With the news earlier this month that the in-person version of the 2021 ATA Archery Trade Show would not be held in Indianapolis this January 2021 due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, it might have been easy to get a little bit glum if you love the modern day stick-and-string.
Until, that is, you realize that whether the ATA Show goes virtual or not — hint, it is — the late autumn weeks starting to unfold on the calendar mean more than just Halloween candy to snack on.
Because it’s also the time of the year that many of the bow manufacturing companies begin to roll out their new products for the coming year. The folks at Elite Archery didn’t disappoint, giving bowhunters a little something to smile about with the unveiling of four new 2021 models that will help both hunters and target shooters find better "shootability” options.
The company has clearly continued its push in that direction this year. That seems apparent when you take a look at three of the company’s new bow models for next year that incorporate Elite’s S.E.T. (Simplified. Exact. Tuning.) technology. That technology will make these new models easier to tune — even without a bow press — when you need it most. And with the fourth new bow from Elite for 2021, the shootability and performance of that model will far outweigh its cost, giving archers a high-end value for a fraction of the price.
Here’s a look at what fans of Elite Archery can expect to see in their favorite pro shops next year.
The first model in the Elite Archer lineup for 2021 is the EnKore, a follow-up to the New York-based company’s Kure, which was introduced earlier this year. With a 33-inch axle-to-axle length, an IBO speed rating of 340 feet per second (fps), and the company’s S.E.T. technology and ASYM Tri-Track Cam System, this flagship hunting bow will go a long way to delivering the company’s desire to build the industry’s most shootable bows.
With simple arrow flight tuning that is tailor made to a shooter’s form, archers that do their own bow mechanic work — the kind of things that Bowhunter Technical Editor Joe Bell addresses in his monthly magazine column — should find such archery shop chores easier now, even if they’re performed at home. You won’t need a bow press to work on your own rig, just a simple Allen wrench and you’re in business thanks to micro-adjustment screws located in each limb pocket.
Add in Elite’s new Performance VersaMod System — which combines adjustable let-off (from 70 to 90 percent) with better performance — and the result is a sweet shooting rig that brings speed and comfortable shooter whether you’re in a treestand, on the 3-D range, or standing at the line in a field archery competition.
With its 4.55-pound weight, 6-inch brace height, various draw lengths from 23 to 30 inches, and a variety of peak draw weights (40, 50, 60, 65, and 70 pounds), this bow is a winner. Choose Realtree Edge, Realtree Excape, KUIU Verde 2.0, OD Brown, OD Green, or various target bow colors, all for a suggested retail price of $1,099.99.
Another flagship hunting bow from Elite, the new Remedy is aimed at bowhunters who like longer axle-to-axle length bows as they climb into a treestand or ground blind. Like it’s EnKore sibling mentioned above, the Remedy brings Elite’s ASYM Tri-Track Cam System and VersaMod rotating module into play, this time for bowhunters who have longer draw lengths up to 31 inches.
With a 34-inch measurement between axles, a dual riser cage look, form fit, and the quality finishes that Elite bows are known for, the result is a smooth rig that is easy to draw and even easier to shoot. After all, Elite aims to have the most shootable bows in the world, remember?
What are some of the technical specs on this new bow from Elite? The Remedy has a brace height of 6.375 inches, a weight of 4.6 pounds, an IBO speed rating of a sizzling 331 fps, adjustable draw lengths in quarter-inch increments ranging from 24 to 31 inches, and peak draw weights options of 40, 50, 60, 65, and 70 pounds. Plus, the bow comes in several finish options including Realtree’s Edge and Excape patterns, KUIU’s Verde 2.0, OD Brown, OD Green, and eight different target colors, all for a suggested retail price of $1,099.99.
If target shooting is your thing during bowhunting's offseason, you’re going to love the new Rezult 36. As Elite Archery’s top-shelf new model for those who dream of bull’s eyes and gold medals, this flagship target bow is certain to deliver some tournament wins to the company’s great shooters in 2021.
Starting with the rig’s 36-inch axle-to-axle length, this is a flat-shooting rig that is stable on the shot and forgives the slightest hiccups in form at the target line. And also incorporating Elite’s ASYM Tri-Track Cam System, VersaMod rotating module, and S.E.T. Technology, this is a bow that will deliver great performances on the tournament field.
Featuring a 6.8125-inch brace height, a weight of 4.7 pounds, an IBO speed rating of 330 fps, and adjustable let-offs of 70 to 85 percent, this bow will have target shooting circles talking. Add in six different draw length options (from 23 to 30 inches), six different draw weight options (40, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 75 pounds), and eight target colors, and this new rig will keep delivering the winning tournament shooting results that the Empire State company is famous for, all for a suggested retail price of $1,549.99.
While it might be tempting to think of Elite Archery’s new Embark as a so-called “bargain bow” due to the $749.99 price tag, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, this is a bow that competes very well with Elite’s flagship models all for a fraction of the sticker shock that a walk into your local bow shop can sometimes bring.
Weighing in at only 4.2 pounds, the Embark features a 6.25-inch brace height and a 32-inch axle-to-axle length that produces a smooth draw cycle and a solid back wall for hunters taking aim at the boiler room of a big buck, or on the 3-D range come spring and summer.
Thanks to Elite's two-track binary cam system, adjustable let-off from 75 to 90 percent, interchangeable draw modules that deliver quarter-inch draw length options from 25 to 29.5 inches and three different peak draw weights of 50, 60, and 70 pounds, the Ninja Black bow finish caps off a feature packed top-of-the-line model at a price point that most archers can afford.