January 11, 2023
By Brian K. Strickland
A legacy brand that seems to know no bounds, Hoyt once again turns heads with the new VTM. A bow designed to take silence to the next level in the aluminum riser class, it boasts 59% less vibration and 11% less shot noise than last year's Ventum Pro, while also delivering improve accuracy, performance, and setup. Powered by Hoyt’s HBX Pro Cam System, the VTM 31 and VTM 34 deliver IBO speed ratings of 342 fps and 334 fps respectively, and features an improved center shot and sight picture while also offering better tune-ability thanks to a pair of modules that cover draw lengths ranging from 25 to 31 inches. Designed on Hoyt’s new stiffer Tec riser, the VTM also features a unique cutout specifically designed to run the cord of your cable-driven rest through, while also incorporating a Riser Tunnel for the trigger cord of Gamin’s Xero of other electronic sights. Gobbling up noise and vibration, the VTM is equipped with a host of integrated dampeners to include Hoyt’s tried-and-true Limb Shot and Stealth Shot string stop, while also incorporating optimized placement of their Shock Pod Technology and new Hole Shot V2 to eliminate high-frequency vibrations that deer easily hear. Let's not forget Hoyt’s legendary VitalPoint Grip, the Short Stop 2.25-inch stabilizer, and the integrated Picatinny rail sight mount and dovetail rest mount for integrated rests.
Prime wowed the bowhunting crowd with the Inline series last year, and they are at it again with their latest, the REVEX. Stability and accuracy at its core, the new REVEX is available in axel-to-axel configurations of 32”, 34” and 36” that deliver IBO speed ratings touching 338 fps, 340 fps and 330 fps respectively. Offering Prime’s exclusive center-grip riser design for superior built-in stability, which has been synonymous with the Prime brand for years, it also incorporates the all-new CORE Cam System that features draw-length specific modules to ensure you get everything she’s got with each drop of the string. Designed with Prime’s cam balancing technology, which brings the strings and cables in line during the draw cycle, it achieves a perfectly balanced cam that ultimately reduces torque while enhancing accuracy. Additionally, partnering with TightSpot Quiver, the REVEX integrates a specialized bracket that ensures the quiver has both a tight and adjustable fit for exceptional balance. Taking integration a step further, Prime also teamed up with Hamskea to develop a limb-driven arrow rest that integrates directly to the riser.
Mathews Phase 4
Silence is golden in the whitetail woods, and another bow company taking that to heart is Mathews with the new Phase 4 compound bow. With the all-new Resistance Phase Damping Technology, Phase 4 incorporates eight split limbs instead of the traditional four, and tightly sandwiched between them is a thin vibration-damping rubber. Couple this with the completely redesigned Bridge-Lock stabilizers, vibration is drastically reduced at the source, resulting in the smoothest bowhunting system that’s reported to be 13% quieter with 37% less vibration. Available in both 29” and 33” axle-to-axle platforms, Phase 4 is powered by Mathews’ Crosscentric Cam with SwitchWeight Technology that delivers blazing IBO speed ratings touching 340 and 336 respectively, with draw lengths of 25.5” - 30” and 27 - 31.5”. Like previous Mathews’ bows, it also incorporates their Bridge-Lock Technology with the sight, as well as integrated dovetail rest mount and LowPro quiver system to ensure the best possible balance an accuracy. Last but certainly not least, their innovative Stay Afield System (S.A.S) allows hunters to safely remove the strings and cables without the use of a bow press.
Bear Archery expands its Legend Series with its new Execute this season. Building upon 9 decades of bow-building experience, the flagship Execute is offered in both 30 and 32” axle-to-axle platforms that deliver speeds touching 340 fps. Powered by Bear’s proven EKO cam system, it accommodates draw lengths from 26.5 to 30.5 inches while also providing shooters with four let-off options ranging from 75 to 90 percent. Enhancing its performance and stability even more, the Execute features a new riser and parallel limb design with wider Gordon limbs and more efficient limb pockets for perfect riser-to-limb alignment. Plus, with the all-new Shock Management System, the Execute is Bear’s quietest hunting rig to date. Other notable features include an adjustable back wall for a customized feel, a riser-integrated slim grip or a new soft-touch grip to ensure a proper hold, and Align Lok Technology that makes it easy when tuning your sight for 2nd and 3rd axes.
Taking bow technology to the next level, Elite Archery jumps into the carbon bow revolution with the new Era. Specifically designed with Elite’s signature Dual-Cage Riser, this carbon gem combines state-of-the-art manufacturing by adding rigidity and strength in key transition areas while incorporating the benefits of premium carbon to deliver a bow that weighs just 3.95 pounds. Light in the hand, and even smoother when pressing into service, the new Era has a compact axle-to-axle length of 31.25” and with the all-new synchronized, high-performance SP Cam System, it delivers an IBO speed rating of 336 fps. The SP Cam also features the industry's first-ever V2 Micro Mod Let-Off Adjustment so shooters can infinitely fine tune the holding weight while also providing precise 1/4” draw length adjustments from 25.5 to 31 inches. Offering both speed, performance and forgiveness, the Era features a 7 1/4” brace height that is coupled with shorter, wider limbs, and with the option of cable or limb stops to find your back wall, and S.E.T. (Simplified. Exact. Tuning.) Technology, fine tuning your rig is a snap.
Bowtech Carbon One
Touted as the most technologically engineered carbon bow ever developed, Bowtech shakes up the carbon bow arena with the Carbon One. Smooth drawing and deadly accurate, the Carbon One’s advanced carbon riser design combined with Bowtech’s easy-tuning Deadlock Cam System delivers what Bowtech says is the most dead-in-the-hand carbon bow ever developed. Light to the touch at just 4.5 pounds, it reaches IBO speeds of 335 fps, and with other features like torque-reducing Clutch Performance Grip, consistent-delivering Dual Lock Pockets, customizable FlipDisc system that lets shooters choose their draw cycle and strategically positioned Orbit Dampeners to aid with noise and vibration reduction, the tack-driving Carbon One is certainly worth a test drive this season. The Carbon One has a compact 30” axle-to-axle length and brace height of 6.63”. And with Bowtech’s rotating modules, it accommodates draw lengths of 25.5 to 30.5 inches.
PSE Mach 34
The industry was blown away when PSE launched the Nock-On Carbon Levitate last season and taking a page for its success, they are turning heads again with the new Mach 34. Designed with PSE’s Dead Frequency Carbon Riser, noise and hand-shock are virtually non-existent, and with the new Full Draw Stability System that’s designed to actively resist torque at full draw, it produces a solid platform and better overall accuracy and performance. With impressive IBO speeds touching 340 fps, and a 34-inch axle-to-axle length, you can see why it earned the Mach 34 logo, also, at just 3.6 pounds, you’ll hardly know it’s in your hand as you pound up the mountain. When it comes to fine tuning, the Mach 34 is equipped with the all-new EZ220 Snap Spacer System which allows spacers to be easily removed or repositioned in precise .02-inch increments for quicker tuning and cam lean adjustment. Additional highlights include PSE’s Limb Vise Pocket Systems which maintains perfect limp-to-riser alignment, and both a traditional arrow rest mount and dovetail arrow rest mounting design to accommodate the QAD Integrate or Hamskea Epsilon arrow rests. The Mach 34 is available in three cam options (E2, S2 and EC) that deliver brace heights ranging from 6.75 to 7.25 inches and generous draw lengths of 26.5 to 33 inches.
APA Black Mamba 29
Easily the fastest bow in this lineup, as well as one of the shortest axle-to-axle rigs at just over 29 inches, APA Archery adds the new Black Mamba 29 this season. Designed with the backcountry bowhunter in mind, this maneuverable, compact shooter comes in at just over 3.5 pounds, making it a breeze to carry, and with APA’s slimmed-down Fang Riser design, it has a natural feel when sling arrows. Equipped with APA’s Mass Transfer Module and Weight Distribution System, it's easy to achieve the best bow balance possible by adding customizable disc weight when needed. Also, with the riser’s built-in tool center that includes a blade sharpener and broadhead and nock wrench, plus APA’s innovative Cam Lock Technology that lets users replace cables, strings and make other adjustments without a bow press, it's like having a backcountry pro shop at your fingertips.
Grabbing the flagship position for Athens Archery this year is the new Elevate. Driven by their updated ultra-smooth RT-X cam system with Rev 2 Module, it’s one of their most stable, repeatable and adjustable hunting bows in the Athens lineup. Not only does this updated cam system flex its muscle with an IBO speeds topping 345 fps, but it also provides adjustable draw lengths of 24.5” to 30.5” in half-inch increments, as well as 70% and 90% let-off. Adding even more adjustment is their new TCS (Tunable Cable System) roller guard that allows for lateral adjustment to fine-tune arrow flight, and with its Limb-Lok limb pocket design, the Elevate’s 1” split limbs are securely locked in place to prevent lateral movement resulting in a more consistent platform. Rounding out this 32” axle-to-axle gem is the new low profile molded grip, Picatinny rail sight mount, integrated dovetail arrow rest mount and low profile X-Out limb dampeners that deaden noise and vibration.
Darton Prelude E 32
The new Prelude E 32 from Darton is sure to turn some heads this season. Delivering tack-driving accuracy in a 32” axle-to-axle package, it features an IBO speed rating up to 347 fps, and although we all like speed when it’s time to drop the hammer, consistent performance is better. Ensuring this performance, the Prelude E 32 features an all-new riser design that is constructed from a stiffer, high-grade, pre-stressed and pre-stretched aluminum that minimizes riser flex of a more stable platform, plus Darton’s exclusive Equalizer Cable System that achieves even pressure on both axles. It also features adjustable draw modules that offer draw length adjustments from 25.5” to 31”, an adjustable roller guard for fine-tuning while also accepting QAD’s Integrated Rest system.