Check out these serious new compound bows with pedal-to-the-metal speed
Don’t you want your next bow to be a fast one? Of course, you do. If you need a new bow and want something speedy, you’re in luck, too. These days, you don’t have to settle for a bow that’s difficult to shoot to get top-end velocity. In fact, most of the new flagship models from top brands produce the blistering speeds today’s bowhunters expect, and they also offer a variety of advanced features that make them quiet and easy to shoot. These are some of the fastest new bows for 2023.
The flagship Phase4 offers just about everything, including some speed. Image courtesy of Mathews Archery
The Phase4 features new limbs with Resistance Phase Damping Technology, which drastically reduces sound and vibration. It utilizes Mathews’ proven CrossCentric Cam system, and the riser is compatible with the redesigned line of Bridge-Lock Stabilizers, which offer improved balance, enhanced stabilization, and dampened vibration. The Phase4 is available in 29- or 33-inch axle-to-axle lengths, with peak weights of 60, 65, 70, or 75 pounds. Let-off is 80 or 85%. The Phase4 29 has a 6-inch brace height with a 340 IBO rating and accommodates draw lengths of 25.5 to 30 inches, while the 6.5-inch-brace Phase4 33 clocks in at 336 fps (IBO) and accommodates shooters with 27 to 31.5-inch draw lengths. MSRP is $1,299 (Phase4 29) and $1,399 (Phase4 33). Read more information at mathewsinc.com.
The Mathews Atlas is a burner, hitting up to 350 fps. Image courtesy of Mathews Archery
Long-draw shooters rejoice. The Atlas hits speeds of up to 350 fps at the longest draw lengths, thanks to Mathews’ proven Crosscentric Cam technology. It offers a 7 ¾-inch brace height, 34 ¾-inch axle-to-axle length, and Switchweight modules for maximum versatility. The Atlas is available in 60-, 65-, 70-, and 75-pound peak draw weights, and draw lengths range from 29.5 to 34 inches. Mods come in 80 or 85% let-off. MSRP is $1,349. Read more about it at mathewsinc.com.
The Z1S is a very fast bow. Image courtesy of Hoyt
The Z1S is Hoyt’s new speed bow and it’s a scorcher, offering speeds of up to 350 fps. The Z1S utilizes Hoyt’s new S-Type cam, which maximizes cam potential at every draw length. It’s also built on a stable, 33-inch riser with a 5.875-inch brace height. Hoyt’s In-Line Accessory system is designed to be used in conjunction with compatible accessories for a compact profile and noise reduction. The Z1S is available in draw lengths of 25-30 inches, and weights of 30 to 70-pounds. MSRP is $1,499. Learn more at hoyt.com.
The Omnia by Elite is a well-built bow. Image courtesy of Elite Archery
The Omnia includes Elite’s revolutionary Simplified. Exact. Tuning. (S.E.T. Technology), which makes it easier for DIY types to precisely paper-tune their bows at home. Several implementations to this bow further dampen felt residual vibration, resulting in a pleasurable, smooth, and whisper-quiet shot process. But with the SP Cam system and short brace height, the Omnia is one of the fastest bows of the year with a scorching 347 fps IBO. Shooters can also fine-tune the shot experience, draw length, draw cycle, and holding weight with the V2 Micro Mod system. The Omnia is 32 inches axle to axle, has a 6-inch brace height, and MSRP is $1,199. Read more about it at elitearchery.com.
The Bowtech SR350 slings the sticks at 350 fps. Image courtesy of Bowtech
The SR350 is the fastest standard draw-length model in the Bowtech line, with an IBO rating of 350 fps. It’s equipped with Bowtech’s proven DeadLock technology, which makes precise arrow tuning without a press easier than ever. The SR350 has a 6-inch brace height, features a 25-30-inch draw length range, and measures 33 inches axle-to-axle. Peak draw weights include 50, 60, or 70 pounds. MSRP is $1,299. Read more about it at bowtecharchery.com.
The Revolt XL is a speedy bow, clocking in at 358 fps. Image courtesy of Bowtech
BOWTECH REVOLT XL
The Revolt XL is another top choice for archers with a big wingspan, capable of accommodating draw lengths of up to 33 inches. At those draw lengths, this bow is capable of a scorching 358 fps IBO. It measures 33 inches axle to axle and has a 6.25-inch brace height and, like the SR350, sports Bowtech’s DeadLock technology to make tuning a cinch. MSRP for the Revolt XL is $1,299.
The REVEX by Prime Archery is an excellent new bow. Image courtesy of Prime Archery
PRIME ARCHERY REVEX
The Prime Revex incorporates increased stability, cam-balancing technology, and a balanced draw cycle thanks to the CORE Cam System, which depends on a draw-length-specific module for maximum efficiency (but a Revex is available to suit draw lengths of 26 to 31.5 inches). The Revex is available in three axle-to-axle lengths (32, 34, and 35), the shorter two of which have 6.25-inch brace heights and IBO speeds of up to 340 fps. The Revex features a new carbon string stop that eliminates sound and vibration, as well as Prime’s Nano grip utilizes NASA materials to develop a warm-to-the-touch grip. MSRP is $1,199. Go to g5prime.com for additional info.
The Xpedition Archery APX is a 340-fps bow. Image courtesy of Xpedition Archery
XPEDITION ARCHERY APX
Looking for blistering speed with a cooler price tag? Xpedition’s APX offers IBO speeds of up to 340 fps at hundreds of dollars less than the competition. The 33-inch bow has a 6-inch brace height and adjustable draw length, by way of modules, of 26 to 30 inches. It’s available in 60- and 70-pound peak draw weights and MSRP is just $699.99. Learn more at xpeditionarchery.com.
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