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Bowtech is one of the most influential bow brands and the company is well known for taking risks and attempting to innovate with their products. The Bowtech Experience is arguably the final product of ten years of innovation, testing, and development. The Bowtech Experience is widely regarded as an excellent compound bow with handling that is pretty close to impeccable. For a compound bow that packs a pretty good punch, the Experience fires so smoothly, it’s almost hard to believe. It’s because of this that we chose the Bowtech Experience as our best overall bow.
IBO Speed: 335 FPS
Brace Height: 7″
Draw Weight: 40-70lbs
Draw Length: 26.5-31″
Bow Weight: 4.2lbs
Cam Type: Binary
Let off: 80%
We pretty much have nothing but good things to say about the Experience – to us, it really represents the pinnacle of the craft, and all we can do is applaud Bowtech for putting out such a great product. The thing that separates the Experience from most other bows out there is how it shoots – we’ve literally never come across another bow that shoots so smooth and that handles so well.
If you think carefully about exactly what a bow does, and in particular what a compound bow does, then you’ll come to be as impressed as we were with the Experience. A compound bow is essentially a weapon designed to focus force/weight in a piece of string, then snap it forward fast enough to hurl arrows through the air at blazing speeds. The fact that we now have a model that can do exactly that, with virtually no noise or vibration is incredible. Even more incredibly is how smooth, natural, and almost effortless the shooting process becomes with the Experience. While the bow is available with 70lbs max draw weight, it feels like a fraction of that when shooting with this model.
Essentially what Bowtech have managed to do with this model of compound bow is that they’ve come pretty close to perfecting the shooting process – everything from the ergonomics to the cam grind, the let-off and the release – it all combines to make the process feel just right – almost like the sound you get from a guitar when it’s perfectly tuned.
Don’t mistake all our talk about how smooth the Experience shoots to mean that it’s a slow Compound model – the Experience shoots a 335 fps – while it’s not the absolute fastest bow we’ve seen, it’s nothing to sneeze at, and it’s definitely fast enough for hunting even the largest game.
- Ergonomics are close to perfect
- Shoots incredibly smoothly
- Virtually no vibration
- Really quiet
- Shoots pretty fast at 335fps
- As close to a flawless compound as we’ve seen
We pretty much have nothing bad to say about the Experience, except for the fact that it’s a tad expensive and it may be too much of an investment cost-wise for many archers, particularly beginners. Other than that, the Bowtech Experience by all accounts is a pure pleasure to shoot, and represents pretty much the pinnacle of Compound Bow technology.