Hard to believe it's that time of year already, but Bear Archery became the first major player in the archery industry to unveil its 2013 lineup late Wednesday afternoon. Over the course of the next several weeks, you can expect a slew of additional new bow launches from other brands, but today belongs to Bear.
As you can see in the video below, Bear's 2013 lineup includes five new bows, which you can view by visiting the Bear website HERE. In effect, Bear basically has co-flagship bows this year, with offerings for those who prefer two-cam bows and single-cam fans.
The top dual-cam bow is called the Motive, which features Bear's all-new Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System. It's available in both 7-inch (Motive 7) and 6-inch (Motive 6) brace height configurations with IBO speed ratings of 340 fps and 350 fps respectively. The Motive measures 32 inches between the axles, weighs 4 pounds, can accommodate draw lengths from 25.5-30 inches and is available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. It has a retail price of $899.99.
The top single-cam bow in the lineup is called the Empire, featuring Bear's all-new S13 Cam. The Empire measures 32 inches between the axles, weighs 4 pounds, has a 7-inch brace height and an IBO speed rating of 330 fps. It can accommodate draw lengths from 24-31 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. It has a retail price of $849.99.
Other new bows in the Bear lineup are the hyrbid-cam Method (33 inches axle to axle, 6.75-inch brace height, 340 fps, $649.99) and the single-cam Domain (33 inches axle to axle, 7-inch brace height, 322 fps, $599.99).
Earlier this month, Associate Editor Drew Pellman joined some of the guys from Bear on a Louisiana hog hunt and killed a couple pigs using the new Method. Here's what Drew had to say about his experience hunting with that bow, as well as his opportunity to shoot the other new rigs in the Bear lineup on the practice range:
"Bear's 2013 bow lineup is going to impress a lot of people. From its flagship Motive to the price-point Method, consumers will be getting a weapon that can and will get the job done. Setup was a breeze as it took just 20 minutes of practice once I arrived at the range. The Method I was provided for the hunt was equipped with a new Trophy Ridge React sight, and that combination had me locked in the kill zone every time. Over the course of the week, I was able to try my hand at the entire line, and was pleasantly surprised with the combination of speed and power each rig presented. But above all else, this new line of bows featured one of the smoothest draw cycles that you can ask for. To me, the feel of the bow in your hands is the most critical aspect of what makes it the right one for you. Poor feel equals poor confidence and we all know what happens to your execution when your confidence is low. In Mississippi and Louisiana, the results spoke for themselves as our group dropped 17 hogs in a three-day period. Not a bad field test, huh?"
Below is a video Bear produced highlighting all five of its new, 2013 bow models: