June 27, 2022
If you are unsure of Elite Archery’s goal for its customers, let me use the company’s own word to sum it up: shootability. This has been at the forefront of its design efforts for quite some time, and I am a fan of the focus.
Elite continually tweaks, improves and adjusts its designs to offer the shooter the highest levels of comfort, balance and forgiveness, all wrapped into the best overall shooting experience, something that comes from combining the company’s mastery of shootability with raw performance.
Elite’s 2022 flagship bow, the EnVision, is a total package that combines a new riser configuration, great balance, customizable cams, significantly shorter and wider-stance limbs and much more. So, let’s dig in!
Versatile Cam System
Elite built significant versatility into its ASYM Tri Track Cam System and associated accessories. Riding on quarter-inch axles, the dual-cam system is advertised to hit 334 fps while sporting the rotating Versa Mod that provides 15 primary (engraved) and 15 secondary (halfway between the engraved marks) draw-length settings covering 23.5-30.5 inches, in quarter-inch increments. This essentially eliminates the need to twist cables to dial in a draw length.
A Performance Mod that increases speed by 4-5 fps, and a Low Letoff Mod that offers letoffs from 60-75 percent, are also available. The Versa and Performance Mods have adjustable letoffs from 75-90 percent. A generous valley sits in front of a back wall that can be customized by selecting either the cable or limb stops. Additionally, Elite designed the system to balance the cable loads on either side of the string, reducing cam lean and lateral nock travel.
Ready, S.E.T., Go
Elite’s limbs and pockets have been completely redesigned for 2022 to work with the new overall bow configuration. EnVision split limbs, machined from Gordon materials, are both short and wide, while the pockets also sport a wider stance to support the limbs and system configuration. Elite improved on its Simplified Exact Tuning (S.E.T.) Technology, making it lighter and giving it extended range. With the simple turn of a micro-adjust screw — no bow press is needed — S.E.T. moves the back pocket piece on an arc to shift pressure on the limbs, matching the flight of the arrow to a shooter’s form and execution. VibeX Limb Blocks set between the split limbs are designed and positioned to reduce dynamic vibration and noise at the shot.
Riser and Grip
The core of the new EnVision design lies with its straighter and stiffer riser. Elite’s engineering team put considerable effort into perfecting its geometry, with an eye on enhancing balance and feel by placing the weight of the bow directly over the grip. Ninety percent of the axle-to-axle length is riser. Two riser cages, one above the sight window and one below the grip, stiffen and strengthen the overall platform by resisting flex and twist.
Elite grips have long been considered among the best in the business as they successfully combine shape, angle, size and materials for a highly functional and comfortable final product. Tapering at the top/throat promotes consistent hand placement and a neutral wrist position, while the flat back is designed to offer control. The laminated wood side plates add comfort and aesthetics.
Linear tension adjustment in the LTR cable-management system offers cable clearance and ease of tuning, while the rollers reduce friction and increase efficiency. In addition to the past-parallel position of the limbs at full draw, Elite specifically engineered its VibeX Limb Blocks, SIMS String Suppressor and VTR Riser Dampeners to reduce dynamic vibration.
Elite’s tweaks to the geometry and, in turn, balance and feel of the bow are effective. The EnVision balances very well and, more importantly, it aims like a champ. This bow works with you in the aiming process, not against you, as it effortlessly locks onto the bull's-eye. A small jump in the handle and lasting, low-level vibration were noted at the shot; however, a quality stabilizer significantly cut the vibration short.
The EnVision is one of the quietest bows we've ever tested; so quiet, in fact, that I couldn't hear it being fired inside our sound chamber. The grip was comfortable as expected, and its small, flat back offered consistent placement. The draw proved consistent and smooth, followed by a super-solid back wall when using the limb stops; S.E.T. Technology was effective in paper tuning the bow.
It’s worth noting that Elite offers a limited lifetime warranty on its bows, as well as a Hunt Guarantee. The Hunt Guarantee basically means if your bow is damaged or breaks while you are away on a hunt, the very next day the company will ship you a loaner bow — set to your draw length and weight and complete with sight, rest and peep — so you can finish the hunt.
- Manufacturer: Elite Archery, 877-503-5483; elitearchery.com
- Model: EnVision
- Riser: Aluminum, dual cages
- Grip: Machined, narrow, side plates
- Limbs: Gordon Composites, past-parallel, split
- Draw Weights: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 75 pounds peak
- Draw Lengths: 23.5-30.5 inches, in quarter-inch increments; rotating module
- Cam System: Dual, ASYM Tri Track
- Letoff: 75-90 percent (advertised); 75.12 percent (as tested)
- String: Winner’s Choice, BCY 452X, 57.75 inches
- Cables (x2): Winner’s Choice, BCY 452X, 35 inches
- Brace Height: 6.875 inches
- Axle-to-Axle Length: 31 inches
- Weight: 4.45 pounds (advertised); 4.5 pounds (as tested)
- Finish: Realtree Excape and 14 other hunting and target bow colors
- Advertised IBO Speed: 334 fps
- MSRP: $1,099
- Comments: Next-level balance and aiming precision.
All of our Bow Tests are conducted using the same standardized procedures and professionally calibrated testing equipment. Bows are tested with a draw length of 29 inches and a draw weight of 65 pounds, unless otherwise noted.