Hottest New Bows of 2017
Our expert picks the most intriguing new bows from this year's Archery Trade Association show
This year’s Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis offered plenty of eye-candy for bowhunters. Here’s a first look at the new compound bows that got our attention while we walked the show floor.
Hoyt Double XL
Long draw archers have long been underserved by manufacturers content with staying in the 25 to 30-inch draw length sweet spot. If you are genetically disposed to long limbs, you “fold” your bow arm in, while cranking your head awkwardly forward to settle into a compromised sight picture.
The Double XL is a 36.75” axle-to-axle compound featuring a 31 to 33-inch draw length range. With an expansive 8-inch brace height, the XL promises to alleviate all tall-shooter-induced form ills. MSRP: $1,149
Mathews Halon 32
Last year’s Halon platform is back in this 32” axle-to-axle version. The 5-inch brace height model offers up to 350 fps, powered by the CrossCentric cam. The Halon 32 employs a partially concentric string payout and AVS technology to produce a smooth draw and consistent accuracy.
The cam system is advertised to produce straight and level nock travel, enhancing shot-to-shot consistency. Mathews signature harmonic damping and stabilization accoutrements promise quiet, vibration-free operation. Mathews industry-leading attention-to-detail and quality of construction can be seen throughout this offering. MSRP: $1,099
Bear Archery LS6
Bear’s 2017 flagship promises a sizzling 355 fps IBO from its pre-loaded limbs and long power stroke (5” brace height measurement with 70% let-off). A new-and-much-improved narrow grip is standard, making this Bear very comfortable to throttle.
The LS6 adjusts nicely, with the draw length varying from 27 to 30-inches on a rotating cam module. Dual string suppressors and a hinged cable guard add an elevated level of sophistication to this new Bear. MSRP: $899
Xpedition Archery Xcursion 6
The Xcursion 6 represents Xpedition’s entry into the “high-performance” bow market. With an advertised IBO speeds up to 358 fps, the Xcursion 6 promises top-shelf performance, in a smooth drawing platform.
The Xcursion is relatively short, at 32.375” axle-to-axle. With a brace height of 6-inches and draw weights ranging from 40 to 70-pounds, with 80% let off, the new Xpedition should be a manageable speed bow. An intricately-machined riser and patent pending cam system demonstrate Xpedition’s visionary design engineering. MSRP: $1,049
Bowtech Reign 6
Anchored by their time-tested binary cam system, the Reign 6 is equipped with the Powershift Technology. The Powershift has been upgraded with a “flip disc,” offering two draw cycle settings: 1) performance; and 2) comfort.
Adding to the level of tunability is the system’s Micro Sync Dial which allows “hex key tuning” the cam system without a bow press. At a brace height of 6-inches, and draw lengths of 24 to 30-inches, the Reign is advertised at an IBO speed of 350 fps. MSRP: $1,049
The split limb Turmoil is Obsession’s first foray into a hybrid cam system and at $699, the new bow promises to be a hot seller. At 33 3/16” axle-to-axle, the Turmoil falls about midway in the length category, with a manageable 6.5” brace height.
An advertised 350 fps IBO speed is impressive considering the 85% let-off. The Turmoil is available in 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, offering a wide range of power options for a variety of archers. MSRP: $699
PSE Evolve 31
The Evolve 31 is designed specifically for hunters with its dramatic 90% let-off and stubby 31″ axle-to-axle measurement. The 90% let-off allows the shooter to hold longer at full draw without fatigue, leading to more ethical, unhurried shots.
The nubby 31” axle-to-axle is short, tucking nicely into treestands or the confines of a small ground blind. At a stripped weight of 4.3 lbs., the Evolve is light enough for long stalks across rough terrain. Advertised at 346-338 ATA/IBO, this little bow packs plenty of sting. MSRP: $949
The Centergy’s riser has a lower center of gravity, one which promises more efficient aiming and less sight pin movement. The new riser features what Prime calls the “Swerve;” a matched upper and lower geometry to help minimize lateral flex during the shot cycle.
Additionally, a new “X82” aluminum is used in the riser, providing less flexure and energy loss at the shot. The new TRK Cam System is billed as a more efficient way of launching arrows. MSRP: $1,199.99
Elite Option 6
Elite has built a solid stable of smooth drawing, pleasant-to-shoot compounds. The introduction of the Option 6 will offer Elite fans a “speed bow.” With an IBO rating of 342 fps, the Option is fast.
At 32” axle-to-axle, this Elite is compact, tucking easily into any treestand or ground blind. A uniquely designed double-caged riser and neatly laminated quad split limbs direct user input into arrows via draw weights ranging from 50 to 80-pounds. Fit-and-finish on the Option 6 rival the best in the industry. MSRP: $1,199
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