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Compound Bows That Will Make You Say Wow: ATA 2023

These flagship rigs have all the bells and whistles and are at the top of the 2023 class.

Compound Bows That Will Make You Say Wow: ATA 2023

Bowtech's new Carbon One compound bow is engineered to be extremely accurate, smooth and balanced, with virtually zero vibration, the company says.

Elite Era

Elite Era
Elite Era

Elite’s new Era flagship features its SP Cam and V2 Micro Mods, both allowing shooters to create specific holding weight, draw length and back wall. This aluminum bow has a dual-bridge system on the top and bottom of the riser. This helps provide more stability throughout the shot. Elite’s “S.E.T. Technology,” which is now three years old, further allows for more micro adjustments and tuning with the position of the cams. This bow has scads of micro-tuning capabilities, which should be great for bowhunters who obsess over turning and want the most efficient, best possible shot on game animals. The Era hits speeds of 336 fps in testing, weighs less than 4 pounds, has a 31.25-inch axle-to-axle span, let-off of up to 90 percent, 40- to 70-pound peak weights and 25.5- to 31-inch draw lengths. $1,699 | elitearchery.com

Hoyt VTM

Hoyt VTM
Hoyt VTM

Building off the success of the Ventum Pro released a year ago, Hoyt’s flagship bows this year are the VTM 31 and 34, both named for the available axle-to-axle lengths. The new VTM bows jibe with the In-Line accessories and have the same cam system as the Ventum Pro, but offer a little more when it comes to reduction in noise and vibration. With the In-Line system designed for the Hoyt bows, the VTM 31 and 34 have less vibration and, thus, less noise after the shot. Less vibration means a smoother shot, too. The 31- and 34-inch bows hit 342 and 334 fps in testing, weigh 4.6 and 4.8 pounds, have brace heights of 6 and 6.25 inches, and draw weights from 30-80 pounds. $1,349 and $1,449 | hoyt.com

Bowtech Carbon One

Bowtech Carbon One
Bowtech Carbon One

One of the cool features of the Bowtech Carbon One, among the many it offers, is its Flip Disc Technology. With this you can choose between Performance or Comfort settings with the mods, depending on what you’re doing or how you’re feeling. Other things you’ll find with the Carbon One are the DeadLock Cam System for micro-adjustment tuning, Orbit Dampers and Dual Lock Pockets to reduce vibration in the limbs and riser, and a 6.6-inch brace height on a 30-inch axle-to-axle setup. The bow shoots 335 fps in testing, offers draw lengths from 25.5-30.5 inches, draw weights of 50-70 pounds and let-off of 85 or 87 percent. $1,799 | bowtecharchery.com

Mathews Phase 4

Mathews Phase 4
Mathews Phase 4

Mathews has a long history of producing head-turning bows and the new Phase 4 is no exception. The Phase 4 includes the new Resistance Phase Damping system and Bridge-Lock Sight, both of which combine with Mathews other tried-and-true noise- and vibration-reducing technology to produce a quiet, stable and vibration-free bow. The Bridge-Lock Sight incorporates a dovetail connection through the riser and eliminating the need for an external, extra connection. Phase 4 comes in two versions — 29-inch and 33-inch axle-to-axle — hitting 340 and 336 fps in testing. They weigh 4.48 and 4.68 pounds, have 6- and 6.5-inch brace heights, with draw weights from 60-75 pounds in 5-pound increments and let-off of 80- or 85-percent. Other options include multiple finishes in solid or camo patterns. $1,299 and $1,399 | mathewsinc.com

PSE Mach 34

PSE Mach 34
PSE Mach 34

Two new features highlight the PSE Mach 34 this year: the Full Draw Stability technology and the EZ.220 Snap Spacer System. Both are designed for more stability with the bow during the shot. The Full Draw Stability system helps reduce torque, which in turn should improve accuracy. Less torque, less pressure … better shooting. The new EZ.220 Snap Spacer System is designed for faster, easier and more specific tuning and any adjustments for cam lean. If you’re in the field and not at the press, you’ll be enjoying your bow more often. The Mach 34 offers draw weights of 50-80 pounds, let-offs from 65-75 or 80-90 percent, draw lengths from 26.5-33 inches, a trim weight of just 3.65 pounds and speeds in testing of 330-340 fps. $1,799 | psearchery.com

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