Best Bow 2017 – From Every Manufacturer [videos]

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If you’re looking at the best bows for 2017, the choices can seem endless. These days, most manufactures are really improving their bow lineups by not only delivering more efficient products, but also by delivering speeds that weren’t imaginable in the past. Which bow is the best bow for 2017? Good question; let’s take a look at what we discovered at the ATA Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

What are the best new compound bows for 2017?

We have been asked this question a lot. There is not a right or wrong answer. Every archer has different needs or expectations out of their bows. If you’re in the market for a new bow in 2017, we believe it’s important to not be a brand loyalist and give them all a shot; you may be surprised at what feels right to you.

Best Compound Bows of 2017

Check out what we saw at the ATA Show 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana to see what might be the best compound bow of 2017 for you and then try it out for yourself!

Bear LS6

New from Bear Archery this year is the Bear LS6 compound bow. This is Bear’s go to speed bow. Weighing in at 4.2 lbs, this 32.25 inch axle to axle bow brings in speeds up to 355 FPS. There is a price to pay for the speed though, and that is the 5 inch brace height. Short brace heights demand excellent form so if you have that and like speed, this might be the bow for you.

bear ls6

Bear LST

The Bear LST is Bear Archery’s main target bow for 2017. The specs look good:

  • 37.5 inch axle to axle
  • 7.5 inch brace height
  • 4.5 lbs
  • 320 FPS

The Bear LST, which has a MSRP of $899.99, looks like it has what it takes to be a solid performer in the competitive archery world.

bear lst bow

Bear Moment

The Bear Moment looks like a good combination of many features of flagship bows of the past, all in one bow. It has the speed (340 FPS), is compact (31 inches axle to axle), offers some forgiveness (brace height of 6 inches), and is tunable (has a top yoke). The difference between the Bear Moment and its competitors is that it is pretty affordable. The MSRP of the Bear Moment is $899.99.

bear moment bow

For more information, visit http://www.beararchery.com or call  (812) 467-1200.

Bowtech BT Mag

The Bowtech BT-Mag is new for 2017 and delivers on speed and forgiveness. Advertised under the slogan “Go Big or Go Home”, the 36″ axle to axle BT-Mag has a 6.75″ brace height and delivers speeds up to 340 FPS. Purely looking at the specs, the BT Mag looks like a great all around bow. It’s forgiving, fast, and can be used for 3D archery and hunting.

bowtech bt mag bow

Bowtech Reign

Also new for 2017 is the Bowtech Reign. The Reign series compound bows are offered in different brace heights and they should be Bowtech’s best selling bows. Here are the specs of the different models.

Bowtech Reign 6

  • Axle to axle = 32 5/8 inches
  • Brace height = 6 inches
  • Weight = 4.3 lbs
  • IBO speed = 350 FPS

Bowtech Reign 7

  • Axle to axle = 32 5/8 inches
  • Brace height = 6 inches
  • Weight = 4.3 lbs
  • IBO speed = 340 FPS

The specs of both Reign models are respectable and combined with Bowtech’s latest innovations like their Powershift, Micro Sync Dial, and Powerdisc technologies, we think you’ll be definitely getting a quality product.

bowtech reign

We believe that the Bowtech Reign may be one of the best bows of 2017. For more information, visit https://bowtecharchery.com or call (877) 901-1934.

Elite Option 6

New for 2017 is the Elite Option 6 compound bow. This 32 inch axle to axle bow has a brace height of 6 inches and delivers speeds up to 342 FPS. This flagship bow from Elite features double laminated split limbs for optimal performance and dual riser cages for an extremely rigid frame. Hitting the mark on both speed and forgiveness, the Elite Option 6 should be a popular choice of hunters in 2017.

elite option compound bow

Elite Revol

Also new for 2017 is the Elite Revol. This silky smooth 35 inch axle to axle bow has a brace height of 7 inches and delivers speeds up to 333 FPS. The Revol comes with Winner’s Choice BCY-X bowstrings and also utilizes Elite’s double laminated split limbs. This bow should be making many appearances in 3D shoots around the country.

elite revol compound bow

For more information visit https://www.elitearchery.com or call (877) 503-5483.

Prime Centergy

New from G5/Prime is the Prime Centergy. The Centergy has an ATA measurement of 33.25″, a brace height of 6.5″, and delivers speeds up to 333 FPS. While the specs of the Centergy are very respectable, what’s going to make this bow one of the best sellers of the year is its design.

Let’s take a look at the riser. The 82X aluminum riser features two key components that makes this bow hold like a rock. Those components are the Center Balanced Targeting System and the Swerve.

prime centergy

The Center Balanced Targeting System puts the Centergy’s grip in the geometric center of the bow. This lowers the center of mass compared to the shooters hand which allows more of a steady hold for extreme accuracy. The Swerve is a curve in the riser that reduces lateral movement in the riser resulting in less vibration and greater consistency in accuracy as well.

To understand Prime’s vision, visit their website and watch a few of their videos. While other companies are pushing specs and trying to wow people into buying their bows, Prime is going for what’s important, accuracy. Their innovations with the Centergy has already been proven to increase aim-ability and accuracy up to 45%.

best bows prime centergy

We believe that the Prime Centergy may be  the best bow 2017. For more information visit http://www.g5prime.com or call (810) 392-8431.

Gearhead Carbon T24

New for 2017 is the Gearhead Carbon T24 from Gearhead Archery. This 24.5 inch axle to axle carbon bow has a 7 inch brace height and delivers speeds up to 355 FPS. They are a very unique bow due to their double wall riser and short axle to axle measurements. For the guy that loves to spot and stalk or shoot from confined areas, this bow might be an option for you.

gearhead t24

For  more information visit https://www.gearheadarchery.com/ or call (608) 370-8016.

Hoyt Prevail

New for 2017 is the Prevail lineup which features the Hoyt Prevail 40, Hoyt Prevail 37, and the Hoyt Prevail FX. The Prevail lineup is full of new innovations that will ensure that Hoyt shooters remain some of the most accurate in the competitive archery world.

The Hoyt Prevail series bows have a newly designed “shoot through” riser that results in a stiffer build for more stability, consistency and accuracy. The new riser has a new rear stabilizer mounting system. This Hard Lock system incorporates a lockdown bracket that will keep your stabilizer from rotation or coming loose; one less worry at the shooting line. These bows also feature Hoyt’s modular grip system. The modular grip system allows archers to customize their grip to one of four angle settings.

To ensure archer’s achieve optimum tuning, Hoyt Archery included an adjustable cable guard system on the Prevail lineup. Choose from 0°, 3°, 6°, or 9° to find your perfect paper tune.

The Prevail Series bows also feature your choice of 2 different cam systems. The SVX cam and a half system allows archers a choice of a rock solid back wall or a solid back wall with a little more valley. To adjust this, simple move the draw stop from one hole to another and your done. The SVX cams also come with a full set of draw length modules in half inch increments so you won’t have to worry about placing future orders to achieve the perfect draw length. The X3 cam option offers a smoother draw and like the SVX, it can be modified to change the feel of the back wall. The X3 cam system is adjustable in 1/2 inch increments with it’s stock module.

The Prevail Series bows come standard with Hoyt’s high performance BCYX Fuse custom strings. No more worrying about inferior stock strings that stretch after only a hundred shots. Let’s look at the specs of each of the Prevail bows:

Hoyt Prevail FX

  • ATA Speed of 327 FPS
  • Brace Height of 6.5 inches
  • Axle to Axle of 35 inches

Hoyt Prevail 37 SVX

  • ATA Speed of 321 FPS
  • Brace Height of 7.125 inches
  • Axle to Axle of 37.25 inches

Hoyt Prevail 40 SVX

  • ATA Speed of 317 FPS
  • Brace Height of 7.625 inches
  • Axle to Axle of 40.25 inches

hoyt prevail bow

Hoyt Pro Defiant

The Hoyt Pro Defiant Series of bows will do serious damage on the 3D course and in the woods. These bows come in 3 models: the Pro Defiant, the Pro Defiant 34, and the Pro Defiant Turbo. Let’s take a look at their specs:

   

Pro Defiant

  • ATA Speed of 331 FPS
  • Brace Height of 7 inches
  • Axle to Axle of 30.5 inches

Pro Defiant 34

  • ATA Speed of 325 FPS
  • Brace Height of 7 inches
  • Axle to Axle of 34 inches

Pro Defiant Turbo

  • ATA Speed of 350 FPS
  • Brace Height of 6 inches
  • Axle to Axle of 33 inches

hoyt pro defiant

For more information visit http://hoyt.com or call (801) 363-2990.

Martin Carbon Featherweight

New from Martin Archery is the Marin Carbon Featherweight. The Carbon Featherweight is like the name suggests; it’s light! Weighing in at 3.5 lbs, this bow has a brace height of 7 inches, an axle to axle measurement of 30.6 inches and brings in speeds up to 340 FPS.

martin carbon featherweight

Martin Firecat

Also new for 2017 is the Martin Firecat. This 33 inch speedster has a brace height of 6.5 inches and brings in speeds up to 348+ FPS.

martin firecat

For more information visit http://www.martinarchery.com or call (509) 529-2554

Mathews Halon 32

New from Mathews for 2017 is the Mathews Halon 32. The Halon 32 series is offered in three different models. Let’s have a look at them.

Mathews Halon 32/5

  • IBO rating of 350 FPS
  • Brace height of 5 inches
  • Axle to axle of 32 inches

Mathews Halon 32/6

  • IBO rating of 343 FPS
  • Brace height of 6 inches
  • Axle to axle of 32 inches

Mathews Halon 32/7

  • IBO rating of 335 FPS
  • Brace height of 7 inches
  • Axle to axle of 32 inches

mathews halon 32

Mathews TRX

Also new for 2017 is the Mathews TRX. The 40 inch axle to axle Mathews TRX has a brace height of either 7 or 8 inches and brings in speeds at 332 and 322 FPS. The TRX bows feature a new low stabilizer hole for easier stabilization as well as shorter, wider limbs. The Mathews TRX also features Mathews Archery’s newly designed mini cross-centric cams for a smooth draw and fast speeds.

mathews trx compound bow

For more information, visit http://www.mathewsinc.com/ or call (608) 269-2728.

Moxie Gunny

New for 2017 is the Moxie Gunny compound bow. This 30.625″ bow has a brace height of 7.125″ and brings in speeds up to 330 FPS.

moxie gunny bow

For more information, visit http://www.moxiearchery.com/ or call (888) 758-9269.

New Breed Blade

New from New Breed Archery is the New Breed Blade. The Blade is offered in two models to accommodate different draw length shooters. The 34.5 inch axle to axle New Breed Blade has a brace height of 6 inches and brings in speeds up to 330 FPS. The draw length range of the Blade is between 22.5 and 28.5 inches.

The longer draw version is the New Breed Blade XL. This 34.5 inch axle to axle bow has a brace height of 6.875 inches and reaches speeds up to 330 FPS. The draw length range of the New Breed Blade XL is 28.5 inches to 31 inches.

new breed blade bow

For more information visit http://www.newbreedarchery.com/ or call (888) 363-3545.

Obsession Hemorrhage DE

New for 2017 is the Obsession Hemorrhage DE. The Hemorrhage DE has a compact riser design and features the new DE (dynamic energy) cam. This 30 inch bow has a brace height of 7 inches and brings in speeds up to 340 FPS.

obsession hemorrhage de bow

For more information, visit http://www.obsessionbows.com/ or call (815) 877-1212.

Oneida Eagle Phoenix

New for 2017 is the Oneida Eagle Phoenix. The Phoenix is Offered in draw weights from 30 – 70 lbs. Depending on the set-up, the Oneida Eagle Phoenix has a brace height ranging from 6 to 7 inches. The string length on these popular bowfishing bows is 41.75 inches.

oneida phoenix

For more information, visit http://www.oneidaeaglebows.com/ or call (417) 873-4596.

Parker Revolution

New for 2017 is the Parker Revolution. Featuring the new Revolution One cam, this 4 lb bow delivers on speed and forgiveness. The 31 inch Parker Revolution has a 7.25 inch brace height and has been clocked at speeds up to 320 FPS.

parker revolution bow

For more information visit http://www.parkerbows.com or call (540) 337-5426.

PSE Xpression 3D

New for 2017 is the PSE Xpression 3D. Utilizing a shoot through riser and Wide-Track Limbs, this target bow is sure to make an impact in the competitive archery world. This 36.5 inch axle to axle bow has a 7 inch brace height and delivers IBO speeds up to 316 FPS.

PSE Evolve 35

New for 2017 is the PSE Evolve 35. Can you say 90% let off? PSE can with this bow. No worries on being at full draw too long on that big buck now! This 35 inch axle to axle bow has a brace height of 6.5″ and delivers speeds up to 332 FPS. The new Evolve cam system on the Evolve 35 really delivers on smoothness and speed! We believe that the PSE Evolve 35 may be one of the best bows of 2017.

pse evolve pse xpression 3d

For more information visit http://pse-archery.com/ or call (520) 884-9065.

Tribe K2

New for 2017 is the Tribe K2 compound bow. The 32 inch axle to axle Tribe K2 has a brace height of 6.5 inches and delivers speeds up to 340 FPS.

tribe k2

For more information visit https://tribearchery.com or call (800) 317-9164.

Xpediton Xplorer SS

New for 2017 is the Xpedition Xplorer SS. This short axle to axle bow (30 inches) produces incredible speeds while offering a smooth draw cycle. This Xplorer SS has a brace height of 6.125″ and brings in speeds up to 355 FPS.

xpedition xplorer ss bow

For more information visit http://xpeditionarchery.com or call (605) 260-0159.

Summary of the best bows for 2017

We hope our coverage and videos gave you a good look at what are the best bows available this year from pretty much all the manufacturers. Our suggestion is to go and shoot as many as you can. Each bow has its good points and bad points. There were so many variations in draw cycles and overall feels. Our favorites were the Bowtech Reign, the Prime Centergy, and the PSE Evolve 35. Go and find out what bow is the bow for you!

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Corey is an avid bow hunter, archer and outdoor writer. He has been bowhunting for the last 25 years and loves helping others involved in the sport.

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  1. George Ashley February 2, 2017

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