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Sagesport
(828) 262-1112
Boone Mall
Boone, NC
 
Mountaineer Mania Inc
(828) 262-5234
497 W King St
Boone, NC
 
Sports Fanatic
(828) 264-1141
1180 Blowing Rock Rd
Boone, NC
 
Appalachian Tees Inc
(828) 265-1333
531 W King St
Boone, NC
 
Mast General Store Old Boone Mercantil
(828) 262-0000
630 W King St
Boone, NC
 
Footsloggers
(828) 262-5111
139 S Depot St
Boone, NC
 
Magic Cycles
(828) 265-2211
140 S Depot St
Boone, NC
 
Hibbett Sporting Goods
(828) 265-3911
350 Watauga Village Dr
Boone, NC
 
Pro-Am Sports
(828) 264-9547
511 E King St
Boone, NC
 
Blowing Rock Country Club
(828) 295-7311
200 Country Club Dr
Blowing Rock, NC
 

2009 Hoyt PowerHawk Review

Hoyt bows are known for their high quality and long service life. However that quality comes at a price with some of Hoyt's fastest bows pushing the price into the high $800 range. It is safe to say that many bowhunters would appreciate the Hoyt quality at a more affordable price level. To address this issue, Hoyt has released two new bows for 2009 in the Hawk Series called the PowerHawk and SuperHawk. For this review we will cover the PowerHawk which has a suggested retail of $499 and offers the most value potential because of its reduced price. We will be covering the SuperHawk (MSRP $599) in a separate review shortly.


Hoyt PowerHawk (Left) and Reflex Growler.

The PowerHawk uses Hoyt's new M4 Cam and Half technology which allows adjustment in half inch increments from 25-29.5 inches of draw length. The M4 looks and acts very similar to other Cam and Half derived systems in the Hoyt and Reflex line up with a 75% let off. IBO speed with the M4 cams peaks out at 303 ft/sec which is definitely speedy enough for hunting but is certainly not a speed champ.


Riser design has 7 inches of brace height. PowerHawk on top and Growler
on the bottom. Lower M4 and FX Cam Half. The M4 cam is new on the PowerHawk
but nearly identical to the Growler FX Cam in the background.


M4 Cam in the foreground, FX cam in the background. Four inches
of draw adjustment is the same on either cam.

The PowerHawk is available in two adjustable weight variations, 50-60 lbs and 60-70 lbs, and is available in left or right hand models. Axle-toAxle distance comes in at 32 inches which makes this a release only bow, because the short axle-to-axle distance is going to pinch your fingers. The brace height comes in at 7 inches, so no overdraw is necessary in order to obtain the IBO speeds quoted for the bow.


Riser design has 7 inches of brace height. PowerHawk on top and Growler on the bottom.

At 4.1 lbs the PowerHawk is one of the lightest bows in the Hoyt line up. In fact to get any lighter you need to go with one of Hoyt's recurve Dorado bows. The lightweight and relatively compact size makes it a pleasure to pack when going on an extended hike.


The PowerHawk uses a split, solid limb design similar to what is available on Reflex bows.

Split solid-fiberglass limbs are used on the PowerHawk. Split limbs, when properly designed, offer lower bow weight and enhanced reliability. The limb technology used on the PowerHawk looks very similar to those used on Reflex bows for the last few years, which means they should be reliable and consistent for several years of use. The down side to split limbs is the bow requires a strong way to lock in the four limbs to the riser. The PowerHawk has a limb lock that looks like a dead ringer for the Reflex Prolink Pocket System introduced a few years ago. The Prolink system has proven to be a good system for keeping the split limbs attached to the bow. We have covered the Prolink system in the past, when discussing the Reflex Cha...

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Hoyt AlphaMax 32 and 35 Review

Hoyt is calling the new 2009 AlphaMax "The Bow That Smokes Them All." From our review it definitely looks like the AlphaMax is a complete from bottom up redesign, with the first new riser system since the Trykon debuted in 2006, and the first new limb design since XT ¾ limbs came out in the early part of this decade.

If you have been shooting or following Hoyt bows for a while, your first impression of the new AlphaMax is going to be awe. Hoyt generally tends to be a conservative bow company sticking to tried and true designs and making incremental changes to a proven platform. With the release of the '09 SuperHawk and PowerHawk earlier in '08, our staff somewhat expected the new '09 flagship bow to be an incremental improvement on the '08 Katera, a solid performer in its own right.

Hoyt appears to have completely reworked their flagship bow for '09. The new AlphaMax has a new riser design, new limb design, new cam design, and new limb pocket system and all of it is wrapped together into a package that is about 13% lighter (about 0.6 lbs) than the Katera.


The AlphaMax 35 (left) and the AlphaMax 32. The big
difference between the two bows is the axle-to-axle distance.

Tec Lite Riser
The new AlphaMax riser is the heart of the bow's weight reduction. The new riser design appears to have more lightening cuts and open space than previous risers. The ends of the riser have also been widened to work with the new ZT Lock Pocket system. A reasonable bow hunter, might consider that lightening up the riser, could reduce the overall strength of the bow. However, Hoyt has addressed this concern by putting the riser through a 1,500 dry fire stress test. With the testing guarantee it appears that Hoyt has not sacrificed too much weight at the expense of durability.

XTS Limbs
Hoyt produces its own limbs, which is fairly unique in the bow market. The XT laminated limbs have been a solid limb design and a staple of Hoyt bows for several bow generations. All XT limbs are 3/4" wide and for '09 Hoyt has reduced the width to 5/8" and is calling the reduced profile, "XTS limbs." This makes the limbs lighter overall and reduces the thickest width of the bow. The narrow profile of the limbs also serves to drop the overall weight of the bow. Bow hunters should be wary of any limb weight reduction because it could effect durability and life of the bow. However Hoyt has addressed this issue by coming up with a 1,000 dry fire stress test for the new XTS limbs. The limb design has been tested at 1,000 dry fires at 80 lbs and a 30" draw.

ZT Lock Pocket System
Since the riser and the limbs are redesigned on the AlphaMax, it makes sense that the limb pocket would also be redesigned. The ZT Lock looks like an elongated and slimmed up Triax limb pocket from the previous generation of bows. The slimmed up center shim also reduces the overall width of the limbs. Like the Triax, the ZT Lock tightly binds the limbs to the riser and should not be a problem point, ...

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Reflex Charger and Ridgeline Bow Reviews

For a little over a decade Reflex, a division of Hoyt, has been producing solid bows for hunters. In 2007, Reflex completely redesigned their bow lineup. For 2008 they have introduced new bows and continued in the spirit of producing a good value for bow hunters. For this review we are taking a look at the Reflex Charger and Ridgeline 34 bows.


Reflex Ridgeline 34 (Left) and Charger (right). Both bows are similar in design.

Reflex Charger


StealthShot on the Charger For 2008 the Charger is Reflex's flagship bow and happens to be the fastest bow Reflex has ever released at 320 ft/sec IBO. The Charger is a bit unusual in that it uses a straight riser without a torsion bar around the wooden handle grip. The torsion bar has become more common on modern compounds with increasingly short brace heights. The Charger comes in a full one inch shorter (6.25") in brace height than the Ridgeline (7.25").

The Charger is being introduced with a StealthShot, which was previously only available on Hoyt bows. The StealthShot is an effective way to reduce string vibration just after a shot. The string slaps against the dampener, quieting down the shot and reducing vibrations moving up and down the string.

In 2007, Reflex introduced the FX Cam and half cams throughout their bow line up and are keeping the cam on their 2008 bows. The FX cam is a great cam system that has been used in various configurations on Hoyt bows for several years. The FX cam allows a shooter to make half inch changes in draw length, without using a bow press. From end-to-end the Charger can be adjusted from 27"-30" as well as from 60-70 lbs draw weight. Axle-to-Axle distance on the Charger comes in at 34".


Outside view of FX Cam and Half System.


Inside view of the FX Cam and Half System.
Notice the 0.5" draw length adjustments.

The Charger comes with a host of features that can be found on more expensive Hoyt bows. Fuse strings are standard as well as a collection of StringShox's and AlphaShox's to help dampen the bow after taking a shot.

Reflex Ridgeline 34
The Ridgeline was actually split into two bows last year; the 34" and 32" variations. For 2008, the 32" axle-to-axle length bow has been discontinued, leaving just the more popular 34" variation. Surprisingly the listed IBO speed for the Ridgeline 34 has dropped to 305 ft/sec, which is 4 ft/sec slower than the published speed for the 2007 bow.

The Ridgeline is quite similar to the Charger; limbs, cams, and dampeners are nearly identical. The biggest difference between the two bows is the riser design and the lack of a StealthShot on the Ridgeline.

Both bows utilize Reflex's Prolink Pocket System, which locks the limbs consistently to the riser. The Prolink system is similar to the Hoyt Triax pocket design and should deliver consistent accuracy over the life of the bow.


Overhead view of Prolink Limb Pocket System. Notice the
green discs that shim against the limbs to keep them aligned.


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