Hereís my review of the Maitland USA Zeus.
I only recently learned of this new company while on AT. While checking out the website www.maitlandusa.com I realized that they were only a few miles from where I lived. So I called up Maitland and asked if I could come by and check out his bows.
While there I had a chance two shoot his 2010 model bows the Zeus and the Retribution. I went there with my attention directed more on the Zeus as it specs were what I was looking for as a 3-D only bow.
Maitland like many fellow ATírs was a pleasure to talk to and not just subjects pertaining to archery. His knowledge on bows left me with a good impression that this was someone who knew what he was doing.
After trying both of his bows and getting to know Maitland, I was thoroughly impressed and asked him to put together a black Zeus for me. Maitland left me a message the next day saying the bow was ready to go and I could come pick it up.
Now Iíve had this bow for a few weeks but I decided to hold off on a review until I had a chance to tune it and get some time putting arrows down range.
Below you will find some videoís of me shooting the bow at 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards. The videos were done on the same day and it was the first day I had shot the bow beyond 20 yards. I intended to sight the bow in past 20 yards but being the knucklehead I am I forgot my Allen Set (not the first time). So I ended up just shooting the bow for groups. Most of the videos were taken on the 1st group with some of the further distances being only after I had put a couple arrows down range prior. I think you will see that the bow is very accurate especially being that I am by no means a professional. It was also a bit windy and the arrows were my first attempt at fletching on my new Bitzinger fletching tool. Luckily it wasnít caught on video but one of my fletching came off in flight and I missed completely. This might have been the same arrow that was ending up as a flyer in couple of my groups or there is a very good possibility it was just poor shooting on my part.
I set the bow up with a Trophy Taker SS Pro rest, Axcel Armortech Pro (5) .10 pin sight, Doinker Field Stabilizer, Winners Choice Pre-Cut D-Loop, and a Specialty Archery Peep with insert.
The bow has 70lb limbs but I had it set at 68lbs in the videos. Draw length is 28Ē. I measured the D-Loop, Peep, and insert prior to install and the weight of these items came out to 18.7gr. using a Dillon digital scale. The Zeus also comes with string silencers so Iím guestimating total weight on string as being around 25gr. Not counting speed nocks.
I was shooting Easton ACC 3-39 arrows with a shaft length of 26Ē, 85gr Parabolic point, and G-Nock. Total arrow weight came out to 345gr. At 70lbs I chronoíd 3 arrows and my speed was 291fps.
Now Maitland rates the Zeus at 313 IBO but doing the calculations mines coming out a little faster when taking in to account draw length, arrow weight, and weight on the string.
I measured the brace height at 7Ē, and the ATA at 37Ē.
Now that Iíve gotten the specs out of the way, here are some of my personal observations of the bow.
The bow is very quiet as it comes from Maitland. It sounds a lot louder in the video then when youíre up next to it. Part of this is the rest Iím using as it makes a lot of noise. This is going to be my 3-D only bow so Iím not concerned about the noise made from the rest.
The bow is vibration free and dead in the hand and the grip is very comfortable and repeatable.
Thus far this has been the easiest bow for me to hold on target. Itís a bit heavier then some but it is very well balanced and very comfortable to shoot for long sessions. I ended up removing 2 of the 3 Dawg weights from the Doinker stabilizer as the bow is well balanced without the extra weight.
The draw cycle on this bow is as smooth as can be and although I considered the speed cams that Maitland has planned for 2011, the feel of the 2010 cams were perfect for the intended use I have planned for them. I can shoot this bow for hours at 70lbs without getting fatigued. And at a modest 313 IBO thereís not much you canít hunt with at that speed and itís still fast enough to assist with errors in judging distances.
The wall on the bow is very solid and easy to hold against with little to no flex. The valley is very nice, Iíd even say the best Iíve felt on any bow. Itís not so short that you feel the bow will rip your arm off if you come forward just a touch, and itís not so long that you can cheat yourself and relax right before the shot. Maitland has found the perfect feel for the valley.
As we all know most bows can shoot arrows in to the same hole when not influenced by human hands or the environment. What I find makes one bow more accurate over the other is the ability to hold it steady on target. This one has that attribute. Iíve now had a chance to put several arrows through this bow at 20 yards and Iíve become pretty consistent at being able to get my arrows to touch or break a thumb tack at that distance. For this being my first day with it past 20 yards I was very impressed and expect my groups to improve at distance with some more practice
So to sum it up I will say that Maitland is a first rate company with a great owner and I envision a long and prosperous future for his company.
Please stay tuned for my review of the Maitland Retribution I have on order.
The videos: Please forgive the quality of video as I was using my camera and it has lousy video quality with an annoying clicking sound when it focuses. I couldnít do anything about the ugly bad actor either, I tried to get Tom Cruise to play me but his hourly rate is more then I make all year.