PSE is a company of choices and variety. While surfing the PSE website, it became apparent the company has something for everyone. There are compounds (more than 20 models), recurve bows, longbows, crossbows, ready-to-shoot bow packages, field-ready packages and bowfishing bows. I almost forgot; they even have a blowgun!
Among PSE's 2013 Mainline models is the Prophecy, a rig designed to hit hard with a smooth draw. It features PSE's Amp Single Cam, X-Technology limbs, Brute X limb pockets, Vibracheck Backstop 2, PSE-made string and cable and much more.
Heart of Technology
The Prophecy's riser is at the heart of this rig and has been the focus of much design effort. PSE engineers created a super stiff platform through a Planar Flex technology that uses straight structural lines. The surface of the riser that faces the shooter is primarily straight from top to bottom, other than the grip area and the portions that sweep forward to the pockets. Although not as extensive, there are also a series of flat structural lines on the opposite face of the riser.
These lines, plus the side-to-side transitions into and out of the sight window, produce a platform that is not only stiff but also channels any flex front to back rather than allowing twist and flex from side to side. In the end, you get improved performance through increased consistency and accuracy.
PSE drills and taps multiple sight mounting holes so you never run out of vertical adjustment on your sight. The Prophecy is outfitted with the Raptor grip, which is fully machined with comfort contours and includes two small rubber side plates. Aiding the archer in setup and tuning are the tuning alignment marks on the shelf area that offer a reference line for both vertical and horizontal arrow rest adjustments. Other riser features include the Vibracheck Backstop 2, a stainless steel stabilizer mounting insert and Cam-Lock adjustable cable guard.
Surprising Single Cam
PSE's Amp Single Cam will surprise many with advertised IBO speeds reaching 340 fps. Besides excellent speed, this cam was designed to optimize nock travel and create a smooth draw. The machined, aircraft-grade aluminum cam and idler wheel ride on sealed bearings for reduced friction and increased efficiency. An adjustable inner cam allows draw length adjustments from 25-30 inches, in half-inch increments. The adjustments are made without the need of a bow press and the laser engraved marks and posi-lock pin make positioning easy. A cushioned draw stop is secured into the hole correlating to the draw length.
The X Factor
PSE's X-Technology limbs are highly pre-loaded with an aggressive curl, reaching a past-parallel configuration at full draw with predominantly upright limb pocket angles.
Limb sets are available in 50-, 60- and 70-pound peak draw weights. Brute X limb pockets are minimal in material, supporting the limb in critical areas for maximum control. The composite limb support and a set of Delrin bushings cradle each limb piece and keep them centered and evenly spaced for a no-give alignment. Pockets pivot during the draw-weight adjustment process for better riser-to-limb alignment.
I enjoyed shooting the Prophecy. It combines lots of features and good performance with a mid-range price tag. A notable kick and low-level vibration was felt at the shot. However, a quality stabilizer completely eliminated the vibration and slightly reduced the kick. A short valley leaves little room for creep, but you will be able to relax into the shot if you are set up with the right draw length for your frame. The Prophecy is quiet at the shot, and I have come to appreciate PSE's minimalist grip, which has the right shape, size and angle to be functional and comfortable.
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.
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
'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
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, 4Ã—4 Roller Guard and Bear Logo Overmold grip. Check out the full review.
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
, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.