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Hoyt CRX 32 [PRODUCT REVIEW]

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BOW SPECIFICATIONS

FPS (ATA) 323

Axle-to-Axle 32″

Mass Weight 3.95 lbs.

Wheel Fuel Cam

Brace Height 7″

Limbs XTS Pro ARC

Draw Lengths 24.5-30″

Draw Weight 40-90#

PROS: Quiet, forgiving, slimmer TEC LITE riser, Fuel Cam, PRO-LOCK pocket system, silent shelf, in-line roller guard, improved stealth shot, perfect balance stabilization system, Dangerous Game option.

CONS: Not much of an upgrade from last year’s Maxis.

MSRP$799

FEATURES

It started with the AlphaMax and was followed by the Maxis – two of Hoyt’s most sought after bows. Topping the Maxis would be difficult at best and considering the task at hand, Hoyt managed to do a pretty good job with the CRX. The 2011 CRX is one inch longer than it’s predecessor, the Maxis 31, and weighs roughly the same at 3.95 pounds.

What instantly grabbed my attention when I held the CRX for the first time was its new and slimmer TEC LITE riser. Hoyt was able to shave off some weight by thinning the riser without loosing the strength that the TEC riser provides.

The new TEC LITE riser now features Hoyt’s perfect balance stabilization system that puts the stabilizer mount to the side of the riser.

This helps offset the weight of the bow sight, rest and other accessories mounted to the riser. I really like what Hoyt did with the riser on the CRX and am excited to see it continue to evolve in the future.

Hoyt continues to outfit its bows with the popular Pro Fit Grip System which allows archers to customize the feel of the bow to their liking. The CRX balances very well in your hand with the Pro Fit 180 grip has a comfortable and soft feel. The grip is thin enough around the throat to minimize any torque on the bow and it’s a grip you’ll appreciate on a cold winder morning.

There will be many happy Hoyt fans when they see the changes that were finally made to the Stealth Shot string stopper. This year Hoyt used a softer material for its string stopper and got rid of the groove down the middle. The new string stopper, with its flat face and softer material, is quieter than its predecessor and absorbs a greater amount of energy from the string.

Cams and limbs have been updated for 2011 and the Hoyt CRX is outfitted with the new Fuel Cam and XTS Pro ARC limbs. Honestly, I was hoping for more with the new Fuel Cam. To me, the new Fuel cam has almost the same draw cycle as the XTR Cam. Some would argue the feel, but this is the impression I get from shooting it.

The Cam & 1/2 system in general is a great system with little, if any, synchronization concerns. This is because Hoyt uses a control cable to slave the two cams together ensuring they move in sync. It’s also draw length adjustable using interchangeable modules. With a 29″ draw length I’ve been able to shoot both the #2 and #3 cams for this bow and the difference between the two is significant. The #3 cam was easier for me to draw and hold at full draw unlike the #2 cam which I found to inch forward if I eased up on the pressure against the wall at full draw. The #2 cam is a faster cam and I did loose a few fps by going to the #3 cam, but I prefer the smoother draw cycle over the speed – it’s a personal preference.

To finish off the new Fuel Cam, Hoyt installed a larger draw stop peg and anodized the cam in brown instead of last year’s black finish that the XTR cam had.

One thing that always bothered my about bow manufacturers was that they never put any kind of silencing material around the riser shelf. Well, Hoyt finally addressed that concern with their new Silent Shelf, a molded rubber insert that eliminates any sound from the arrow coming in contact with the riser shelf. This also prevents any unwanted noise from drop away rests that come in contact with the riser shelf. To me this is a minor upgrade with big returns – you don’t get a second chance when your arrow accidentally hits the riser and sends that buck of a lifetime on its way to the next county.

SHOOTING THE CRX

So how does the 2011 Hoyt CRX shoot? Very well.

When you pick up the CRX the first things you will notice are it’s light weight and how it balances in your hand. The feel of Hoyt’s carbon bows continues to impress me and the CRX is should be a pleasure to take in the field and carry all day long.

The bow I was using was set at 70 pounds and had a 29″ draw. As you draw the bow back, the weight steadily builds until you reach the valley and drop off to a solid wall. The cam has a harsher draw cycle than I like, but is acceptable, and doesn’t take away from the shootability of this bow.

At full draw, the Pro ARC Limbs are past parallel distributing energy evenly and eliminating hot spots found on solid limbs. Like all Hoyt limbs, these are build in-house at Hoyt’s factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and put through the 1,000 dry fire test. The 5-layer laminated limbs store a massive amount of energy giving your arrow more speed and kinetic energy down range. As an added benefit, the past parallel limbs also cancel vibration leaving the bow dead in your hand. Some of Hoyt’s past limbs were known to splinter on the side of the limb. It does not hinder the performance of the bow, it’s more cosmetic, but Hoyt backs their limb and will replace them if this occurs. The new Pro ARC Limbs have supposedly remedied the problem.

The CRX is enjoyable to shoot and should be well received from Hoyt fans.

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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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