Like the much anticipated reveal of the new iPhone or iPad each year, bowhunters wait with sweaty palms to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in January. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, somebody drops the bombshell that revolutionizes bowhunting forever. What new toys and trends will this belated Christmas time spectacular bring for 2013?
First and foremost, 2013 is about lighter, faster and stronger. Whether we’re talking about the new PSE Prophecy—which may be the fastest single cam bow ever made—or the BowTech Destroyer 350—a classic reborn—this year boasts of an impressive cast of super fast, super light characters.
The other major trend this year comes in arrow design, as companies like Easton continue to improve upon the reduced diameter shafts for supreme penetration and blazing speeds. You can finally get most broadheads for the Deep Six system, so it looks like a trend that will only grow in popularity as the year moves on.
And finally, 2013 is about innovation. It’s about the new crossbows that are quiet, light and available in tactical color schemes, safety harnesses that are amazingly ergonomic and sci-fi-looking broadheads like the new Toxic from Flying Arrow Archery.
With full coverage of ATA on the way, we at Petersen’s Bowhunting help get your pump primed and your heart pounding with the top storylines for 2013.
Leading the way with an impressive 340 fps, the PSE Prophecy is a case in point. With a noticeable need for speed, PSE says the Prophecy is the fastest single-cam bow ever produced. The new Prime Defy is another great example of speed-meets-smooth, with an IBO rating of 335 fps that maintains its trademark velvety draw.
And finally, one of the hottest items for 2013 will undoubtedly be the BowTech Destroyer 350, which is a limited edition production of the original 2010 model. With its trademark dual-cam system and hard core limbs, the Destroyer 350 remains the standard of speed, with an always-impressive 350 fps.
TenPoint will continue to make a splash in the market with quality models like their lightweight Vapor. At just 6.8 pounds, the Vapor is remarkably versatile and stealthily quiet to shoot. Stryker has updated its ever-popular Zone 380 to feature a black ops finish, and Mathews is new on the market with the Mission Archery MX-360, which also features a sleek, tactical look.
The other big player will no doubt be Rage, which introduced their Hypodermic series this year. With dual blades and a patent-pending shock collar to secure blade retention, the Hypodermic proves devastating even at long distances. Rage also made the new broadhead available to fit Easton’s Deep Six insert system.
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