Your Next Bowhunting Rig: Hottest Compounds For 2018 [New]

More precision. Tighter tolerances. Speedier but smoother. If you're looking for a sweet new bowhunting rig, start your search here.

by Mark Melotik

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More precision. Tighter tolerances. Speedier but smoother. If you’re looking for a sweet new bowhunting rig, start your search here.

BowTechRealm900Bowtech Realm & Realm X. They’re following a tough act. Bowtech’s 2017 Reign 6 captured the Editor’s Choice award in the 2017 ScoutLook Ultimate Compound Bow Field Test, but luckily, Bowtech is not a company to rest on its laurels. In addition to an all-new riser, the new Bowtech Realm ($1,099) and Realm X ($1,199) debut the CP Dual Lock System, which creates a zero-tolerance environment, locking the limbs to the pocket and the pocket to the riser. With the Dual

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Lock engaged, the bow operates with precision and repeatable accuracy. Also new is the Clutch Performance Grip. Modular in design, the Clutch was developed as the most comfortable production grip on the market. The Realm (7 1/8-inch brace height, 30 ¾ inches axle to axle, 340 fps) and Realm X (6 ½-inch brace, 33 ¼ inches axle to axle, 345 fps) are available in five finishes including Black-Ops, Flat Dark Earth, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, Kryptek Altitude and Gore Optifade SubAlpine.

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BearKuma900Bear Kuma. If you’re looking for both speed and the kind of comfortable shooting that leads to more hunting accuracy, Bear believes it has the answer in the new Kuma ($900). This 6-inch-brace-height, hybrid-cam bow is designed to launch arrows at 345 feet per second, with a smooth draw and a high-level of forgiveness. Featuring the Bear Cage machining technique, the rigid 1-inch-thick forged riser has been strategically “hollowed out” to lighten the load—yet still prevents side-to-side flex, thereby increasing accuracy. The 4.3-pound, 33-inch axle-to-axle Kuma also features sleeker, smaller, and lighter SonicStops dual string suppressors that eliminate noise and vibration.EliteRitual900Elite Ritual. All bowhunters, including Team ScoutLook, have our set routines that we follow more or less religiously, and the new Ritual ($999) gets its name from these time-honored, long-standing traditions. But this bow is more than just a cool name; at 88-percent efficiency this bow is the most-efficient model Elite has ever produced. What does that mean? Less noise and vibration. A LOT less. This 4.3-pound, 33 1/4-inch axle-to-axle bow also features a new grip and new riser with dual riser cages; IBO speed is 335 fps. Another noteworthy feature? This bow does not have any rubber dampening components…because it doesn’t need them.     PrimeLogic 900Prime Logic. Whether you’re out west covering ground or maneuvering in treestands and ground blinds, light and more-compact are good. The 31-inch axle-to-axle, 7-inch-brace-height Logic ($1,199) weighs 4.3 pounds, and shoots a reported 330 fps while being powered by Prime’s proven Centergy technology, including a center grip design designed to drastically reduce pin movement while aiming, allowing you to get on target quicker and stay on target longer. You’ll also find stronger, shorter split limbs, and a wider cam system that help eliminate any natural lean, further promoting consistent accuracy. The bow’s “Swerve” is a strategically placed curve in the riser that ensures the top and bottom portions of the riser are moving in unison, resulting in a more consistent draw cycle and greater accuracy.

PSE Carbon Air Stealth & Xpedite:

Hoyt900Hoyt REDWRX Carbon RX-1. This bow series was engineered for bowhunters who demand… everything. Extreme toughness starts with the hollow carbon riser that’s ultralight yet able to lift a 3-ton truck and survive 1,500 dry fires. The Carbon RX-1 measures 32 inches axle to axle, offers a 6-inch brace height that helps it achieve a reported 340 fps, and weighs just 3.9 pounds. You’ll also find the ZT Hyper Cam System that promotes comfortable, strain-free posture at full draw by increasing the distance between the cams at full draw. This broader cam-to-cam distance at full draw creates an ideal “flatter” string angle and brings the peep to you. These innovations allow a more relaxed, strain-free posture at full draw, and reduce facial contact, string pressure, and eye fatigue at anchor.

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