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Hoyt Carbon Matrix [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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BOW SPECIFICATIONS

*Draw length and draw weight specific to the bow we tested.

IBO Speed (fps) 

318

Axle to Axle 

35″

Mass Weight 

3.8 lbs.

Wheel 

XTR Cam & 1/2

Brace Height 

7.25″

Limbs 

XTS ARC

Draw 29″

Weight 

70 lbs.

Let-off 

75%

Price 

$1,599

PROS

Incredible balance, easy to hold on target, unlike anything I’ve ever shot before, I can shoot this bow all day long;

Extreme durability (it can get run over by a truck!);

Forgiving and accurate, easy to stack arrows on top of each other;

Shock free, dead in the hand and quiet. 

CONS

Does not have built in riser mounts for a two piece quiver (Hoyt does make an adapter to allow for a two-piece quiver to be used, but at $1,599 it should really be included);

While the bow has a beautiful wood grip, it is glued to the riser so you can not use Hoyt’s Pro-Fit Custom Grip system with interchangeable grips (Personally, I would have liked to put side-plates on the Hoyt Carbon Matrix);
The String Stopper is made of a hard rubber material that doesn’t do a great job of stopping the string and is loud;

Our local pro shop, Extreme Archery, chronographed the Hoyt Carbon Matrix at 280 fps while shooting an Easton A/C/C Pro Hunter 340 arrow with a total weight of 429 grains (The one complaint I hear most about this bow is the lack of speed).

OUR OPINION

This season I was in the market for a new bow. With several models available I headed down to Extreme Archery in Mamaroneck, NY to try the latest bows. I was looking for a bow that was built like a tank and was easy to shoot. Looking through the bows I tried several models including the Hoyt Alphaburner and Hoyt Maxis 35 – I was quite impressed with both bows. Then I saw the all new Carbon Matrix and had to give it a shot to see what all the hype was about. I knew this bow was tough from the Hoyt advertisements showing the bow getting run over by a truck and then shot like nothing had happened, but could it shoot? 

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the Hoyt Carbon Matrix was how well it balanced in my hand and how it just sat there rock steady. I don’t know if I’ve ever picked up a bare bow that has sit this steady in my hand before. The second thing I noticed about this bow was how light it really was at 3.8 pounds, nearly half a pound lighter than the Hoyt Alphaburner and Hoyt Maxis 35 I had tried earlier.  

Drawing the bow back was very smooth. The XTS ARC limbs go past parallel at full draw which helps to cancel out any vibration in the bow. Vibration is something you won’t find in this bow and I’m amazed at how quiet the Hoyt Carbon Matrix is being that it’s so light. One of the reasons for this is that carbon fiber acts as more of a noise dampener compared to the aluminum risers that most bows are typically made with. 

If you’re used to shooting a single cam bow you will notice a difference drawing back a dual cam bow as I did. One of the first times I drew back the bow I relaxed a little too much at full draw the bow wanted to take me forward. It only took a few shots for me to get used to the feel of a dual cam bow and keeping the pressure on at the wall. I’ve been shooting this bow for the last few months and I can honestly say I’m at the top of my shooting game with this set up. 

To get a feel for this bow in a real life hunting situation I took the Hoyt Carbon Matrix to a local 3D shoot at Putnam Fish & Game. I spent the morning shooting target after target and I put my arrows in the kill zone every time from 15 yards all the way out to 65 yards. This bow can shoot and loves to stack arrows all day long. The bow was easy to carry through the wooded course and maneuvered well when there was a need to shoot from tight quarters and weave an arrow through the trees at the target. 

Now for some of the specs – this bow weighs just 3.8 pounds, has a 35″ axle to axle length, an IBO speed of 318 feet per second, and a very forgiving 7.25″ brace height. Hoyt outfitted this bow with XTR Limbs and the XTR Cam & 1/2 wheels. My bow in particular has a 29″ draw length and a peak draw weight of 70 pounds. At full draw I am holding just under 20 pounds. 

I’m shooting Easton A/C/C Pro Hunter 340 arrows with this set up and it seems like the perfect arrow for the bow. This season I’ll be shooting the G5 Striker 100g broadhead. We shot the Carbon Matrix through a chronograph and the bow was consistently shooting at 280 fps. This isn’t bad for a bow that’s advertised IBO is 318 fps, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it, even with my heavy 429 grain arrow. This was my one disappointment with the bow – but, at the same time the Carbon Matrix wasn’t designed to be a speed bow that’s what the Alphaburner is for (and wait until we tell you about that bow in an upcoming Gear Guide!). 

Another benefit to shooting this bow is that it’s really easy to set up and tune. Pro Shops will find it a joy to tune and set up with the latest accessories. I was able to get my 100g G5 Striker broadheads to group with my field points at 20 yards with no adjustments.  

Overall this is an incredible bow and something I would highly recommend you go shoot for yourself. It only took a few minutes of shooting for me to decide this was the bow I was going to purchase. Head over to Extreme Archery in Mamaroneck, NY to give the Carbon Matrix a try.

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Glider Gloves for Bowhunting Deer [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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PROS: touch screen smartphones (tested on iPhone) function with high degree of accuracy, comfortable lightweight material, long cuffs, 10 finger touch screen capability

CONS: fit was slightly off, fingers were a bit short on my pair, not durable enough for use as an active hunting glove, grip material on glove palm creates torque on the bow hand

MSRP: $24.99

Last season I was contacted by Glider Gloves to field test a pair of their Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves. I had previously reviewed a pair of similar gloves by a company called A glove so I welcomed the chance to review these.

Compared to the Agloves, these gloves were higher quality and had a much longer cuff which is something I always look for in a hunting glove. As social media becomes a larger part of hunting and a growing part of NYBowhunter.com I welcomed the chance to be able to easily send updated to my Facebook fans from the tree stand. The Glider Gloves made it easy to text and check email while keeping my hands warm and concealed from the eyes of any nearby whitetail deer.

One thing bowhunters should note is the gloves have a grip on the palm. Some bowhunters, including myself, prefer not to have any grip on their gloves as it helps create torque which lead to less accurate shooting.

These gloves are great at what they were designed to do – be a comfortable touchscreen glove. However, for hunting purposes, you have to remember what these gloves were designed to do. If you plan on wearing these in the field and climbing up to your tree stand day in and day out you’ll rip through these knit gloves in about a month. If you want these gloves to last as a hunting glove you’re better off waiting until you’re settled in the stand before putting them on so there’s less wear and tear on the gloves.

Overall, I’d recommend these gloves if you’re looking for a true touch screen glove. They’re way nicer to use than similar hunting gloves with a silver pad on the pointer finger and thumb. Just remember, they’re not made for hunting, so don’t expect them to last you for several seasons if you’re rough with them.

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Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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Last spring I was contacted by Paul at Fuse to try out a new case they had for the iPhone called the Mossy Oak Rugged Orange iPhone 4/4S Shell Case. It combined my two favorite colors – hunter orange and camo – so I gave the case a try.

The case is made up of an inner soft rubber case that acts as a shock absorber and a rigid polycarbonate frame on the out side for added protection.

What I really liked about this case was the fact that it wasn’t covered in a sticky rubber like some of my other iPhone cases so it didn’t pull my pocket out of my pants every time I reached for my phone. Another nice feature is the size of the case, it’s not oversized so you still feel like you have a slim smartphone.

My only complaint about the case was that it didn’t come with a screen protector. It wasn’t hard to find a stick on screen protector online, but it would have been nice if the case included one for 360 degree protection.

This iPhone case travelled with me on scouting missions, spring turkey hunts and fall deer hunts. I really liked the phone case and never had any issues with it coming apart on me, in fact I was really impressed on how well it stayed together. One of my previous cases from another manufacturer used to come apart all the time, but the Fuse case just stayed together.

So how did the case hold up? My phone survived a few drops off of the counter top in my kitchen, it slipped out of my hand and dropped on the floor outside several times and I dropped it in the woods more times than I care to remember, but the case took the brunt of all of the hits and the phone didn’t get a scratch. Had I dropped the phone out of the tree stand it would have been a different story, I think only a fully enclosed phone case would really protect in the event of a 20 foot fall (which I’ve done with a previous case and my phone survived).

Overall this is a quality case for the iPhone. Add a clear antiglare screen protector and you’re set. If you’re looking for a stylish phone case give the Fuse Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone Case a try.

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Bowtech Releases its First Carbon Riser Bow the Carbon Knight

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Bowtech Archery has released it’s first carbon riser bow – the Carbon Knight. Following the lead of Hoyt with the Carbon Matrix back in 2010, the new Carbon Knight from Bowtech weighs in at just 3.2 pounds (compared to 3.6 pounds for Hoyt’s Carbon Element G3).

Most manufacturers launch their new bows in the early fall (Bowtech usually launches their new bows at the ATA Show), but this one was “just too good to hold any longer,” says Samuel Coalson, Director of Marketing for Bowtech.

The Carbon Knight is said to have a smooth draw and plenty of speed at 330 feet per second. The Carbon Knight features Bowtech’s binary cam design, the Knight Riser constructed from durable carbon, a 7-inch brace height for forgiveness and a 32-inch axle-to-axle length. Draw lengths range from 26.5″ to 30.5″ and draw weights from 50 to 70 pounds in ten pound increments.

The bow is available in Black Ops and retails for $849 (Hoyt’s carbon bows are in the $1,200 range).

The new Carbon Knight definitely looks like an interesting bow and it’s a bow I’d like to try out and compare to some of the other carbon bows currently on the market. If you get a chance to shoot one leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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