March 8, 2011
By Shane Chuning
Most of us in the archery industry have heard of G5 Outdoors and their excellent products and very high quality CNC machining. Well that same quality is apparent in the Quest line of bows that they have been producing for the last four or five years. This year the Quest Drive is no exception and is sure to please those looking to purchase an excellent bow at a very good price point of $699.99 for a bare bow.
I had the privilege of setting one of these up recently for this review and was very pleased at its performance. This particular one was set at 70 pounds 28” draw with a 400 grain arrow shooting 291 fps. This put IBO speeds right at their rating of 330 fps. For this particular setup, I used a Whisker Biscuit for a rest which is generally a 2 fps decrease in speeds, but either way it is right at or slightly above its rating. Nice to see speed ratings that are honest and you are starting to see a trend with other manufactures in this area.
The fit and finish are right up there with the tops in the industry; in fact it just might be the best in my honest opinion. It holds up extremely well. It is very durable with crisp and clean camo patterns throughout. They call it a Durafuse Finish, which is their patented process that maintains these qualities. This one was done in the Custom GFade in Optifade Digital Open Country, one of my favorite patterns on the market and goes great with the Sitka line of hunting clothing. This pattern will be offered this year exclusively for Sportsman’s Warehouse.
When it comes down to the performance of the Drive, it is fueled by their new Flux Cam, which is a twin-track style cam system that focuses on smoothness and speed. I will say they did achieve both of their claims. The draw is very smooth throughout the draw cycle with very little felt transitions throughout. It’s a very smooth consistent pull through the whole draw cycle. This makes it very comfortable to draw and one you can draw over and over again without the fatigue you might get with harsh transitions throughout the draw cycle. The Flux Cams do offer 1” of draw length adjustment with every module so you can tailor it to your desired let-off. The only down fall to this is when you need to achieve the shorter end of a certain draw length your let-off will be more like 70% and not 80%. For instance on the 3A module to achieve a true 28” draw, your draw stop would be in the number 1 position to get you spot on at the 28”. This is fine but your holding weight at 70 pounds would be 21 pounds with really no felt valley in the draw cycle. Just to give you an example, this same 3A module when the draw stop is in the number 2 position will draw a true 28 3/8”- 28 ½” and have a holding weight of 15 pounds with a much better valley. This is just one thing to ask about when getting fitted for the right draw length, it can make for a huge difference in the draw cycle feeling comfortable or not.
The riser is a forged CNC machined 6061 aluminum that is a very stable platform and has been a very tried and true material over the years. The CNC machining is top notch as usual with great looking cut outs that have a nice clean look to them. Combine this with a very stable and proven pivoting limb pocket that is CNC machined and you have a very stable and consistent platform that will perform well.
They also use one of the best string materials on the market today, 452X. This material has zero stretch or creep, creating a very stable bow string material. It is definitely my preferred choice of the string materials out on the market. The 452X material does exceptionally well at holding a tune and is the single biggest reason I prefer it over other options. The 452X with a low wax, which they use, also produces speeds that are right there with some of the other faster materials on the market. For this reason, I feel this is one of the best materials you can use; you get the speed and the stability shot after shot. It is really tough to beat and it is nice to see them using it.
The last few years they have stayed with the I-Glide Flex cable system. They claim this flex system reduces cam lean by 25% by reducing the side load from the cables. With this particular bow I set up, I did notice some top cam lean that is generally very normal in a 2-track cam system. This is one area in the 2-track system that I think can be improved upon. It would be nice to see them with more flex to eliminate even more of the cam lean at full draw. The biggest advantage to this would be the improvement of lateral nock travel. This makes tuning much easier and friendlier when you are trying to achieve fieldpoint and fixed blade broadhead accuracy. In the future, I feel these changes would enhance an already great product.
Now from a set up and tuning standpoint, it went very well. Nock height was nock level which is very common for a 2-track cam system. Throughout my tuning process I made slight adjustments to fine tune my centershot, which ended up a hair past 13/16 from riser to center of my arrow. I did fine tune my cables as well to get my cam synch right where it needed to be to give me the level nock travel that the 2-track cam system is known for. This only required one full twist in one of the cables, so right from the factory it was very good, which was nice to see right out of the box.
To sum this up, the Quest Drive was a very solid shooter with a great platform for anyone looking for a new bow purchase. A couple of features that stood out the most to me were the camo definition, overall feel in the hand, repeatable grip, smooth draw cycle, solid backwall and the overall quality that comes with G5 Outdoors.
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