Today i could finally spend some decent time on the new Bowtech BTX 31, playing with the various setting of the powershift modules, etc. I think I have a handle on it now, so i can give some feedback and my initial review. Obviously i have not hunted with this bow, but as soon as I get a chance!
This is a beautiful bow!
I have to give the guys at bowtech credit… Year on year they are outdoing themselves! They seem to have gotten the mix of design and functionality just right, and then added small touches like the flagship strings & changing the grip back to the wooden side plates. Watching people in the Pro Shop, the *ALL* stroke the bow! Its been a while since I’ve seen that. Most just pick it up, hold it out and feel the balance… This time, people ‘fondle’!
But is it just pretty, or can it shoot?
So the boys and girls over in Eugene took the BTX and split it into two bows by changing the cams for a second, short-draw model. Previously, if you wanted any kind of speed on a short draw length, the RPM360 was your only option, now you have the 333fps, 25.5″-28″ Draw Length BT-X28 at your disposal. Why did they do that? Because with the smaller cam, the 27″ and 28″ DL’s are actually faster on the short draw version than on the standard or long draw version (all to do with the peak performance cam design and inertia of the smaller cam)
The Standard 350fps version and short draw 333fps version comes in 50, 60, 70 & 80lbs options and both have a 31″ axle-to-axle length and all the same other technologies.
Essentially what they have done is to create two copies of the typical Bowtech Style extremely adjustable bows, but custom designed for short and long draw lengths
…but wait! There’s more!
Last year, Bowtech introduced the flipdisk and Powershift technologies (effectively giving you different draw curves and performance abilities in the same bow) this year, they have kept that technology going, because seriously… Who wouldn’t want that?! But they also ship the bows with two modules, the X30 an X31 modules. Why did they do that?
Well, if you are making the world’s most adjustable bow, you can use extremely intelligent engineers and let them design and science the crap out of every component… Which they do extremely well… But at some point the maths only work if we can access a parallel universe and the laws of physics kicks you on the shin. So to give speed and performance through the range, they created the short draw cams to optimize the bow for the one side of the user base, and then added the X31 module for the other extreme, the long draw guy!s shooting at 31″ DL.
In this way, Bowtech provided the same experience and best possible performance for all archer’s from 25.5″ all the way through to 31″ without losing any adjustability on the bows, so you retain the options of max power for big game penetration vs smooth draw for snow/treestand/slow&quiet draws for those skittish prey. Added benefit? If you want the bow at its absolute smoothest on 29.5″ and 30″, switch the the X31 module. Bowtech just giving you more and more personalization and customization options in the same package without losing the ease of tuning the bow perfectly.
Then, absolutely new this year, the Microsync Dial. What is this new fangled magic? Well… Its just making it just a little easier to get the best out of your bow. If, for some reason, your timing goes out a bit on the bow, and you don’t have a bow press and draw board handy to adjust yokes and cables, the Microsync Dial allows you to adjust timing perfectly with just an allen key. Maximum performance, best feel and rock solid back wall – no bow press required!
Ok… Now it might sound like I’m trying to sell you a bow, but in fact, it’s just me getting more and more excited about this bow.
Most of my time is spent on the target range and we tend to tinker and fine tune our bows incessantly… We want it ‘just so’ – ask any gun hunter, and you will get a similar feel with custom loads etc to improve accuracy and penetration over distance. Bowtech has simply given us the tools to make it easier.
I am in no way an expert on bow tuning, but on the bows i have worked on, the modern bowtechs are just a breeze to set up just right. Its really rare that we can’t make a bow fit an archerexactly within a very short time. The BTX is that… Just more.
At the end of the day, i was shooting apple size groupings on 50yds… Not a typical hunting distance, but it was fun to do with a standard 5-pin sight! Other clients coming to try it out was going for 90yd targets the whole time! What does that indicate to me? The bow has exceptional handling. It holds well and aims extremely well! At a more realistic 20-30yd range I was slapping shafts (I was also testing new GoldTip Pierce arrows, and wanted to see how they group)
It may sound like an ad for Apple products, but somehow they seem to have made the bow even quieter than the Prodigy and Boss from last year.
The bow draws nice (i was shooting a 70lbs version) and as per spec, felt like a lighter bow through the draw cycle. You can shoot it straight out of the box, but i definitely got a bit more forgiveness when i added a Beestinger Max Hunter stabilizer (again, this was more prominent on the longer distances… Shorter yardages was virtually impossible to tell the difference with or without a stab)
I will have to take the bow out to hunt, but right now, the BTX looks like yet another exceptional bow from Bowtech!
Thank you to Archer’s Edge for supplying the Bowtech BTX for review. If you want more information on this bow, please contact them directly