2018 New Products: Mathews TRIAX Bow and Mission SUB-1 Crossbow

Two ground-breaking products were introduced at the 2018 ATA Show in Indianapolis as Mathews unveiled the Triax compound bow and Mission Crossbows brought out its SUB-1 flagship model

2018 New Products: Mathews TRIAX Bow and Mission SUB-1 Crossbow
Mathews TRIAX Compound Bow

From compound bows to crossbows to guitars, some of the world’s best such products annually come out of the Sparta, Wis. based Mathews archery, Mission Crossbow and McPherson guitar factories and shops that are owned by the legendary Matt McPherson.

That includes the new Mathews Triax compound bow, a 2018 model that features:

  • IBO Speeds up to 343 feet per second
  • Physical weight of 4.4 pounds
  • Axle-to-axle length of 28 inches
  • Brace height of 6 inches
  • Let-off of 75 or 85 percent
  • Draw weight options of 50, 60, or 70 pounds
  • Regular draw lengths ranging from 25 to 30 inches
  • Half-size draw lengths ranging from 24.5 to 30.5 inches
  • Mathews’ CrossCentric Cam system
  • Black and Stone color finish options
  • Optifade Elevated II, Optifade Subalpine, Ridge Reaper Forest, Ridge Reaper Barren, and Lost Camo XD camo finish options


There’s much to like about this bow, including the fact that Mathews says that it’s the quietest, most-vibration free bow to ever come out of Matt McPherson’s bow making factory. A smooth drawing bow, the Triax’s 3D Damping Technology and a new Enhanced Harmonic Stabilizer make the bow amazingly quiet and vibration-free at arrow release.

Unbelievably accurate and quiet, this bow is built for supreme maneuverability in a stand or a blind and unparalleled stealth in the field. All in all, the Triax is already one of the most talked about Mathews compound bows of all-time…and it’s just getting started!


Meanwhile, Matt McPherson and his crew launched Mission Crossbows this year as a new brand with a top-of-the-line flagship crossbow, the SUB-1. Why the name? Because the SUB-1 accurately and consistently delivers bolts on target with groups of less than 1 inch at 100-yards.


Mission SUB-1 Crossbow
Mission SUB-1 Crossbow

Some of the features of the SUB-1 include:

  • Bolt speeds of 350 feet per second with a 400-grain arrow
  • Physical weight of 7.5 pounds
  • Power stroke of 13.75 inches
  • An adjustable draw-weight of 200 pounds
  • A trigger-pull of 3.4 pounds
  • Crossbow length of 30.25 inches
  • Crossbow axle-to-axle width of 13.8 inches uncocked
  • Crossbow axle-to-axle width of 10.7 inches cocked
  • 80 percent let-off
  • Black or Ridge Reaper Forest finish options
  • 24 patents pending

With a match-grade two-stage trigger, the crossbow’s Sync X Cam system eliminates horizontal nock travel while a patented CNC-machined rail takes away vertical nock travel to aid in the SUB-1’s accuracy. Add in the removable RSD (Removable Silent Draw) system that applies equal tension to each side of the bowstring during the draw and it takes considerably less effort to cock the crossbow despite its 200-pound draw weight.

With a rifle-inspired stock that allows for six different length-of-pull adjustments and 1 ¼ inches of adjustment in the comb, the addition of the contoured pistol grip makes this a remarkably comfortable crossbow to maneuver and shoot in a treestand, in a ground blind, or on a spot-and-stalk hunt.


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Finally, with the ability to safely de-cock the Mission SUB-1 crossbow without firing a bolt or disengaging the trigger, this flagship model proved to be one of the top hits at the 2018 ATA Show.

But then again, what else would you expect from a hunting product that comes out of Matt McPherson’s shops in Wisconsin?


Information: (608) 269-2728; www.mathewsinc.com and/or www.missioncrossbows.com

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