The Xception does a lot of things well, but its price and speed score hurt it. At 312.6 fps, the Xception was the third-slowest bow we evaluated this year, and our testers could tell once we got it off the Hooter Shooter and into our hands. After you get past the slower speed, however, you find a bow that handles well and is enjoyable to shoot. That's reflected in its high marks in vibration and noise, which kept it among the top-scoring bows. Testers also noted attention to detail in the grip, durable finish, and well-designed cable guard. —T.H.