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Re­mem­ber when short­axle-to-axle bows were as hot as the ghost pep­per chal­lenge? Those days seem to have passed. In re­cent years, man­u­fac­tur­ers have been build­ing longer bows be­cause many archers re­al­ized a short bow can’t de­liver the same level of ac­cu­racy. Yet this year’s Ed­i­tor’s Choice—the Mathews Triax—bucks the trend of 33-inch-plus com­pounds. Mea­sur­ing just 28 inches axle to axle, the Triax is handy. It’s also qui­eter than any com­pound bow we’ve ever tested, and al­most to­tally free of vi­bra­tion. The re­sult? “This bow is flat-out fun to shoot,” says tester and ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor Alex Robin­son. “It’s sur­pris­ingly easy to hold on tar­get and su­per com­pact.” It’s also plenty fast at 330 fps. Fit and fin­ish were near per­fect, and the draw cy­cle was smooth, with a solid back wall. Though testers av­er­aged slightly tighter groups with the PSE, the Triax was close be­hind it with a 2.4-inch av­er­age. Com­bine that per­for­mance with the bow’s ex­cel­lent han­dling and over-the-top shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence (made pos­si­ble by a new riser de­sign that uses a sin­gle damp­ener placed well in front of the bow’s grip), and you get a com­pound that wowed the test panel and earned Mathews top hon­ors. math­ews­

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