation X-technology split limbs, a Planar Flex riser and Centerlock two limb pockets. The EVO max has a six-inch brace height, is 32-1/4 inches long and weighs 4.2 pounds. Bowhunters looking for a PSE speed bow will be pleased with this one. www.pse-archery.com
STROTHER ARCHERY RUSH XT
Strother Archery has quickly built a name for themselves over the last several years as a top notch bow manufacturer. The trend should continue thanks to their new bow called the Rush XT. This bow is 33 inches, axle to axle and comes in draw weights from 50-80 pounds giving bowhunters plenty of options. The bow tips the scales at 4.25 pounds and is available in draw lengths from 27-30 inches. The engine behind the Rush XT is their unique Badger Cam II. This cam system gives the bow plenty of speed. The Rush XT can let an arrow go up to 345 FPS. Other key features include the ZT Loc-N-Cradle limb system, a Super Glide cable slide, and Precision Limb Technology. The split limbs found on the Rush XT have a proprietary coating on them that strengthens them to ensure many years of problem free use. Learn more at www.Strotherarchery.com.
About the Author: Tracy Breen is a full time outdoor writer, wild game dinner speaker and marketing consultant in the outdoor industry. To learn more about him, visit www.tracybreen.com.