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This year’s crop of compound bows lacks the radical innovations that have characterized the offerings of recent years. Research and development dollars have dried up as the economy continues to squeeze consumers and manufacturers alike. Instead, most bow makers have opted to tweak existing designs, producing solid, if frills-free, shooting platforms.
[See the best hunting bows of 2013 here]
In this year’s test, we’re introducing two new performance metrics that we feel are destined to become industry standards: AD/40, which predicts arrow drop at 40 yards, and KE/20, which provides a true measurement of kinetic energy at a realistic hunting distance, in this case 20 yards.
These two new measurements, combined with our existing and unrivaled evaluation process, will help you decide how to spend your money at the bow shop as you prepare for hunting season.
See our test of the Best Broadheads.
Editor’s Note: In the original version of the 2012 Bow Test there were some errors with the KE/20 and AD/40 numbers.
The good news is that the errors don’t affect the Overall Scores of the bows or the bows’ rankings within the test, because we did not factor the KE/20 or AD/40 numbers into the bows’ Overall Score equations. Instead we let those stats stand alone as supplemental data.
The bad news is that they are mistakes, and there’s no excuse for having gone to print with them. Without further ado, here’s where we screwed up:
PSE EVO 7
PSE EVO 7
The product reviews you’ll see in this gallery reflect these corrections. Again, we apologize a thousand times both to our loyal readers who recognize Outdoor Life’s Bow Test as the most thorough evaluation of new compounds and crossbows in the industry, and to the manufacturers whose products’ performances we did not correctly portray.
We still think our new AD/40 and KE/20 metrics are pretty cool, and will help you make informed decisions the next time you buy a new bow. We promise in the future to get you the correct info on the first attempt.