January 06, 2014
Of all the new items bowhunters look forward to each year, the compound bow has got to be near the top of the list. It seems every year there's a new component or technology that pushes the envelope when it comes to speed or smoothness, giving us that added edge or feel we've always wanted. Every year it's the same race — faster, lighter, smoother.
And because of that, we all wait with anticipation as major bow manufacturers like BowTech, Hoyt, PSE, Bear Archery and others release their newest products at the ATA Show in January each year. This year it's no different. We were on hand at the ATA Show in Nashville, Tenn., to bring you the latest, greatest bows on the market. Trust us, there's plenty to drool over.
Powered by the XS Hybrid cam system, the Xcentric from Xpedition Archery
boasts an IBO speed rating of 352 fps. The draw-length range runs from 27-30 inches in half-inch increments, and the Xcentric is available in peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds. Mass weight of the rig is approximately 3.9 pounds and letoff is set for 75 percent.
C.P. Oneida Kestrel
Adjustability is the name of the game with C.P. Oneida's Kestrel
. Whether it be your tip-to-tip length (42-43 inches), brace height (6-7 inches), draw length (26-31 ½ inches) or letoff (65-80 percent), the Kestrel is made to enhance your hunting experience. Choose from a draw-weight range of 35-55 pounds or 50-70 pounds. Mass weight for the rig is 4.5 pounds.
Elite Archery Energy
The folks at Elite Archery
are so confident in the new-for-2014 Energy
that the company has dubbed it 'the world's most shootable bow. ' Available in 32- or 35-inch axle-to-axle versions, the Energy features an all-new riser design, more parallel limb configuration and a refined Energy Cam system for incredible smoothness and efficiency. Elite says the Energy's riser — which features Elite's new Riser Cage structure above the grip — is 30 percent stronger than the company's previous designs while also being 19 percent stiffer, which decreases vibration and hand shock at the shot. Both the Energy 32 and Energy 35 offer a forgiving, 7-inch brace height and are available with peak draw weights of 40-80 pounds. The Energy 32 has an IBO speed rating up to 335 fps, weighs 4.3 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 26-30 inches, while the Energy 35 has an IBO speed rating up to 330 fps, weighs 4.5 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 24€‰½-31 inches. Both versions come standard in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Realtree AP Snow and Ninja Black finishes.
Elite Archery Spirit
Weighing in at just 3.9 pounds and featuring a petite grip and riser design, the all-new Spirit
from Elite Archery
was designed specifically for the growing number of lady bowhunters. The Spirit features a parallel-limb design for reduced noise and hand shock along with the new, highly efficient Spirit Cam that produces arrow speeds up to 287 fps at just 26 inches of draw length and 297 fps at 27 inches. The Spirit also features Elite's new Riser Cage structure above the grip for maximum riser strength and stiffness with reduced bow torque. The Spirit has a forgiving, 7-inch brace height and can accommodate draw lengths from 24-28 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 30-60 pounds. And to add a bit of feminine flair, the Spirit comes with custom pink/purple Winner's Choice string and cable at no extra charge. The Spirit is available in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Realtree AP Snow and Ninja Black finishes, along with numerous target colors.
, a division of Mathews, continues its tradition of offering high performance at an affordable price with the all-new Blaze
, which offers smoking hot arrow speed and a super smooth draw for less than $600. The secret to the Blaze's performance lies in its perimeter-weighted AVS cam system, which produces an IBO speed rating of up to 340 fps in tandem with a comfortable draw cycle and 80 percent letoff. The Blaze is also highly adjustable, offering a draw-length range of 26-30 inches and a draw-weight range of 50-70 pounds with the standard cams and limbs. The Blaze measures 33 inches between the axles, weighs 4.18 pounds, has a 6€‰1„8-inch brace height and comes standard with noise- and vibration-dampening accessories that include a Harmonic Stabilizer, String Grubbs and String Stop. The Blaze also features a carbon-rod cable guard, ergonomic walnut grip and is available in either Lost Camo AT or Black finish.
Bear Archery Venue
Bowhunters who appreciate the smoothness of a single cam and the forgiveness of a 7-inch brace height will enjoy the new Venue from Bear Archery
, a rig the company calls 'possibly the best all-around hunting bow you can put your hands on. ' Boasting a more-than-respectable IBO speed rating of 330 fps, a maneuverable 32€‰¼-inch axle-to-axle length and a 4-pound mass weight, the Venue is powered by Bear's super smooth S13 cam, which accommodates draw lengths from 24-31 inches with 80 percent letoff. The Venue features Bear's new, advanced riser design with rubber inserts for reduced shock and vibration, dual string suppressors to tame the shot, Bear's new Hinge Guard cable-containment system for reduced bow torque, Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs, Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets, peak draw weights from 50-70 pounds and removable overmold Bear logo grip with side panels underneath for shooters who prefer a slimmer grip. The Agenda comes with Realtree APG camo or Shadow Series (black) finish options standard, with numerous other options available.
BOWTECH Archery Carbon Knight
Billed as the 'lightest premium bow ever made, ' the 3.2-pound Carbon Knight from BOWTECH Archery
was a mid-year 2013 introduction that promises to keep turning heads in the new year. With an IBO speed rating up to 330 fps in tandem with a smooth draw cycle, the Carbon Knight is built around the innovative, all-carbon Knight Riser, which features a series of interwoven, internal bridges for strength and stability. 'BOWTECH generally doesn't introduce bows mid-year, but the Carbon Knight was too good to hold any longer, ' BOWTECH Marketing Director Samuel Coalson said. 'We have pushed the limits of technology in search of peak performance and created a strong, lightweight carbon bow with a smooth draw and all the speed you need. ' Powered by BOWTECH's patented Binary Cam technology, the Carbon Knight features 80 percent letoff, measures a compact 31 inches between the axles and has a 7-inch brace height. It is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 26€‰½-30€‰½ inches. Other highlights include a carbon cable-containment rod, carbon-weave grip plates and BlackOps finish.
Bear Archery Agenda
Speed. Smoothness. Silence. Bear Archery
has packed it all into its new-for-2014 Agenda
, a hunting rig that offers all you need to carry out your lethal intentions in the field. With an IBO speed rating of 350 fps, the Agenda 6 (6-inch brace height) is more than quick enough for any hunter's taste, while those who prefer a slightly tamer shot may prefer its brother the Agenda 7 (7-inch brace height), which boasts a still impressive IBO speed rating of 340 fps. No matter which Agenda you choose, you'll get a mass weight right around 4 pounds, a maneuverable, 32-inch axle-to-axle length and 75 percent letoff system. Both Agendas are powered by Bear's powerful H13 hybrid cam system, which features a rotating module for easy draw-length adjustments without the need for a bow press. The Agenda 6 offers draw lengths from 25 ½-30 inches, while the Agenda 7 goes from 26 ½-31 inches. Other highlights on both Agendas include a new riser design with rubber inserts for less noise and vibration, dual string suppressors to tame the shot, Bear's new Hinge Guard cable-containment system for reduced bow torque, Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs, Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets, peak draw weights from 50-70 pounds and removable overmold Bear logo grip with side panels underneath for shooters who prefer a slimmer grip. The Agenda comes with Realtree APG camo or Shadow Series (black) finish options standard, with numerous other options available.
Looking for the perfect bow to introduce the next generation to bowhunting? Well, look no further than the new Cabela's Instigator by BOWTECH
. This affordable, ready-to-shoot rig is perfect for smaller-framed shooters, as it offers a draw-weight range from 30-65 pounds and a draw-length range from 23-29 inches — allowing new archers to grow with the bow. Producing IBO arrow speeds up to 300 fps, the Instigator measures 31 inches between the axles, offers 80 percent letoff, has a 7-inch brace height and weighs just 4.4 pounds with all included accessories attached. The package includes a three-pin Apex sight, Octane Hostage XL arrow rest, Octane Deadlock Lite five-arrow quiver, five-inch Octane stabilizer, wrist sling, alloy peep sight and D-loop. The Instigator is available in both left- and right-handed versions in Realtree APG camo.
Mathews Creed XS
With a highly maneuverable axle-to-axle length of just 28 inches, the all-new Creed XS from Mathews
is even smoother, lighter and quieter than the original, which turned plenty of heads in 2013. The Creed XS was built with bowhunters in mind, offering plenty of forgiveness, accuracy and an IBO speed rating up to 321 fps to go with its compact profile. Powered by Mathews' SimPlex Single Cam technology, the Creed XS has a very smooth draw and rock solid back wall for consistent shooting shot after shot. The Creed XS features Mathews' signature GridLock riser, has a generous, 7€‰½-inch brace height, 80 percent letoff and weighs 3.8 pounds. It is available with peak draw weights from 50-70 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 26-30 inches, in half-inch increments. Finish options include: Lost Camo, Black, Black Tactical, Desert Tactical and Black Crimson (pictured).
Mathews Chill R
The all-new Chill R
is the latest offering in Mathews'
dynamic McPherson Series of dual-cam bows — a rig so refined the company calls it 'the smoothest speed in all of archery. ' To back up that bold claim, Mathews outfits the Chill R with its AVS DYAD Dual Perimeter Weighted cam system, which produces blazing IBO speeds up to 342 fps in tandem with an extremely smooth draw and minimal post-shot vibration. The Chill R measures 33 inches between the axles, has a 6€‰1„8-inch brace height, 80 percent letoff and weighs 3.95 pounds. It is available with peak draw weights from 50-70 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 23-30 inches, in half-inch increments. Finish options include: Lost Camo, Black, Black Tactical, Desert Tactical and Blue Ice (pictured).
PSE DNA SP
earned plenty of kudos last year with its X-Force Dream Season DNA — a lightweight rig that is blazing fast and packed with high-tech features. However, the company also heard from customers who wanted many of the same features in tandem with a less aggressive draw cycle. Well, PSE listened and has come back for 2014 with the all-new DNA SP
, which stands for Smoother Pull, thanks to the new Source Cam system. Amazingly, the DNA SP carries a wicked IBO speed rating of up to 345 fps, meaning shooters give up a paltry 7 fps in exchange for the smoother draw. Other highlights of the DNA SP include a 6-inch brace height, 31€‰¼-inch axle-to-axle length, 75 percent letoff, B.E.S.T. RAPTOR grip and 3.8-pound mass weight. It can accommodate draw lengths from 24€‰½-30 inches and is available in peak draw weights of 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds. Finish options include Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, PSE Skullworks camo and black.
The new Momentum from PSE
proves that a hardcore hunting bow doesn't have to be hard on your wallet. With a forgiving, 7-inch brace height and lethal, 330 fps speed rating, the Momentum packs plenty of performance for less than $500! Built around PSE's proven X-Force platform, the Momentum is powered by the AP single-cam system that packs a wallop while also offering a smooth, comfortable shooting experience. The Momentum measures 31€‰½ inches between the axles, has 75 percent letoff and weights 4.2 pounds. It can accommodate draw lengths from 26-31 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. The Momentum comes in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, PSE Skullworks camo and black is available as a bare bow or fully accessorized in your choice of ready-to-shoot and field-ready packages.
499.99 (bow only), $
599.99 (ready to shoot) and $
699.99 (field ready)
PSE Full Throttle
If you are a speed freak who likes to run wide open, PSE's all-new Full Throttle
is a rig that literally can't be beaten. Boasting an almost incredible IBO speed rating of up to 370 fps, the Full Throttle sets a new speed standard for the company that already made the fastest compound on the market. But although speed is the Full Throttle's calling card, PSE says this bow offers much more than shoot streaking arrows; you get a comfortable draw and tack-driving accuracy to boot. Built on PSE's proven X-Force platform and powered by the FT Cam, the Full Throttle has a 5€‰¼-inch brace height, 33€‰¼-inch axle-to-axle length, 70 percent letoff and 4.1-pound mass weight. It can accommodate draw lengths from 26€‰½-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds. Finish options include Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, PSE Skullworks camo and black.
Hoyt Archery Carbon Spyder
revolutionized riser design in recent years with its groundbreaking Carbon Matrix and Carbon Element bows. Now, the company has taken its carbon platform to the next level with the all-new Carbon Spyder
lineup, available in 30-inch, 34-inch and 33-inch Turbo versions. All three models feature Hoyt's new, vibration-killing Helical Flex-Tune Carbon riser, which offers tremendous strength and stiffness in tandem with light mass weight. The flagship Carbon Spyder 30 is Hoyt's shortest carbon bow ever. It tips the scales at 3.6 pounds, has a 6€‰¾-inch brace height and an IBO speed rating of 332 fps with 80 percent letoff thanks to Hoyt's advanced new Z5 Cam and ½ system. Other highlights of the Carbon Spyder line include the AirShox limb-dampening system, Shock Rod dampeners integrated into the riser and In-Line Roller Guard cable-containment system. The Carbon Spyder is available in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Black Out and various custom options.
Hoyt Archery Faktor
Hoyt's new Faktor
is the company top-of-the-line aluminum hunting bow for 2014, offering many of the same features found on the Carbon Spyder at a significantly lower price. The Faktor is available in 30-inch, 34-inch and 33-inch Turbo versions, all featuring Hoyt's proven TEC Lite riser and new Z5 Cam & ½ system, which produces blistering speeds in tandem with a smooth draw and high letoff. The flagship Faktor 30 weighs 3.9 pounds, has a 6€‰¾-inch brace height and an IBO speed rating of 332 fps. All three Faktor models feature Hoyt's AirShox limb-dampening system, Shock Rod dampeners integrated into the riser and In-Line Roller Guard. The Faktor is available in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Black Out and various custom options.
Hoyt Archery Ignite
From their first arrow to their first kill, the new Ignite
is the bow that does it all for growing shooters. Featuring a draw-length range of 19-30 inches and a draw-weight range of 15-70 pounds, the Ignite is a bow that can start a youngster in archery and grow with its shooter to adulthood. Other highlights include a TEC Riser, past-parallel split limbs, 8-inch brace height, 28-inch axle-to-axle length, 3.6-pound mass weight and 300 fps IBO speed rating. The Ignite is available in Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, Black Out and various custom options.
The new Parker Lightning
is an affordable, highly adjustable hunting bow designed with women and youth hunters in mind. With a draw-length adjustment range from 19-29 inches, in half-inch increments, and a draw-weight range from 29-60 pounds, the Lightning is a feature-rich rig that can grow with its shooter. The Lightning's Eagle single cam produces an IBO speed rating of 310 fps with a generous 7-inch brace height. The Lightning weighs 3.45 pounds, measures 30 inches between the axles and has 70 percent letoff. It is available in Vista camo, Spider Web Black and Pink finish options, either alone or as part of an Outfitter Package that includes a sight, peep, full-capture rest and quiver.
299.95 (bow only) or $
349.95 (Outfitter Package)
G5 Prime Alloy
says its new Prime Alloy
offers the perfect bowhunting blend of strength, low weight, shooting forgiveness and versatility. G5 advertises the Alloy as having a true, 'out-of-the-box ' weight of 4.2 pounds, including all dampening components. Shooters will also appreciate the forgiveness of Prime's trademark Parallel Cam system, which virtually eliminates cam lean for superior horizontal nock travel and great accuracy shot after shot. Other highlights of the Alloy include a machined, 7000-Series aluminum riser, extra-wide limbs for better stability, flexing roller guard and Ultra Fit Grip for comfort and consistent shooting. The Alloy measures 33€‰¼ inches between the axles, has a 6€‰¾-inch brace height, 335 fps IBO speed rating, can accommodate draw lengths from 26-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. Finish options include Optifade Forest and Open Country, Realtree Xtra and Jet Black.
999 (camo) and $
APA Innovations Mamba M5
The Mamba M5 from APA Innovations
was specially engineered for short-draw archers looking for the highest level of performance in a bow. Measuring a compact 32€‰¼ inches between the axles, the Mamba M5 produces an IBO arrow speed of 348 fps at just 28 inches of draw length, yielding up to 94.14 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. Weighing 4 pounds, the Mamba M5 also features all of APA's unique bow innovations, such as built-in carrying handle, Fang Riser for easy bow hanging, cam-lock system for easy in-the-field repairs and riser-integrated tool center with broadhead wrench, nock adjustment tool and carbide sharpener.
Tribe Archery Game Hunter
The new Game Hunter series from Tribe Archery
is a sleek, durable line of recurve and longbows designed specifically for serious young shooters. The Game Hunter line uses a single, ambidextrous riser that allows shooters to easily switch limb weights or even switch back and forth between recurve and longbow designs. This allows the bow to grow with individual shooters and, because it can be shot by both left- and right-handed shooters, makes the Game Hunter ideal for group shooting sessions. The basic Game Hunter bow measures 48 inches long and accommodates draw lengths from 20-25 inches and draw weights of 20-25 pounds. Higher weight limb sets can be purchased separately. Game Hunter bows are available in two finish options. The original Game Hunter has a distinctive gray, silver and black camouflage pattern, while the Game Hunter Zombie sports a neon green and black camo.
BOWTECH Carbon Rose
has taken the revolutionary carbon technology in its Knight Riser and created the all-new Carbon Rose
, an ultralight women's bow that tips the scale at just 3.2 pounds. The Carbon Rose also features a smooth draw via BOWTECH's Binary Cam system, along with a 30-inch axle-to-axle length, 6€‰¾-inch brace height, 80 percent letoff and an IBO speed rating of 302 fps. The Carbon Rose accommodates draw lengths from 22€‰½-27 inches via a rotating module and is available with peak draw weights of 40, 50 and 60 pounds. It is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo or BlackOps finish.
Diamond Archery Sub-Atomic
designed its new Sub-Atomic
for young shooters who are enthusiastic about the sport but not quite ready for a compound bow. The Sub-Atomic's simple recurve design makes getting started a breeze, and young archers can even assemble the bow themselves before shooting it. 'The Sub-Atomic is the perfect first bow for beginners, ' Diamond marketing director Samuel Coalson said. The Sub-Atomic weighs just 1.5 pounds and measures 39 inches long. It accommodates shooters with draw lengths up to 20 inches and has a draw-weight range of 15-25 pounds. It comes in a BlackOps color scheme with blue accents.
Quest Bowhunting Radical
The all-new Radical from Quest Bowhunting
is one of the most versatile bows you'll find anywhere, thanks to an incredible draw-length range that goes from 17€‰½-30 inches and a draw-weight range of 15-70 pounds. The Radical is an excellent bow for young shooters who need a rig that will grow with them but also packs plenty of performance to get the job done for experienced bowhunters. The Radical has a compact axle-to-axle footprint of 29€‰¼ inches and weighs just 3.25 pounds. It has a 7€‰1„8-inch brace height and an IBO speed rating of 295 fps. The Radical is available in Realtree AP and Realtree AP Purple camo, either as a bare bow or ready-to-hunt package.
349.99 (bow only) and $
Win&Win Archery Eclipse
The all-new Eclipse from Win&Win Archery
is a feature-packed bow with performance for any hunting adventure. The Eclipse features Win&Win's pure carbon riser and split limbs in combination with your choice of hybrid or new binary cam system. The Eclipse measures 31 inches between the axles, has a speed rating of 320 fps, a 6€‰½-inch brace height, 80 percent letoff and weighs 3.8 pounds. Another great feature is Win&Win's self-adjust draw and weight design, which allows shooters to achieve a perfect fit without a bow press or tools. The Eclipse accommodates draw lengths from 26-30 inches, while draw weight can be adjusted from 40-70 pounds. Shooters can also adjust the valley in the draw cycle for their preferred feel at full draw.
Ross Manta Ray
The new Manta Ray bowfishing bow from Ross Archery
a lightweight, deadly accurate rig perfect for chasing everything from carp to stingrays. Weighing just 3.16 pounds, the Manta Ray won't wear out your bow arm during a long day on the water, and its 30€‰½-inch axle-to-axle length makes it highly maneuverable in tight quarters. The Manta Ray's zero letoff cam and 30-pound draw weight is perfect for snap shots during fast action. The Manta Ray is available as a bare bow or as a ready-to-fish package that includes an AMS Retriever reel, arrow rest and two bowfishing arrows. The Manta Ray is finished in Ripple Blue Camo.
399 (bow only) and $
Concept Archery Believer
is a faith-based company focused on crafting high-quality hunting bows featuring the exclusive, 99-percent letoff design. Concept's Believer
features a parallel-limb configuration and single-cam system that produces a smooth draw, good speed and a very quiet shot. The Believer weighs 4 pounds, has an IBO speed rating of 312 fps, measures 33€‰7„16 inches between the axles, boasts a forgiving 8€‰1„8-inch brace height and comes standard with a full array of Limbsaver noise- and vibration-dampening accessories. The Believer accommodates draw lengths from 25-32 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 pounds. The Believer G1 is finished in Next G1 camo, while the Believer Christian model is finished in God's Country camo and features Christian emblems throughout the riser.
Darton Archery DS-3714
Bowhunters with longer draw lengths will appreciate the new DS-3714 from Darton Archery
, which accommodates draw lengths from 26-32 inches. Patterned after last year's popular DS-3800, the DS-3714 also offers a surprisingly smooth draw and forgiving 7-inch brace height while still producing an impressive IBO speed rating of 335-340 fps. In addition to Darton's respected DualSync Hi-Performance Cam System, the DS-3714 comes with split-limb dampeners, string stop and the all-new Match Vibra Grip for an even more comfortable and accurate shooting experience. The DS-3714 measures 33€‰13„16 inches between the axles, weighs 4.1 pounds and is available with peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60 or 70 pounds.
At just 3.5 pounds, Martin's 2014 Alien
features the sleekest, lightest riser in company history. Easy to tune and shoot, the Alien has a forgiving, 7-inch brace height and 335 fps IBO speed rating thanks to Martin's Nitro 3 Hybrid Cams and X4 Twin Limbs. Noise and vibration is also kept to a minimum thanks to the Carbon Stealth STS string stop, three VEM Vibration Vortex Modules and Silent Hunter Arrow Shelf. The Alien measures a compact 32 inches between the axles, accommodates draw lengths from 25€‰1„2-30€‰1„2 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds, each with 15 pounds of downward adjustability. The Alien comes standards in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo, with other options available.
is the company's response to repeated customer requests for a bridged-riser, take-down recurve. Incorporating Martin's VEM Vibration Escape Modules and Silent Hunter Arrow Shelf makes the Diablo one of the smoothest, quietest recurves you'll find anywhere. The riser is also tapped for a quiver, sight and stabilizer, making it a versatile choice for both target shooters and hunters. Laminated glass and wood limbs are available in 30-, 35-, 40-, 45-, 50- or 55-pound draw weights. With limbs installed the, bow measures 62 inches long, has a 7-inch brace height and weighs 2.7 pounds.