October 28, 2010
By Jon E. Silks
By Jon E. Silks
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Quest continues to focus solely on hunters with a line of bows that features no-nonsense components, excellent performance, concealment-driven finish options and a stealthy shot. There are no target models, no shiny fittings, components or labels and certainly no gimmicks. Quest bows are designed to get the job done with no fuss, failure or flash, and the new Primal model is the lead dog.
The Primal features Quest's new SYNC binary cams, the revolutionary I-Glide cable containment system, solid lock pivoting limb pockets, parallel limbs, two-piece wood grip and the exclusive G-Fade finish applied with the patented Durafuse process.
Primal Purpose, Present-Day Performance
The Primal has a binary cam system that packs the punch needed to seal the deal and fill the freezer. The new SYNC Cam features a two-track configuration that uses one track for the string and the other for both cables. This saves space (width) on the cams and allows Quest to place the cables near the center of the axle. When drawing the bow, much of the force created is focused on the cables, which, if placed in the middle of the system, will reduce limb twist and overall torque. Limb twist (aka cam lean) is an efficiency- and speed-robbing thief. Further enhancing the cam's effectiveness are stainless steel axles and no-maintenance ball bearings.
Another design goal for the SYNC Cam was a super smooth draw cycle. Examine the accompanying draw force curve for an inch-by-inch assessment and decide for yourself if Quest hit that mark. Two draw stops, one on each cam, adjust to personalize your desired letoff up to 80 percent. The two draw stops also create a rock-solid wall at the end of the draw cycle. Draw lengths from 26€‰1/2-30 inches, in half-inch increments, are offered through a modular system on the SYNC Cam. Advertised IBO speeds from 330-332 fps are produced, along with a comfortable, 7€‰1„8-inch brace height.
A Hunter, Plain and Simple
Quest's new Primal is made for one thing — hunting. It is designed to perform well and perform without failure. One of the more unique and simplistic features on this bow is the patent-pending I-Glide Cable Containment System. This is the perfect example of Quest's design mentality, as it gets the job done like no other. Unlike systems with slides or rollers, the I-Glide has zero moving parts and nothing to go wrong.
It remains completely stationary as the cables move up and down during the draw and shot. In the most basic of terms, this system is two holes on the end of a stick. Of course, it is more complicated than that. The insides of the two holes at the end of the machined aluminum rod are lined with glazed technical ceramic, which is super slippery. The result is much longer cable life, quieter performance and the assurance that your cable system will not let you down when you are 10,000 feet up on a hunt that cost more than your first three cars combined.
Stealth = Steak
One of the most important parts of maintaining the element of surprise while pursuing your next trophy is silence. Quest attacks noise through parallel limbs, BowJax limb dampers and a string stop. Parallel limbs are perhaps the most effective tools in the fight, as they move in equal and opposite directions at the shot. One limb counters the force of the other, canceling much of the energy left over after propelling the arrow. A bow that sports a set of parallel limbs has significantly reduced shock, vibration and noise as compared to a similar bow with upright limb sets.
Quest's cam design succeeds in blending speed with a pleasantly smooth draw. A notable jump is felt in the grip at the shot, but vibration is minimal and noise follows suit with only a meager report. The Primal handles well with its light mass weight, comfortable grip and magnet-like attraction to the target.
If you haven't seen the G-Fade finish in person, it's well worth a trip to the pro-shop.