9 New Compound Bows for 2019

Which of These Would You Buy?

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Hoyt RX-3Mathews VertixBear PerceptionPSE Evoke 35Elite Ritual 30, 33, and 35Obsession FX30Prime Logic CT3, and CT5Xpedition Mako XQuest Centec

1 | Hoyt RX-3

The new RX-3 is an incredible bow. Upon shooting it at the 2019 ATA Show, it quickly became apparent this was a quiet bow with minimal vibration — absolutely dead in the hand. The RX-3 comes in three variations, the standard RX-3, RX-3 Ultra and RX-3 Turbo. The major differences are in the length of the bow, brace height and speed. That said, all of them shoot great. The parallel track tube and weight-forward design improve functionality. What really sticks out is how fast this bow is, yet it still manages to minimize noise and vibration. It’s truly a great shooting bow. And with the carbon-based concept, it’s difficult to beat how tough this bow is.

Speed: 342 fps — ATA (RX-3) / 334 fps — ATA (RX-3 Ultra) / 350 fps — ATA (RX-3 Turbo)

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds (RX-3) / 4.1 pounds (RX-3 Ultra) / 4.0 pounds (RX-3 Turbo)

Brace Height: 6 inches (RX-3) / 6.75 inches (RX-3 Ultra) / 6 inches (RX-3 Turbo)

Axle-to-Axle: 30.5 inches (RX-3) / 34 inches (RX-3 Ultra) / 31 inches (RX-3 Turbo)

Draw Weight: 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 55-65, 60-70, and 70-80 pounds

Draw Length: 25-28, 26-28, 27-30, 28-30 and 29-32 inches

Let-Off: Unknown

MSRP: $1,699 (RX-3 and RX-3 Ultra) / $1,749 (RX-3 Turbo)

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

2 | Mathews Vertix

For the first time in years, Mathews bows will be available in Realtree camo and the 2019 line of bows from Mathews paired with Realtree EDGE looks to be an outstanding combo. This year’s flagship bow from the Wisconsin bow maker is the Vertix. This compact 30-inch axle-to-axle bow is shockingly dead in the hand and will be well-suited for chasing whitetails from a treestand or ground blind and equally at home pursuing big game out West. The Vertix features Mathews new Engage grip and Switchweight modules that allow peak weight to be adjusted in 5-pound increments without adjustment to the limb bolts.

Speed: 343 fps

Bow Weight: 4.67 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 30 inches

Draw Weight: 60, 65, 70, 75 pounds

Draw Length: 26-30.5 inches

Let-Off: 80-85 percent

MSRP: $1,099

Learn more here.

— Tyler Ridenour

3 | Bear Perception

The new Perception is the flagship bow in the 2019 Bear lineup. It’s a burner, too, coming in at 350 fps. That’s lighting it up. It has a little different look due to the shoot-through riser. It is a little heavier than some bows on the market (4.3 pounds), but some archers prefer heavier bows. This model also stays middle-of-the-road with its 6-inch brace height, but it does go a little longer than average with its 33-inch axle-to-axle length. All in all, it’s a great bow for 2019.

Speed: 350 fps

Bow Weight: 4.3 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33 inches

Draw Weight: 45-60 and 55-70 pounds

Draw Length: 25.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 75 percent

MSRP: $1,499.99

Learn more here.

— J.H.

4 | PSE Evoke 35

The 2019 Evoke 35 is the first year and model that Realtree has been on PSE bows. What sticks out on this bow? A lot. First off, it’s one of the few bows on the market that sports 90 percent let-off — especially to do so without sacrificing performance in other areas of importance. This bow weighs a little more and is a little longer axle-to-axle than most flagship bows this year. But that isn’t a bad thing. It’s all about preference. Many bowhunters like heavier and longer bows. You might be part of that crowd. If you are, give the new PSE Evoke 35 a try this year.

Speed: 335 fps (ATA)

Bow Weight: 4.5 pounds

Brace Height: 6.75 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 35 inches

Draw Weight: 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds

Draw Length: 25-30.5 inches

Let-Off: 80-90 percent

MSRP: $1,049.99

Learn more here.

— J.H.

5 | Elite Ritual 30, 33, and 35

Elite Archery expanded their Ritual series which launched last year with the Ritual 33. The new Ritual 30 and Ritual 35 ensure there’s something for everyone within the line. All three models feature the Ritual cam system which provides a smooth draw cycle and solid back-wall. The entire Ritual line is available in three Realtree finish options, Realtree EDGE, AP Snow, and MAX-1 XT. No matter what type of bowhunting you do the Ritual series has you covered.

Speed: 332 (30) / 335 (33) / 336 (35) fps

Bow Weight: 4.1 pounds (30) / 4.3 pounds (33) / 4.4 pounds (35)

Brace Height: 6.75 inches (30 and 33) / 6.4375 inches (35)

Axle-to-Axle: 30.5 inches (30) / 33.25 inches (33) / 34.75 inches (35)

Draw Weight: 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds

Draw Length: 25.5 inches (30) / 30 inches (33) / 26.5-31 inches (35)

Let-Off: 75-90 percent

MSRP: $1,049 (30) / $999 (33) / $1,049 (35)

Learn more here.

— T.R.

6 | Obsession FX30

Obsession is one of the best bows on the market for the money. The new FX30 from Obsession shoots like a dream. Those who love a shorter bow will like this model. It is perfect for those who hunt from treestands and ground blinds with its 30-inch axle-to-axle length. The OB Trax cam supports let-off percentages up to 85 percent. The best part? This thing is a scorcher when cranked all the way up, sending arrows at speeds as high as 360 fps.

Speed: 360 fps

Bow Weight: 4 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 30 inches

Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 85 percent

MSRP: $999

Learn more here.

— J.H.

7 | Prime Logic CT3, and CT5

Last year, Prime Archery unveiled their first bow designed using split limbs with the Logic. For 2019, they’ve expanded the Logic series with the introduction of the CT3 and CT5 as well as a target option the CT9. Compared to the original Logic at 31 inches axle-to-axle, the new CT3 and CT5 provide two longer platforms at 33 and 35 inches. These bows feature the same TRM parallel cam system that offers a smooth draw and optional limb or cable draw-stops for a personalized feel in the back wall. The Logic series along with all Prime bows are built using 82X aluminum for the riser material; this proprietary aluminum reduces flex in the riser resulting in flatter nock travel and increased strength.  All Logic hunting bows are available in Realtree EDGE and offer something for any bowhunter no matter the season of species you’re after.

Speed: 335 fps (CT3) / 340 fps (CT5)

Bow Weight: 4.4 pounds (CT3) / 4.6 pounds (CT5)

Brace Height: 6.5 inches (CT3) / 6 inches (CT5)

Axle-to-Axle: 33 inches (CT3) / 35 inches (CT5)

Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: $999

Learn more here.

— T.R.

8 | Xpedition Mako X

If you have a need for speed, look no further than the new Mako X from Xpedition Archery. At a blazing 364 fps, the Mako X is one of 2019's fastest bows. This bow’s speed is due in part to its 5-inch brace height, but even with the short brace height, it was a pleasure to shoot. The Mako X’s 33-inch stature puts it near the middle of the road among today’s top bow, it’s small enough to maneuver in a treestand or blind while still offering good stability for archers who prefer a longer bow. This latest offering from Xpedition Archery features a new roller guard system and is available in Realtree EDGE.

Speed: 364 fps

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds

Brace Height: 5 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33.31 inches

Draw Weight: 60, 65, 70 and 75 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: $1,099

Learn more here.

— T.R.

9 | Quest Centec

The Quest Centec is the new budget-minded offering from Quest Archery, backed by the same folks behind Prime Archery. The Centec packs premium features into an affordable package. This bow has a wide array of adjustability with modular draw length adjustment from 26 to 30 inches and draw weight adjustment of 45-60 pounds and 55-70 pounds. The Centec is available in Realtree EDGE and features center grip riser technology that is found on the premium Prime models.

Speed: Unknown

Bow Weight: Unknown

Brace Height: Unknown

Axle-to-Axle: Unknown

Draw Weight: 55-70  and 45-60 pounds

Draw Length: 26-30 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: Unknown

Learn more here.

— T.R.

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