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Rocket. Fuel Added

Hoyt's head-turning, carbon-riser bows are back and better than ever for 2012. Leading the way is the Carbon Element RKT, named for the new, rock-et-fast RKT Fuel Cam & 1/2 system, which produces an AKA speed rating of 330 fps--7 fps faster than the 2011 Element. The RKT cam features Hoyt's new ErgoDraw Technology for extreme smoothness throughout the draw cycle. The Carbon Element RK also features the latest generation of Hoyt's hollow carbon tube riser, an extremely strong design that does a great job of dissipating noise and vibration while also providing a warm-to-the-touch feel on cold days Other highlights include a new Inner Race Bearing In-Line Roller Guard, redesigned Pro Lock X-Lite limb pockets, five-layer laminated XIS PRO ARC limbs, Alpha Shok limb and string dampers, Silent Shelf Technology, Pro Fit Custom Grip and FUSE string and cables. The Carbon Element measures 32 inches between the axles, weighs 3.6 pounds and has a 63A-inch brace height. Draw lengths from 24 1/2-30 inches, in half-inch increments, are available, and your choice of six limb options cover draw weights from 30-80 pounds.

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MSRP: $1,399

Contact: Hoyt, 801-363-2990; www.hoyt.com

Lucky 7

For 2012, PSE is unveiling the all-new X-Force Dream Season EGO 7--a hard-hitting rig with a smooth draw and forgiving 7-inch brace height. The EGO 7 measures 32 1/4 inches between the axles, weighs 4,4 pounds, has 75 percent letoff and an BO speed rating of 335 fps. The EGO 7 is powered by PSE's EGO Hybrid Cam, which allows precise, half-inch, draw-length adjustments without modules via the Posi-Lock Inner Cam. Other highlights include PSE's Planar Flex riser, pro-loaded X-Technology split limbs, Centerlock Pockets, Vibracheck Backstop string suppressor, B.E.S.T. (Biomechanically Ergonomic Slim Throat) Raptor Grip and a full set of noise- and vibration-damping accessories The EGO 7 offers draw lengths from 26-31 inches and peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

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MSRP: $849.99

Contact: Precision Shooting Equipment, 520-884-9065; www.pse-archery.com

You'll Go Crazy for it

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Bow Tech's new Insanity CPX combines a blazing fast IBO speed rating of 355 fps with the forgiveness of a Center Pivot Extreme riser/limb interface. Bow Tech's Over Drive Binary cams generate considerable speed with a smooth draw, while the inherent stability of the Center Pivot Extreme platform enhances downrange accuracy. Other highlights include Bow Tech's seven-layer Hard-Core Limbs, FLX-Guard cable containment system for reduced torque, Octane string and cables, carbon rod string stop and two-piece wooden grip. The Insanity CPX has a 6-inch brace height, measures 31 7/8 inches between the axles and features 80 percent letoff. It offers draw lengths from 25 1/2-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60, 70 and 80 pounds. A longer CPXL model that measures 34 15/8 inches axle-to-axle and accommodates draw lengths up to 32 inches also is available

MSRP: $999

Contact: Bow Tech, 877-447-0293; www.bowtecharchery.com

A Bow That Breaks the Rides

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Bear Archery's new Anarchy is powered by the all-new Flat Top Cam, which provides faster speeds, a smoother draw and a more solid back wall--all in a lighter package. The result is a bow that boasts an IBO speed rating of 340 fps with a generous 7 1/4-inch brace height. Despite a stable, 351 -inch axle-to-axle length, the Anarchy weighs just 3.8 pounds. Other highlights include a new, customizable grip, 4 x 4 Roller Guard with eight sealed ball bearings, Dual Arc Offset String Suppressors for a quiet shot, Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs for reduced hand shock and vibration at the shot, Zero-lolerance Limb Pockets, stainless steel stabilizer insert and Bear Contra-Band HP string and cables. The Anarchy features 80 percent letoff and can accommodate draw lengths from 25-311/2 inches. Peak draw weight options include 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

MSRP: $899.99

Contact: Bear Archery, 800-694-9494; www.beararcheryproducts.com

Light Done Right

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Weighing a feathery 3.5 pounds, Mathews says its new Heli-M is the smoothest, quietest, most technologically advanced lightweight bow ever. Measuring 30 inches between the axles and featuring a forgiving, 7-inch brace height, the bow is powered by the new Heli-M cam, which delivers IRO speeds up to 332 fps. Highlights include a new Geo Grid riser, Harmonic Stabilizer Lite, Dead End String Stop Lite and a redesigned, slimmed down Reverse Assist Roller Guard that provides a super smooth draw while keeping mass weight to a minimum. Other notable features include 80 percent letoff, SE5 Composite Limbs, Rich Walnut Slim Fit Incline Grip, Sphere Lock Pivoting Limb Cup System and a full set of noise- and vibration-damping accessories. The Heli-M offers draw lengths from 26-30 inches and peak draw weights from 40-70 pounds.

MSRP: $959

Contact: Mathews Inc., 608-269-2728; www.mathewsinc.com

This One is Prime

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For 2012, the Prime Centroid LB boasts a new design that is 9 percent lighter and 15 percent stiffer than the original. The hallmark of the Centroid is its Parallel Cam Technology, which virtually eliminates cam lean by placing the load equally on each side of the cable. lhe result is reduced horizontal nock travel and limb fatigue, which equals tighter groups and improved accuracy. Another highlight is a machined 7000 Series T6 aluminum riser--twice as strong as traditional aluminum risers. Other notable features include C-2 laminated limbs. Gore Fiber string and cables, TI-Glide Titanium Flexing Cable Guard System and water and odor-resistant Shield Grip. The Centroid is 34 inches axle-to-axle, has a 7-inch brace height, weighs 3.9 pounds and has an IBO speed rating of 330 fps. It accommodates draw lengths from 27-31 inches and draw weights from 40-70 pounds.

MSRP: $999

Contact: G5 Outdoors, 866-456-8836; www.g5prime.com

This Is Their Answer

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Elite Archery specializes in designing high-quality hunting rigs for hardcore bow hunters, and the company's new Answer is Elite's response to customer demand for a bow that can be customized to their shooting preferences. The Answer features a redesigned two-track cam system with two module options--smooth and speed. Shipped standard with the "smooth" module, the Answer has an I130 speed rating of 330 fps, and customers who purchase the optional "speed" module will gain up to an extra 10 fps. The Answer measures 33 1/2 inches between the axles and has a 7-inch brace height. It offers draw lengths from 27-30 inches and peak draw weights of 40, 50. 60, 70 and 80 pounds. The Answer comes standard with LimbSaver limb and string dampers.

MSRP: $869.99

Contact: Elite Archery, 877-503-5483; www.eiitearchery.com

Take a Tiger Afield

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Martin Archery's 2012 Bengal Pro is a real bow hunting tiger, thanks to extreme stability offered by a longer riser design and a more extreme parallel limb angle. In addition, the all new Fury XT single cam allows you to easily change the draw length anywhere from 24-30 1/2 inches, in half-inch increments, while the integrated, adjustable draw stop allows you to further tune your draw length for a perfect feel. The Fury XT cam also allows amazing draw-weight adjustable. For example a 70-pound peak draw-weight bow can be adjusted down-ward all the way to 35 pounds. Despite its versatility, the Fury XT cam sacrifices nothing in the speed department, as the Bengal Pro boasts an IBO speed rating of 330 fps. Martin ensures the Bengal Pro remains quiet and shock-free with four Gibration Gortex GEMs (Vibration Escape Modules). Other highlights include a Silent Hunter arrow shelf, machined aluminum riser, Carbon Fiber STS string suppressor, Hammer Head Strings, Power Tough Limbs, Rota Cup Pivoting Limb System and Quick-Lock Stabilizer Mount. The Bengal Pro measures 31 inches between the axles, weighs 3.8 pounds, has a 7-inch brace height and features adjustable let off up to 80 percent. It's available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

MSRP: $449

Contact: Martin Archery, 509-529-2554; www.marflnarchery.com

Ready to Rumble

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Mission Archery has carved a solid niche in the bow hunting world by offering feature-packed rigs at budget-friendly prices For 2012, Mission continues that tradition with the Riot: a super adjustable bow that produces BO arrow speeds up to 310 fps at a cost of just $399. Mission (a division of Mathews) says the Riot is the perfect choice for cost-conscious archers: thanks to specifications such as an axle-to-axle length of 31 inches, 80 percent letoff, 7-inch brace height, Dead End String Stop, D-Amplifier string silencers and Zebra Hybrid string and cables. The Riot also features the same amazing adjustability as last year's Craze, covering a draw-length range of 19-30 inches and draw weights from 15-70 pounds. The Riot has an extruded aluminum riser and weighs 4.3 pounds.

MSRP: $399

Contact: Mission Archery, 608-269-2728; www.missionarchery.com

Speed Without Sacrifice

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The all-new Torrent from Quest Bow hunting was designed to offer the perfect combination of forgiveness, smoothness and speed. Quest's new Fluid Cam gives hunters the speed they are looking for without sacrificing smoothness and accuracy, and the addition of Quest's patented I-Glide cable containment system reduces torque and improves smoothness throughout the draw cycle. The Torrent boasts an BO speed rating of 322 fps with a 7-inch brace height and axle-to-axle length of 31 inches. It weighs 4.2 pounds, can accommodate draw lengths of 25 1/2-30 inches in half-inch increments and is available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. Other highlights include Bow Tax limb dampeners, an adjustable string stop, machined aluminum limb pockets and a machined aluminum riser. Finishes include Real tree AP and Quest's exclusive GFade Durafuse that fades a black riser into camo limbs.

MSRP: $529

Contact: Quest Bowhunting, 866-456-8836; www.questbowhunting.com

Strike Like a Snake

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The new Mamba M6 from APIA Innovations is a blistering fast, hard-hitting bow that offers extremely flat arrow trajectory for making critical shots in tight spots. One of seven new bows from APA, the Mamba M6 measures 32 1/4 inches between the axles, has a 6 1/8-inch brace height and produces BO speeds up to 355 fps. The bow weighs 3.8 pounds and comes standard with APA's high-performance, dual-cam system that provides a solid back wall and let off of 75 percent. APA says the system is not only fast but quiet, shock-free and enjoyable to shoot. The Mamba M6 also includes a balanced carrying handle built into the riser for easy transport, the Fang Riser that allows you to hang the bow on any available tree limb and multi-function tool center with nock tool, broad-head wrench, carbide sharpener and cam lock.

MSRP: $899

Contact: APA innovations, 866-353-7378; www.apaarchery.com

60 Years of Cam Design

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Darton President and lead engineer Rex Darlington has been an icon of cam design for decades, and his breakthrough refinements continue on the company's 2012 DS-3800. The new bow features the latest advancements to the company's Dual Sync cam system, which makes it one of the smoothest-drawing, flattest-shooting rigs on the market. The 2012 DS-3800 has deeper string grooves in both the cams and modules to cradle the string during the shot. This minimizes string oscillation for added efficiency. Darton has also added a groove machined in the arrow shelf to aid in arrow tuning. Add the proven PTR (Progressive Torque Reduction) cable guard rod that minimizes limb torque during the shot and you have a bow you can't put down.

MSRP: $949.99

Contact: Darton Archery, 989-728-9511; wwwsdartonarchery.com

The Versatile Vector

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Hoyt's all-new Vector family of hunting bows which includes 32-inch (pictured above), 35-inch, 35-inch long draw and 35-inch turbo versions offers plenty of options for bow hunters looking to get their hands on all the latest archery technologies. The Vector 32 features an ALA speed rating of 330 fps with a 32-inch brace height and 4-pound weight. The Vector 35 features a speed rating of 325 fps with a 63/4-inch brace height and a 4.2-pound weight. The Vector Long Draw features a speed rating of 337 fps (at 32 inches) with a 6 3/4-inch brace height and 4-pound weight. And the Vector Turbo features a speed rating of 340 fps with a 6-inch brace height and a 4.2-pound weight. All four Vector versions are powered by Hoyt's new RKT Cam & 1/4 system with Ergo Draw Technology. Other highlights include a TEC Lite machined aluminum riser, In-Line Roller Guard, XTS PRO ARC limbs, Alpha Shok limb and string dampers, new Pro Lock X-Lite limb pockets, Silent Shelf Technology, Pro Fit Custom Grip and FUSE string and cables Vector bows cover a draw-length range from 24 1/2-32 inches and a draw-weight range from 30-80 pounds.

MSRP: $949-$999

Contact: Hoyt, 801-363-2990; www.hoyt.com

A Shorter Assassin

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Bow Tech has taken its popular Assassin and added a short-draw Assassin SD model for 2012. The Assassin SD is designed for draw lengths from 22 1/2-27 inches Despite the shorter draw, Bow Tech's Binary Cam still produces an BO arrow speed of 305 fps at 27 inches. Add in a forgiving 7-inch brace height, a compact 301/4-inch axle-to-axle length and a mass weight of just 3.7 pounds and you have a high-performance rig that stacks up favorably against full-sized bows. Just as impressive is $649 price, which includes Tech's R.A.K. (Ready. Aim Kill.) accessory package--an alloy peep sight, 4-pin TruGlo sight, wrist sling, BCY string loop, 5-arrow quiver, Hostage XL rest, 4-inch stabilizer and Dura-Flx dampening components.

MSRP: $649

Contact: Bow Tech, 877-447-0293; www bowtecharchery.com

Join the Legion

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Bear's short axle-to-axle Strike has been redesigned for 2012 as the Legion--a faster, smoother version with a new cam, upgraded grip for reduced hand torque and Bear's trademark Dual Offset String Suppressors for a quiet, shock-free shot. Bear's new E2-Cam is faster and smoother than the original E-Cam but still allows half-inch draw-length adjustments without a bow press. The Legion measures 301/2 inches between the axles, has a 7-inch brace height, 80 percent let off and an IBO speed rating up to 318 fps. The bow weighs 4 pounds, accommodates draw lengths from 26-31 inches and is available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds. An optional ready-to-hunt package includes a Whisker Biscuit rest, Trophy Ridge 5-pin sight, Trophy Ridge stabilizer and sling, Trophy Ridge quiver, peep sight and nocking loop.

MSRP: $399.99-$499.99

Contact: Bear Archery, 800-694-9494; www.beararcheryproducts.com

In the Driver's Seat

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Powered by the all-new Drive Cam, PSE's 2012 X-Force Vendetta DC is setting new standards for smoothness, speed and forgiveness. With a stable, 34-inch axle-to-axle length and generous 7-inch brace height, the Vendetta DC still manages to produce BO arrow speeds up to 330 fps. Adjusting the draw length from 26 1/2-32 inches, in half-inch increments, is a breeze and requires no modules thanks to the Posi-Lock Inner Cam. Other highlights include PSE's Planar Flex Riser, pre-loaded X-Technology split limbs, Centerlock Pockets, Gibra check Backstop string suppressor and a full set of noise- and vibration-damping accessories. The Vendetta DC weighs 4.3 pounds, features 75 percent letoff and is offered with peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

MSRP: $699.99

Contact: Precision Shooting Equipment, 520-884-9065; www.pse-archery.com

A More Forgiving Monster

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Featuring IBO speeds up to 330 fps and a forgiving, 8-inch brace height, the Monster MR8 is the latest addition to Mathews' McPherson Series. The Monster MR8 is powered by Advanced Vectoring System (AGS) cam technology and Quad G-Lock Limbs that reach a radical, past parallel position at full draw. Other highlights include Mathews' super strong Grid Lock Riser, Harmonic Stabilizer, Dead End String Stop, Double Damper Roller Guard and Walnut Slim Fit Grip. The Monster MR8 measures 33 inches axle-to-axle, weighs 4.45 pounds and has a let off of 80 percent. It accommodates draw lengths from 271/2-33 inches and draw weights from 50-80 pounds.

MSRP: $999

Contact: Mathews Inc., 608-269-2728; www.mathewsinc.com

A Shift in Technology

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The 2012 Prime Shift LR is 12 percent lighter and 8 percent stiffer than last year's original version, making it easy to carry in the field and more accurate than ever. In addition, the Shift features Prime's exclusive Parallel Cam Technology, which virtually eliminates came lean by placing the load equally on each side of the cable. The result is reduced horizontal nock travel and limb fatigue, which equals tighter groups and improved accuracy. Another highlight of the Shift is a machined 7000 Series T6 aluminum riser, which is twice as strong as traditional aluminum risers. Other notable features include C-2 laminated limbs, Gore Fiber string and cables, la-Glided Titanium Flexing Cable Guard System and water-and odor-resistant Shield Grip. The Shift is 30 inches axle-to-axle, has a 7-inch brace height, weighs 3.52 pounds and has an IBO speed rating of 333 fps. It accommodates draw lengths from 26-30 inches and draw weights from 40-70 pounds.

MSRP: $999

Contact: G5 Outdoors, 866-456-8836; www.g5primes.com

Fancy Bow fishing Finish

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AMS Bow fishing's Fish Hawk family of bows has gotten an exciting new look for 2012 with the all-new Koi Carp Camo. The new pattern features scales, water and fish, and it will definitely make you stand out on the water. The Fish Hawk's custom-engineered cam allows for "snap-shooting" by enabling maximum arrow speed at minimum draw lengths. Measuring 35 1/2 inches between the axles, the Fish Hawk offers great maneuverability with minimal finger pinch. And because there is no set draw stop, anyone can shoot the same bow for years of action-packed bow fishing excitement! The Fish Hawk has an adjustable draw weight from 30-40 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 15-30 inches. The bow has a 7 3/4-inch brace height, weighs 3.4 pounds and features 20 percent let off Its also available in a kit that includes an AMS Retriever Pro reel with 200-pound line, an AMS Wave Rest and a nocking point.

MSRP: $299.99 (bow only) and $414.99 (kit)

Contact: AMS Bow fishing, 888-541-7657; www.amsbowfishing.com

Single-cam Speed

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Martin says its new Pantera Magnum is the most technologically advanced single-cam on the market today, boasting a smooth draw cycle and dead-on accuracy in combination with an impressive BO speed rating of 330 fps. The Pantera Magnum has a longer riser and 34-inch axle-to-axle length for added forgiveness, plus an extreme parallel limb configuration for a dead-in-the hand feel at the shot. The rig is powered by. Martin's new Fury XT cam, which not only produces great speeds but offers tons of draw-length and draw-weight adjustability. Other high-lights include Power Tough Limbs, Carbon Fiber STS string suppressor, Hammer Head String, machined aluminum riser, Saddleback Thermal Grip, built-in GEM Gibration Gortex dampers, Roto Cup Pivoting Limb System, Silent Hunter Arrow Shelf and Quick-Lock Stabilizer Mount. The Pantera Magnum weighs 4.1 pounds, has a 7-inch brace height, features adjustable let off up to 80 percent and can accommodate draw lengths from 25-31 1/4 inches. It's available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds

MSRP: $549

Contact: Martin Archery, 509-529-2554; www.martinarchery.com

Madness Times Three

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PSE's single-cam Bow Madness has long been a top choice of America's bowhunters, and for 2012, the company has redesigned the flagship of its mainline series as the Bow Madness 3G. This third-generation Bow Madness features an all-new, low-flex riser for consistent accuracy and a new Madness Pro Cam with a smoother, optimized draw cycle. Plus, the cam easily allows for draw-length adjustments from 25-30 inches, in halt-increments, without modules thanks to the Posi-Lock Inner Cam. PSE says the Bow Madness 3G, which generates IBO arrow speeds up to 330 fps, is among the fastest, most efficient single-cam bows the company has ever offered. The bow measures 33 1/8 inches between the axles, has a 7-inch brace height, 75 percent let off and weighs 4.3 pounds. It's available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

MSRP: $599.99

Contact: Precision Shooting Equipment, 520-884-9065; www.pse-archery.com

Unleash Your Wrath

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The new Wrath from Strother Archery is a hunter's bow through and through. Highlights of this rig include a comfortable, two-piece wooden grip, a unique cable guard, two-track cam system and sturdy split limbs that produce IBO speeds up to 327 fps. The Wrath's Dual Sync cams are locked together to eliminate any problems related to cam timing, string stretch or seating of the string and cables. And by using two tracks--one to harness the string and another to handle take up and let out of the cables--Strother can place the majority of the load very close to the center of the axles, which minimizes accuracy-robbing limb twist and cam lean. Noise and vibration on the Wrath are kept to a minimum thanks to limbs that reach a past parallel position at full draw, plus a riser-mounted string suppressor, a set of No-Gloves on the string and a low-friction cable guard designed to enhance efficiency. The Wrath measures 32 inches between the axles, has an 8-inch brace height, weighs 4 pounds and can accommodate draw lengths from 27-31 inches, in halt-inch increments. Let off is adjustable from 70-80 percent, and it's available in peak draw weights of 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds.

MSRP: $829

Contact: Strother Archery, 888-758-9269; www.strotherarchery.com
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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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