Testing: Carbon Knight vs. Carbon Element
First things first I am a Hoyt and Bowtech Dealer so I have no preference in these 2 bows
I tested both at 29" DL from the factory. The Hoyt was set at 65.9 lbs and the Bowtech at 65.7 lbs. The Hoyt had a D loop and the Bowtech had a brass nock with the eliminator button. Both were shot with Whisker biscuits, and the arrow was a Beman Speed at 348 grns. I didn't have a ton of time but heres how they compare with limited testing.
Both draw extremely nice to me, I would say the Hoyt a touch smoother. The back wall is definitely better on the Bowtech for my preference. On the shot there is a slight advantage to the Hoyt, with a little bit more vibration felt in the Bowtech. There was no residual vibration after the shot, just a noticeable edge goes in favor of the Hoyt.
There is without a doubt a noticeable difference in the weight of these 2 bows, especially at full draw. The Bowtech is definitely lighter. I threw it on my Rapala fishing scale, and the Bowtech came in at 3 lbs. 8 oz. and the Hoyt came in at 3 lbs. 14 oz.
As far as speed, it is very close so for those Bowtech haters that say the Knight is only doing 330 fps. it does edge out the CE, in my comparison. The Bowtech shot a 3 shot average speed of 314 fps and the Hoyt came in at 313 fps.
In regards to some of the opinions on AT. I find the Bowtech to be very lean, with nice lines. There is nothing cheaply made as some are saying on here(after looking at a picture). The finish on the riser and limbs is very nice, as it has a nice durable texture. The grip is a bit bigger then what we are used to from Bowtech, but it is still very comfortable.
Everybody has heard all the great things about the Carbon Element for a couple years, and those characteristics still hold true.
At $749 MAP pricing the Bowtech is hard to beat, as long as it holds up to the test of time(and time will tell). I feel Bowtech has hit a homerun with this bow. It as fast or touch faster than the Carbon Element, so as long as the riser is as rugged as the Hoyt it would be hard to justify the extra $650 if you are looking for a carbon riser bow.
As always buy the one that feels the best for you!!!