My first bow was a Hoyt ViperTec, a 2004 model. I spent countless hours shooting that thing and it served very well as an introductory tool to the wonderful world of archery. From that first bow, I was a Hoyt “fan boy.” To me, Hoyt bows just felt right, and I saw no reason to change. I shot a few other bows, but none of them impressed me enough to leave my beloved Hoyts. Hoyts aren’t the fastest, but I grouped pretty good, and took a few animals and a 3D trophy plaque with a Hoyt in hand.
Most “speed bows” have a brace height of about 6 inches. On the other hand most flagship bows on the market have a brace height closer to 7 inches. What this translates to is the power stroke of a 6’ brace height bow keeps the arrow on the string for a longer period of time than the 7” brace height. It creates the same effect as extending your draw length by an inch. The tradeoff is that the longer the arrow is on the string, the more flaws in your form and torque from the bow can affect the flight of the arrow as it leaves the bow. For this reason, 6” brace height bows are said to be less “forgiving” of mistakes and form flaws.
After the trade I went from shooting 270 FPS to about 295 FPS. Now this number might be laughable to guys with 29 or 30 inch draw lengths, but for a guy my size, these are strong numbers, especially with a heavy hunting arrow. The real key for me is my kinetic energy also increased.
I'm really happy with how this bow is shooting, and I believe it will be my main hunting bow for quite a while. It will take a heck of a bow to knock this one out of first place, in my opinion. Plans for the spring include a custom string and trying it out with some new Easton Injexion arrows.