Within the last month, two trade shows took place that showcase new and upcoming products for the archery, hunting and outdoor industry. Both shows are intended for dealers, distributors and media, not the public.
In this column we’ll highlight the ATA (Archery Trade Association) show that saw the debut of new bows, crossbows and accessories that should interest bowhunters. Here’s a sampling of the most significant products.
Crossbows: TenPoint’s new Vapor is the most efficient x-bow the company has ever made. It has a draw weight of 165 lbs, an FPS speed of 360 w/420 grain Pro V22 arrows, has a length of 37.4 inches, width of 17.5 and weighs a mere 6.8 pounds. It comes with a Rangemaster Pro Scope, AcuDraw cocking mechanism, Detach 3-arrow quiver, six pack of Pro V22 carbon fiber arrows, BowJax noise dampening kit, new String Dampening System and a owner’s instructional DVD. It carries a MSRP of $2,019.
BOWS: Popular selling BowTech (www.BowTechArchery.com) debuted their new Experience dual-cam compound bow with draw weights of 50/60/70/80 pounds, draw lengths of 26.5-31 inches, it has 80 percent left-off, a 335 fps IBO speed, brace height of 7 inches and weighs 4.2 pounds. It retails for $999.
Matthews’ (www.matthewsinc.com) new Creed is the company’s flagship single-cam compound bow that has speeds up to 328 fps, is offered in 50/60/70 pound draw weights, has a 7-inch brace height, 80 percent let-off, draw lengths of 26-30 inches, measures 30 inches axle-to-axle and weighs in at a mere 3.85 pounds. Matthews says it’s the smoothest drawing single-cam ever created. It retails for $1,000.
RELEASE AIDS: Goat Tuff’s (www.goattuffproducts.com) Equalizer Release Aid is probably the smallest release on the market. It’s designed to increase arrow performance plus/minus 10 fps for every one-inch of draw increase without increasing draw weight. It allows up to three inches in draw length, has an adjustable trigger, Double Tongue Buckle or Adjustable Velcro Wrist Strap and its length is also adjustable. As we’re all looking to get more arrow speed, the tiny Goat Tuff is a must have item for someone (like me) who had to reduce draw weight to age and shoulder problems. It retails for $199.95.
SCENT CONTROL: According to Rick Weaknecht of Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown, Ozonic’s (www.ozonicshunting.com) new scent control module was the hottest attention getter at the ATA show. The unit, that can be hung above your head in a tree or in a window on a ground blind, transforms oxygen molecules into ozone molecules and with a battery powered silent fan, projects them downward out over your scent zone where, the company says, these unstable molecules bond with your scent molecules rendering them unrecognizable to deer and other scent-savvy game. In essence, it cleanses the scent zone area between you and deer, so deer won’t smell you. The company claims you don’t have to worry about wind direction when using the unit. Ozonics states, however, that you’ll notice a drastic “reduction” in the number of deer that smell you.
TRAIL CAM MOUNT: For those who have trail camera’s, Bohning Archery (www.bohning.com) has come out with a 3-axis (three points of rotation) adjustable Trail Camera Mount that can be mounted higher up a tree to cover a wider field of view and to offer more security from theft. Normally, you’d have to shim a trailcam if you mounted it higher (or at ground level). But the swivel mount can be aimed in any direction and can accommodate cameras with a ?-inch, 20 standard threaded port. It’s made of tough, lightweight glass-filled nylon so it won’t rust.
In the next column we’ll review some of the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) show’s new products featuring a myriad of new shotguns, rifles, handguns, decoys and knives.
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