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Silent and Deadly

Hoyt's engineering team of die-hard bowhunters combined years of field experience with technological wizardry to create the all-new Spyder 30. To provide extreme stealth at the shot, Hoyt created patent-pending AirShox Technology. The AirShox dampeners are mounted to the limb pockets, allowing the limbs to pull away at full draw and then be cushioned by the AirShox as they spring back into place upon release. To boost maneuverability, Hoyt trimmed the Spyder 30's axle-to-axle measurement to just 30 inches, making it the most compact Hoyt rig ever. And to generate the power needed to make a lethal strike, Hoyt included its RKT Cam and 1/2 that produces an 'BO speed rating of 330 fps. The Spyder 30 also features Hoyt's TEC Lite Riser, XTS Pro ARC limbs, Fuse Custom Strings, In-Line Roller Guard, Pro-Fit Custom Grip, Silent Shelf Technology and more. The Spyder 30 weighs 3.8 pounds, has a 63-inch brace height, can accommodate draw lengths from 241/2-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds. Finish options include Realtree Xtra, Realtree MAX-1, Black Out and many others.

MSRP: $999

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

Genetic Engineering

When the team at Drury Outdoors challenged PSE Archery engineers to create a new, high-performance hunting bow that was also lightweight, they got to work on a concept that was different right down to its DNA. The new X-Force Dream Season DNA weighs 3.7 pounds and whips arrows at blistering IBO speeds up to 352 fps via the new Core cam. Featuring an aluminum alloy riser, the DNA measures 31 inches axle to axle and is extremely tunable thanks to PSE Center Pull Technology that places the arrow in the exact center of the bow. The DNA boasts a smooth draw cycle and full five inches of draw-length adjustment (26-30 inches) via a rotating inner cam. The DNA also features new Center-lock 2 Limb Pockets, FleX Cable Slide, Backstop 2 string dampener, 4[th] Generation X-Technology limbs, B.E.S.T Raptor Grip and America's Best Bowstrings. Other DNA highlights include a 6-inch brace height, 70 percent letoff and peak draw weights of 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 pounds. It's available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, PSE Skullworks Camo, black and black/camo combinations.

MSRP: $899

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

Bear's Fastest Ever

With an IB0 speed rating of 350 fps, the new Motive 6 is the fastest bow ever produced by Bear Archery. Powered by the all-new H13 Hybrid Cam, the Motive 6 generates blistering speeds while maintaining a smooth, comfortable draw cycle. The H13 Hybrid Cam features a rotating module that allows you to adjust draw length from 25 Y2-30 inches without a bow press. Bear also made changes to its Offset String Suppressors this year, adding in adjustability that allows shooters to tweak them for a custom fit. The Motive 6 features a 6-inch brace height, 32-inch axle-to-axle measurement, 75 percent letoff and weighs 4 pounds. It's available in peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds. In addition, the Motive 6 has Bear's popular 4x4 Roller Guard, Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs, Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets and Contra-Band String and Cables. Available in Realtree APG camo, black and other options.

MSRP: $899.99

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

It's an Experience

For BowTech Archery, 2013 is all about The Experience--a brand-new hunting rig designed to offer an unparalleled combination of stealth and performance. BowTech's latest creation boasts an BO speed rating of 335 fps in tandem with an extremely smooth draw cycle, quiet shot and virtually no vibration. The Experience is built on Bow-Tech's proven CPX (Center Pivot Extreme) platform and is powered by the company's trademark Overdrive Binary Cam System. All-new Carbon-Core Limbs were built for extreme strength, maximum efficiency and increased vibration dampening. Other highlights include the FLX-Guard cable-containment system and new Extinguish Dampening System. The bow measures 32 inches between the axles, has a 7-inch brace height and 80 percent letoff. It can accommodate draw lengths from 26 1/2-31 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds.

MSRP: $999

Contact: BowTech Archery, 877-447-0293;

www.bowtecharchery.com

The Hunter--Reinvented

With an all-new riser and cam system, smoother draw and wider range of draw lengths, the 2013 Hunter from Elite Archery offers plenty of exciting upgrades from the original. Elite President Peter Crawford said the Hunter's new cams offer the company's smoothest-drawing bow to date, while a more parallel limb configuration creates a truly "dead in hand" feel at the shot. Maneuverability is excellent thanks to the Hunter's 31(1/2)-inch axle-to-axle length, and archers will enjoy plenty of forgiveness via the rig's generous, 7(3/4)N-inch brace height. Despite all those features designed to enhance shootability, the Hunter still powers arrows at more than respectable IBC speeds of 323-326 fps. Another highlight is Elite's exclusive "dwell zone," a wide spot in the valley that makes taking aim at trophy game extremely comfortable. The 4.3-pound Hunter comes with Winner's Choice Custom Bowstrings and is available in draw lengths from 25-31 inches and with peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds. Finish options include Realtree AP, Realtree Max-1, Realtree AP Snow and more.

MSRP: $899

Contact: Elite Archery, 877-503-5483;

www.elitearchery.com

The Bowhunter's Creed

Hardcore bowhunters can put their faith in the all-new, split-limb Mathews Creed, featuring the company's legendary Solocam technology. Powered by the new SimPlex Cam, Mathews says the Creed is the smoothest-drawing single-cam bow ever created, yet it still produces 1130 speeds up to 328 fps. It's also balanced, lightweight at just 3.85 pounds, quiet and accurate. Other highlights include the Geo Grid Lock Riser, Reverse Assist Roller Guard, Rich Walnut SlimFit Inline Grip, Dead End String Stop Lite and Mathews Harmonic Stabilizer Lite. The Creed measures 30 inches between the axles and has a 7-inch brace height with 80 percent letoff. It can accommodate draw lengths from 26-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50-70 pounds. Finish options include Lost Camo, Black and Tactical.

MSRP: $999

Contact: Mathews Inc., 608-269-2728;

www.mathewsinc.com

Brace for Impact

G5 Outdoors has turned plenty of heads with the exclusive Parallel Cam Technology on its Prime bows, and the 2013 Impact is sure to leave its mark on bowhunters. Like all Prime bows, the hallmark of the 35-inch Impact is its parallel cams, which distribute the load of the draw force equally on each side of the cable, virtually eliminating cam lean. As a result, Prime bows enjoy reduced horizontal nock travel for better accuracy and reduced limb fatigue. The Impact's new PCX cam produces an IBO speed rating of 340 fps with a 6(1/4)-inch brace height, and it's forged, 7000 series aluminum riser is among the stiffest in the business. Other highlights include C-1 Laminated Limbs, Gore Fiber string and cables, removable anti-torque grip and the TI-Glide flexible titanium cable guard system that reduces cam lean by 25 percent. The Impact weighs 4.5 pounds, offers draw lengths from 26-30 inches and peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds.

MSRP: $949

Contact: G5 Outdoors, 866-456-8836;

www.g5prime.com

Otherworldly Performance

Weighing a feathery 3.5 pounds and boasting an 160 speed rating of up to 335 fps, Martin Archery's 2013 split-limb Alien is the company's sleekest, most advanced bow ever, making it easy to tune and shoot thanks to a forgiving, 7-inch brace height. Other highlights include a CNC machined solid aluminum riser, Nitro 3 Hybrid Cams, X4 Twin Limbs, three VEM Vibration Vortex Modules, Carbon Stealth STS string stop, Martin Cable Containment System, Saddleback Thermal Grip and Silent Hunter Arrow Shelf. The 32-inch axle-to-axle Alien offers draw lengths from 25(1/2)-30(1/2) inches and peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds, with 15 pounds of downward adjustment.

MSRP: $799.99

Contact: Martin Archery, 509-529-2554;

www.martinarchery.com

Get the Edge and Keep It

With a draw-length range of 13-30 inches and a draw-weight range of 5-70 pounds, the new Infinite Edge from Diamond Archery is a youth-oriented hunting bow that can grow with its shooter. The draw length and draw weight on the Infinite Edge can easily be adjusted without a bow press, making it a great choice for first-time shooters. The 3.1-pound bow boasts a 7-inch brace height, 31-inch axle-to-axle measurement and a more than respectable IBO speed rating of 310 fps. To help get new shooters started right away, the Infinite Edge comes standard with a ready-to-shoot package that includes a peep sight, 3-pin Apex sight, Octane DeadLock Lite Quiver, Hostage XL arrow rest and BCY string loop. Finish options include Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, Pink Blaze and BlackOps.

MSRP: $399

Contact: Diamond Archery, 877-447-0293;

www.diamondarchery.com

High Speed, Low Price

Mission Archery's new split-limb Ballistic is a blazer of a hunting bow that won't burn your wallet. For a cool $499, bowhunters get a rig featuring the company's proven AVS cam system that generates an BO speed rating of 330 fps in tandem with a silky smooth draw cycle. The Ballistic is also comfortable in the hand, quiet and deadly accurate. The Ballisitc measures 30(1/2) inches between the axles, has a 7-inch brace height and 80 percent letoff. It weighs 4.18 pounds, can accommodate draw lengths from 26-31 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50-70 pounds. It also comes standard with a Dead End string stop and Zebra Hybrid strings. Finish options are Lost Camo AT and Black.

MSRP: $499

Contact: Mission Archery, 608-269-2728;

www.missionarchery.com

Drive On

Built with a focus on smoothness and forgiveness, the new Drive from Quest Bowhunting still powers arrows at an IBC speed of 323 fps thanks to the new Flux Cam, making it the fastest bow in the Quest line. The Flux Cam combines an extremely smooth draw with a solid back wall for consistent shooting. The Drive measures 33(1/4)inches between the axles, weighs 4.3 pounds and has a 7-inch brace height. it can accommodate draw lengths from 26-31 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50,60 or 70 pounds. Durafuse finish options include Reatee AP Jet Black and G-Fade Realtree AP.

MSRP: $699.99

Contact: Quest Bowhunting, 866-456-8836;

www.questbowhunting.com

Small Size, Big Bite

The new Viper Nano from APA Innovations measures just 30 inches between the axles but boasts a blistering 330 fps IBO speed rating and a forgiving, 7(1/4)-inch brace height. The Viper Nano is APA's smoothest, most efficient, single-cam bow ever, thanks to the new Venom V2 Cam, which offers eight inches of draw-length adjustment in half-inch increments. The cam also features a positive draw stop for a rock-solid back wall. The Viper Nano comes standard with Scorpion Strings. The riser has a built-in, balanced carrying handle, and APA's Fang Riser features an incorporated limb hook that allows you to easily store your bow while on stand. Also standard on APA bows is the multi-function tool center that features a nock wrench, broadhead wrench, carbide sharpener and cam lock built into the riser. The cam lock allows you to lock the cams and replace the string or cable in the field without a bow press. Shown in optional Snakeskin Stealth finish.

MSRP: $899

Contact: APA Innovations, 866-353-7378;

www.apaarchery.com

Muscles & Manners

With an BO speed rating up to 350 fps, a smooth draw and a comfortable valley, Darton calls its 2013 DS-3800 a "muscle bow with manners." The key to the DS-3800's shootability is Darton Dual Sync cam technology, a highly efficient hybrid system that eliminates the tuning problems associated with traditional two-cam systems. Other highlights include a fully machined aluminum riser, E.E.T. (Efficient Energy Transfer) split limbs, P.T.R. (Progressive Torque Reduction) Cable Rod and P.P.L. (Pivoting, Positive Locating) Limb Pockets. The DS-3800 measures 33(13/16) inches between the axles, has a 6-inch brace height and 80 percent letoff, It weighs 4.1 pounds, can accommodate draw lengths from 25-31 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60 or 70 pounds. Finish options include Next Vista camo, Muddy Girl camo, Shadow Black and other options.

MSRP: $899.99

Contact: Darton Archery, 969-728-9511;

www.dartonarchery.com

Third-Generation Carbon

Hoyt's renowned carbon riser technology is back and better than ever for 2013. The new Carbon Element G3 features the same short and sweet 31(1/2)-inch axle-to-axle length that has made this bow a favorite among bowhunt-ers along with the all-new, patent-pending Air-Shox limb dampeners for deadly silence at the shot. The Carbon Element 63 is powered by Hoyt's fast and smooth RKT Cam and 1/2 system and boasts an 1E30 speed rating of 332 fps. The carbon riser helps hold the rig's mass weight to just 3.6 pounds yet offers the strength to stand up to severe abuse in the field. The Carbon Element G3 has a 6(3/4)-inch brace height, can accommodate draw lengths from 24(1/2)-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds. Other highlights include Hoyt's XTS Pro ARC limbs, Fuse Custom Strings, In-Line Roller Guard, Pro-Fit Custom Grip, Silent Shelf Technology and more. Finish options include Realtree Xtra, Realtree MAX-1, black and more.

MSRP: $1,499

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

Take It To the MAX

PSE calls the new X-Force EVO MAX the perfect combination of speed and feel. The EVO MAX generates 'BO speeds up to 345 fps via the EVO cams in combination with PSE's Planar Flex riser and 4[th] Generation X-Technology split limbs. The EVO MAX has a 6-inch brace height, measures 32(1/4) inches between the axles, weighs 4.2 pounds and has 75 percent letoff. It can accommodate draw lengths from 25-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60, 65 or 70 pounds. The EVO MAX also features new Centerlock 2 Limb Pockets, FleX Cable Slide, Backstop 2 string dampener, B.E.S.T Raptor Grip and America's Best Bowstrings.

MSRP: $849

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

Method to the Madness

The all-new Bear Method offers serious bowhunters potent speed and a laundry list of features at a price that falls several hundred dollars below other top-tier rigs. The Method's 340 fps IBO rating is generated via Bear's new H13 Hybrid Cam, and shooters also will enjoy a forgiving, 6(3/4)-inch brace height. rhe Method is maneuverable at just 33 inches between the axles, and it is also quiet and shock-free thanks to Dual Offset String Suppressors. The Method weighs 4 pounds, can accommodate draw lengths from 26(1/2)-31 inches and features 75 percent letoff. It's available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds and comes standard with Bear Contra-Band String and Cables. Finish options include Realtree APG, black and other choices.

MSRP: $649.99

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

Smooth & Versatile

The new Core from Diamond Archery offers a smooth draw, game-stopping speed, a wide range of adjustability and a reasonable price tag. Weighing in at 3.2 pounds, the Core features a 31-inch axle-to-axle length, a 7(1/4)-inch brace height and an 1130 speed rating of 313 fps. Shooters can easily adjust draw lengths from 25-30 inches and draw weights from 40-70 pounds. The Core is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo and comes standard with Diamond's R.A.K. (Ready. Aim. Kill.) accessory package, which includes an alloy peep sight, Octane DeadLock Lite Quiver, 3-pin Apex sight, Octane 5-inch Ultra-Lite Stabilizer, Octane Hijack arrow rest, BCY string loop and wrist string.

MSRP: $499

Contact: Diamond Archery, 877-447-0293; www.diamondarchery.com

Put 'Em on Ice

The new Monster Chill is the latest addition to the Mathews McPherson Series of two-cam bows. Featuring the all-new DYAD AVS Cam System, Mathews says the Chill is the smoothest-shooting two-cam bow on the planet. And thanks to perimeter weighting on the AVS (Advanced Vectoring System) cams, it's also dead in the hand and deadly quiet. With a 7-inch brace height, the Chill is forgiving enough for high-pressure shots, and with 160 speeds up to 333 fps, it's plenty fast. Other highlights include a Geo Grid Lock Riser, Reverse Assist Cable Guard, Focus Grip, Mathews Harmonic Damper, Mathews Harmonic Stabilizer Lite, Dead End String Stop Lite and Mathews Genuine Bowstring and Cable. The Monster Chill weighs 3.9 pounds, measures 30 1/2 inches between the axles and has 80 percent letoff. It can accommodate draw lengths from 23-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50-70 pounds.

MSRP: $999

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

Extremely Devastating

At 30 1/2 inches between the axles and just 3.16 pounds, the Ross XD (Xtreme Devastation) proves you can pack a lot of performance into a small package. In addition to being one of the lightest hunting bows on the market, the XD features an 1130 speed rating of 320 fps with a silky smooth draw and solid back wall, ensuring you will be able to execute a perfect shot during the moment of truth. The Ross XD has a 71/2-inch brace height, 80 percent letoff and can accommodate draw lengths from 26-31 inches. It's available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds. Finish options include Realtree AP camo or Stealth Black.

MSRP: $524.99

Contact: Ross Archery, 877-504-7677; www.rossarchery.com

A Price-Slashing Blade

Bowhunters looking for heavy-hitting performance at a price that's light on the wallet need look no further than the new Blade X4 from Martin Archery. This feature-rich, split-limb rig boasts the Fury XT Single Cam system with an IBC speed rating of up to 315 fps, along with a 3.75-pound mass weight, 31 1/2-inch axle-to-axle length and generous, 7-inch brace height. Martin says the Blade X4 outpaces every other bow in its price class thanks to its smooth draw, stability on target and great durability. Other highlights include a CNC machined aluminum riser, Saddleback Thermal Grip, Quick-Lock Stabilizer Mount and Silent Hunter Arrow Shelf. The Blade X4 is offered in draw lengths from 26-32 inches and peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds. Each limb set offers an impressive 35 pounds of downward adjustment, making it great for growing archers.

MSRP: $349.99

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

Defy the Odds

A compact, 31-inch axle-to-axle measurement, a forgiving 7 1/4-inch brace height and industry-exclusive Parallel Cam Technology highlight the new Prime Defy from G5 Outdoors. Boasting an 'BO speed rating of 335 fps, Prime designed the . Defy specifically for discriminating bowhunters who want to carry a compact hunting rig without sacrificing performance. The Defy's parallel cams distribute the load of the draw force equally on each side of the cable, virtually eliminating cam lean. As a result, Prime bows enjoy reduced horizontal nock travel for better accuracy and reduced limb fatigue for enhanced durability. Other highlights of the Defy include a forged, 7000 series aluminum riser, C-1 Laminated Limbs, Gore Fiber string and cables, removable anti-torque grip and the TI-Glide flexible titanium cable guard system that reduces cam lean by 25 percent. The Defy weighs 4.1 pounds, offers draw lengths from 26-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds.

MSRP: $949

Contact: G5 Outdoors, 866-456-8836;

www.g5prime.com

Stops Sticker Shock

Hoyt's new Charger is billed as a "budget" bow that can blow many competitors' "flagship" rigs out of the water. For a cool $599, serious bowhunters can zip arrows at 325 fps I130 out of a 31 1/2-inch axle-to-axle platform using the new Charger Cam and 1/2 system. The Charger weighs 3.8 pounds, has a 6 3/4-inch brace height and features Hoyt's TEC Lite Riser, ZRX limbs, Fuse Custom Strings, Pro-Fit Custom Grip, Stealth Shot string dampener and more.

MSRP: $599

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

The Fastest Single Cam--Ever

PSE says its new Prophecy is the fastest single-cam rig ever created. The Prophecy's high-performance single-cam system provides a smooth draw while still producing an BO speed rating of 340 fps. Other highlights include PSE's Planar Flex riser, past parallel split limbs, B.E.S.T Raptor Grip and Backstop 2 string dampener. The Prophecy has a 6-inch brace height, measures 32 inches between the axles, weighs 4.1 pounds and has 75 percent letoff. It can accommodate draw lengths from 25-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60 or 70 pounds.

MSRP: $699

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

Hunt Like a Rock Star

The first thing you'll notice about the all-new Rox-Star from Alpine Archery is its unique look. The rich camouflage anodized finish on the aluminum riser, combined with Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity limbs, creates a truly striking appearance. Alpine's V3g Cam system produces an BO speed rating up to 332 fps with 80 percent letoff and a smooth draw cycle. Other highlights include Gordon composite limbs, one-piece rosewood grip, the new Fast Lane Roller Guide and Split Point Limb Capture System pockets. The RoxStar is available with 12-inch limbs and a 6 1/2-inch brace height or 13-inch limbs and a 7 1/2-inch brace height. The bow weighs 4.5 pounds, measures 34 1/2 inches between the axles and is available with peak draw weights of 60 or 70 pounds. It can accommodate draw lengths from 28-32 inches.

MSRP: $699

Contact: Alpine Archery, 208-746-4717;

www.alpinearchery.com

A Win-Win Situation

Win&Win Archery has a long history of recurve bows in South Korea--a history that has set many world records and won Olympic championships. Today though, the company brings its carbon technology to the United States in the form of the Shadow 32 compound bow. Weighing in at just 3.3 pounds, the bow is available in a dual or Hybrid Cam setup and is offered in draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds with a 15-pound adjustment. Brace height is 7 1/4 inches, while letoff is adjustable between 60 and 80 percent.

MSRP: Not available

Contact: Win&Win Archery;

www.win-archery.com

Even More Wrath

Strother Archery's new Wrath SHO (Super High Output) is an even more powerful version of last year's original. Featuring the new Badger II Cam, the Wrath SHO has an 'BO speed rating of up to 335 fps, along with a forgiving 7 3/8-inch brace height, 30 3/18-inch axle-to-axle measurement, 4-pound mass weight and 80 percent letoff. It can accommodate draw lengths from 27-30 inches and is available with peak draw weights of 50, 60, 70 or 80 pounds. The Wrath SHO is a silky smooth rig that packs a .punch. It's also highly maneuverable, deadly accurate and sports sleek good looks. It's available in Realtree AP, Predator 3D Deception, black and other options.

MSRP: $839

Contact: Strother Archery, 888-758-9269;

www.strotherarchery.com

Back in Black

The RedHead Blackout from Bass Pro is a high-performance hunting rig that comes with all the accessories you need to and head afield. Manufactured by BowTech/Diamond, the Blackout features the Throttle Cam Tech single-cam system that produces an IBC speed rating of 333 fps. The Blackout offers a 7-inch brace height and compact 32-inch axle-to-axle length. It weighs just 3.8 pounds, is finished in Realtree AP camo and comes with a 3-pin sight, Hostage arrow rest, 5-arrow quiver, 5-inch stabilizer, string suppressor, peep sight and wrist sling.

MSRP: $599.99

Contact: Bass Pro Shops, 800-227-7776;

www.basspro.com
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