By Shane Chuning
Bear Archery Motive 6
I had to look twice when I originally saw pictures of this bow due to the new Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System. The Motive 6 has what they are calling the H13 Cams that are both the brains and the brawn behind this bow, achieving blazing speeds while maintaining a smooth, comfortable draw. This bow packs a punch in the specs department with an IBO speed of 350 FPS, weighing 4 pounds, 6 inch brace, axle to axle is 32”, peak draw weights 50 LBS/ 60 LBS / 70 LBS, draw length range is 25.5” to 30” and a 75% let-off.
The Motive 6 has Max Pre-Load Limbs that help create lots of power in this new bow. The limbs connect to the riser with Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets that eliminate any movement of the limb in the pocket. This will aid in repeatable accuracy shot after shot. Another key function of these limbs is the ability to absorb any vibration. With the speeds this bow is producing, it is amazingly quiet and vibe free.
The grip has two options, the one being the molded rubber grip that feels very comfortable and repeatable, as well as warmer on those cold days. The second option would be the panel grip underneath the molded one. For those that like a very thin grip this might be the option you would prefer. Either way it is nice to have a couple of good choices for personal preferences.
The String Suppressors, as well, have moved to a similar style that they have been using, but have made modifications to make them adjustable. This provides the user with the option to adjust the distance and the amount of contact/pressure that the string has on the String Suppressors.
For me personally, I like a Hybrid Cam system and was very pleased when I saw that Bear Archery went to this system. This is their new H13 dual cams that have a rotating module to make all your draw length adjustments without the need of a bow press or any other modules. This is very convenient when it comes to changing draw length. It is adjustable in ½” increments from 25.5” to 30”. The H13 cams are extremely smooth and consistent throughout the draw cycle. It really does not have a hard or stiff stack up front in the draw cycle at all. I would have to say the engineers did a great job in the H13 cam design.
With the limited amount of time I had with this bow I was extremely impressed with the draw cycle, balance/feel in the hand, the hold on target, very little vibe, extremely quiet for the blazing speeds it produces. All around probably the best bow that Bear Archery has produced in my opinion. I was so impressed I will more than likely have one in my hands soon to set up myself.
Bear Archery Siren
Although this bow is not new for 2013, it is worth the look for any of the female archers out there looking for a new bow. It was designed from the ground up for your female archers. The small frame and grip are perfect for small hands and the very silky smooth draw will surely please the women in this great sport. The Siren was field tested by women, for women, then further refined based on feedback they received from top female archers. Delivering everything their female fans asked for, the Siren’s cam, grip, draw cycle and release were all engineered to work flawlessly in the hands of top-tier female archers.
The Siren has the Bear FH cam, which is behind the silky smooth draw, with draw length adjustments from 22” to 27”. This bow can be ordered in peak weights ranging from 40 LBS/ 50 LBS/ 60 LBS. Axle to Axle length is 31”, mass weight 3.8 LBS, let-off 75% and brace height 6 ¾”. The Siren has a respectable IBO speed rating of 300 FPS at 27” draw, 60 LBS with a 300 grain arrow.
The Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs offer a very quiet shot that has very low vibe. The Siren also boasts its Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets which ensure stability and repeatability shot after shot. This bow held very well on target and I feel it would meet the needs of any of the ladies out there looking for a new bow purchase.
Diamond Archery Core
Diamond Archery has introduced the latest R.A.K. Equipped bow for the bowhunter on a budget. The Core has separated itself from its peers by redefining what it means to have a smooth draw in a durable bow you can absolutely rely on. The Core only weighs 3.2 pounds with an axle-to-axle length of 31 inches and a brace height of 7.25 inches. The draw length ranges from 25-30 inches and the draw weight can be set from 40 all the way to 70 pounds. Rotating modules make the draw length adjustable without replacing the cams.
The Core ships R.A.K. Equipped, which means it is ready to shoot right out of the box.
Diamond Archery Core Compound Bow Features:
R.A.K. Equipped System – What’s the first thing you’ll want to do with your new Diamond bow? Shoot it of course, a lot. The Ready, Aim, Kill (R.A.K.) equipped bows will put you on target right out of the box. Each component is purposefully selected to match your Diamond bow. Then they carefully install and test each component at the factory to ensure its R.A.K. ready right out of the box. Just pick it up, grab some arrows and shoot.
Rotating Modules – Time is of the essence. You will never have to wait for replacement cams or modules ever again. Unlike most bows on the market today, BowTech bows do not require a new cam or module to set your draw length. Simply remove the module screws, rotate the module, and re-tighten. At least six inches of draw length adjustment and an infinite draw stop feature is available on most BowTech bows, allowing for custom draw length tuning for yourself or others.
Carbon Rod String Stop – The Diamond string stops are made of carbon, which is one of the strongest vibration-dampening materials found on the planet. It is positioned directly in line with the stabilizer to effectively transfer vibration from the string to the stabilizer. This optimizes bow balance and dissipates noise and vibration efficiently.
Right Hand or Left Hand options available
This bow is a very budget friendly offering by Diamond Archery that will surely please those looking to upgrade from their first youth bow or just getting into this great sport.
Diamond Archery Infinite Edge
For maximum adjustability and unlimited value, Diamond Archery has released the Infinite Edge compound bow package. Pushing the limits of performance, the Infinite Edge is so versatile that it will be the last bow you’ll ever have to buy. It features an incredible draw length range of 13-30 inches and draw weight range from 5-70 pounds, without a bow press, to provide dependability throughout an archer’s development. The Infinite Edge also comes with an infinite draw setting for training programs, first time shooters, or those who bow fish.
Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Compound Bow Features:
- Draw length range of 13” to 30”
- Draw weight range from 5-70 lbs
- Infinite draw setting for training programs, school programs, beginners and bowfishers
- Includes the Infinite Edge accessory package
- Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Compound Bow Specifications:
- Draw Weight: 5-70 lbs.
- Mass Weight: 3.1 lbs
- Effective Let-Off: 75%
- Draw Length: 13”-30”
- Kinetic Energy: 74.7 ft-lbs
- Axle to Axle: 31”
- IBO Speed: 310 fps @ 29” draw length
- Brace Height: 7”
Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Accessory Package Includes:
- 3-Pin Apex Sight
- Hostage XL Arrow Rest
- Octane DeadLock Lite Quiver
- Tube Peep Site
- BCY String Loop
The new 2013 Prophecy compound bow from PSE Archery is a vision of things to come. The dictionary defines a prophecy as “a prediction of something to come”. Well, the Prophecy from PSE is here and it’s an incredible bow. It features past parallel limbs, a Planar Flex riser, the new Backstop2 and the fastest single-cam ever created. The new Prophecy is smooth, accurate and at 340 fps, the fastest single-cam ever made. This is exactly what hardcore bowhunters have been looking for!
PSE Prophecy Compound Bow Features:
- Past parallel limbs
- Planar Flex riser
- The new VibraCheck Backstop2 Limb Damper
- The fastest single cams ever developed
- PSE Prophecy Compound Bow Specifications:
- Max Limb Bolt Turns from Bottom – 10
- Draw Length Range – 25” – 30”
- ATA/IBO Speed – 340-332 fps
- Axle-to-Axle – 32”
- Brace Height – 6”
- Let Off : 75%
- Mass Weight: 4.1 lbs
- Draw Weight: 60# or 70#
- Right hand only
Quest G5 Drive
This bow is featured in the Pro’s pick section on page 14 for a more in-depth review.
Quest G5 Drive Compound Bow Features:
- Twin-Track Flux Cam
- Patent-Pending I-Glide Flex
- Forged Machined 3061 Aluminum Riser
- Durafuse Finish
- New Adjustable String Suppressor
- G5 Meta Speed Studs
- BowJax Limb Dampeners
Quest G5 Drive Compound Bow Specifications:
- Speed – 330 feet per second
- Weight – 4.3 lbs.
- Brace Height – 7”
- Axle to Axle – 33.25»
- Draw Length – 26″ – 31″
- Draw Weight – 60 or 70 lbs
- Let-Off – 80%
- Available in right and left hand.