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Parts of a Compound Bow: What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Hunting Bow

When you go to a local pro shop to start looking for a beginner compound bow, you’ll hear a bunch of bow terms thrown around: riser, module, buss cable, limbs, limb pockets, and cams. If you’re new to bowhunting, the parts of a compound bow might sound like a completely different language.

We’re here to help. The parts of a bow are sophisticated, but they’re actually not complicated to understand. Below, I’ve outlined the nuts and bolts you need to know in order to start asking the right questions. The more you know about compound bows, the better your chances of finding a one that shoots and feels like it was made just for you.

Compound Bow Riser

Parts of a compound bow include the bow riser

The riser is the bow’s platform. It makes up most of the bow and is the midsection that connects to the bow’s limb pockets. Most risers are aluminum, but many bow manufacturers offer carbon-riser models as well. Carbon-riser compounds are typically more expensive but are lightweight, durable, and warm to the touch when outside temps are frigid (Aluminum risers are more affordable but they feel ice cold to the touch during chilly bow hunting mornings). Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to provide the archer with the perfect blend of strength and weight in riser design, which is a big reason you’ll notice so many cutouts in the riser.

A good riser design adds stability and balance to your shooting. Traditionally, bows with more extended risers are more balanced at full draw, while those with shorter risers are more maneuverable in tight spaces. The riser will come with pre-drilled mounting holes for the sight and rest. Flagship bows from PSE, Mathews and Hoyt now showcase dovetail slits in the riser along with a traditional Berger hole mount to attach face-mounted rests from Quality Archery Designs. The arrow shelf, where the rest launcher arm falls when the arrow is fired, is also part of the riser.

Compound Bow Grip

The bow’s grip will either be a direct-to-riser grip or a pre-made grip that attaches to the riser with screws or glue. Direct-to-riser grips are typically thin, flat-backed, and narrow in the throat, which is the part of the grip that comes up and under the arrow shelf. Many direct-to-riser grips have side plates, but these are for aesthetic purposes more than anything else.

A pre-made grip (even the thin ones) will add bulk. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and don’t turn up your nose at a bow that has an attached grip. Bow makers like Hoyt, Mathews, and Bowtech typically showcase some sort of grip attachment, and I’m a fan of all of them. A pre-made grip can create a custom fit and feel that leads to consistent shooting. Stay away from bulky grips with large side flare-outs, these designs will cause you to put inconsistent pressure on the grip while you’re shooting, which will make you less accurate.

Limb Pockets

Compound bow limb pockets

The design of a compound bow’s limb pockets is crucial to its durability and its ability to dampen vibration. Limb screws that sit in the center of the pockets attach the riser, and the screw allows for draw-weight adjustments. Some bows offer more draw-weight adjustments than others, so be sure to read your owner’s manual. A bow will perform its best when set at peak weight, which is with the limb bolts screwed in. Made of aluminum or, in some cases, a high-grade plastic, the limb pockets also hold the bow’s limbs securely in place.

Compound Bow Limbs

Compound bow limbs

The limbs are among the most important parts of a compound bow. If a catastrophic failure occurs, it’s typically in the limbs. The limbs take a good amount of energy at the shot and are under constant bend and flex. In recent years, manufacturers have beefed up limb designs, and most hunting bows sport limbs with broad split limbs fitted with a rubber dampener placed between them to soak up noise and vibration. While split-limb models are popular, several bow manufacturers offer single, solid limb designs. Most modern-day hunting bows sport a parallel or beyond parallel limb design. This means that the limbs run parallel to each other versus angling in toward the riser. This design allows each limb to pull in the opposite direction at the shot, which cuts down on noise and post-shot vibration.

Parts of a Compound Bow: Cam & Module

Parts of a compound bow

A compound bow’s cams are those wheel-like discs at the end of the limb. The cam system is the bow’s engine. Most bows have a dual-cam design, but single cam bows are not uncommon. Dual cam bows have a top and bottom cam that are exactly the same. Single cam bows typically have a big cam on the bottom and an idler wheel on the top. There are cams designed for speed and cams designed for smoothness and shootability. The cam system dictates how the bow draws and shoots. Generally speaking, a cam with a sharper angled design creates a harsher draw, but comparatively faster arrow. Ask lots of questions about a bow’s cam makeup before you drop any coin on it, and be sure to give the bow a test drive. I will take a cam that promises a smooth draw, isn’t jumpy, and provides solid arrow speed over one that is a pain to draw and shot, but provides super-fast arrow speed.

Cams are also fitted with modules and draw stop pegs. Some draw stops contact the compound bow’s inner cable (a cable stop) while others touch the inside of the limbs (a limb stop). Most bows have a draw stop on each cam, but some have a single peg on the bottom or top cam. The bow’s modules allow the shooter to change draw length. Most modern-day bows are draw-length adjustable in ½-inch increments across a broad range. However, others come with a set draw length and require a complete module change to alter draw length. Modules also, on most bows, allow the shooter to change their letoff. Letoff is the reduction in holding weight at full draw (so a with a 60-pound bow, and 80% let off, you’re holding 12 pounds at full draw). Most states require a letoff rating that doesn’t exceed 80 percent, so keep this in mind.

Axle Pins

There isn’t much to know here, and I wouldn’t mention the axle pins except the measurement between the top pin and the bottom pin makes up the compound bow’s axle-to-axle measurement. It’s essential to know a bow’s axle-to-axle length, which all manufacturers publish, is not the measurement from the top of the top cam to the bottom of the bottom cam. Most of the time, a longer axle-to-axle bow is easier to balance, hold on target, and shoot accurately. However, long axle-to-axle bows can be cumbersome to maneuver in the woods or in a blind.

Compound Bow Strings & Cables

strings and cables of a hunting bow

The string or the d-loop that a pro shop ties to your string are what you will hook your release onto to pull the compound bow back. Most dual-cam bows have a string and two cables, while single-cam models have a long string and a single cable. Today’s bowstrings are constructed from excellent material, which boosts their longevity. Some strings will have silencer devices designed to thwart noise and residual oscillation. Many strings will also be fitted with some version of a speed nock. Most will be shrink wrap material with the bow maker’s logo branded on it — speed nocks up a bows feet per second rating.

Roller Guard or Cable Slide

Most flagship bow models feature some type of roller guard that facilitates the movement of the bow’s cables. This device’s job is to pull the cables off to the side in order to make room for the arrow. A roller guard won’t chew up cables as fast as a cable slide, which is basically a piece of plastic with a pair of slits that the cables run through. Another benefit of a roller guard is that it reduces friction, and most have some sort of anti-torque system.

String Stop

string stop of a hunting bow

Most string stops extend out of the back of the riser and are made of a carbon rod fitted with a dampening device. Most stops are adjustable. You don’t want the bow’s string pushing hard into the string stop when the bow is at rest. The job of the string stop is to stop the speeding string, which propels the arrow into flight. The string should be resting just off the string stop.

Bow Hunting Accessories: Dampener, Stabilizer, Bow Sight, Peep Sight, Quiver

Once you’ve got the basics of a bare bow covered, there are all kinds of fun compound bow accessories you can dive into. We’ll touch on just a few of the accessories you’ll want on your hunting bow here.


Most bows are fitted with some dampening devices. Some are incorporated into the riser while others, as previously mentioned, sit between the limbs. The job of a dampener is to eliminate noise and vibration further. You can also buy these aftermarket and add them to your bow.


This is the long bar that screws into the front (and sometimes rear) of your riser and adds weight and stability to your bow. Longer stabilizers are more effective, but they can be cumbersome for bow hunting.

Bow Sights

There are all kinds of archery sights you can put on your hunting bow. But the key is understanding that a good bow sight allows you to have a precise aiming point for shooting at a variety of ranges. Find our guide on the best compound bow sights here.

Peep Sight

A peep sight is the little circle you look through to line up your bow sight. The peep gets tied into your string. Work with a bow shop pro to make sure you’ve got the right diameter peep sight and it’s placed in the proper spot on your string.


The quiver holds all your arrows and there are almost endless options. Pick one that will hold three to five hunting arrows (with broadheads) and attaches to your compound bow without rattling or vibration. Many hunters shoot with a quiver on their bow, so make sure whichever quiver you pick doesn’t introduce any extra noise or vibration.


Bow Review: Elite Kure

Not so many years ago, bow design was all about achieving maximum efficiency, i.e., speed. In more recent years, it’s been mostly about a smooth draw cycle and a quiet, vibration-free shot. Now a new trend seems to be emerging: easy tunability.

Elite Kure

Elite Kure

The Elite Kure is a case in point. Elite has built a sizeable following by designing bows that are reasonably fast and very pleasant to shoot. The Kure reflects that legacy but adds easy tuning to the mix. This is a big deal. Those of us who have been shooting compound bows for more than a decade or so remember when tuning a bow was arcane, time-consuming, frustrating, blending science, art and voodoo. Entire books were written on the subject, and the mechanical broadhead probably owes its existence to the difficulty of tuning a bow. In more recent years, significantly improved strings and better bow designs decreased the mystique. However, tuning still usually requires multiple minute adjustments to an arrow rest or pressing a bow and twisting or untwisting cables, often repeating the process numerous times until the perfect tune is achieved. Or not.

Easy tunability obviously benefits those shooters who don’t own bow presses or who lack the technical knowledge to tune a bow to perfection. Even the most technically proficient shooter can appreciate time-saving convenience and the ability to make minor adjustments in the field or on the range. Twisting cables or strings is not an ideal solution to tuning problems since bows and strings are designed to perform at their peak with a given amount of twist. Elite calls its new technology S.E.T. (Simplified Exact Tuning). It allows the shooter, using only a Torx wrench, to make micro-adjustments to the pitch of the limbs and the attitude of both cams at the limb pockets. The process is user-friendly. The adjustment screws are labeled “tear right” and “tear left,” indicating the direction to turn the screw to make the proper adjustment when paper tuning.

The new Asym Tri-Track Cams are noteworthy for more than their tunability. Still synchronized and designed to retain the smooth feel for which Elite is known, they are a departure from Elite’s previous two-track cam systems. Among other things, the design changes allow for a modular draw-length system adjustable without a press over a range of 23 to 30 inches, along with cable stops, an optional limb stop and a let-off adjustable from 90% down to 70%. Draw length, by the way, is adjustable in one-quarter-inch increments, as opposed to the standard one-half-inch increments. Since a one-quarter-inch draw length change can be the difference between a rock-steady hold and a sight pin doing figure eights, this feature — almost as much as the tunable cams — can save time and frustration.

Also new on this cam is an optional limb stop. The bow comes standard with adjustable cable stops, which move with the draw length. Easy-to-install limb stops are provided for shooters who prefer that rock-solid back wall. They can be adjusted to hit the limb slightly after the cable stops for a very customizable feel at full draw.

Limbs are wider than on Elite’s previous models, and new limb dampeners have been added to the mix as well. What’s not so new? The riser is still identifiably Elite, but the grip has been tweaked. The tunable roller guide is back; the importance of the tuning function is significantly reduced given the S.E.T. feature, but it still allows for optimum fletching clearance to keep any torque to a minimum.

The test bow was Ninja Black, and fit and finish was durable and commensurate with the overall excellent quality of the bow, as is the case for most premium bows on the market these days.


Shooting the Elite Kure

The bow was at specifications out of the box, but slightly heavier than the IBO Standard 70 pound draw weight. Limb bolts were snug but turned smoothly and with no chattering. All our standard accessories were installed without a problem. Tuning was easy; I did have to make an adjustment to centershot after compensating for a slight tear left in the paper.

At 4.6 pounds the Kure cannot be called a light bow, though, as I have commented before, a little extra weight does contribute to the kind of low hand shock and noise modern bowhunters have come to expect. Elite fans concerned that a change in cams will negatively affect the smooth draw cycle, on which Elite has built its reputation can relax, the Kure is smooth. The valley is not deep but is sufficiently deep to avoid being “grabby.” I prefer cable over limb stops and did not install the limb stops. I tested the bow as it comes out of the box at 90% let-off but did experiment with adjusting it. A change in let-off slightly affects draw length.

At the shot, there is a slight vibration, which was virtually eliminated with a stabilizer. It’s sufficiently mild enough that I would probably hunt this bow without the stabilizer. There are quieter bows on the market, but this one is more than quiet for a hunting bow.

All in all, the Elite Kure is a bow that should please any Elite fan and will doubtlessly earn some converts to the cause thanks in part to the user-friendly tuning. Every year bows are tweaked, if only, in some cases, because consumers always demand something new. Only once in a few years does game-changing technology come along, and the Kure might just make 2020 one of those years.


How We Test

  • Each bow is carefully inspected out of the box for fit and finish and for any visible defects in workmanship. Axle-to-axle length, brace height, mass weight and draw length are measured and compared with stated specs. Minor discrepancies in draw length are corrected or noted.
  • A QAD UltraRest is installed, and each bow is equipped with a TruGlo sight, a TruGlo stabilizer, a G5 1/4-inch Metapeep and a D-loop. Test arrows are Carbon Express Maxima Red arrows at weights of 385 and 440 grains, fletched with Bohning Blazer vanes and fitted with QAD Tune-A-Nocks. Peak draw weight is established, and draw force curves, along with letoff, are determined using an Easton Bow Force Mapping System.
  • Using a Spot-Hogg Hooter Shooter bow-shooting machine and a ProChrono chronograph, arrow speed and kinetic energy are measured at point of launch and at 20 yards.
  • Sound is measured with an NM102 Sound Level Meter with mic positioned 3 feet in front of the bow and 18 inches under the arrow flight path.
  • All bows are pressed on a Buckeye Archery Solutions Bow-A-Constrictor press.
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New Mathews 2021 V3 bow just released!

2021 Mathews V3 elk hunting

New for 2021 from Mathews Archery is their V3 line! Photo credit: Sam Sarbacher

On a summer afternoon in early August, I got a call from the home office in Las Vegas. Brady had a peculiar tone of intrigue in his voice when he said, “Something exciting arrived in the office for you. It will be here when you come down tomorrow.”

I’m always excited to see a new bow for the first time. I love archery. I love the engineering and technology that goes into every new bow that Mathews produces. I’m continually impressed with the improvements they make and this year is no exception. In the past, improvements seemed to be more singular in focus. Like when the industry chased the smooth drawing bow and then faster arrow speeds. Over the past few years, Mathews has made improvements in almost every area of the bow — every single year. They’ve worked on tunability, making the bow faster, quieter and more compact. Some of the prior improvements may seem small and inconsequential, but the 2021 flagship bow from Mathews is so much smoother, faster, more compact, more reliable and more accurate than any of my bows from only a decade ago.

New 2021 Mathews V3 31

New Mathews V3 bow antelope hunting

Antelope hunting back in August with the Mathews V3. Photo credit: Logan Summers

Today, November 17, is the launch date for their 2021 line of hunting bows! For 2021, their flagship bow is the Mathews V3 that comes in a couple of options: a 31” ATA and a 27” ATA. I received and hunted with the V3 31” version. The first thing I noticed as I pulled the bow out of the box was that I thought it was a really attractive bow. It just looks cool. The limbs are past parallel similar to some of the older speed bows. The riser is really long with a variety of cutouts and bridging.

Mathews 2021 centerguard cable containment system

Perhaps, the most noticeable change is that the cable guard appeared smaller and was coming down from the riser at an angle well above the shelf. It looks very different when you compare it to other bows where the guide comes straight back from the riser. My bow’s riser was “ambush green” in color with SITKA Subalpine camo limbs. The Zebra strings are solid flo orange, which is another neat perk of Mathews bows; you can order yours with custom colored strings and cables.

The riser has some texture to it with a matte finish. It feels great in the hand and it looks good, too. The finish has worn very well. After two months of hunting and shooting it, I have not had any issues with it flaking and the dipped camouflage limbs have not faded or smudged. None of the edges of the limbs have started to show wear. I spent a couple of days crawling through the deserts of northern Wyoming stalking antelope and, after a wipe down with a wet rag, the riser and limbs still look great. 


2021 Mathews V3 product shot

As previously stated, the ATA is 31” and it has a 6” brace height. Draw length options are available in half inch increments from 26” to 30.5”. You can change mods easily by removing two set screws per cam and installing the new mod. It can be done without a press and typically takes five minutes or less to change those out. Different mods can be purchased at your local Mathews pro shop if you need to change them. You can also choose between an 85% let-off or 80% let-off mods if you like a bit more holding weight, which I do. Once again, the V3 utilizes the SwitchWeight Technology in the cam system. What that allows you to do is change the draw weight without turning your limb bolts out. You can leave the limbs completely turned in for maximum efficiency and then change the mods to obtain the desired draw weight that you are looking for. For example, you could buy a 60 to 70 pound draw weight V3 with 65 pound draw mods. You would not have to mess with turning your limb bolts out to try to get your draw weight to 65 pounds; you leave your limbs alone and, with that set of mods, you’ll get a peak draw weight of 65 pounds. You can get 60, 65, 70 or even 75 pound draw weight mods in your draw length and, as I stated before, 80% or 85% let-off. What this means is that you can have one bow to do it all. 

If you have a September elk hunt in Colorado and you want to shoot a heavier arrow with plenty of speed, you could get a 75 pound 80% let-off mod in your draw length. Later in the year, maybe you have a Midwest whitetail hunt where the temperatures drop severely and you need a bow that is extremely easy and smooth to draw. For that situation, you might choose to use a 60 or 65 pound 85% let-off set of mods. In both cases, you never have to worry about touching your limb bolts: you get maximum efficiency and a bow for every situation.

Mathews lists the IBO speed at approximately 342 FPS (30” with a 350 grain arrow). My bow set at 68 lbs with a measured draw length of 30 1/8” is firing a 448 grain finished Gold Tip Platinum Pierce arrow at 286 FPS. The bow is fast — within one FPS of the 2020 VXR, which had an IBO of 343. When you shoot the V3, it feels fast and you can hear it when your arrows hit the target down range. As a major league scout would say about a prospective hitter: that bat (or bow in this case)’s got pop!

Mathews V3 hunting bow

The V3 is available in several colors for 2021, including black, stone, ambush green, SITKA SubAlpine, SITKA Elevated II, Realtree Edge, Under Armour All Season and First Lite Specter. The combinations of riser and limb colors are extensive although I personally like the ambush green with one of the camouflage limb options. 

So, what makes the V3 different from the VXR or others?

The new centerguard cable containment is a noticeable change. The angle of the guard equalizes the angle of the string for a more optimal cam timing while also providing additional vane clearance. As I stated before, this change is one of the first things I noticed. The cam timing on my V3 was very close out of the box and, once I got it set for me, the timing has remained consistent and arrow flight has been very good. 

If you look at the new riser, you can see it has extended bridging and cut-outs. Mathews states that the weight of the V3 riser has been reduced while also strengthening it in critical areas. The riser and limb configuration gives the V3 the longest riser to axle-to-axle ratio of any bow they have ever produced, which is likely the most marketable and important fact about the V3. It’s easily noticeable that the riser is very long in relation to the overall bow, which for me, is a very good thing. The V3 holds and aims well and is very stable at full draw. It’s more similar to my TRX36 target bow in the way it aims than I would have thought for a bow that is 5” shorter. It’s compact enough to fit within a ground blind or a treestand and still holds like a much longer bow. 

One other change I’ve touched on is the deflected past parallel limbs on this bow. The V3 has an ominous look at full draw — like a snake coiled to strike — but the real benefit of past parallel limbs is that it eliminates even more vibration while increasing efficiency. The V3 also has a new Nano 740 damping, which is calibrated and tuned to the specifics of the V3 to control post shot noise and vibration. The extended position of the damper also adds to a better front/back balance of the V3 at full draw. From my experience, the V3 is on par and possibly quieter than the VXR. I can’t say that, for me and my 40 year old ears that attended too many loud concerts, that there is an audible difference in the two bows, but both are very quiet. I thought the VXR was and continues to be one of the most quiet shock-free bows I have ever owned and the V3 is right there with it — plus it has the added benefits I’ve already touched on. 

The V3 also offers many of the things that I liked about the VXR, including the Silent Connect System that works with their sling and rope. It comes with the engage grip, which feels great in the hand, but you can also remove it if you prefer side plates or shooting directly off the riser. My preference is to shoot it directly off the riser, but I love that you have the ability to customize it and find a grip that feels right. Mathews has once again continued with the machined dovetail mounting system that works with their QAD drop away rest that mounts directly to the riser. The rest/riser connection is very clean in appearance and the QAD is a great cable-driven drop away rest. It’s not my personal preference, but that combo is very nice in appearance and it’s really lightweight.

Mathews 2021 V3 Bow Specs

 V3 31 SpecsV3 27 Specs
Brace Height6"6"
Draw Weight60, 65, 70, 7560, 65, 70, 75
Draw Length26" to 30.5"25" to 29.5"
Let-Off80 or 85%80 or 85%
Physical Weight4.50 lbs4.29 lbs
IBO RatingUp to 342 FPSUp to 336 FPS
CamCrosscentric w/
Switchweight Technology
Crosscentric w/
Switchweight Technology


Setting up and tuning the V3 was a pretty simple process. After setting the nocking point perfectly centered between the cams, I set the rest at 13/16” and an arrow at a 90 degree angle to the string. My first few arrows through paper yielded a slight left paper tear and, rather than moving my rest, which I liked at the 13/16” position and the vane clearance that offers me, I simply swapped out the top hats in the cams (one side to the other) to move both cams to the left and fired another arrow. I had a perfect right to left tear at that point, but a slight tail high tear. I checked the cam timing again and found I needed one half twist to the top cam cable. After doing so, I was able to get great paper tuning results at 6’, 9’ and 12’. I then did some bareshaft shooting at 20 and 30 yards and had great results. The tuning process was similar to many bows I’ve owned and, although it took a couple small tweaks to get it there, the thing I appreciate is that with Mathews V3 I have the tools I need to tune my bow. I love the ability they offer to use the top hat or cam timing or arrow rest adjustments to get the tune I am looking for. 

I set my V3 up with a 15” Bee Stinger microhex stabilizer with 4 oz of weight and a Bee Stinger microhex 10” side bar with 10 oz of weight mounted on a Mathews Adjustable V-bar bracket. Once I set up and tuned the bow, it shot very well for me. I started with regular rounds at my local range, shooting field tips. The draw is smooth and consistent throughout. The drop into the backwall is subtle and the backwall is firm, but not hard. The V3 utilizes cable stops and not limb stops, which I prefer. At full draw the bow is easy to anchor — even at my 30” draw length. Because the riser is so long and the cams are large, the string angle is still good enough that it does not require any unnatural head movement to find a consistent anchor. 

The V3 holds really well at full draw and I found the V3 to be accurate and very easy to shoot. With some bows it feels like you have to work to shoot well. The V3 is not one of those. On shots where my focus or form was not quite where I wanted it to be, arrows still seemed to land close to the middle. 

The V3 is quiet and shockfree. Over the years, I’ve shot animals out of ground blinds with other bows and one thing I always remember about those shots is the sound of the bow going off inside that small confined space; it’s surprisingly loud, but not with the V3. This bow is shockingly quiet.

Trail Kreitzer Mathews V3 bow and Wyoming antelope

Trail's 2020 Wyoming archery antelope taken with the Mathews V3 31. Photo credit: Logan Summers

I shot my second largest antelope buck out of a blind a few weeks after I got the V3 and I distinctly recall the sound or, rather, the lack of it. The buck I shot was a mere 25 yards, the bow drew smoothly and quietly even from a sitting position with a 70-pound draw weight and delivered a perfect arrow to my intended target. Overall, it was exactly the bow that I needed for that hunt.

Watch Trail go over his impressions of the bow below

The Takeaway

Trail Kreitzer Wyoming antelope with Mathews V3 bow

Hunting bows are getting better and better every year and the V3 is proof of that. It’s compact for hunting situations, yet it holds more similarly to my target bow. The V3 is tuneable and, once set, has kept its tune. After many mornings at the range and days of crawling across the prairie and traipsing through the elk woods of Colorado, it still delivers fixed blade broadheads into the vitals out to 80+ yards. The V3 is quiet, smooth, easy to shoot and it looks cool. Whether you are a western big game hunter or a Midwest whitetail hunter or, even, someone doing both...the V3 is a fantastic hunting bow that will meet your needs. Hopefully, as you're reading this on November 17, my V3 will be in the process of helping me take another great late season Arizona bull! Contact your local Mathews pro-shop and shoot one now!

Stay tuned later this week for Brady Miller's thoughts on the longer axle-to-axle 2021 Mathews ATLAS he has been shooting this fall.

Learn more about the 2021 Mathews V3 bows here


Cable stops limb stops vs

While working in the archery shop and shooting tournaments, one of the most frequently asked questions I am asked is what draw stops I am using and why. Currently I am shooting the Elite Echelon 39. This bow is unique in the fact that the bow gives the archer both types of draw stops to choose from, either limb stops or cable stops. The draw stops on Echelon allow each archer to mold the bow into your own shot style.


The Echelon comes with three different sizes of cable stops, a small, medium and a large, to allow for different holding weight. Even with the different cable stops, the Echelon cam has different positions for the stops so you can get the exact holding weight that you desire. The cable stops on the Echelon allow for a little bit of a “spongy” back wall that a lot of archers desire to pull through the shot.

The Echelon comes with the limb stop installed, which is what Elite is traditionally known for. This style of draw stop is what I shoot on all of my target bows. The shot style I prefer is a very static shot so I like the very solid back wall that the limb stop provides. The way the cam on the Echelon is designed allows you to dial in the holding weight and draw length by sliding the stop either forward or back in the limb stop slot. I personally shoot 17 pounds in holding weight. The way I get my draw length and the exact holding weight is, by putting a half inch long mod on the bow and move the draw stop in toward the center of the bow to my exact draw length and holding weight. 

Each individual has a different shot style and execution of the bow. The Elite Echelon gives everyone the desired feel that they are looking for. All you have to do is go to your local Elite dealer and test one out and see what feels best to you.

2020 Hoyt Invicta Bow Review -

Hoyt Pro Force FX

Each season, devoted hunters around the globe trust Hoyt bows to do what they do best, bag

And year after year, Hoyt engineers design bows that deliver results worldwide.

Hoyt takes that trust very seriously and feels a responsibility to stand at the cutting edge of the bow hunting industry through ceaseless research, testing and innovation, using input from the best hunters in the world.

The ProForce FX is a result of that process. Shrinking the specs on the ProForce, the ProForce FX is an outstanding specimen of a bow that can cater for hunters with a shorter draw length. It can produce sonic speeds up to 332fps, making it a great option for hunters who prefer a compact rig or for 3D archers seeking to maintain faster arrow speeds.

Smooth drawing, fast cams with a rock solid back wall are an integral part of this premier hunting bow. The Zero Torque (ZT) Hyper Cam is the fastest, highest let-off cam Hoyt has ever produced. With three let-off options of 85% 80% and 65%, the ZT Hyper Cam can be configured for your needs.

Defining this cam is a split cable system with dual buss cable tracks terminating at the bottom cam. This feature eliminates bottom cam lean and the need for a flexible cable guard system.

The top cam has not been left out of the equation either! As always, with a Cam and a Half system there is a yoke attached to either side of the top limb which can be altered in length by twisting to adjust top cam lean. This can lead to one side of the yoke being significantly more twisted than the other and under a different load to the opposing side.

The ZT Hyper Cam employs two different sized tear drop shaped anchors at either side of the limb to allow an even twist ratio in each yoke leg, reducing any chance of unwanted stretch.

Utilising Hoyt's Prevail modular grip system, the Pro Force FX gives the bow hunter an ability to change grip angles between 0 and 6 degrees to accommodate the desired feel. This is a fully customisable grip system, allowing the bow to be perfectly tuned to the bow hunter's specific hand position.

Built with exceptional craftsmanship and the absolute best in materials is the Hoyt QuadFlex limb system. An increase in width to .75", this limb configuration in its wider stance paired with zero tolerance Bi-Ax limb pockets provides the ultimate in torsional stability.

Fuse custom strings constructed from BCY X material are the most stable Hoyt has ever produced.

There is no need for a bow press when installing a drop away rest due to the cable system make up. This feature provides convenience for the pro shop and home bow mechanic alike.

At just under 33 inches axle to axle, the QuadFlex Limbs and ZT Hyper cams work in sync which actually creates a longer axle to axle at full draw which allows for better head position and a more stable shooting platform. This makes the Pro Force FX hold and aim like it's a 37 inch non parallel limb hunting bow.

A performance driven 6 inch brace height matched with an axle to axle length of 32.75" makes the Pro Force FX a great fit for a wide range of draw lengths while producing ATA speeds up to 332 fps.

Hand shock, residual vibration and excess noise is not a factor with this bow. While a noisy bow will not scare away any animals, a nice quiet shot provides peace of mind when your arrow is on its way.

The Hoyt Shock Pod vibration damping system in conjunction with Limb Shox are a valuable addition to the make-up of this bow and hushes all, for the whisper quiet shot hunters demand.

As part of your bow purchase, you receive a Hoyt promo kit comprising

  • An 18 page Owner's Manual
  • Hoyt Decal
  • Warranty Registration Card
  • Hoyt Wrist Band
  • Hoyt Cap

Specs at a glance

  • ATA Speed 332fps
  • Weight range 30-40lbs, 40-50lbs, 50-60lbs, 60-70lbs. Please specify weight required.
  • Draw length range Cam 2: 25"-28.5", Cam 3: 27.5"-30" by draw length specific modules in half inch increments. Please specify draw length
  • Brace height 6"
  • Axle to Axle 32.75"
  • Mass weight 4.6lbs
  • Let-Off 85%, 80%, 65%. Please specify Let-Off
  • Zero Torque Hyper Cam
  • Aluminium Riser
  • .75" wide Quad Flex Limb technology
  • Parallel split limb technology
  • Multi-layer limb lamination
  • Zero Torque Cable Guard system
  • Bi-Ax Limb Pocket system
  • In-line roller cable guard
  • Perfect balance stabilisation system
  • Silent shelf technology
  • Custom-Tune Grip
  • FUSE Strings and Cables
  • Available in Right Hand and Left Hand. Please specify RH or LH
  • Available in a hunting colour option of BlackOut

Not all hunters are created equal. That's a fact. Not all bows are created equal. This too, is a fact.

The Pro Force FX is drawing attention as a force to be reckoned with! Look out for it on the hunting trail the world over!

(All dry-fire testing is done by trained technicians with proper equipment. Dry firing (drawing and releasing your bow string without an arrow) is extremely dangerous and should never ever be attempted. Hoyt's 1,500 dry fire test and standard is for Hoyt risers.

The new Quad Flex Limb system. Utilises entire length of limb, for increased efficiency, through our patent-pending pivoting pocket design. Past-parallel design creates less limb movement, resulting in a quiet, vibration-free shot.

New Hyper ZT Cam Technology maximises effective string angle, creating a longer axle-to-axle at full draw, increasing accuracy and stability; encourages a more comfortable and accurate head position; gives the manoeuvrability benefits of a short bow in your ground blind or tree stand, while providing the advantages of a longer axle-to-axle bow; Hyper ZT Cam design creates less limb movement, resulting in a quiet, vibration-free shot.

Hyper ZT Cam optimises peep position, creating a more direct string angle and brings the peep closer to your eye, increasing peep-to-sight distance and maximising accuracy.

Hyper ZT Cam allows a more comfortable and consistent anchor and alignment; eliminates 'head tilt' at anchor, by bringing the string to your nose, promoting proper head position and form. Reduced facial contact and string pressure results in more accurate and consistent arrow flight.

Hyper ZT Cam features optional limb stop for those seeking an even stiffer back wall experience than already afforded by the new dual cable stops, the Hyper ZT cams also come with a limb stop option. If you are after that zero-play feeling at full draw, the first-ever optional limb stop brings a new definition of rock-solid rigidity to the Hoyt back wall.

Effective string position at full draw. Head position is vital to the consistency and accuracy of your shot. The new Quad Flex Limb and Hyper ZT Cam systems work together to deliver a dramatically broader string angle, an increased full-draw axle-to-axle measurement and a more optimal peep position. These innovations allow a more relaxed, strain-free posture at full draw and reduce facial contact, string pressure and eye fatigue at anchor.

The result is a 2018 35.75-inch bow that feels and performs like last year's 38-inch equivalent. Yes, you read that right, your 35-inch bow will perform like a 38-inch target dream bow. If the numbers don't convince you, your experience at full-draw and your tightened arrow groups will.


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