The bow show is back. The 2018 Archery Trade Association fired off on Thursday and a flood of new bows and crossbows were there for the gawking. Here’s a first look at the latest and greatest models.
The new Fixation is available in two configurations: The 6M which uses the OB DE cam to deliver speeds of 354 fps and the 6XP which uses the OB XP cam and boasts speeds of 358 fps. Both are 32.25 inches axle-to-axle and weigh 4.5 pounds. Both models are also available in 65-pound draw models (a much welcomed option) as well as standard 10-pound increments ranging from 40 to 70 pounds. Available in nine finishes, the bows sell for $999. www.obsessionbows.com
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly bow for short draw lengths that offers plenty of adjustment and solid performance, the new Hashtag is worth a look. Selling for $499, this 32.375-inch bow weighs in at 3.8 pounds and delivers speeds up to 308 fps. The draw length is easily adjustable from 18-26.5 inches and a weight range of 15-60 pounds. www.obsessionbows.com
Short is back. After producing a couple models on the longer side spectrum, Mathews has gotten back into the short-bow game with its new Triax. Measuring just 28 inches axle-to-axle, this is an easy handling bow ideal for treestand and ground blind use and its 4.4-pound weight makes it a breeze to tout while on the move. Mathews claims the Triax is its quietest bow ever to boot. It sells for $1,099. www.mathewsinc.com
Hoyt’s new flagship aluminum model looks unlike any previous Hoyt. With distinctive wide limbs and a new string system that eliminates the need for a flexing cable guard. The new ZT Hyper cam allows for three inches of draw length adjustment and has plenty…