Is there a better way for a bowhunter to ring in the new year than by checking out the 2018 bow models? No, there is not. Manufacturers have dropped some killer options on us, and anyone looking to part with some Benjamins and pick up a fresh flagship is in for a tough choice.
The great bow minds behind Mathews have focused on producing ultra-quiet bows that harness the most efficiency out of their cam systems as possible, which is why we have the TRIAX today. This bow measures 28 inches between axles, features a six-inch brace height, and through the revolutionary Crosscentric Cam system, can send arrows downrange at 343fps. To achieve those speeds while maintaing a whisper-quiet shot cycle, the 3D Damping Technology of the TRIAX address the three points of contact that produce the most vibration and hushes them up. Anyone who is in the market for a new bow and doesn’t at least shoot a TRIAX is not doing themselves any favors.
Bear Archery Kuma
I don’t know how Bear produces bows that perform the way they do for the price they’re offered at. Easily some of the best bow deals on the market have come from Bear, with the 33-inch Kuma no exception. This 4.3-pound bow can generate arrow speeds of 345fps, and is a marvel in efficiency and technology with its Bear Cage riser, dual SonicStops, and SHOCKWAVES limb dampeners. Choose from either Badlands Approach or the slick-looking Iron finish for the Kuma, which is available in draw weights of 55 – 70 pounds.
Bowtech Archery Realm
I firmly believe that Bowtech employs some of the best engineers out there given the amount of game-changing technology they come up with every year. Case-in-point is the new 30.75-inch Realm and its Clutch Performance grip, PowerShift Technology, CP Dual Lock system, and of course, the OverDrive Binary Cams. The 4.3-pound Realm can produce arrow speeds up to 340fps and is a dream to shoot with its just-over-seven-inch brace height.
Cabela’s Insurgent Compound-Bow Package
Not everyone can, or wants, to spend over a grand for a bow and then start the process of picking up accessories. This is where bows like Cabela’s latest come in. This $550 package contains the Insurgent, which is a four-pound, 31-inch rig that can produce arrow speeds up to 320fps. What’s better than that, however, is that it comes fully outfitted with every accessory you need to walk out of the store and onto the range (and then into the woods).
Elite Archery Enlist
If you think most of these bows are untouchable because of their price, check out the Enlist which wears a $749 price tag. This is a first for Elite, and is…