ATA Show: New Bows for 2019

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The annual Archery Trade Association (ATA) show is the bowhunting industry’s largest and longest-running trade show worldwide. Every year the event brings together everyone who contributes to the archery industry. It’s a very exciting time as vendors unveil new products for the incoming year.


This year, the exclusive, members-only show will take place in Louisville, Ky., Jan.10-12. There, any product related to the sport of archery and bowhunting will be debuted in high fashion as fanatics at home await big news on a new product that might change how they shoot or hunt.

Of course, the most exciting of these releases is in the hunting bow category. There will be too many new bows to count, but the following is a list of a few new bows worth paying close attention to.

Mathews Vertix | $1,099

The 2019 Vertix features SwitchWeight modules that allow the archer to change peak draw weight in five-pound increments. Available in 60-, 65-, 70- and 75-pound peak weights, each set of mods are programmed for an incredibly smooth draw. The new Engage Grip interface was designed to ensure consistent hand placement, reducing torque and increasing accuracy. While more versatile than ever, silence and efficiency remain king, and with 20-percent less vibration than the Triax, the Vertix delivers an experience that is both unexpected and unforgettable.


“Vertix”
Mathews Vertix

  • Brace Height: 6 inches
  • Axle To Axle: 30 inches
  • Draw Weight: 60, 65, 70 and 75 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 343 fps
  • Draw Length: 26 to 30 1/2 inches
  • Let-Off: 80 or 85 percent
  • Weight: 4.67 pounds
  • Crosscentric Cam with SwitchWeight Technology

Xpedition Mountaineer X | $799

Xpediton has always been a purpose- driven brand, and for 2019 the company is presenting a very strong mid-range, price-point bow to the market. The Mountaineer X is an excellent performer that is ready for the grind of the hunting season. The all-new rotating mod XS-V cam allows the bow to reach IBO speeds of 340 fps. Archers will be surprised at the smooth draw cycle and overall ease to shoot. The Mountaineer X will be available in the following finish options: Realtree Edge, Badlands FX, Molten Black. All 2019 bows will come with custom GAS Bowstrings available in Flo Green, Flo Orange, Flo Pink, Flo Purple, Electric Red, Red, Natural, Kiwi, OD Green, and Medium Brown at no additional charge.

“Mountaineer”
Xpedition Mountaineer X


  • Brace Height: 7 inches
  • Axle To Axle: 33.25 inches
  • Draw Weight: 40 to 70 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 340 fps
  • Draw Length: 26 1/2 to 30 1/2 inches
  • Let-Off: 80 percent
  • Weight: 3.9 pounds

Xpedition Mako X | $1,099

Xpedition Archery introduces a lightning-fast, top-shelf performance bow in the Mako X with a fluid draw and release, and an equally smooth shot cycle. It’s the ideal blend of ultimate speed and shootability that both hunters and archers will love. The Mako X will be available in the following finish options: Realtree Edge, Badlands FX, Molten Black, Tactical Sand, Olive Green. All 2019 bows will come with custom GAS Bowstrings available in Flo Green, Flo Orange, Flo Pink, Flo Purple, Electric Red, Red, Natural, Kiwi, OD Green, and Medium Brown at no additional charge.

“Mako”
Xpedition Mako X

  • Brace Height: 5 inches
  • Axle To Axle: 33.31 inches
  • Draw Weight: 40 to 70 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 363 fps
  • Draw Length: 24 1/2 to 30 inches
  • Let-Off: 80 percent
  • Weight: 3.9 pounds

Mission MXR | $499

The 2019 Mission MXR is a one-of-a-kind, high-performance hunting bow offering accuracy and speeds traditionally found in higher priced bows. Built around the company’s Crosscentric Cam technology, the MXR is powerful and efficient. The seven-inch brace height enhances forgiveness and accuracy, while the proven cam system generates 324 feet per second for performance you can be confident in. The MXR also features a new grip, refined with a thinner, more ergonomic profile that minimizes torque and enhances comfort. This performance-inspired bow is very unique bringing top-end features to a very affordable price point.

“MXR”
Mission MXR

  • Brace Height: 7 inches
  • Axle To Axle: 30 inches
  • Draw Weight: 40 to 70 pounds
  • IBO Speed: Up to 324 fps at 29.5-inch draw and 70 pounds
  • Draw Length: 23.5 to 29.5 inches
  • Let-Off: 80 percent
  • Weight: 4.02 pounds

Mission Switch | $399

New Fast Fit cam technology offers half-inch draw lengths for a wider range of adjustability and is quicker and easier to adjust than ever before. This newly redesigned cam system was heavily inspired by the company’s award-winning Crosscentric Cam technology and maintains a smooth draw from 18 inches all the way up to a 30-inch draw. The 31-inch axle-to-axle provides a stable shooting platform, and generous string angle for archers on all ends of the draw length spectrum. The ergonomic riser, paired with a slim grip design, provides unmatched shootability in a streamlined package.

“Switch”
Mission Switch

  • Brace Height: 6 7/8 inches
  • Axle To Axle: 31 inches
  • Draw Weight: 11 to 70 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 305 fps
  • Draw Length: 18 to 30 inches
  • Let-Off: Up to 80 percent
  • Weight: 3.84 pounds

PSE Evolve Evoke 31 | $999.99-$1,049.99

PSE has taken the original Evolve platform to an exciting new level with the 2019 PSE Evoke 31. PSE’s Evolve Cam System (ECS), brings to mind extreme comfort and shootability with 90 percent let-off, but now PSE has engineered the ECS onto a caged riser for upgraded stiffness, strength, including 342 feet-per-second of shooting speed.

“Evoke”
PSE Evoke 31

  • Brace Height: 6 inches
  • Axle To Axle: 31 inches
  • Draw Weight: 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 342 - 336 FPS
  • Draw Length: 24 1/2 – 30 inches
  • Let-Off: 80 to 90 percent
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Max. Limb Bolt Turns: 10

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