Elite Hunter Review

Elite Archery is very clear it wants to win you over based on an overall ownership experience. From the Elite Shootability Challenge to a remarkable customer care program called the Elite Promise, it's easy to feel at home and get comfortable thinking of yourself as a loyal Elite customer.

On the equipment side, Elite introduces the 2013 Hunter bow. The Hunter Cam is the centerpiece in Elite's drive for shootability, while the modules guarantee optimal performance at every draw length. Other highlights include Barnsdale limbs, Limbsaver damping accessories, Winner's Choice strings/cables, Kolorfusion camo finishes, Cerakote performance coating and one of the best grips in the industry.

The Shootability Challenge

Elite doesn't want you to "take the blue pill" or "drink the Kool-Aid" when it comes to the speed-at-any-cost mentality. Rather, it would have you take its Elite Shootability Challenge, which focuses on the overall experience of the shot from start to finish — not just one performance measurement like speed. Considerable design time has been focused on the creation of its new two-track Hunter Cam, with a goal of optimizing shootability even further.


In this configuration, one of the tracks is for the string while the other is for both cables. Using only two tracks allows a narrower side-to-side footprint, which reduces weight and brings the load from the cables closer to the center of the system. This increases efficiency and reduces the opportunity for cam lean and the negative effects that come with it.


Draw-length changes are modular; however, a bow press and T15 Torx wrench (star shaped) are required to change them. Modules are available for draw lengths from 25-31 inches, in half-inch increments. A slightly adjustable draw stop on each cam provides a solid back wall while allowing a measure of customization.

Shhhh!

With a laser-like focus on the bowhunter, Elite outfits its Hunter with technologies and accessories designed to tame the shot. It all starts with a set of 13-inch solid Barnsdale limbs. These three-layer, laminated limbs are manufactured using Gordon Composites' materials before a CNC-machining process fashions them into their final form.

The parallel position of the limbs at full draw distributes the force from release in equal and opposite directions thereby cancelling out any leftover energy. A bow that incorporates this technology has significantly reduced shock, vibration and noise as compared to a similar bow with upright limb sets. Limbs are available in peak weights of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds, each with 8-9 pounds of adjustment off peak.


Elite employs a host of Limbsaver products to further reduce shock, vibration and noise. The lineup includes a set of two UltraMax limb dampeners, four Cable Leaches, two Everlast String Leeches, a String Decelerator, and Cable Guard dampener. Limbsaver's accessories and NAVCOM material have had a significant impact on the archery industry for more than 10 years.

Tying up Loose Ends

Elite's two-piece grip incorporates wood side panels blended with the contoured section of the riser. The angle, shape and size create a stress-free cradle for the shooter's hand, and the materials and finish allow for repeatable positioning, which is critical for accuracy and consistency. Elite grips are an industry benchmark.


The Hunter's riser is reflex in form and an open format in terms of cutouts, which helps keep mass weight as low as possible. Finish options for riser and limbs include Realtree AP, Realtree Max-1, Realtree AP Snow, and Ninja Black. A combination of black and camo is also available.

The Elite Promise

The Elite promise is a combination of a fully transferable limited lifetime warranty and the company's unique HuntGuarantee. The warranty is valid regardless of where the bow was purchased — new or used. As a part of the Hunt Guarantee, Elite will ship you a ready-to-shoot bow on loan to get you through that once in a lifetime hunt in the event that something happens to your primary rig.

Impressions

The Hunter embodies Elite's shootability mindset by offering a super smooth draw cycle, relaxed valley at full draw and a tame shot. While there is a measure of shock and vibration when the arrow is released, it is minimal. If you add a quality stabilizer to your setup, you can expect even less of both. The Hunter's grip is exceptional in both comfort and functionality.

Hoyt Charger

Hoyt is well-known for producing some of the world's top bows year after year. Recent hits include the innovative Carbon line, Spyder Series, Vector, CRX, Maxxis and the one you still hear bowhunters talk about today, the AlphaMax.

What you may not know is that the same company with this impressive string of top-end stars also offers one of the best 'bang for your buck ' bows on the market — the Charger. Check out the full review.

Elite Hunter

On the equipment side, Elite introduces the 2013 Hunter bow. The Hunter Cam is the centerpiece in Elite's drive for shootability, while the modules guarantee optimal performance at every draw length. Other highlights include Barnsdale limbs, Limbsaver damping accessories, Winner's Choice strings/cables, Kolorfusion camo finishes, Cerakote performance coating and one of the best grips in the industry. Check out the full review.

PSE DNA

PSE's 2013 X-Force Dream Season DNA is loaded with features, including the all-new Flex Cable Slide, Core Hybrid Cam, 4th Generation X-Technology limbs, Centerlock 2 limb pockets, forged reflex riser, B.E.S.T. Raptor grip, new BackStop string silencer, America's Best string/cables and Detachable Limb Bands. Check out the full review.

Bear Motive 6

Bear Archery enters 2013 with a laser-like focus on the success of your hunt. A statement on the Bear says it best: 'We have a saying at Bear Archery: It's not about the hype or high cost — it's about the hunt. This defines the essence of our company, which grew out of the life and work of legendary sportsman Fred Bear. '

The company's new Motive 6 bow is all about the hunt. The Motive 6 is loaded with many features, including the powerful H13 Synchronized Hybrid cams, Max Pre-Load Quad limbs, Dual Offset String Suppressors, 4×4 Roller Guard and Bear Logo Overmold grip. Check out the full review.

Mathews Chill

The Mathews McPherson Series line of bows is Matt McPherson's playground in the two-cam market. He loves to create and improve current designs and brings his considerable engineering expertise to the table as his company pulls it all together for an impressive package in the Monster Chill. Check out the full review.

Hoyt Spyder

Hoyt Archery, one of the industry's finest bow manufacturers, continues to push forward with new technologies and higher levels of performance. The new Spyder line was created by diehard bowhunters and designed with a clear purpose — getting the job done in the field. There are three bows in the line — Spyder 30, Spyder 34 and Spyder Turbo. Check out the full review.

Hoyt Vector

Hoyt has been in the bow making game for a very long time, and the company remains focused on its customers, technology and integrity. Hoyt makes top-notch bows that meet advertised performance specifications, and the company's people are some of the best in the industry. Hoyt came on strong again in 2012 with an impressive lineup, and the all-new Vector 32 is one of the shining stars.

The Hoyt Vector 32 features the popular TEC LITE riser design with the new Perfect Balance Stabilization System, RKT Cam & 1„2, XTS PRO ARC limbs, Pro-Lock X-Lite limb pockets, 180 Pro Fit grip, In-Line Roller Guard and more. Check out the full review.

Mathews Creed

If you have never had the privilege of touring the Mathews manufacturing facility in Sparta, Wisc., you can catch a glimpse of their world-class machinery and capabilities by watching the 'Introducing the Mathews Creed ' video found on the company website. Among other things, you will witness state-of-the-art CNC machining and futuristic robotics.

Mathews is focused on the enjoyment and overall experience an archer is afforded when shooting one of its bows. The flagship Creed was created with a synergistic approach, meaning they brought together all of the top technologies from previous models into mechanical and aesthetic harmony. The Creed is outfitted with the SimPlex Solocam, split parallel limbs, super lightweight GeoGrid Lock riser, and much more. Check out the full review.

BowTech Experience

Few bow manufacturers have wielded as much influence on the archery industry in recent years as BowTech. Driven by its 'Refuse to Follow ' motto, BowTech has built a strong following by taking bold design risks and developing a host of leading bow technologies.

For 2013, BowTech introduces the aptly named Experience, a bow designed to maximize the archer's overall shooting experience, with a strong focus on accuracy. This rig features the new CarbonCore Limbs and Extinguish Dampening System, along with a host of proven technologies such as the OverDrive Binary Cam System, Center Pivot Extreme Riser, Two-Piece Wood Grip, FLX Guard Cable-Containment System and Octane factory string and cables. Check out the full review.

Mathews Heli-M

For 20 years, Mathews Inc. has been wowing the archery community with fantastic technologies, features and performance. The company has long been considered one of the world's top bow makers and has served the entire bowhunting community by pushing the envelope. There is no denying that founder Matt McPherson and his hard-working team are a special bunch. The proof can be found at the end of the manufacturing line year after year.

The 2012 Heli-m, like all Mathews bows, is home to an array of technologies and features. It all starts with a super lightweight GeoGrid Lock riser, which is home to the Reverse Assist Roller Guard, Harmonic Stabilizer Lite, Dead End String Stop Lite and the Rich Walnut SlimFit Inline grip. Also featured on the new rig are the company's SphereLock Pivoting Limb Cup System with Limb Turret, SE5 Composite Limb System and the Heli-m Cam. Check out the full review.

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