Many companies use the ATA Show to launch new products and showcase developments, so we’ve rounded up our pick of the best new and upgraded gear
Easton had several new products and upgrades to old favourites on display at the show, with the new Contour CS stabilisers possibly the biggest addition to Easton’s product line. Using the same tapered technology as the Contour rods, which uses three different diameters of tube along the rod to dampen different wavelengths of vibration, the new CS range is 20 per cent stiffer.
The Axis FMJ arrow shaft is now available in a 6mm diameter, in addition to the 4mm and 5mm sizes already available, and Easton’s accessories range has seen some new designs put into production. The Elite quiver is now available in a two-tone leather version, while the Delux recurve backpack is an all-grey design with an added side strap.
In addition to new carbon bows, the all-new Hyper Edge was a major focus at the Hoyt booth during the 2016 ATA show. This top-end target model builds off its 2015 predecessor, the Pro Edge Elite, and offers the longest riser Hoyt has ever made, coming in at 36 inches, to provide an ultra-stiff and stable platform. Combined with Hoyt’s new Ultra Flex limb and new DFX cam and 1/2, it was designed to be a target bow that aims like a dream and maximises the efficiency of the entire system, delivering speed, accuracy and forgiveness. Hoyt has also engineered this bow, using the new Ultra Flex limbs and DFX cam system, to provide a wider string angle at full draw, which allows the shooter to be more comfortable and consistent in their form. Ultimately, because of the nature of the wider string angle, this 36-inch axle-to-axle bow is reported to feel and shoot like a 40-inch model. Hoyt has also brought its module grip system over to the new line, so the archer can find their perfect fit.
Available in a variety of anodised colours, from around £1,020
The Cavalier Elite tab now comes without a finger spacer and with a full leather face. Ideal for three-finger-under shooters, it retains the shape of the Elite palm plate and has kept the adjustable shelf.
In addition to the new tabs, the Gripper range of stabiliser mounts from AAE has also had some upgrades and improvements across the range, including new quick-detach fittings, on the Gripper Single, Single Side Mount, and V-Bar.
Specialty Archery was exhibiting a new Versa scope designed for 3D shooting. Bigger than previous models, it can fit double lens kits that offer up to five sight options, while the glow pin can be positioned in up, down, and side positions (From $125). Another new addition to the Specialty Archery range is rubber peep sight guard, which fits easily over the peep to keep it clear of dust or debris when in transit, and can just be pulled off when it’s time to shoot ($12).
At the Axcel show booth we discovered the Achieve sight has been given a new carbon extension bar that’s been designed to reduce wind drag.
HHA Sports was showing the Optimizer King Pin sight on its stand – this single-pin fi bre-optic sight has fully integrated second and third axis adjustment, and features interchangeable wheels to make changing sight tapes faster and easier. The sight tape magnifi er means you can even dial in to quarter-yard measurements, while the pin guard is CNC-machined aluminium for toughness.
Bohning has released a brand-new ambidextrous tube quiver. Its small size and contrasting coloured ends make it an ideal option for junior archers.
BCY introduced its new Powergrip serving thread at the show, a tight braid of Spectra and nylon yarn with a resin coating, that’s designed to be tough and to grip well. It’s available in 0.18 (end serving), 0.21 and 0.25 (centre serving), and 0.32 (crossbow centre serving) diameters.
Currently available in black, white, and most solid colours.
New from Elite is the 37-inch axle-to-axle version of its Victory model, the Victory 37, designed to offer greater stability over a wider range of draw lengths. Featuring the two-track Victory cam system, the bow comes in at a 7-inch brace height and is available in draw lengths from 26-31 inches, in draw weights from 40 pounds upwards. It’s also available in an expanded colour range too, including blue, green, red, orange, pink, purple, black and titanium silver.
APA might not be the biggest bow manufacturer out there, but we spied something that might be of interest to people who like something a bit different. The Mamba X39 is the company’s flagship target model, and is particularly suitable for longer draw-length shooters, with its 39-inch axle-to-axle length and adjustment range from 27-32.5 inches on the draw. It’s available in three draw weights, with a dual cam system that offers 75 per cent let-off.
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Brownell & Co has introduced the new Duragrip compound string serving material, which is available in back and white (the white goes clear in use). The 007-diameter braided material is perfect for serving end loops and under roller guards.
Other new releases from Brownell include two new colours, Sage and Flow Red, across the range, and more products are now available in yellow too.
The main addition to the Win&Win line was the improved and revised Winact VT riser, a machine-cut aluminium model designed to hold steadier on aim. An upgrade of a popular old favourite, it’s available in a range of six colours.
Also showcased on the W&W stand were the limited edition country colour schemes on the Nano Max riser, while we discovered the Inno CXT has also been given an optional new look, with two paler colour versions in light pink and powder blue with white accents now available without the weight system under the grip.
It’s not just the riser range that’s had some new colour options added; there’s an all-new black and gold set of WIAWIS ACS Nano stabilisers now, while the HMC Plus stabilisers are available in matte black.
Bowtech released the Fanatic model in 2015, which featured Bowtech’s first shoot-through riser design. The Fanatic 2.0, this year’s upgraded model, features a longer 37.5 axle-to- axle length, and the OverDrive binary cam system to make it even more customisable. PowerShift technology lets you alter the feel of the cam, so whether you prefer a comfortable feel or like a harder-hitting bow, you can get the Fanatic 2.0 to shoot just how you like it. Multiple draw stops come as standard, so you can customise the feel even further by altering the amount of let-off, and the two cam options available mean both short and long-draw shooters can find their most efficient option. This latest model also benefits from an enhanced grip, and a hard-anodised finish that is more resistant to scratches or accidental knocks.
Available in a range of colours from $1,499 (£1,150)
This is something a little bit special – it’s been two years in the making, fully designed and made in the UK by the team at Mybo. The Origin is a compound designed with world-class tournament performance as the aim, so particular attention has peen paid to the geometry of the bow and the way that contributes to the way it holds, aims and balances in the hand. To that end, it has oversized 6mm axles for increased rigidity, a centerline cam design, wide-stance, balanced limbs and a precision grip. The riser, pockets and cams are all machined from solid aluminium, and it offers a completely customisable draw stop and level nocking point travel at any draw length. It has an axle-to-axle length of 35 inches with a brace height of 7.25 or 7.75 inches (depending on the cam type). Available in four standard and four custom draw weights with 60-80 per cent let off.
Available from £795
Mathews used the show to launch the new Halon X – a 35-inch axle-to-axle model designed to be equally at home in the woods or on the range. Featuring the perimeter weighted Mini Crosscentric cam system for a quick launch, it has a seven-inch brace height and is available in three draw weights and draw lengths from 26-30.5 inches.
Available in black, camo and anodised black, from $1,299
Dead Center has released the new range of Diamond Series stabilisers. These super-slim rods feature 5/8-inch Ultra High Modulus carbon fi bre tubing for stability and reduced wind interference. That same construction reduces the overall mass of the rods while maintaining stiffness, resulting in a rod that’s easy to balance to your preference while dampening any post-shot vibration.
Trueflight feathers are now available in 18-feather pack of mixed colours, as well as the 100-packs of single colours, offering a simpler and cheaper way to change a colour scheme on a set of arrows.
We spotted quite a few new things from Doosung at the show. The Crux stabiliser system was one that caught our eye; a high-modulus carbon tube, 19.5mm in diameter, it has an integrated rubber damper and stainless steel end weights. It’s also available in en eye-catching colour range, including black, while, yellow, orange and fluorescent yellow, and the range comprises of a long rod (available in 26, 28 and 30 inch lengths), short rod (available in 10 and 12 inch options) and extender (available in four, fi ve and six inch lengths). The Crux range also includes stacking end weights, and a round rubber damper with the option of a coloured collar in black, silver, blue, gold and red.
The Cartel Maxion sight has also had an upgrade for this year. It has a durable 6061 aluminium frame with a lightweight carbon extension bar, with the elevation scale etched on for accuracy.
Also new from Doosung is riser grips that now come in a wood-grain effect with a rubber fi nish to aid grip, the Infi tec Crux compound bow stand, and a new aesthetic look for the Triple Neo arrow.
Scott launched its new release aid at the show; called the Freedom, it features a new connection system with a swivelling body for torque-free operation. With a stainless steel jaw and one-piece curved trigger, it will be available in black or camo from around $120.
Mybo has launched two new recurve risers to the market; the Wave you might recognise from our Christmas Gift Guide feature – it’s a precision-engineered recurve riser designed with the new or intermediate archer in mind. Offering great performance at an accessible price point, it weighs in at a light 1,130g, has an ergonomic grip in a soft-touch fi nish, stainless steel bushings, and is fully adjustable for tiller and limb alignment. Available in eight anodised colours from £225.
The other new and exciting release is Mybo’s new top-end riser. The Elite is machined from a solid billet of 6082 aluminium for a solid, stable feel and low vibration. Featuring stainless steel limb bolts and stabiliser bushings, it weighs 1,360g and has a soft-touch grip, though a wooden option is also available. With a unique look and eight anodised colour options available, it’s a high-end performer available from £360.
Gold Tip had the all-new Nine.3 Max arrow shaft on display, a World Archery maximum-size arrow with an extremely durable constriction designed to handle the tough stramit targets. It has a straightness tolerance of +/- .005 inches and a weight tolerance of +/- 2 grains, and has a full range of components available.
There were a couple of things on the Delta McKenzie stand that caught our eye. The Wedgie™ Bag Target features a tapered design that means you can set it up freestanding without the need for any additional supports, and it stays stable on impact from an arrow. It has high-contrast printed faces on both sides, and comes in from around $54.99.
The Mo’Foam FMJ target uses the most dense and durable foam in Delta McKenzie’s lineup, in a single welded block that doesn’t need any straps or bands. The weld-bonded foam layers resist tearing for more durability and stopping power, making it a great option for heavy bows and field points, and is available from around $99.99.
The Ultimate Side Bar Mount we saw on the Bowfi nger stand has no teeth, which means it can be adjusted to any angle. It also features quick disconnects, engraved setup lines and can hold a whopping 1,440 ounces of weight! There are eight different mounting options to choose from, with prices starting at $84.95.
As well as that, there’s a new range of Fax stabilisers available from the company. Built from .75 carbon tube, the long rods are available in 26, 28 and 30-inch lengths, while short rods are available in 10, 12 and 15-inch lengths. Prices for the short rods start from $69.95, with long rods available from $139.95.
Shrewd Archery had the new Onyx stabiliser on show, which features both internal and external end caps, with a dampening system that runs inside the rod for the whole of its length and comes with a 40oz weight stack. Truss Dampening Technology increases the length of the rod for customisable balance, and the aforementioned internal end cap has been put in to reinforce the carbon, allowing the use of more weights.
Further additions to the Shrewd range include a sunshade to fi t the Essential scope, and a new matt-black finish on the T-Bar.
Beestinger has also updated its stabiliser design, with anall-black finish featuring the distinctive beehive pattern picked out in a glossy fi nish.
New from Last Chance Archery is the Pro Grain Scale, an accurate touch-screen unit that can measure up to 1,000 grains. With a digital LED display and auto calibration, it’s perfect for making sure your arrows and components are well matched, and features an auto turn-off function after 60 seconds.
The Rize is Prime’s newest offering for 2016 – built in 82x aluminium (the stiffest material Prime offers), it has an axle-to-axle length of 33 inches, an ultra-smooth limb bolt bezel and Flexis FlexShock dampeners for a smooth shooting feeling. It’s available from around $1,050.
If you’re a fan of the One range from Prime bows then keep your eyes open for the launch of the new STX 36, which is due to be released later this year. It’s going to be 36 inches axle-to-axle, with a seveninch brace height and draw lengths from 23.5-30 inches and four draw weights.
The new design of the Spring Steel Pro rest from Trophy Taker was unveiled at the show. By using a high-strength 7075 aluminium alloy the rest has been lightened to just 1.75oz. Horizontal and vertical adjustment are made on a ball detent click system that offers one thousandth of an inch per click travel, for super-fi ne adjustment and tuning in addition to an infinitely adjustable launcher blade angle.
From around $160, and backed by Trophy Taker’s lifetime warranty.