September 22, 2010
By Curt Wells
The latest archery gear.
By Curt Wells
Alpine's new Velocitec Cam is a hybrid system employing two very different cams. Both have dual payout grooves, and the cables are not attached to the limbs. The upper Control Cam provides the smooth draw cycle, while the lower Power Cam gives the new 32-inch Silverado its quickness, rated at 325 fps.
Call (208) 746-4717, or visit www.alpinearchery.com
The Velocity was the hot bow last year, and it's still in the Archery Research line, but the AR-31 has returned for 2007. At only 31.5 inches long, with a forgiving brace height of 8.25 inches, this is the consummate tree stand or ground blind bow. The Ram Plus Cam delivers all the speed you need, at just over 300 fps.
Call (520) 884-9065, or visit www.archeryresearch.com
The Truth is a new bow at Bear Archery, born of collaboration with Will Primos and his ever-popular team. This bow features "beyond-parallel" limbs, a single Elliptical perimeter-weighted cam, Quad limbs and eight factory-installed vibration dampeners. The Truth won't drain your hunting funds either.
Call (800) 694-9494, or visit www.beararcheryproducts.com
A wild new riser design is setting BowTech's Guardian and Commander apart from the field in 2007. The Center Pivot riser is forked, creating two points of contact with the limbs. The Guardian is just under 34 inches long and cranks out an IBO arrow at a speed in excess of 320 fps. The Commander is over 37 inches long and just a hair slower.
Call (541) 284-4711, or visit www.bowtecharchery.com
The Illusion has been the company's most popular bow, so the folks at Browning simply added features like the new Hyperlite Unibody Pockets, which silence the bow while precisely aligning the limbs, and an asymmetric idler wheel. Also, the Mirage is back this year, and it's short at just under 30 inches.
Call (520) 838-2000, or visit www.browning-archery.com
Eleven new models were introduced at Hoyt this yea
r, led by the Vectrix. The new Vector Cam & 1/2 system provides the speed, and the new StealthShot String Suppression System will arrest noise and vibration. The Vectrix is 33 inches long and the Vectrix XL is 36 inches, and both fling an arrow in the 315 fps range.
Call (801) 363-2990, or visit www.hoyt.com
A spin-off company called Lone Wolf Custom Gear is the newest bow maker in 2007. The Lone Wolf Lobo is the lone bow in this line and was still in development. The Lobo will be a smooth, forgiving, accurate bow featuring a hybrid cam system, 35 inches of length and a brace height of 7.25 inches.
Call (414) 744-8199.
The Bengal is the latest bow on the move at Martin Archery. This parallel-limb bow is only 30.5 inches long, has a reflexed riser creating a 7-inch brace height, and boasts speeds up to 310 fps. The M-Pro Single-Cam harnesses the power of the Super Mag Limbs.
Call (509) 529-2554, or visit www.martinarchery.com
The Drenalin has taken the helm of flagship bows at Mathews Solocam. Their new SE3 Composite SlimLimbs are just a hair over 1 inch wide, span across a new Limb Turret, and anchor in their SphereLock limb locking system. This 33-inch bow will send an IBO arrow off at 320 fps.
Call (608) 269-2728, or visit www.mathewsinc.com
Speed is the word at Precision Shooting Equipment this year with the introduction of the X-Force. Their X-Technology, newly armed with 12-inch limbs and combined with a short brace height of 6 inches, creates a bow capable of nearly 350 fps. The new Firestorm X will be another popular option.
Call (520) 884-9065, or visit www.pse-archery.com
The news at Parker Bows revolves around a new line featuring "Xtreme Parallel" limb technology. The Pioneer XP, with its single ARC Cam, is 33.25 inches long, and with a generous 7.75-inch brace height it still generates 300 fps. Six more new bows fill out the XP line, but the Frontier and Hornet are still the top-end Parker Bows. Call (540) 337-5426, or visit www.parkerbows.com
Pearson Archery's new Z-34, as well as their other top bows, incorporates a new technology called ETI, or Energy Transfer Insert. A machined aluminum T-shaped insert is built into the limb tips to maximize available energy. The single Z-7 Cam and parallel limbs help this bow approach 325 fps.
Call (800) 441-6734, or visit www.benpearson.com
The Ridgeline is at the top of a list of new bows at Reflex. It comes in either 32-inch or 34-inch models, with machined aluminum TEC risers, and the new FX Cam & 1/2 generates arrow speeds in the 310 fps range. The ProLink Pocket System locks down the limbs, and RiserShox, AlphaShox and StringShox deaden vibration.
Call (801) 363-2990, or visit www.reflexbow.com
The Cardiac brings more refinements to the top of the Ross Archery line. Arrow speed has been boosted to around 320 fps with this 33-inch bow, and the new Flatline Anti-Vibration System keeps this bow stealthy. The Precision Cam is matched to the Idler Wheel for a smooth draw and quick arrow.
Call (866) 237-7677, or visit www.rossarchery.com
MISCELLANEOUS BOW GEAR
-- The Block 4X4 target gives you all the angles, from flat-ground shots at offset dots and diamonds to anatomically correct vitals. Rotate it for vertical layers when shooting from a tree stand.
Call (800) 282-4868, or visit www.fieldlogic.com
-- A Dual-Position trigger is now available on Tru-Fire's best mechanical releases. Choose the traditional position or move the trigger forward a half-inch. An optional spring-loaded trigger opens the jaws when you press and closes when you release.
Call (920) 923-6866, or visit www.trufire.com
-- The Parallel Limb Bow Case from SKB is the ultimate traveling companion. It'll hold, and protect, two bows, as well as arrows and plenty of other gear. A spring-loaded handle and wheels will help you catch that plane.
Call (800) 783-0087, or visit www.skbcases.com/sports
-- The new X2 Hybrid Series bow cases in Mossy Oak Break-Up blend hard-shell protection with soft-side flexible storage solutions for a perfect combination of durability and convenience.
Call (888) 707-7678, or visit www.doskosport.com
-- The 1151 Z-Series Bow Case has a smooth, contoured hard-shell exterior. It boasts Plano's patented Pillar-Lock system and a protective zippered valance. It's available in black and measures 42 inches x 19 inches x 8.25 inches.
Call (800) 226-9868, or visit www.planomolding.com
-- The Inferno from Apex Gear features .029-inch fibers on a single plane, protected by a fiber guard. A violet LED light is included, and the sight guard glows in the dark for peep alignment.
Call (877) 701-2739, or visit www.apex-gear.com
-- The Optix LE is available with either .019-inch or .029-inch Smart Pins and includes a harmonic vibration dampener and built-in visor. This sight weighs only 5.8 ounces and comes in Realtree. Call (866) 456-8836, or visit www.g5outdoors.com
-- The new Summit Hot Dot sight uses heads-up technology to project your sight pins, or "dots," on a reflective screen. The LED dots can be adjusted for intensity, and you can choose pendulum, single-pin or multiple-pin modes all on the same sight.
Call (256) 353-0634, or visit www.summitstands.com
-- The newest sight technology from TRUGLO is the Razor. Vertical Blade Technology keeps all your fiber aiming dots on the same plane, and they're individually adjustable. An optional rheostat light is available.
Call (972) 774-0300, or visit www.truglo.com
-- The Striker is a replaceable-blade, cut-on-contact, all-steel broadhead. "Lutz" blades are very sharp and .030 inches thick. Available in either a 100- or 125-grain model, the G5 Striker has a 1.12-inch cut.
Call (866) 456-8836, or visit www.g5outdoors.com
-- Muzzy has followed the success of their short-profile MX-4 broadhead with a new-for-2007 three-blade model. The MX-3 still sports the Trocar Tip but is only 2.16 inches in overall length. It weighs 100 grains and has a 1.25-inch cutting diameter.
Call (770) 387-9300, or visit www.muzzy.com
-- New Archery Products' new HellRazor broadhead is one-piece, all-steel and shaving sharp out of the box. It can be re-sharpened and comes in 100- and 125-grain models
with a 1.12-inch cut.
Call (800) 323-1279, or visit www.newarchery.com
-- A massive 2-inch cutting diameter is the payoff of the Rage 2-Blade broadhead. A Slip-Cam Rear Blade Deployment System ensures that this broadhead will be open before entry. And it comes with a free practice head.
Call (888) 779-0092, or visit www.ragebroadheads.com
-- The Blitz broadhead joins the team at Rocky Mountain Broadheads. The bi-directional design allows the user to offset the blades in the one-piece stainless steel ferrule to match the rotation of their arrows. A tri-cut tip starts the cutting for these 100-grain heads with a 1.12-inch cut.
Call (507) 835-3859, or visit www.rockymtbroadheads.com
QUALITY ARCHERY DESIGNS
-- The new Ultra-Rest HD from Quality Archery Designs employs a harmonic dampener, a larger thumb lever and a new cord lock that allows adjustment at the Thumbwheel.
Call (434) 846-5839, or visit www.qadinc.com
SCHAFFER PERFORMANCE ARCHERY
SCHAFFER PERFORMANCE ARCHERY
-- The Schaffer Fall-Away rest is convertible to static and features a rubber Launch Pad to deaden sound. It can be ordered to perfectly match most major bow designs.
Call (952) 894-6169, or visit www.schafferarchery.com
-- The X-Treme FC Fall-Away rest is the latest from Trophy Taker. Just load an arrow into this total containment rest, draw your bow from any angle, and be confident it'll load correctly -- even under duress!
Call (406) 826-0600, or visit www.trophytaker.com
-- Vibration dampening for your arrow? That's exactly what you get with Beman's new ViBrake Insert, available only in their ICS Hunter arrows. The insert utilizes LimbSaver's NAVCOM IV material to dampen the vibrating arrow both in flight and in your quiver. Call (801) 539-1400, or visit www.beman.com
-- The Maxima Hunter arrow shaft is unique in that it has weight built into the front of the arrow. This technology imparts front-of-center balance, improving accuracy, especially with broadheads. Call (810) 733-6360, or visit www.carbonexpressarrows.com
-- The Radial X Weave Black Mamba arrow is the ultimate big big-game shaft, designed for high-poundage bows and African game. These arrows even come with 10.5 grains-per-inch kinetic energy tubes! Call (520) 884-9065, or visit www.pse-archery.com
-- The highly popular Easton ST Axis carbon arrows are now available in Realtree APG camouflage, as well as Mossy Oak Obsession. Hidden Insert Technology (HIT) combines with these relatively heavy shafts for amazing penetration. Call (801) 539-1400, or visit www.eastonarchery.com