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Draw Today's Top Models And Learn One Thing: Innovation Rules.

Everyone is excited about the new millennium and what the future may bring. Bowhunters also have good cause to look ahead with enthusiasm. Game populations are strong for most species, and opportunities for trophy animals improve every year as better management practices are put into effect For archers there's another reason for optimism this year. Equipment continues to get better, and the crop of new bows for 2000 are the most evolved we've ever seen. There have been several advances that promise to make us more accurate in the field, and they will certainly set the tone for future development throughout the industry. Here are some of the trends I've seen in new bows for 2000.

Trends For 2000

INNOVATIVE GRIPS: Ever since Golden Eagle made an angled offset handle three years ago, the grip has been the recipient of a large amount of research It's well that it should, because the grip is the only part of the bow that we actually contact. If it's awkward or cumbersome, the shot will be ruined before it starts. Today's grips strive to combine comfort with function--a torque-reducing design that actually improves shooting.

If you want to see totally fresh thinking, look no further than the new Jennings T-Master VPS. The grip is free to pivot around its centerline to eliminate torque. PSE's new TRM grip is also new and was designed to position the hand with a slightly higher, straighter wrist for minimal torque.

SOFTER SINGLE-CAM OPTIONS: Golden Eagle's Stealth single-cam is an anomaly in today's faster-is-better market. This cam is soft on purpose, a backlash to the many super-aggressive single-cams that have hit the market since Matt McPherson designed the now famous Mathews MaxCam. While the Stealth is not the fastest, it is one of the smoothest and was designed specifically for bowhunters who aren't looking for a hernia, just a nice trophy.

EVEN SHORTER BOWS: Can they get any shorter? Apparently they can. The shortest bows that made the Great Bows list for 2000 are the new Diamond Hornet and McPherson Hornet. Coincidentally, both have the same name and both are just 31 inches axle-to-axle. Other companies have added short bows to their lines; some even have multiple offerings for 2000. Is this a trend that will last? I didn't expect it to last this long, so it will probably keep right on going. In fact, all the manufacturers I talked with felt short bows are here to stay, especially for hunting. These bows sure are compact and easy to carry. Bowhunters love their lightweight maneuverability.

USE OF SECONDARY CAMS: It has been nearly a decade since a bow company seriously tried to improve performance with off-cam mechanisms. Parker's new Force Multiplier utilizes a secondary cam placed just below the grip to square off the force vs. draw curve for maximum possible energy storage. More energy means faster arrow speeds. According to Parker's Johnny Grace, the Force Multiplier set at 70 pounds and 30 inches of draw will smoke a hunting-weight (540-grain) arrow at 276 fps. That equates to more than 90 foot-pounds of kinetic energy!

QUIETER BOWS: Bow silencing technology continues to improve each year. For example, High Country came out with a new carbon riser bow. Carbon is inherently quieter than aluminum because it dampens vibration. To this the company added limb cups that isolate vibration and a split-limb yoke that has an elastomeric bushing to further reduce the transfer of vibration. The result is one of the quietest bows ever made.

Both Diamond and Bear/Jennings also offer bows with vibration dampeners in their limb cups. The idea is to keep limb vibration--the inevitable result of shooting a high-energy bow---rom being transmitted to the riser where it can resonate and amplify in the accessories.

A Look At The Bows

Alpine Fast Trac X-Treme: Alpine's new Fast Trac cam and idler system features four sealed ball bearings (two on the cam and two on the idler). The bearings are pressed into housings on each side of the cam and idler to provide a wide foundation and a high degree of stability for the cam. According to Alpine's Vince Kite, worn axle bushings and cam lean are a thing of the past. The Fast Trac X-Treme is a machined riser bow with split limbs and a perimeter-weighted single-cam. It is modeled after the Turbo X-Treme that quickly became Alpine's No. 1-selling bow after a mid-year release in 1999.

Bear Archery Airmaster 2000: The new Airmaster 2000 is an excellent value in a good-looking, mid-performing split-limb bow. Available film-dipped camo finishes include Advantage and Break-Up camo. The Airmaster 2000 features Bear's time-proven OneCam, a moderately soft single-cam design that puts the emphasis on a smooth draw and a comfortably long letoff valley.

Browning Adrenaline: Browning is offering 12 new bows for 2000, and the flagship of the two-cam models is the new Adrenaline. It features a forged then machined aluminum riser and three-layer laminated split limbs.Browning's design goal is to offer highly adjustable, user-friendly bows that make maintenance a snap. The new Lightning cam is a great example of this commitment. It offers a three-inch draw length adjustment range in half-inch increments. Best of all, you can make the change without having to put the bow in a press. It's available in two Mossy Oak patterns: Break-Up and Forest Floor.

Buckmaster 320: Buckmaster bows have always been fast and affordable. What started as a single bow has now spawned a complete line of Buckmaster models--all with the original goal. The Buckmaster 320 is the fastest of the bunch. It features a reflexed machined aluminum riser, the new modular Speed Cam single-cam, compression-molded solid limbs, a Quiet Tech limb cup and the patented Bear/Jennings Swing Arm Cable Guard. If you're looking for sizzling speed at a good price, the Buckmaster 320 fills the bill.

Champion Cobra: The only bow manufacturer from Canada that made the Great Bows lineup, Champion used to go by the name Pro Sport and is located in Winnipeg. Champion's new Cobra comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty--a marketing tool most bow companies have abandoned. The Cobra features a perimeter-weighted single-cam system that produces 80 percent letoff and is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up camo. The machined riser bow has split limbs and a narrow-throated wood grip. It's good-looking and fast.

Darton Maverick Express Recurve: The Maverick has been a top-seller for Darton ever since it was introduced. To change what's working is to take undue risk with an obviously approving customer base. However, Rex Darlington saw the need to improve his prize for 2000. Rex redesigned the module system to make it much easier to adjust draw length. Now, you simply loosen one screw and remove another. Pivoting one element is all that's required. Also for 2000, the split limb Maverick has narrower limbs and a new limb pocket to create a more stable, sleeker design. Finally, the Maverick family is decked out in Jim Crumley's attractive Superflauge camo.

Diamond Hornet: According to Diamond's Gary Green, the company has increased the performance and letoff of traditional single-cam technology with its new Sabertooth Cam. This system takes advantage of a patent Diamond has licensed that slightly changes the design of the cam to produce greater energy storage and speed. "This bow will shoot faster at 80 percent letoff than most single-cam bows will shoot at 65 percent letoff," said Green. This short bow is extremely maneuverable and extremely quiet. "The perception among those who have shot the bow is that it has no recoil," Green added. Diamond bows have a rubber gasket in the limb pockets to help isolate vibration for a quieter bow.

Fred Bear Pursuit: The two-cam version of the Fred Bear Pursuit is one of the best high-performance values on the market this year. To get a shocking 312 fps IBO speed, a 6 3/4-inch brace height and a machined aluminum riser, yon would expect to pay big dollars. However, you can get this bow for less than you'd pay for a year of cable TV. The Pursuit features compression-molded limbs, silent Quiet Tech limb pockets, a wood grip and a carbon cable guard rod. The Extreme Cam is modular for easy draw length adjustment.

Golden Eagle LiteSpeed Stealth: With all the aggressive single-cam bows on the market, Golden Eagle felt it was time to offer a bow for hunters who want smooth draw over all other characteristics. Not the fastest bow in the Golden Eagle line, the Stealth is definitely the most comfortable to draw. With its eight-inch brace height, it is also one of the most forgiving to shoot. The Stealth Cam is modular for easy draw length and letoff adjustment. The LiteSpeed Stealth features the Natural Series riser with its offset angled grip and its Solid Gold Assurance Policy, which guarantees a lifetime of factory maintenance assistance.

High Country Carbon Four Runner: High Country has purchased archery manufacturing rights to a new carbon technology that permits carbon to be molded into a solid block and then machined to form a great-looking, lightweight riser. The new Carbon Four Runner is one of three bows to take advantage of this technology for 2000. The new bow weighs only 2.8 pounds. Silent performance is the new theme at High Country. The carbon riser absorbs vibration to make the bow quieter, and when combined with other features such as Vibra Flex Armor split limbs, Vibra Damp limb pockets and a vibration-isolating limb yoke system the bow reportedly produces 80 percent less vibration. This, of course, makes the bow extremely quiet.

Hoyt Ultra Tec: The new Ultra Tec uses much of the same geometry as the InTec and PowerTec that came before it. This machined aluminum riser has the same truss style with built-in overdraw, but in addition it also benefits from lessons learned in the development of Hoyt's very accurate Olympic recurve. A new grip shape and placement promise excellent stability and minimal hand torque. The riser's truss design also absorbs and dissipates vibration for a more solid, quiet release.

Jennings T-Master VPS: None of the bows in this feature have a more revolutionary new grip design than the TMaster. The No-Torque Grip is free to rotate around its centerline. This permits it to turn as you draw the bow to find its own torque-free position. The new grip allows bowhunters to tame radical speed bows, such as the T-Master, to get the best of both worlds: speed and accuracy. This bow is one of the fastest on the market because of its aggressive PWC II single-cam and low brace height. Carbon mesh is molded into the bow's CarbonWrap limbs to make them lighter and stiffer and to improve their torsional stability.

Martin Cougar Magnum: Martin's perimeter-weighted single-cam system is unique. The weights are adjustable for both mass and position (you can install either one or two weights in either of two slots). Weights are sold separately. The machined riser Cougar Magnum is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up and is a good blend of maneuverability, speed and forgiving accuracy. The bow is also remarkably quiet. Because the Cougar Magnum has a long riser given its relatively short axle-to-axle length, it is well-balanced and can be shot accurately without a stabilizer.

Mathews Rival Pro: Recently, Mathews has become known, among other things, as the company that started the short compound bow trend with its MQ-32. The Rival Pro, however, is for the other end of the bowhunting and target shooting spectrum. Like the MQ-32 the Rival Pro has a fairly high brace height by today's standards, but unlike the MQ-32 it is fairly long-40 inches axle-to-axle. The Rival Pro features a long riser and a limb angle that assures that most of the momentum of the limbs is directed up and down, not forward. The forces offset, resulting in a bow that remains stable through the shot. However, powered by the aggressive MaxCam, the Rival Pro is also surprisingly fast.

McPherson Hornet: The Hornet's new Thruster perimeter-weighted single-cam promises perfectly level nock travel. In fact, he system is called the PHD (Perfect Horizontal (Delivery). On the other end of the bow, the Wide Track idler wheel reduces limb torque and string wear. At only 31 inches axle-to-axle, the Hornet is one of the shortest bows on the market, which by default makes it one of the most maneuverable and portable. The Hornet features a machined riser, split limbs and a below-center wood grip that puts the arrow at the vertical center of the bow.

Oneida Black Eagle: Oneida has taken the best components from its most popular bows and combined them into the new Black Eagle. This bow features the smooth-drawing K-Cam from the LiteForce, the recurve limbs from the Aero Force and the lightweight forged riser from the Stealth Eagle. The new Black Eagle has the same unique timing system for which Oneida bows are known and has performance numbers identical to the Lite-Force.

Parker Force Multiplier: Conventional cams don't produce a perfectly flat-topped force vs. draw curve, so they give up some energy storage potential. The Force Multiplier was designed to realize this potential. It uses a secondary cam to optimize the force vs. draw curve. The Force Multiplier cam is fairly small and is located on a lightweight strut found beneath the grip. As the string is drawn, this cam is pulled around in conjunction with the more conventional single-cam on the bottom limb. The eccentric action of this secondary cam is what permits the force vs. draw curve to be so aggressive. Arrows literally blast out of this bow. It has an advertised IBO rating of 336 fps. That's currently the fastest bow I've seen on the market.

Pearson Accumax: It's nice to see one of the founding names in this sport continuing forward into the next millennium. The Pearson Accumax is designed to do just what its name implies: maximize accuracy. Most deflex risers are built into long axle-to-axle target bows. However, the Accumax is designed for hunting with a fairly short overall length and great new riser design that is both very stylish and functional. Its nine-inch brace height makes it one of the most forgiving bows on the market. Other features include a machined riser with cutouts and split limbs.

ProLine Mountain Bow: True to its name, this is a bow you would feel good about taking into the mountains--staking your season on. It's rugged, reliable, fast, lightweight and compact--just what you need on an extended trip for elk or a backyard bowhunt for whitetails. The C/P/S Express cam system has been improved for easier adjustment, but it still exhibits the same level nock travel and smooth draw characteristics that made it so popular. The Mountain Bow features a machined aluminum riser and is available in either split or solid limbs.

ProLine Corsair: The Corsair is a great choice in good-looking high-performance bows, and the best part is the price tag. It features a cast magnesium riser (the same model used on ProLine's popular New Wave bows) to keep cost down. The single-cam system is Darton's C/P/S XT that produces level nock travel, a silky-smooth draw and very impressive performance. The Corsair is everything you want in a solid hunting bow regardless of price. The price is just icing on the cake.

PSE Mach 10 LW: You don't have to be a bow junkie to recognize the PSE Mach label. You don't even have to be a PSE devotee to realize it is top-of-the-line merchandise. Each time Pete Shepley sets out to design a new Mach series bow, his goal is the same: the ultimate bow for hunting and 3D. The 2000 Mach 10 LW is no exception. The LW stands for Lightning Weighted, which is a perimeter-weighted single-cam that--not surprisingly--is lightning fast. The trademark beautifully sleek riser is again machined from aluminum. For 2000 the Mach 10 has a new grip, a medium- to high-wrist Hardwood TRM grip (which stands for torque-reducing mini-grip). It is designed to decrease hand torque.

Reflex Xpress Solo Cam: Reflex has become well-known as a company that produces high-quality bows at an affordable price. I've had a chance to hunt with them and have been very impressed. It's hard to find better bows at any price. Let's not forget about performance. The Xpress takes a backseat to few other bows when it comes to speed. With the smooth-drawing Solo Cam, the bow produces an IBO rating of 304 to 309 fps. The bow features a side-plate grip that is both narrow and comfortable.
Alpine Fast Trac X-Treme Perimeter Weighted One-Cam
Bear Archery Airmaster 2000 OneCam
Browning Adrenaline Lightning High Performance two-cam
Buckmaster Buckmaster 320 Speed Cam single-cam
Buck Tomcat Impact two-cam
Champion Cobra Solo Cam
Darton Maverick Express Recurve C/P/S Express single-cam
Diamond Hornet Sabertooth Cam
Fred Bear Pursuit Modular Extreme Cam
Golden Eagle LiteSpeed Stealth Stealth Cam single-cam
High Country Carbon Four Runner MX1, weighted
Hoyt Ultratec Redline HO
Jennings T-Master VPS Perimeter-Weighted Cam II
Martin Cougar Magnum Fuzion perimeter-weighted single-cam
Mathews Rival Pro MaxCam perimeter-weighted single-cam
McPherson Hornet Thruster single-cam perimeter-weighted
Oneida Black Eagle K-Cam
Parker Force Multiplier Force Multiplier and single-cam
Pearson Accumax Z-3 Cam single-cam, perimeter-weighted
ProLine Mountain Bow C/P/S Express single-cam
ProLine Corsair C/P/S XT single-cam
PSE Mach 10 LW Lightning Cam w/Weight
Reflex Xpress Solo Cam
Alpine Fast Trac X-Treme 33" 7" 310 fps
Bear Archery Airmaster 2000 35 1/2" 6 1/2" 282 fps
Browning Adrenaline 37" 6 1/2" 313 fps
Buckmaster Buckmaster 320 35 3/4" 6" 320 fps
Buck Tomcat 36" 6 1/2" 295 fps
Champion Cobra 37" 7 1/2" 308 fps
Darton Maverick Express Recurve 37 5/8" 6 1/4" 314 fps
Diamond Hornet 31" 7 1/2" 324 fps
Fred Bear Pursuit 34 1/2" 6 3/4" 312 fps
Golden Eagle LiteSpeed Stealth 38 1/2" 8" 280 fps
High Country Carbon Four Runner 36 1/2" 6 1/2" 320 fps
Hoyt Ultratec 38 1/2" 6 5/8" 310 fps
Jennings T-Master VPS 37 1/2" 6" 322 fps
Martin Cougar Magnum 36 1/2" 6 7/8" 315 fps
Mathews Rival Pro 40" 8" 308 fps
McPherson Hornet 31" 7 1/2" 301 fps
Oneida Black Eagle 46" 6 3/4" 300 fps
Parker Force Multiplier 35" 6 1/4" 336 fps
Pearson Accumax 36 1/2" 9" 285 fps
ProLine Mountain Bow 35 1/2" 6 5/8" 300 fps

ProLine Corsair 37 1/2" 6 1/2" 298 fps
PSE Mach 10 LW 38" 6 1/4" 310 fps
Reflex Xpress 38 1/2" 6 1/2" 309 fps
Alpine Fast Trac X-Treme 3.4 lb. 80% or 65% $479
Bear Archery Airmaster 2000 3 lb. 75% $299
Browning Adrenaline 3.7 lb. 71% $550
Buckmaster Buckmaster 320 3.75 lb. 75% $349
Buck Tomcat 3.9 lb. 65% or 80% $199
Champion Cobra 3.8 lb. 80% $609
Darton Maverick Express Recurve 3.5 lb 80%, 65% opt. $575
Diamond Hornet 3.25 lb. 80% $539
Fred Bear Pursuit 3.25 lb. 65% $349
Golden Eagle LiteSpeed Stealth 3.75 lb. 75% $449
High Country Carbon Four Runner 2.9 lb. 80% $600-$700
Hoyt Ultratec 4.5 lb. 65% AMO 70% Eff. $825
Jennings T-Master VPS 4.75 lb. 75% $599
Martin Cougar Magnum 3.75 lb. 75% or 65% $580
Mathews Rival Pro 3.9 lb 70% $699
McPherson Hornet 3.5 lb. 75% $499
Oneida Black Eagle 4 lb. 80%, 65% Opt. $500
Parker Force Multiplier 3.9 lb. 80% $599
Pearson Accumax 3.6 lb. 75% $495
ProLine Mountain Bow 3.9 lb. 80%, 65% Opt. $525
ProLine Corsair 4.2 lb. 80%, 65% Opt. $299
PSE Mach 10 LW 4.5 lb. 65 to 80% Adj. $1,275
Reflex Xpress 4 1/4 lb. 65% or 75% $475
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Title Annotation:hunting bows
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Date:May 1, 2000
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