THE CROSSBOW TEST
A few years ago, we’d never have dreamed that the number of new crossbows would exceed the number of new compound bows in our test, but we live in a world of ever expanding crossbow-hunting opportunities. While advances in compound bow design are fairly minor, crossbow technology is changing fast. Last year’s radically different (and exorbitantly priced) Ravin R15—which was the winner of both Outdoor Life’s Editor’s Choice and Field & Stream’s Best of the Best awards— changed what many hunters expected of a high-end crossbow. The competition took note, as is evidenced by more than a few similarities to the Ravin among the top crossbows of 2018.
Field-testing the entire crossbow lineup required two full days.