Recently received a new Renegade 8 compound from OK Archery in Germany.
Chris ( one of the owners) had read some of my posts on 3 track cams with shoot thru harness in the past, knew I am a big fan of that cam style, and contacted me on the possibility of acquiring one of his compounds with the 3 track cam system.
Of course, I was interested, plus excited, and arranged for Chris to send me one of his bows.
OK Archery is a firm believer in the 3 track cam system and 80% of their sales are for the 3 track cam which reflect their customers wise choice for this superior style.
American shooters should be so enlightened and aware of the advantages of the 3 track cam.
It still baffles me to this day that this system isn't far more popular in America as it should be.
When the Renegade 8 bow arrived, I was anxious to free her from the box and look her over.
I thought the bow was very impressive with a great finish and elegant but rugged look.
One friend who saw the bow commented that the riser reminded him of an Elite while another thought the limbs look like the PSE X-Force series.
It does resemble those two bows but no more than other styles and still has its own unique look.
After studying the bow awhile, I began to see some subtle differences here in there vs other bows.
The riser appears to be very strong and rigid; the fact that the cut outs don't go all the way through the riser at the sight window probably contributes to flex resistance.
The tolerance (fit) of components, limb pockets, cams, and the riser are a cut above most American bows, imo.
The only bows I have seen with similar overall build quality to the Renegade 8 are the custom Bowman Accu-Riser II, Barnsdale custom, Merlin bows, and Hoyt target bows.
The finish of the riser, limb pockets, and cams is rich matte black with contrasting matte red color for the modules.
The finish is done by the world renown firm of Carl Zeiss which, if you've owned any of their optics, you know to be excellent.
The bow came with its own stabilizer QD which is of excellent quality.
The construction of the bow is topnotch and superior to most others.
The riser is machined from 7000 series aluminum which is much stronger than the 6061 series virtually all American bows are built from.
OK Archery gets their limb materials from Gordon plastics but cuts, grinds, and weighs each section in-house until they meet specs of no more than a one pound variance between each section.
Barnsdale limbs snd Martin, to my knowledge, are the only other limbs built in-house that way.
Barnsdale gets their materials from Gordon plastics also.
The cams are well built but with no excess weight for greater performance and well finished too; I did not find a single machine mark on either cam.
The cams remind me a little of the Nitrous X and several others but are different in their own right.
OK Archery nicknamed their cams "Hot Chili" and it seems to fit.
The axles supporting the cams are the strongest in the industry at 6mm in diameter.
The bearings used for the cams are Z bearings which can resist far more heat than other types.
The excellent strings and cables are made by Vapor Trail in a good looking contrast of red and black to match the bow.
The limbs are locked into place by a top plate with a wedge extending below that fills in the area between each quad limb for a solid arraignment.
There will be no limb shifting in the pockets of this bow !
The limbs pockets, themselves, are very sturdy, handsome, and well made.
There is a thru bolt provided that accepts the limb bolts preventing any chance of galling or damage occurring from cross threading vs the limb bolts being threaded directly into the aluminum riser like some other bows.
The balance of the bow in hand is superb; you don't even need a stabilizer to shoot it !
However for better pics, I did use my 12" Posten with the bow but it wasn't needed.
The bow doesn't come with a wood panel grip but it feels great.
There are different color buttons available that you press into the grip area if you wish.
The grip felt fine without them but I decided to use some for memory where I placed my fingers on the grip and it works very well.
Should you want to hunt with the bow, you can always wrap the grip in cold weather.
The bow weighs 4.2 pounds which is an excellent weight that's not heavy at all considering its construction.
The most impressive feature of the bow is, of course, the superb 3 track shoot thru system.
With a 3 track shoot thru system, you have perfect alignment, zero cam lean, no uneven wear on bearings, spacers, strings, and limbs.
Tuning your arrows and grouping them is a much easier task with a 3 track.
Tuning broadheads for hunting with a 3 track is much superior and easier also.
The negatives to some are loading the arrows nock toward string and the quad cables hitting your arm during a hunting situation but I, personally, have had no such issues with my 3 track cams over the years.
I set the bow up with what I consider some top accessories.
Selected a Spot-Hogg Hogg Father with one pin wrap for the sight.
Chose a new Trophy Taker FC Smack Down limb driven arrow rest.
The Smack Down is extremely rugged, reliable, and an accurate rest for all venues of archery and complements the Hogg Father very well.
Added a Bow Rattler string stopper and Sims Alpha Shock silencers to the limbs to complete the package.
I consider the bow excellent for any type of archery whether it's target, 3-D, or hunting.
The draw of the bow is very smooth considering the size and aggressive looking cams provided; it anchors and holds solid as a rock !
Chris told me I would be "surprised" when I drew the bow and he was right.
It has the most wonderful best feeling draw of any bow I have ever shot !
There is no noticeable "hump" (as Americans shooters call it) at the end of the draw cycle; the cams just seem to lock in place.
There is one negative side; if you let up just the slightest, the cams want to creep forward and fire so you need to concentrate at full draw without relaxing.
Not really a negative unless you're not paying attention but it can happen.
Lots of other bows are the same way though.
The bow is very quiet and smooth on the shot; as quiet as anything I ever heard and more so than any bow I have owned to date !
The bow has a generous brace height of 8.1" and it shows in the accuracy department as it's really easy to hit the bullseye when shooting the bow.
It has an ata length of 36.4; not too short or long either way, imo.
Draw weight is 50 to 70 lbs and draw length is from 26" to 30.5" while let off is 70%.
Chronographed the bow and was very satisfied with the speed; it gets 300 fps on the dot at its 30.5" draw length and 60 lb draw weight with a 356 grain arrow.
Not Omen speed but not bad for a 60 lb draw weight with an 8.1" brace height.
I let several friends and relatives shoot the bow and all praised how smooth and accurate it is.
I cannot find any fault with the bow.
I truly believe it is superior, overall, to most other bows out there and takes a back seat to none !
It is my new favorite bow and the one I will be shooting at my next 3-D shoot and taking to the fields this season after that big Boone & Crockett Whitetail.
In conclusion, if you want a super accurate forgiving bow with good speed, superior construction, great finish, top components, and, jmo, the best cam system on the planet...
You might want to check out OK Archery's Renegade 8 bow.
It's a real sleeper !