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January 09, 2014
Bowhunting Gear: New Compound Bows and Crossbows for 2014 - 2

OL's bow guru Todd Kuhn hit the floor of the 2014 Archery Trade Association show to check out the newest compound bow and crossbow introductions. This is a sneak peek at what's new in the bowhunting world for this year. For a full review of the 2014 bows and crossbows, check out our annual bow test in the August issue.

Bear Archery

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Todd Kuhn takes a look at Bear Archery's Agenda 7 compound bow from the Archery Trade Association showroom floor. The bow features a new string suppressor system that can be tweaked for your shooting style. With a 6-inch brace height, Bear says it slings arrows at 350 feet per second.

MSRP: $899.99

PSE DNA SP

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The DNA SP is one of PSE's top two flagship bows for 2014. The guys at PSE attempted to build a bow similar to last year's DNA (Outdoor Life's 2013 Editor's Choice award winner), but with a smoother draw cycle thanks to a redesigned cam system. PSE says the new cam system will create a softer draw and a deeper valley.

The bow also sports a new cable guard that is designed to relieve lateral torque.

MSRP: $899.99

Hoyt Carbon Spyder

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The Carbon Spyder features the hollow carbon tubes that Hoyt has become known for, but in a reengineered shape. Hoyt says the new design will make it a more durable and better shooting bow. The 2014 Spyder can shoot up to 340 feet per second and comes in multiple configurations. The mass weight on the 30-inch version of the bow is only 3.5 pounds.

Energy Elite

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The new Energy 35 and its little brother the Energy 32 feature beefed up risers for more durability, but their design doesn't pack on extra weight. The bow also sports high quality strings and a two-track binary cam system.

Darton DS 714

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This bow features a new cam system that is designed to eliminate the cams from leaning on the limbs and to keep the shooter from overdrawing the bow. The grip was designed by professional shooters. 

The bow will retail for about $700.

 

 

PSE TAC Ordnance

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The TAC Ordnance by PSE brings the AR style to the archery world. The bow works off of a AR lower and achieves speeds of 405 feet per second, according to the company. Another unique feature of this cross bow is that it does not utilize a rail.

It comes standard issue with a bipod and a Whisker Biscuit and retails for about $1,000.

TenPoint Venom

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This compact crossbow from TenPoint weighs only 6.5 pounds. The woven, carbon fiber barrel helps with weight reduction and cuts down on string wear. The crossbow also features TenPoint's classic trigger set at 3.5 pounds. This is a high-end bow that is sure to be a sweet shooter, but it will cost you…

MSRP: Starts at $1,619

 

Darton Predator

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Darton's crossbow last year was the Terminator, but they've turned it into the Predator with longer limbs paired with a shorter and lighter frame. The bow also has great finger protection and comes at a screaming price … it will retail for about $500.

 

 

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from JohnT wrote 25 weeks 2 days ago

That's a valid question, cowboystl1, and one we struggle with all the time. As with a lot of our gear tests, the issue comes down to scheduling and product availability. We're lucky to get our hands on as many production samples as we do when we conduct the test each April.

Thanks,
John Taranto
Gear Editor

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from cowboystl1 wrote 26 weeks 2 days ago

quick question shouldn't the bow test be done earlier to be truly helpful to us consumers? just saying Im not going to buy a bow in august ill be buying mine in April maybe May so by fall it will be second nature in my hand just wondering.

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from cowboystl1 wrote 26 weeks 2 days ago

quick question shouldn't the bow test be done earlier to be truly helpful to us consumers? just saying Im not going to buy a bow in august ill be buying mine in April maybe May so by fall it will be second nature in my hand just wondering.

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from JohnT wrote 25 weeks 2 days ago

That's a valid question, cowboystl1, and one we struggle with all the time. As with a lot of our gear tests, the issue comes down to scheduling and product availability. We're lucky to get our hands on as many production samples as we do when we conduct the test each April.

Thanks,
John Taranto
Gear Editor

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