Matthews Monster chill review.
by Jon E. Silks • March 7, 2013
The Mathews McPherson Series line of bows is Matt McPherson’s playground in the two-cam market. He loves to create and improve current designs and brings his considerable engineering expertise to the table as his company pulls it all together for an impressive package in the Monster Chill.
The Chill’s DYAD AVS cam system combines speed and comfort while the past-parallel Quad V-Lock limbs, along with numerous vibration damping features, tame and quiet the shot. Mathews’ GeoGrid riser, Reverse Assist Roller Guard and Focus grip completethe lightweight package.
Mathews features its new DYAD AVS (Advanced Vectoring System) cam system on the Monster Chill. Dual perimeter weights, also called metal inertia disks, are strategically placed on the perimeter of the cams so they surge in the opposite direction of the fired limbs, significantly counteracting momentum and reducing recoil and noise while enhancing speed.
In this new system, the split cable ends loop around a set of special, two-part wheels on either side of the cam. The outer wheel remains stationary in terms of rotation while the inner wheel, which is not centered on the axle, rotates and rises as the archer starts the draw cycle, increasing stored energy. It then drops back closer to the limb at full draw, increasing letoff.
This essentially moves the force vector from one side of the axle to the other during the draw cycle. Mathews uses this technology to enhance the draw-force curve (balanced blend of comfort and performance) and store more energy (power). This system also terminates the ends of each cable to the opposite cam, forcing the system to work in sync and thereby automatically correcting any imbalances. This translates into dependability for the archer.
The DYAD AVS cam system rides on sealed bearings and stainless steel axles, producing 80 percent letoff. It accommodates draw lengths from 25-30 inches, in half-inch increments, through a series of modules.
Once you have the system in place to produce the power, you then need to manage it. A dynamic efficiency well in exces of 80 percent means most of the bow’s energy is transferred to your arrow. However, there is still some leftover foce that needs to be managed. Mathews begins the fight against shock, vibration and noise by outfitting the Chill with a set of past-parallel split limbs, which move in opposite directions at the shot to cancel unwanted energy.
The riser is home to a Harmonic Damper on the upper section and a Harmonic Stabilizer Lite on the lower section. Their benefits are well documented with testimony and demonstrations easily found online. Mathews’ String Stop Lite “catches” the string at the shot and reduces oscillation, which in turn reduces noise. Monkey Tails on the string drastically reduce vibration and noise while decreasing arrow speed by just 1-2 feet per second. Positioned right next to the Monkey Tails, String Grubs actually cause an increase in speed.
Mathews doesn’t use a grid pattern riser design just for looks—it has a purpose; several really. This new version of the Grid Lock riser follows the geometry of the handle, which is why it is named GeoGrid. Mathews was able to reduce the weight even further while maintaining an ultra-rigid platform. Also, it adds a measure of concealment in the field when viewed from the side and combined with Lost Camo. Separate quiver attachment fixtures are available as they are not built into this riser.
The Focus Grip is clearly functional, as Levi Morgan won two world championships with it. A small design reduces contact with the shooter’s hand, thereby lowering the possibility of hand torque. The rubber material also adds comfort and warmth. Last but not least, the Reverse Assist Roller Guard wraps the cables around the rollers on the side closest to the archer, which decreases friction and torque on the cables as compared to traditional systems. In turn, that increases efficiency and makes the draw smoother.
I believe the lightweight Chill is one of 2013’s top bows. Packed with high-end technologies, it is fast, quiet, easy to draw and has little report (shock, vibration and noise) when shot. The Focus grip is proven and functional. One of the best tests for any bow is whether it is fun to shoot, and I had fun shooting the Chill.
PSE X Force Dream Season DNA
PSE is one of the largest, most successful archery companies in the world, and it shows no signs of slowing down or letting up. Year after year, PSE pushes the boundaries of bow design and tweaks its creations with a goal of continuous improvement.
PSE’s 2013 X-Force Dream Season DNA is loaded with features, including the all-new Flex Cable Slide, Core Hybrid Cam, 4th Generation X-Technology limbs, Centerlock 2 limb pockets, forged reflex riser, B.E.S.T. Raptor grip, new BackStop string silencer,America’s Best string/cables and Detachable Limb Bands.
PSE has a reputation for producing super-fast bows, and the DNA falls right in line. Its new, Core Hybrid Cams are responsible for advertised speeds ranging from 344-352 fps on a 6-inch brace height. The string and cable grooves are engineered to reduce friction and wear while enhancing consistency.
An Inner Cam system offers draw lengths from 26-30 inches, in half-inch increments. A pin protruding from the Inner Cam is positively positioned into one of the available holes on the main body of the cam. Simply place the pin in the hole that corresponds to your desired draw length and lock down the screws. Main cams and inner cams are clearly marked with easy-to-read engraving. Draw stops on each cam are to be located in the holes that correspond to the inner-cam position.
PSE’s forged aluminum riser serves as the base of operations for the DNA and is fully CNC-machined into its final form, which is designed to promote a stiff platform through straight lines both front and back. The Planar Flex design is made to keep much of the riser’s flex in a front to back motion rather than allowing twist and flex from side to side. All this translates into improved performance through increased consistency
When you pick up a DNA, one of the first things you may notice — other than the fact it is surprisingly lightweight at only 3.7 pounds — is the cable guard system. For 2013, PSE introduced the new Flex Cable Slide. This device is essentially a miniature X-Technology limb manufactured with a friction-reduction material attached to the side opposite the cables to allow the cable slide to operate freely.
The idea is that the limb will flex as the bow is drawn to reduce lateral load by up to 30 percent, which decreases torque at full draw. When the bow is shot, the limb quickly returns to its natural position, taking the cables with it—out of the way of your fletching. Adjustments can be made to customize fletching clearance by simply turning a screw in or out, just like a limb bolt.
The DNA riser incorporates PSE’s new Center-Pull Technology that basically places the arrow in the exact center of the bow. PSE’s goal for this design is improved tunability and increased performance.
Rounding out the package on the DNA riser is the B.E.S.T. Raptor Grip, a stainless steel stabilizer-mounting insert, multiple sight mounting positions, engraved tuning marks on the shelf and a new-and-improved, tunable BackStop string stop.
4th Generation X-Technology
The Dream Season DNA is home to PSE’s 4th Generation X-Technology Limbs. A heavy pre-load and curl brings the split limbs to a parallel position even when the bow is at rest. At full draw, they demonstrate a radical past-parallel curl. Limbs measure 13.375 inches and are made from fiberglass through a proprietary process. Peak draw weights are available in 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 pounds, with 80-pound limbs
offered through PSE’s custom shop.
An all new Centerlock 2 limb pocket was designed to be stronger, lighter and more stable than the first generation. This is a pivoting pocket that has a center locking feature and allows for 10 turns of adjustment.
The Dream Season DNA is incredibly fast. The front side of the draw cycle and narrow valley are not for the timid, as both are extremely aggressive. This is done to squeeze every last drop of speed from the power stroke. I like the narrow B.E.S.T. Grip’s feel and find it to be functional in consistently positioning my hand. The kick and vibration noted at the shot are easily tamed, and the bow is exceptionally quiet. This is a killing machine, plain and simple.
Bow tech experience reviews.
Few bow manufacturers have wielded as muchinfluence on the archery industry in recent years asBowTech. Driven by its “Refuse to Follow” motto, BowTech has built a strong following by taking bold design risks and developing a host of leading bow technologies.
For 2013, BowTech introduces the aptly namedExperience, a bow designed to maximize the archer’s overall shooting experience, with a strong focus on accuracy. This rig features the new CarbonCore Limbs and Extinguish Dampening System, along with a host of proven technologies such as the OverDrive Binary Cam System, Center Pivot Extreme Riser, Two-Piece Wood Grip, FLX Guard Cable-Containment System and Octane factory string and cables. Read more for my BowTech Experience review.
BowTech introduces the all-new CarbonCore limbs on its new flagship bow. Each limb includes six proprietary layers of laminated material, including a layer of carbon and a layer of impact resistant skins on the top and bottom surfaces. The laminated, double taper limbs, coupled with the Center Pivot design, result in low dynamic mass and improved dynamic response, reducing energy loss and noise while making any limb vibration easier to dampen. Limbs measure 12 inches in length and are offered in draw-weight ranges of 40-50, 50-60 and 60-70 pounds.
Also new on BowTech’s Experience is the Extinguish Dampening System, which features The Clutch String Stop, Dura-FLX Cable Dampeners and a set of Revolver Dampeners. Unlike many other string stops, The Clutch actually has a receptacle to catch the string inside of its “jaws.” BowTech’s Revolver is named for its webbed rubber design that resembles a revolver’s circular chamber. A Revolver is located near each end of the riser and on the string stop mounting rod. There are five weights suspended in rubber around the outside diameter of the web to reduce vibration.
Along with the new technologies and features on the Experience, there are many proven features carried over from previous models. Kick it into Overdrive: The OverDrive Binary Cam System is a symmetrical cam system, which means the top and bottom cams are mirror images of each other.
Further, the two cams are forced to turn in synchronization by the cam synchronizing axles. Together they result in straight and level nock travel, even at high speeds. The cam synchronizing axles allow the attachment of a split bus cable to both the top and bottom cams, which does two things.
First, it provides a rigid platform that reduces the possibility of limb twist/cam lean, and second, it allows for simple adjustments to the split bus cable for systematic tuning without moving the arrow rest side to side. With this system, you set the arrow rest at dead center and tune to perfect arrow flight by adjusting the split cables.
Draw lengths from 26 1⁄2-31 inches, in half-inch increments, can be selected via a rotating module and adjustable draw stop. The OverDrive Binary Cam System produces an advertised IBO speed of 335 feet per second with a 7-inch brace height and 80 percent effective letoff.
Center of Operations: BowTech’s signature Center Pivot Extreme (CPX) riser is configured in such a way to allow the limbs to be attached to the riser over a longer span than is typical. This moves the limb pivot toward the shooter and results in a riser with minimal reflex for enhanced torque resistance, which equates to improved forgiveness.
On Guard: BowTech’s FLX-Guard cable-containment system has an attachment arm that acts much like a bow limb, flexing during the draw cycle. When the bow is drawn the arm gives way to system tension and bends toward the centerline of the rig, reducing accuracy-stealing torque. When the shot is fired, the FLX-Guard automatically springs back to position and out of the way of passing vanes.
Experience the Extras: The Experience has a two-piece wood grip that is designed to force the shooter’s hand into the throat and against the upper stop consistently and comfortably. Also at home on the riser is a stainless steel stabilizer bushing and a flared riser shelf to keep broadheads away from the shooter’s hand.
BowTech’s 2013 Experience is designed to enhance your shooting enjoyment and make you a better shot. During testing, I was able to do exactly what is advertised—place the arrow rest dead center and tune with the split bus cables. I like that feature. The grip was comfortable and the draw cycle was fairly smooth. Minimal shock and vibration are further reduced with a
Elite hunter review
Elite Archery is very clear it wants to win you over based on an overall ownership experience. From theElite Shootability Challenge to a remarkable customer care program called the Elite Promise, it’s easy to feel at home and get comfortable thinking of yourself as a loyal Elite customer.
On the equipment side, Elite introduces the 2013Hunter bow. The Hunter Cam is the centerpiece in Elite’s drive for shootability, while the modules guarantee optimal performance at every draw length. Other highlights include Barnsdale limbs, Limbsaver damping accessories, Winner’s Choice strings/cables, Kolorfusion camo finishes, Cerakoteperformance coating and one of the best grips in the industry.
The Shootability Challenge
Elite doesn’t want you to “take the blue pill” or “drink the Kool-Aid” when it comes to the speed-at-any-cost mentality. Rather, it would have you take its Elite Shootability Challenge, which focuses on the overall experience of the shot from start to finish—not just one performance measurement like speed. Considerable design time has been focused on the creation of its new two-track Hunter Cam, with a goal of optimizing shootability even further.
In this configuration, one of the tracks is for the string while the other is for both cables. Using only two tracks allows a narrower side-to-side footprint, which reduces weight and brings the load from the cables closer to the center of the system. This increases efficiency and reduces the opportunity for cam lean and the negative effects that come with it.
Draw-length changes are modular; however, a bow press and T15 Torx wrench (star shaped) are required to change them. Modules are available for draw lengths from 25-31 inches, in half-inch increments. A slightly adjustable draw stop on each cam provides a solid back wall while allowing a measure of customization.
With a laser-like focus on the bowhunter, Elite outfits its Hunter with technologies and accessories designed to tame the shot. It all starts with a set of 13-inch solid Barnsdale limbs. These three-layer, laminated limbs are manufactured using Gordon Composites‘ materials before a CNC-machining process fashions them into their final form.
The parallel position of the limbs at full draw distributes the force from release in equal and opposite directions thereby cancelling out any leftover energy. A bow that incorporates this technology has significantly reduced shock, vibration and noise as compared to a similar bow with upright limb sets. Limbs are available in peak weights of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds, each with 8-9 pounds of adjustment off peak.
Elite employs a host of Limbsaver products to further reduce shock, vibration and noise. The lineup includes a set of two UltraMax limb dampeners, four Cable Leaches, two Everlast String Leeches, a String Decelerator, and Cable Guard dampener. Limbsaver’s accessories and NAVCOM material have had a significant impact on the archery industry for more than 10 years.
Tying up Loose Ends
Elite’s two-piece grip incorporates wood side panels blended with the contoured section of the riser. The angle, shape and size create a stress-free cradle for the shooter’s hand, and the materials and finish allow for repeatable positioning, which is critical for accuracy and consistency. Elite grips are an industry benchmark.
The Hunter’s riser is reflex in form and an open format in terms of cutouts, which helps keep mass weight as low as possible. Finish options for riser and limbs include Realtree AP, Realtree Max-1, Realtree AP Snow, and Ninja Black. A combination of black and camo is also available.
The Elite Promise
The Elite promise is a combination of a fully transferable limited lifetime warranty and the company’s unique HuntGuarantee. The warranty is valid regardless of where the bow was purchased—new or used. As a part of the Hunt Guarantee, Elite will ship you a ready-to-shoot bow on loan to get you through that once in a lifetime hunt in the event that something happens to your primary rig.
The Hunter embodies Elite’s shootability mindset by offering a super smooth draw cycle, relaxed valley at full draw and a tame shot. While there is a measure of shock and vibration when the arrow is released, it is minimal. If you add a quality stabilizer to your setup, you can expect even less of both. The Hunter’s grip is exceptional in both comfort and functionality.