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Dick's Sporting Goods(847) 779-8800
Dick's Sporting Goods(708) 675-3100
Orland Park Place
Orland Park, IL
Orland Park, IL
Sports Novelties & Premiums(312) 786-0247
Airtime Snow & Skateboards(773) 248-4970
Dick's Sporting Goods(847) 730-7400
Brenner Sportswear(312) 226-0031
601 W Roosevelt Rd
Kozy's Cyclery(312) 360-0020
811 S Desplaines St
Fitness Wearhouse(773) 935-2339
Designs by Valerry Outlet(773) 989-4089
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Tec Lite Riser
ZT Lock Pocket System
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.