First Look Into The 2018 Bowtech Realm

I was fortunate enough to get one of the pre-production rigs to run through a few tests and, if time allowed, take it to the woods for a little one-on-one time with a rutting Pennsylvania whitetail. So, what is it that sets this bow apart? SmartBow Technology is driven by the cam system and gives the shooter total control of string movement from full draw until the time the arrow leaves the string. Simply place your rest in the exact center position and tune the bow for personal perfection. In this improved system, a FlipDisk is used to switch back and forth from Performance and Comfort setting, which generates about an 8 fps difference in speed and a noticeable draw cycle change. Now we know what sets the Realm apart when it comes to features and technologies, but does it actually make a difference in the field? He was approximately 70 yards down and to the right of me, making his way slowly toward me. My Bowtech Realm easily came to full draw and was solid on the buck’s vitals. What a hunt! Now you know — the Realm is packed full of features and technologies, performs well in testing and definitely can hunt!

You may have heard whispers in the wind, talk around the water cooler or some hint of a special introduction coming from Bowtech. Well, the wait is over, and the 2018 Realm has burst onto the scene looking to claim its place among the best.

I was fortunate enough to get one of the pre-production rigs to run through a few tests and, if time allowed, take it to the woods for a little one-on-one time with a rutting Pennsylvania whitetail. My goal was to discover two things: first, what makes this bow special — and second, could this dog hunt?

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Chad Smith prepares the 2018 Bowtech Realm for its first shot through the Petersen’s Bowhunting X-Ring Machine.

So, what is it that sets this bow apart? It all starts with the Company’s popular Overdrive Binary Cam system, which is unique in that the axles are not your average axles; instead, the Cam Synchronization Axles (CSA) are locked into the cam’s rotation, forcing them to work together. SmartBow Technology is driven by the cam system and gives the shooter total control of string movement from full draw until the time the arrow leaves the string.

A double yoke system top and bottom attaches to each end of the CSAs, allowing fine-tuning of the cam and string positions for a perfectly centered shot — no more moving your rest left or right to account for these variances. Simply place your rest in the exact center position and tune the bow for personal perfection. You gain confidence knowing your rig is perfectly aligned with straight horizontal and vertical nock travel.

In addition to the performance enhancements, the Realm’s cams employ a simplified and more efficient version of PowerShift Technology. In this improved system, a FlipDisk is used to switch back and forth from Performance and Comfort setting, which generates about an 8 fps difference in speed and a noticeable draw cycle change.

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This was the Realm’s first shot through paper out of the Petersen’s Bowhunting X-Ring Machine. A good start, indeed!

The CSAs use a cantilever system with double bearings to accommodate the wider platform of the new limbs. These limbs, unlike past models, are a full solid core, not laminated. Bowtech brought the complete production of the limbs in-house so they have full control of the design, quality and testing processes. And every Bowtech model is required to withstand over 100,000 shot cycles.

The wider limbs coupled with the wider CSAs bring great stability to the system, and it plays out when locking onto the target. Coupling the limbs and riser is Bowtech’s CP Dual Lock pocket, which uses an elongated tab that extends down into an opening in the riser. That locks the pocket to the riser, and the limbs…

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