ATA Show: New Compound Bows for 2018

What’s Your Favorite on This List?

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1 | Bear Moment

So the Bear Moment isn’t brand new for this year. But it is brand new in the all-new Realtree EDGE camo. This bow has an ultra-smooth draw cycle. Plus, it’s quiet — which is a big factor when hunting pressured whitetails. And it also has very little hand-shock, as vibration is minimal.

Speed: 340 fps

Bow Weight: 4 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 31 inches

Draw Weight: 45 to 60 or 55 to 70 pounds

Draw Length: 25 to 30 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

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2 | Bear Prowess

This Bear bow was made for the female archer. The design of this bow is tailored specifically for women who bowhunt. This bow comes ready-to-hunt with all of the bow accessories you need to get started, too. This bow is very lightweight, which should result in better shooting form in smaller-framed archers.

Speed: 290 fps

Bow Weight: 3 pounds

Brace Height: 6.75 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 29.125 inches

Draw Weight: 35 to 50 pounds

Draw Length: 23 to 28 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

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3 | Bear Cruzer Lite

This Bear model is new and great for women, children and small-framed shooters. Adjustability is this bow’s strong suit. It’s very versatile and will fit a wide variety of hunters. It’s certainly a great bow for someone new to archery and just beginning to shoot. The best part? The adjustability allows for kids to grow without the need for a new bow every couple of years. Comes in Realtree camo.

Speed: 290 fps

Bow Weight: 3.2 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 27.125 inches

Draw Weight: 5 to 45 pounds

Draw Length: 12 to 27 inches

Let-Off: 70 percent

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Elite RitualElite RitualElite RitualElite RitualElite Ritual

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4 | Elite Ritual

This Elite model 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

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Hoyt Carbon RX-1 TURBOHoyt Carbon RX-1 TURBOHoyt Carbon RX-1 TURBOHoyt Carbon RX-1 TURBOHoyt Carbon RX-1 TURBO

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5 | Hoyt Carbon RX-1 TURBO

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

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Hoyt Hyper ForceHoyt Hyper ForceHoyt Hyper ForceHoyt Hyper ForceHoyt Hyper Force

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6 | Hoyt Hyper Force

The Hoyt RX series might be the talk of the town, but don’t let it overshadow the new HyperForce. This bow is a bad son of a gun. And it will shoot the lights out. This bow feels and shoots great. It’s quiet and fast, too. Pick one up at your local dealer and shoot it.

Speed: 340 fps

Bow Weight: 4.3 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

Draw Weight: 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 55 to 65 60 to 70, or 70 to 80 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5 to 28, 27 to 30, or 29 to 31 inches

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Hoyt Hyper Force Bone CollectorHoyt Hyper Force Bone CollectorHoyt Hyper Force Bone CollectorHoyt Hyper Force Bone CollectorHoyt Hyper Force Bone Collector

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7 | Hoyt Hyper Force Bone Collector

This Hoyt bow is practically identical on paper. The major difference? Appearance. This new bow comes with the Bone Collector package for all you Waddell, Mundt and T-Bone groupies out there.

Speed: 340 fps

Bow Weight: 4.3 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

Draw Weight: 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 55 to 65 60 to 70, or 70 to 80 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5 to 28, 27 to 30, or 29 to 31 inches

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8 | Quest Thrive

The new Thrive from Quest is an incredible bow as well. This thing is a great-shooting piece of tech and won’t let you down in the field. It’s built for the rugged hunter that’s tough on equipment. Comes in Realtree camo.

Speed: 328 fps

Bow Weight: 4.3 pounds

Brace Height: 7 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33.75 inches

Draw Weight: 50, 60 or 70 pounds

Draw Length: 26 to 31 pounds

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9 | 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

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Bows make the bowhunting world go ‘round. Everyone gets excited when the bow manufacturers release their new lineups for the year. And 2018 is no different. Here are some of the bows that are creating a buzz at the 2018 ATA Show in Indianapolis.

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