By Jason Reid, AmmoLand Archery Editor
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Everyone has their preferences when it comes to bows. The good news is there are plenty of bows on the market for each shooter to find what suits them best.
These last four bows I shot at ATA 2016 are no exception, providing the right mix of features for each desire and skill level.
Bowtech BT-X Bow:
The new Bowtech BT-X Bow I thought was a quality bow like one would expect to see from the Oregon based company. Bowtech continues to help archers make adjustments to their bows without having to wait in line for the bow press. Last year the Powershift Technology let you set a draw weight without a press. For 2016, their Microsync Dial helps shooters time their cams without a press. The bow itself comes in 28” specs and 31” specs. Weighing in just above 4 lbs with a 31” axle to axle height and brace heights of 6” and 6.25” respectively.
This was a fun bow to shoot and my first thought was, “This would be a great whitetail set up.”
Hoyt Carbon Defiant Bow:
Certainly among the top of the new bow releases for 2016 and one which lands in my top five to choose from for the fall. The Hoyt Carbon Defiant Bow brings the toughness and portability of Carbon with a sleeker design than others while delivering quality speed. The new DFX Cam has much to do with the success of the bow. The newly designed cam helps maximize your string angle by essentially creating a longer axle to axle bow. According to Hoyt, this will help encourage a pure shooting form by eliminating head tilt. Carbon Defiant bows come in three sizes, 31’’, 33” and 34” axle to axle with both 6” and 7” inch brace heights available with weights in the mid 3lb range. They were among the smoothest drawing and forgiving bows at the show hands down.
My only concern was, the bow wanted to jump out of my hands if I didn’t anchor firmly. Granted, Hoyt doesn't use limb stops.
Mathews Halon Bow:
Considering the length of the line to shoot the new Mathews Halon Bows, I’d say people really liked the newest flagship Mathews products.
Rightfully so, the arrows seemed to glide seamlessly off the riser in addition to having the smoothest draw at the show. Truthfully, I didn’t think I was going to like the bow since it seems bulky at first look. I do understand the reason for needing slightly larger limbs, to handle the powerful cams. But to me as an average size backcountry bowhunter, the 30” axle to axle size and flawless shot is the saving grace. The Halon series is available in 5″, 6″ and 7″ brace heights.
Prime Rize Bow:
The Prime Rize Bow has garnered attention since Prime has used new stiffer materials for their riser. 82X aluminum has helped the company reduce hand shock and increase the bow’s overall quietness. When I picked up the bow I thought it felt balanced in hand and immediately noticed the reduced vibration from last year’s model upon taking a few shots. Another aspect of the Prime bows I didn’t think would grow on me has been the Parallel Cam System. But after a long summer in 2015 fighting with old equipment to dial in at long range, I’ve keyed in on this piece of technology as a potential way to gain an accurate edge in the West. With the stronger riser bowhunters should know the weight is increased a bit. Not astronomically heavier, but bare bow, the Rize weighs 4.3lbs. Regardless, I think anyone who picks up this bow would be more than happy. It has a smooth draw, decent back wall and drives arrows with silky finesse.
Finding the right bow takes time. It has to click with you and what makes you feel most comfortable. Scrutinize each aspect of the bow and find a shop willing to work with you and personalize a set up to make you successful. 2016 has a pile of new bows for serious bowhunters all with great features and innovation.
Because of the difficulty of bowhunting and how animals may give you one window, make sure you do the work on the front end and not rush your choices for bowhunting gear.
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jasonís work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com