5 Great New Bows for 2018

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Which of These Compound Bows Is Your Favorite?

Bear Kuma

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1 | Bear Kuma

The new Bear Kuma bow is an awesome one. It’s a fast bow. But it’s also a smooth, quiet bow, too. This bow is solid. The rugged design means it’ll be durable and will last for seasons to come. This model is packed with technology that separates it from the pack. The best part? It’s affordable.

Speed: 345 fps

Bow Weight: 4.3 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33 inches

Draw Weight: 45-60 or 55-70 pounds

Draw Length: 25.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 75 percent

MSRP: $899.99

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Bear Approach HC

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2 | Bear Approach HC

The Bear Approach HC model is impressive. It’s part of the Legend Series and comes with a hybrid cam system that makes it an extremely effective bow. This Bear bow is smooth and quiet, yet still has the speed you want. And once again, it’s affordable — even more so than the Kuma.

Speed: 340 fps

Bow Weight: 4 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

Draw Weight: 45-60 or 55-70 pounds

Draw Length: 25.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 75 percent

MSRP: $449.99

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Elite Ritual

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3 | Elite Ritual

This Elite Ritual is a very slick bow. It’s a very fast, yet quiet and smooth bow. While traditionally Elite has been a single/solid limb design, the all-new Ritual is a split-limb bow. It’s a little heavier than some of the other bows. But personally, I was impressed with this new rig.

Speed: 335 fps

Bow Weight: 4.3 pounds

Brace Height: 6.75 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33.25 inches

Draw Weight: 50, 60 or 70 pounds

Draw Length: 26.5 to 31 inches

Let-Off: 75 to 90 percent

MSRP: $950

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Hoyt RX-1

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4 | Hoyt RX-1

I’m predominately a Hoyt man. That’s what I shoot. That said, today, all of the companies are making good bows. As for the Hoyt RX-1, this line of bows is offered in three different configurations: Carbon RX-1, Carbon RX-1 ULTRA and Carbon RX-1 TURBO. This new model is smooth, quiet, pretty dang fast and will certainly be rugged enough to take the beating the backwoods will put it through. At the end of the day, if I had to describe this bow with one word, I’d call it “tough.”

Speed: 350

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds

Brace Height: 5.875 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

Draw Weight: 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 55 to 65, or 60 to 70 pounds

Draw Length: 26 to 28 or 28 to 30 inches

MSRP: $1,599

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Obsession Fixation

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5 | Obsession Fixation

If you were a fan of previous Obsession models, wait until you shoot the new Fixation 6 or 7 (in the M and XP variations). These different options offer slightly different specs, but we’ll focus on the 7XP for the sake of this post. Again, this bow feels great in the hand, has a great draw cycle and is a speedy thing, too.

Speed: 348 fps

Bow Weight: 4.5 pounds

Brace Height: 7 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32.25 inches

Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds

Draw Length: 27.5 to 31 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: $999

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