2014 Hoyt Bows
As you all probably know, I'm a Hoyt guy. I currently shoot a 2012 Carbon Element set at 60 lbs. and a 28.5 inch draw. I love Hoyt bows, and I love my Carbon Element. I also work at an archery pro shop here in North Texas. That being the case, I have the opportunity to shoot almost every model any of the big name manufacturers come out with. Hoyt, Mathews, PSE, Bowtech, Prime, Elite...all of them!
Yesterday, I had a chance to test out Hoyt's new 2014 models, the Carbon Spyder 30, the Carbon Spyder Turbo, and the Faktor. I'll tell you up front that when I first saw a picture of the Carbon Spyder last week, I was not impressed by the way it looked. It just seemed so goofy. Now that I've actually gotten to pull one out of the box and hold it in my hand, it seems a little less goofy and a little more awesome!
I know what you guys are thinking right now, "How does it shoot man!!! Tell me how it shoots!!!" One word...awesome! Honestly, the Carbon Spyder 30 didn't feel that much different than the Carbon Element. Seriously, I fail to see a noticeable difference between the two bows when they shoot. The real money is in the Carbon Spyder Turbo. That Turbo will blow any other bow out of the water! The draw cycle is unbelievable! Let's put it this way, I've never been able to draw a bow much over 70 lbs. This Turbo was set at 78 lbs. and I drew it back no problem. At 78 lbs. it seriously felt like only 70. I'm not kidding. It's rated at 340 fps, and you can tell by the way it shoots. Unbelievable!
The other bow I shot was the Faktor. This bow is stepping up in place of last year's aluminum Spyder. I love this bow too. There's a little more hand vibration than with the carbon bows, but the draw cycle is probably one of the smoothest I've ever felt on a Hoyt, featuring the new Z5 Cam. This bow definitely blows last year's Hoyt out of the water!
Overall, I'd tell you to check out all three. They're all amazing! But if your shopping for a new bow, or even already have a good bow and want to see what else is out there, check out that Carbon Spyder Turbo. Even if you're a Mathews guy, a PSE guy, or whatever...you will like this bow! The 2014 Hoyts...A+!!!
-Sam Thrash, Fall Obsession Pro Staff