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15 Best New Compound Bows for 2023 [First Look]


Get a grip on the hottest new compound bows for your upcoming bowhunting adventures.

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You’d think by now that compound bow companies would run out of meaningful improvements to technology—the stuff that actually gives us a leg up in the field. But every year there are at least a handful of impressive innovations, and the best new compound bows for 2023 are worth a nod.

Here are two examples. While Picatinny rails were featured on a low number of bows in the last couple of years, now almost all brands have embraced it as sort of the new standard sight-mounting medium, and sight manufacturers have followed suit and launched compatible sights. Integrated rest mounting systems are also found on most of 2023’s new bows.

What are some highlights of this year’s lineup? As expected, some manufacturers continue to push the speed envelope, while others have held true to smooth and steady. You’ll find some new bows with substantially reduced shot noises and vibrations. One manufacturer released its first-ever carbon bow, and another released a carbon bow that blows away its previous carbon models.

There are dozens of new models hitting the market, but we’re bringing you a hand-picked roundup of our first-look favorites …

Mathews Phase4

Mathews Phase4 New Compound Bows for 2023

The Mathews Phase4 flaunts all of the V3X’s strong points plus two killer new features. A direct-to-riser stabilizer mount accepts Mathews’ new Bridge-Lock Stabilizer, creating a super-rigid connection with stabilizer-length adjustability in half-inch increments. The Phase4 has eight individual limbs, which allows Resistance Phase Damping. A dampening material is sandwiched between each limb pair. The result of these two new technologies? Up to 37 percent fewer vibrations and up to a 13 percent sound reduction, earning its rank among the best new compound bows for 2023. The Phase4 is rich with proven Mathews hallmarks: CrossCentric Cam System with SwitchWeight Technology; the stout and stable Bridge-Lock Riser; built-in Bridge-Lock Sight Technology; Integrate Rest Mount/ and compatibility with the LowPro Quiver. This bow could very well be the quietest available and have the finest accessorized balance—when paired with Mathews accessories—that money can buy. MSRP: $1,299 (Phase4 29); $1,399 (Phase4 33)

Bowtech Carbon One

Bowtech Carbon One New Compound Bows for 2023

Bowtech’s new Carbon One is an ultra-premium carbon bow that looks unlike the rest. At first blush it’s a head-turner as part of the best new compound bows for 2023, but it’s also tough as nails and deadly accurate. A pleasure to carry and shoot in any bowhunting context, this snazzy bow measures 30 inches between the axles, and its long riser and wide limbs and pockets maximize stability. DeadLock Cams put tuning within reach with just a hex wrench. The DeadLock Cams are rigged with FlipDisc modules, which convert between two draw cycles. The Comfort setting is so smooth that it could rival any other bow. The Performance setting trades some smoothness for velocity gains. Orbit Dampeners mute shot noises and thwart vibrations, and the Clutch Performance grip comes in two modular options. The Carbon One is compatible with Integrate rests, and Dual Lock Pockets are trim and yet ultra dependable. A 6.75-inch brace height puts the finishing touch on Bowtech’s flashiest, quietest, and most accurate carbon bow to date. MSRP: $1,799

Best New Broadheads for 2023 [First Look]

Hoyt VTM

Hoyt VTM

The Hoyt VTM rocks Hoyt’s most advanced riser design—aesthetically flawless, unrelentingly rigid, and stable without compromise. Up to 31 percent quieter than past models, the reduction is achieved by using In-Line System accessories and reimagined Holeshot V2 string silencers. The Versaflex VitalPoint Grip exudes comfort and promotes consistent hand placement. HBX Pro Cams draw smoothly and deliver efficient, hard-hitting performance. The stiff TEC riser averts flexing as the bow is drawn and shot, and it guides vibrations away from the shooter’s hand. Flip between 80- and 85-percent let-off with a simple let-off module. The 31-inch version is stable and easy handling, while the 34-inch model is designed for all-out stability for long-range accuracy. Hoyt is known for its rugged dependability, and the VTM is designed to withstand punishing backcountry conditions. Two exciting new finishes and the purposeful Drop Cord Slot ice the cake. If carbon is your thing, check out Hoyt’s Carbon RX-7. MSRP: $1,349 (VTM 31); $1,449 (VTM 34)

Bear Archery Execute

Bear Archery Execute

No matter the location or game pursued, Bear Archery’s Execute 30 and 32 deliver the reliability and performance you need to deliver an accurate, hard-hitting arrow under tough conditions. A new tough-as-nails riser design features a tunable swing-arm cable guard. The new Shock Management System (SMS)—including highly-effective riser dampeners—achieves Bear’s quietest, most vibration-free bow yet. Stout Gordon limbs enhance strength and stability, and the Execute’s new machined-aluminum limb pockets ensure confidence for the world’s wildest places. The smooth-drawing EKO Cam adjusts between 75-, 80-, 85- and 90-percent let-off and has a positive back wall. Clever Align Lok Technology aids in making second- and third-axis sight adjustments. A rubber bowstring cushion reduces oscillation, while two grips offer fit-and-feel options. MSRP: $1,199

Elite Carbon Era

Elite Carbon Era

Elite brings its fan-favorite shoot-a-bility to the carbon world for the best new compound bows for 2023, and its first-ever carbon bow is one for the ages. The Era features the new SP Cam, which offers draw-length adjustability in quarter-inch increments and let-off adjustability in 1-percent increments. A 7.25-inch brace height is big on forgiveness, while a 336-fps IBO speed delivers all the punch needed for game around the globe. High-modulus, hand-laid carbon provides exquisite aesthetics, while Elite’s proven dual-cage design maximizes strength in a bow weighing less than 4 pounds. The Era aims like a dream come true despite its ultra-maneuverable, 31.25-inch axle-to-axle length. Impeccable balance is the product of wider limbs and strategically distributed riser weight. The riser is comfortable to the touch in the coldest weather, and S.E.T. Technology makes tuning as easy as 1, 2, 3. MSRP: $1,699

Prime REVEX

Prime REVEX New Compound Bows for 2023

Prime designs its bows with built-in stability by positioning the grip at the physical center of the riser. This yields a steadier sight picture in the heat of the moment, and that’s just one reason why Prime’s new REVEX is the bow to beat. Offered in three different axle-to-axle lengths, the REVEX features the new CORE Cam with draw-length-specific modules to optimize efficiency and performance at every draw length. It uses the same cam-aligning technology as last year’s InLine Cam and has an even smoother draw cycle. The forward-thinking Prime Nanogrip, which is made from NASA-developed materials, offers a perfectly contoured fit and feel while remaining comfortable to the touch in the coldest weather. A plethora of hunting and target finishes run the gamut. Riser and limb dampeners minimize noise and vibrations. Cam spacers allow the CORE Cams to be shifted on the axle in order to address cam lean and achieve a perfect tune. MSRP: $1,299 (REVEX 2 and REVEX 4); $1,399 (REVEX 6)

PSE Mach 34

PSE Mach 34

At 34 inches from axle to axle, the new Mach 34 is an ultra-stable yet lightweight carbon bow with a wildly strong riser set to take on bowhunting’s most brutal destinations. Deadly at distance, the Mach 34 is offered in three cam options to accommodate different shooters. The new EZ.220 Snap Spacer System allows the cams to shift left or right on the axles when the bow is pressed so that you can address cam lean and achieve impeccable arrow flight. PSE’s Full Draw Stability is designed to increase effective brace height and minimize shooter-induced bow torque. In other words, the Mach 34 is easier to shoot accurately when you’re faced with a now-or-never shot opportunity. The Mach 34 is outfitted with a solid mounting plate for either Hamskea’s Epsilon or QAD’s Integrate rests. The streamlined Limb Vise Pocket System locks and secures the limbs to enhance confidence. If you’re looking for next-level performance in a carbon bow, you’ve come to the right place. MSRP: $1,799

Darton Prelude E 32

Darton Prelude E 32

Fast and smooth define Darton’s Prelude E 32 in a nutshell. Its patented Equalizer Cable System reduces the cam-bearing load and stabilizes the limbs to yield an incredibly smooth draw cycle. Outfitted with dependable custom bowstrings crafted by Team Darton, the Prelude E 32 weighs a stout 4.9 pounds to anchor solidly in windy conditions. Its new draw module adjusts from 27-30.5 inches in quarter-inch increments. The new pre-stretched, pre-stressed 7075 T-6511 riser brings benchmark strength and dependability, and it’s rigged with the Integrate rest-mounting system. Tweak the cable load to tune the 32 with an adjustable roller guard. Wider limbs and pockets harness stability. Top that off with a new grip and a small stabilizer at the bottom end of the riser, and you have Darton’s baddest bowhunting bow yet. MSRP: $1,149

Diamond Alter

Diamond Alter

The value of Diamond’s new Alter is in the tricked-out Octane package. A fully accessorized bow for only $650? No kidding! Though affordable, the Alter over-delivers in the performance category, thanks to sweet features like its slim grip, proven synchronized Binary Cam System, and forgiving 7-inch brace height. The Alter can fit virtually any bowhunter, but it’s especially ideal for fast-growing youths because it can grow with them due to its 8- to 70-pound draw-weight range and 21- to 31-inch draw-length adjustability. It’s one of the best new compound bows for 2023 because it delivers undeniable value. Whether you choose the black or Mossy Oak DNA finish, the Alter delivers all the performance needed to bowhunt successfully on a budget. MSRP: $649.99 (w/Octane package) 

APA Black Mamba 29

APA Black Mamba 29

APA Archery’s bows resemble no others, and the Black Mamba 29 teems with APA technologies. Hang the bow on a tree limb with integrated Riser Fangs and carry it using the built-in carrying handle complete with finger grooves. Built into the riser are purposeful features such as a broadhead wrench, nock wrench and broadhead sharpener. Need to service your bow at home or afield? A cam-lock pin offers bow-press capabilities without the bow press. The Micro Tune Cable Guide smooths out the draw cycle and offers no-bow-press-required tunability. The Black Mamba is one of the lightest of its kind at merely 3.55 pounds. Couple that with a 29 1/8-inch axle-to-axle length, and you have a bow that is unbelievably easy to carry and shoot in all bowhunting applications. Its diminutive size is no indication of its power, however. The 29 smokes at up to 355 fps (IBO). MSRP: $1,192 (USD)

Xpedition Archery Xlite

Xpedition Archery Xlite

A proprietary alloy Magnite riser sets apart the Xlite from all other bows. The material is 33 percent lighter than 6061 aluminum and stronger than commercial-grade carbon. But that’s not the only benefit. Magnite dampens vibrations 20 times more effectively than commercial-grade carbon and 3 times more effectively than 6061 aluminum. A durable Cerakote finish is aesthetically pleasing and delivers long-lasting durability, ideal for bowhunting’s knocks and blows. The Xlite is available in 31- and 33-inch sub-models, and if you compare their risers to past bow models with identical axle-to-axle lengths, you’ll notice that the Xlite’s risers are longer, adding stability for downrange accuracy without the bulk of a longer overall length. The XB1 Cam balances well throughout the draw cycle for smoothness and improved arrow flight, while dual stops produce a well-defined back wall. MSRP: $1,949.99 (Xlite 31); $1,999.99 (Xlite 33)

Gearhead P30

Gearhead P30

A new rotational limb-support system is the big buzz around Gearhead’s new P30. The innovative technology reduces limb stress throughout the draw cycle, increases velocity, smoothes the draw cycle, and minimizes sound and vibrations. The P30 can convert for right- or left-handed bowhunters who are looking to pick up one of the best new compound bows for 2023. The Pick a Grip system provides options for different statures and preferences. Gearhead’s shoot-through riser design is interconnected at critical points by pillars and the dependable Zero Gap Limb Pockets, and the structure is superior in strength and stability. The P30’s brace height is 6.25 inches with the Standard grip and adjustable from 5-6.75 inches with Gearhead’s Slider Grip. Five stabilizer holes allow the stabilizer to be positioned for optimal balance. Available in standard and Short Draw models (smaller cams), the P30 has let-off up to 90 percent and an IBO speed in the upper-330-fps range. MSRP: $1,049

Martin MTX 29

Martin MTX 29

Martin’s MTX 29 accommodates short-draw and long-draw archers on one cam size via two different modules. Four full-draw contact points—the Dual MOD Stops and Dual Limb Stops—provide a clear-cut back wall. The molded grip is comfortable, yet removable if you prefer to grip the riser directly. Draw weight can be quickly reduced by precisely 5 pounds simply by pivoting the Tri Loc shoe system. Parallel limbs and WDS dampeners located at both riser ends produce a smooth, vibration-free shooting experience. The tunable, low-torque roller guard enhances smoothness and improves arrow flight, and ThreadZ Custom Bowstrings offer performance trusted by several well-known champion target archers who’re also accomplished bowhunters. The 29 3/8-inch MTX 29 handles ideally in all bowhunting applications and hits hard with an IBO rating of 347 fps. MSRP: $1,199

Athens Elevate

Athens Elevate

The Elevate’s new Low-Pro Molded Grip improves cold-weather comfort while delivering the same feel Athens fans loved with previous bow models. The RT-X Cam System, outfitted with the Rev 2 module, has infinitely adjustable draw length (24.5-30.5 inches) and let-off (70-90 percent), so dial-in on settings that work for you. A Picatinny sight mount and QAD Integrate mounting system provide strong accessory connections that also position accessory weight at or near the center of the riser to improve balance. X-Out limb dampeners cancel out vibrations, and the 32-inch axle-to-axle length is the perfect mix of stability and easy handling for tight spaces. The roller-equipped Tunable Cable System allows the cable load to be adjusted and promotes smoothness that complements the RT-X Cam. Available in several sweet finish options, there’s an Elevate for everyone. MSRP: $1,199

Obsession Nitro Ghost 2023

Obsession Nitro Ghost 2023

Equipped with a two-track cam system featuring a rotating module is Obsession’s Nitro Ghost 2023. Let-off is adjustable from 75-85 percent. A meticulously designed riser achieves benchmark strength while keeping mass weight to a manageable 4.4 pounds. Dampening features are a cable-slide cushion, bowstring cushion and limb dampeners. A front stabilizer mount beneath the grip and another one on the back of the riser near the bottom allow you to manipulate balance and land on a feel that works for you. An unbelievable 16 riser finishes and three cam finishes let you mix and match flavors. The Nitro Ghost 2023 is smooth, accurate and fast, making it one of the best new compound bows for 2023. What more could you want from a bow priced under a thousand bucks? MSRP: $987

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