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2012’s Top 14 Compound Bows, Part I (Page 2)

Here are the top 14 new compound bows for 2012 that are designed to help you become a better bow shot and bowhunter.

G5 Prime Series: G5 is best known for its Montec broadheads, but its bows have also earned the company some loyal shooters. The Prime series attacks a problem that many in archery have been discussing for some time—cam lean, which describes cams that slightly lean one way or the other when the bow is drawn, and is something that can affect both consistency and accuracy. G5’s Parallel Cam Technology balances the load equally on both sides of the cam, which both eliminates this issue and reduces horizontal nock travel. The hot bow in this line for 2012 is the Shift, which weighs just 3.5 pounds and is only 30 inches axle-to-axle. Also featured are forged 7000 T6 aluminum riser, C-1 Laminated Limbs, a TI-Glide Titanium Flexing Cable Guard System, draw lengths between 26 to 30 inches, 7-inch brace height, Gore Fiber String & Cables and an IBO speed rating of 333 fps. MSRP: $999 (Pictured above: Centroid Model)

Check out Part II of the Best Compound Bows for 2012.

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30 Responses to 2012’s Top 14 Compound Bows, Part I (Page 2)

Buck wrote:
April 01, 2014

Has anyone even shot & hunted with the Winchester Quicksilver 34super speed ? All of you guys are missing out on possibly the finest bow ever made,no joke! They are seriously under estimated & over looked by 99.9 percent of archery world. Try one for yourself.

Ray Phillip wrote:
March 08, 2013

I just had an epiphany

rayy Phillip wrote:
March 08, 2013

I think I found a way to improve a compound bow

Wade wrote:
February 21, 2013

Just got the G5 prime shift! Idc what anybody says ive owned a z7 and carbon element and this g5 blows them out of the water on quietness smoothness let off and accuracy and dont forget speed! BEST BOW EVER GET ONE!

madjak wrote:
February 19, 2013

I started shooting with a pse mark flight 4 , 25 years ago now looking at bows with my son the cheap bows blow away the old pse I would be happy with any of these new bows all are much more advanced than anything just a few years ago

James wrote:
February 08, 2013

Bought the bear anarchy... Smoothest bow I've ever owned or shot

Rich wrote:
January 30, 2013

Most forgving an smooth shooting compound bows ax to ax 37 in or over. Short bows are fast but have a terrible peep angle at full draw. I suggest the Darton 4500 or the HCa Sp eliminator. Plenty fast truly accurate an very smooth draw cycle.7 to 8u in brace ht is also better

Cmclemore wrote:
January 04, 2013

Ive bought a G5 and really like it. But im shooting almost 400 gns. ? Is shld i back off the gns. Or does it matter.

Justin wrote:
December 12, 2012

All these bows are great if you have a grand to drop on a bow! I personally have had great success from my Bear Legion at a fraction of these bow's cost. The draw cycle and accuracy are amazing.

Steve wrote:
November 29, 2012

Natives used to kill animals with a stick and sharpened rock broadheads.

adam wrote:
November 20, 2012

i have been bow hunting over 25 yrs started with a pearson spoiler then a golden eagle, hoyt, martin,all good bows went back to Pearson tx-4 super fast smooth and quiet

Marnis wrote:
November 18, 2012

Hey everyone I'm just 14 and wants I bow so bad.... I'm in south africa..... And shoots impala and warthog nothing huge but I don't want I childs bow.... Wich one would be the best for this situasion?

mannix wrote:
November 14, 2012

Just bought a G5 Rev package and have been very impressed

Don wrote:
November 10, 2012

Funny, people always say that the bow that they just bought, or for that matter any other piece of equipment they bought, is the best one ever. Guess it's just human nature. If someone shot each and everyone and evaluated them all, maybe then I would believe what they say. Otherwise, I think it's just the same old I've got the latest greatest thing!

Jason wrote:
October 19, 2012

How do you rate the Hoyt Vector Turbo

Tom wrote:
September 29, 2012

As an entry-level bowhunter, I picked up the Bear Archery Encounter and I can honestly say that out of all the bows I test-shot... it is by far a solid piece of mechanics for the price. For an entry-level bowhunter on a budget, you can't beat the smooth draw and quietness of this bow. I paired it with a NAP Apache Micro APG Realtree arrow rest which has made fine adjustments not so brutal. Grouping is tight at even 65 yards, so tight in fact that I've had to replace fletches already from shooting them and tearing them. I will be the first to admit that there are better bows out there, but at the price Bear asks for the Encounter, it is very solid. The RTH package could come with some better accessories, but for an entry-level shooter it's a good start. At 58lbs draw weight with a 29.5" draw length (I'm tall...), it measured out at about 207mph / 304fps. Overall, it's a solid bow for the price... making it in my opinion a good bang-for-buck challenger to the higher end bows.

Patrick Pedigo wrote:
September 25, 2012

I have the new bowtech insanity, and a better name it couldn't have. 80 yard shots in the ten ring is common. Paired with easton's full metal jacket and tipped with a rage two blade, deadly. Had to buy a new block due to pass thoughts. This bow is a little heavy, but its accuracy and power are well worth it. You owe it to yourself to shoot it, you'll be impressed. I shot everything that was offered, my choice is insanity cpx

Rocky6028 wrote:
September 10, 2012

Elite ANSWER is off the charts!!! Was a big Hoyt guy but now can't put the Answer down. Smooth draw solid back wall no creep at all !

Dani wrote:
September 09, 2012

I have a hoyt carbon matrix it's my first bow I had no bow experince when i got it . Within the first week of owning it I was hitting a tennis ball at 150feet on averige 4 time's out of every 6 shot's . So long story short I'm more than happy with my Hoyt

September 07, 2012

Hoyt is the best bow

Spike Hunter 87 wrote:
September 04, 2012

I got the Bowtech Destroyer 340 and Rage tips. I am hunting for deer this year. Are the better bows and arrows, I should know about.

Hunter Powell wrote:
September 03, 2012

Have the 2012 bowtech assassin love it pulling 62lb shooting 322 very fast and quite give Richard a holler at lake fork archery will give u a good deal

Philip wrote:
August 19, 2012

Last week I ordered the new Alpine Verdict in the black carbon fiber look. I'm down here in the swamps of Louisiana, I never shot this bow, never heard of Alpine. I hope I did not make a bad impulse buy, I did research on 2013 bows and did not feel comfortable paying 1000 for a bow, I'm setting this bow up to shot alligators and nutria rats, swamp animals.

James Sizemore wrote:
August 12, 2012

The answer to smoothness is the Elite Answer. With its solid back wall and a dwell unlike any other bow. This is a Bow all should take a look at. The grip and valley are second to no other bow on the market. A very awesome peace of hunting equipment.

Brandon wrote:
August 02, 2012

I shot all of the big name brands bows and the best I shot were by far the Heli-M and Insanity CPX. I shot PSE for over 20 years and was blown away at just how much better the Mathews and Bowtech were. PSE was always fast but never quiet and didn't have a solid wall at full draw. I went with the Bowtech Insanity Cpx just because I could get it for about 350.00 less than the Mathews. Hoyt must be crazy with this new bow, way too expensive 1200.00, and does not compete with Mathews and Bowtech in feel or quietness. But as they say.... Shoot for yourself.

Ed wrote:
June 18, 2012

Bought The Bowtech Insanity several months ago and have been able to set it down. Lucky for me my wife bowhunts to so I don't get nagged to do something else. The draw on this bow is a dream, and if you want to know what I mean heat up a knife and cut through butter. Yeah its like that! The let off is amazing and haveing an draw length of 28 @ 70lbs I shoot over 322fps with a 15 grain heavy arrow. I would not trade it for any other bow on the market. The only thing I must say is going from a Hoyt to a Bowtech it feels different in your hand at full draw, better but different.

Justin C wrote:
May 29, 2012

I have recently began to find an interest in compound bows and I want to find something that will help me to decide if they are for me. I don't want to get a simple cheap one but I dont want to pay an arm and a leg for one either. What would be the best for me and should I trust used bows or strictly buy new?

Jim wrote:
March 14, 2012

I purchased a g5 prime. the dealer had to order cams for my draw , I have been waiting 3 weeks now no cams .g5 prime warranty states 48 hour shipping.I hope the rest of the warranty is better !

Martin wrote:
January 27, 2012

How lucky are you? How do I get to be part of that gig? Being an Automation Engineer blows compared to that.

Leo wrote:
January 26, 2012

I bought a G-5 Prime last year. Having owned many other bows including Matthews, PSE, Hoyt, and several others. The G-5 is the best bow I've ever shot and I'm sure the new one is better. The parralel cams are awesome!