11 of the Best New Bows for 2021

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Here’s the lineup of top compounds for this season, all available in Realtree camo patterns

Hoyt Ventum

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1 | Hoyt Ventum

Hoyt’s new flagship is packed full of features, including an all-new HBX Cam system with mods to accommodate a range of draw lengths, Integrate Rest Mount, Picatinny sight rail on the riser, thoughtful locations for stabilizers and sidebars, updated grip, and the Stealth Shot system that promises to reduce vibration. It’s available in a speedy 30-inch version, and a 33-inch version with a slightly wider brace height. — W.B.

  • Speed: 342 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 30 or 33 inches
  • Brace Height: 6 1/8 inches (Ventum 30)
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25-30 (Ventum 30); 26-31 (Ventum 33)
  • Peak Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 or 80 pounds

$1,199

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Mathews V3

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2 | Mathews V3

Mathews is continuing its run of the wildly successful CrossCentric Cam System with the new V3, which is available in both 27- and 31-inch versions. Noted for a smooth draw and vibration-free “dead in the hand” performance that doesn’t sacrifice speed, the V3 has useful updates, including a new Center Containment cable system and 3D dampers, that don’t interfere too much with a proven design. — W.B.

  • Speed: 342 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 27 or 31 inches
  • Brace Height: 6 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25-29 1/2 (27) or 26 to 30 1/2 (31) inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 60, 65, 70 and 75 pounds

$1,199

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Elite EnKore

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3 | Elite EnKore

Introduced in fall of 2020, Elite’s fastest bow to date has already proven itself in the woods. It was my personal hunting bow last fall, and I shot a pile of critters with it. Like the Kure that preceded it, the EnKore sports S.E.T. (Simplified Exact Tuning) that allows for easy paper tuning at home by slightly adjusting the split limbs to affect cam lean. Combine it with a 6-inch brace height, plenty of speed, a 33-inch axle-to-axle length, and the Versa Performance Mod that allows a draw length range of 23 to 30 inches, and you’re left with an ideal hunting rig for just about everyone. — W.B.

  • Speed: 340 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 33 inches
  • Brace Height: 6 1/8 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25-30 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 pounds

$1,099.99

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Bear Redemption EKO

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4 | Bear Redemption EKO

The new Redemption EKO allows shooters to customize their draw cycle with let-off options of 75% to 90%. Like most flagship Bear compounds, the Redemption ships with custom grip panels and optional limb stops to further tweak the bow’s feel to your liking and shooting style. The Vibration Reduction System helps stabilize riser vibration by up to 25% for a smoother, quieter shot. — J.H.

  • Speed: 342 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 31 inches
  • Brace Height: 6.25 inches
  • Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Draw Length: 26-30 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 60 or 70 pounds

$999.99

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Obsession Nitro HZ

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5 | Obsession Nitro HZ

Obsession has built a loyal following thanks to great bows like the 2021 Nitro HZ, a compact, 4 1/2-pound speed bow at a competitive price. Thanks to the new OB Adjustable HZ Hybrid Cam System, it also offers good tunability, plus a rotating mod that allows draw length adjustments without a bow press. — J.H.

  • Speed: 353 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 31 inches
  • Brace Height: 5.75 inches
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25.5-29 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, or 70 pounds

$899.99

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Xpedition X Series

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6 | Xpedition X Series

Hunters looking for an ultra-compact, lightweight bow with blazing speed should consider the X Series by Xpedition. The X30 weighs just 3.6 pounds and is under 30 inches axle to axle, thanks to a proprietary riser material called X-Loy by Magnite, that’s purportedly lighter than many carbon risers on the market, and stronger than aluminum. Paired with a new LVR Lever Cam system, this is a small but speedy option that’s perfect for tight quarters like ground blinds and box blinds. A 33-inch and a 37-inch version of the X Series bows is also available (the 37 offers draw lengths to 34 inches, and is $100 more). — J.H.

  • Speed: 352 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 29.625 inches
  • Brace Height: 6.25 inches
  • Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25.5-30 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 50, 60, 65, or 70 pounds

$1,399

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Prime Nexus Series

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7 | Prime Nexus Series

Promising to be Prime’s quietest, fastest lineup to date, the Nexus series features the new R2 cam system, which is both fast and widely adjustable, with draw length ranges of 23 to 31 1/2 inches. A rotating module allows archers to make those adjustments without a bow press. Riser updates, including a new grip profile and adjustable cable guard, promise to reduce vibration. The Nexus is available in 32, 34, and 36-inch axle-to-axle models, with brace heights ranging from 6 to 6 1/2 inches, and speeds of up to 345 fps. — J.H.

Specs (Nexus 2)

  • Speed: 341 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 32 inches
  • Brace Height: 6 inches
  • Weight: 4.25 pounds
  • Draw Length: 23-30 inches
  • Draw Weight: 40 to 80 pounds

$999

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Martin ADX Series

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8 | Martin ADX Series

Offered in 6- and 7-inch brace height versions (32- and 28-inch axle-to-axle lengths, respectively), the ADX series from Martin is built for rugged reliability and maximum performance. The Hybrix Cam system has the Helix Groove in the lower cam, a feature designed to eliminate cam lean, and Martin’s new Mass Distribution System for custom tuning options. The 6-inch bow provides blazing arrow speeds of up to 348 fps, while the 7-incher provides a more forgiving brace height in a shorter overall package, while maintaining speeds of up to 338 fps. They’re priced competitively, too. — J.H.   

  • Speed: 348 fps (ADX 6)
  • Axle to Axle: 32 inches
  • Brace Height: 6 inches
  • Weight: 4.55 pounds
  • Draw Length: 26-30.5 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 65 or 75 pounds

$1,097

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Quest Centec

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9 | Quest Centec

The Centec offers a machined riser, something not typically found on price-point bows. It’s not as fast as the flagship bows in this lineup (but plenty fast for hunting nonetheless), but it does earn high marks from us for good all-around hunting specs — 32 inches axle to axle with a 6.75-inch brace height — at an awesome price. — J.H.

  • Speed: 325 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 32 inches
  • Brace Height: 6.75 inches
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25.5-31 inches
  • Draw Weight: 40-55 or 55-70 pounds

$500

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Bowtech Solution

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10 | Bowtech Solution

With an innovative tuning system called DeadLok technology, Bowtech’s 2020 Revolt was a pretty ground-breaking bow, especially to hunters who like to work on their own equipment. The Solution sports that same tuning system, but in a much speedier package than the 2020 model. Sporting a 6-inch brace height and a perfect, middle-of-the-road 32-inch axle-to-axle length, the Solution is aptly named. — W.B.

  • Speed: 346 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 32 inches
  • Brace Height: 6 inches
  • Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Draw Length: 25-30 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 50, 60, 70 pounds

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PSE Xpedite NXT

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11 | PSE Xpedite NXT

Longtime PSE fans and newcomers alike will love the 2021 Xpedite NXT. It’s a speedster, and races out to 360 fps. Put simply, that’s gettin’ it, but from a bow that promises a quiet shot.

This NXT design incorporates a longer axle-to-axle length and a repositioned stabilizer mount location. It also sports low vibration levels, effectively providing that near dead-in-the-hand feel archers look for. Don’t forget to check out its ComfortGrip, which increases accuracy, too. — J.H.

  • Speed: 360 fps
  • Axle to Axle: 33 inches
  • Brace Height: 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 4.74 pounds
  • Draw Length: 24.5-30 inches
  • Peak Draw Weight: 60, 70, or 80 pounds

$1,099.99

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If you’re in the market for a new bow, 2021 is looking to be a good year to buy. The heavy hitters of the compound bow world continue to innovate, with new materials and features to push the envelope on performance, handling, and value. Here’s a quick look at 11 new models, all available in Realtree camo.