Archery gear is always changing and always improving—that’s pretty much a given when you hang around the industry long enough. As a result, archery companies like BowTech are constantly striving for more speed and forgiveness, and focusing on building equipment that is fun to use and hunt with. While news of the newest bows first trickles out around January, BowTech made a surprise launch this summer with the lightweight Carbon Knight, which they say is the lightest ever. It weighs just 3.2 pounds, shoots 330 fps and retails around $849.
No matter what brand it is, it’s gotta be fast, smooth and straight up cool to make our list. If it doesn’t make you drool a little bit, the manufacturers haven’t done their jobs right. Included below are some of the best new compound bows for 2013. Get out the wish list. You’re about to make some additions.
Price: $ 899
“The Carbon Knight was too good to hold any longer,” Coalson said in a press release this week. “We have pushed the limits of technology in search of peak performance and created a strong, lightweight carbon bow with a smooth draw and all the speed you need.”
The Carbon Knight, which is rated at 330 fps and has a mass weight of just 3.2 pounds, is available in BlackOps. The bow also features BowTech’s binary cam design and a Knight Riser, which is constructed from carbon developed specifically for toughness and minimal weight. It’s also got a 7-inch brace height and is 32 inches axle to axle. BowTech offers the bow in 50-70 pound draw weights.
The Mathews motto for 2013 is “Advanced Simplicity.” By making the bow simpler, it is more advanced, smoother, easier to draw and more user-friendly than previous models. The Creed comes with the new Simplex Solocam, which is extremely efficient and draws as smooth as butter. Other new features include a Reverse Assist roller guard, which reduces friction for a smoother draw cycle by positioning cables in a reverse manner, in front rather than behind like most roller guards.
The Roller Guard has a cut-out in the middle of it, further reducing weight. Like you would expect from Mathews, the Creed comes with a Harmonic Damper on top of the riser and a Harmonic Stabilizer Lite in the bottom of the riser, reducing residual vibration by 75 percent. The Creed comes with the Geo Grid Riser and is super-compact at 30-inches axle to axle. The bow offers a forgiving 7-inch brace height and 80 percent let-off. It is available in draw lengths from 26-30 inches and draw weights between 50-70 pounds.
The bow comes with features normally only found on Mathews bows, including a Dead-end String Stop to quickly destroy vibration. The Ballistic has an adjustable draw length between 26-31 inches, shoots an arrow at 330 FPS, weighs 4.18 pounds and has 80 percent let-off. The bow offers draw weight adjustability from 50-70 pounds and has a 7-inch brace height, rendering it extremely forgiving. Bowhunters on a budget will be pleased with this one.
This bow comes with many great features including a Center Pull Technology that places the arrow in the center of the bow, shot after shot. The DNA is built with Center Lock two-limb pockets, a FleX cable slide, and a Backstop two-string dampener. The DNA offers extreme flexibility thanks to an adjustable draw length between 26-30 inches. The DNA tips the scales at 3.7 pounds, has a 6-inch brace height, measures a mere 31 inches axle to axle and throws an arrow at an incredible 352 FPS. It comes with 70 percent let-off and draw weight adjustability from 50-70 pounds.
The QuickSilver 34 comes with a two-track eccentric cam that is fast and in sync with the other cam, eliminating timing issues. The Sudden Stop string stop can be adjusted laterally so bowhunters can move it to the spot they desire. The bow has Stabil Lock limb pockets and a unique machined riser that forces vibration from the riser to the stabilizer bushing. The QuickSilver has a string suppressor on the string that adds additional speed and helps eliminate vibration.
The bow weighs only 3.9 pounds, is 34 inches axle-to-axle with a 7-inch brace height and pushes an arrow up to 330 FPS. It is available in draw weights from 40-70 pounds and has 55-80 percent let-off. It can accommodate draw lengths from 27-30 inches.