Outdoor Life - - GEAR - by Tony Hansen

This is the new archer’s para­dox: Bows are get­ting so good that se­lect­ing the best one is dif­fi­cult. Well, maybe that’s just the bow tester’s para­dox— but it’s true. This year’s crop of flag­ship com­pounds over­all is ex­cel­lent. They’re (mostly) fast, (mostly) quiet, and (mostly) free of vi­bra­tion. All of them are ca­pa­ble of nock­bust­ing groups, and the gap be­tween the best and worst is smaller than it’s ever been. But af­ter four days of in­tense test­ing, we learned that a gap re­mains all the same.

From top: Test­ing sup­plies; Brant­ley pores over data.

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