Lots of people wanted me to give a review of my 2011 APA bow.
The bow arrived on Monday AM from DHL. Pulled it out of the box, and immediately LOVED the camo. I ordered the bow in Winter Mimicry camo, and had the cams dipped in Winter Mimicry too, so the bow looks really sharp!
I immediately noticed that the overall weight of the bow felt really light. APA shaved weight off, and managed to get the bow to 3.9 pounds. The bow balanced well, it wasnt "end heavy" either way. The bow feels great!!
The draw cycle was smooth, with no humps. Just smooth all the way to full draw. I love the draw curve of a true dual cam. It is more consistent than a binary or cam and 1/2 system. The wall is rock solid. There isnt much of a valley, but this was to be expected. I will say there is much more valley on this bow than other companies "speed bows" You still dont want to relax too much, or it will catch you off guard.
The grip is skinny, and the carrying handle is just awesome. People think this is a gimmick, but I can tell you it is one of THE BEST FEATURES ON ANY BOW MADE. Once you have used it, you feel weird grabbing the bow anywhere else to carry it in. The tool center will get used, probably when you need it most, and the cam loc pin makes working on the bow in the back country a non-issue. I dont take any of my equipment to "pro" shops because I dont feel too many of them should use the term "pro". I can work on this thing all day long, and you dont need to invest in a press!
The bow is very quick. We have a blizzard going on here right now, and our roads are drifting shut, so I could only shoot it in my garage at a distance of about 14 yards. The bow is quick, quiet, and smooth. Very little handshock makes it to your hand even without any accessories. A stabilizer, and it would be gone all together. I shoot heavy arrows that weight 575 grains, and this thing SMOKES them in there. The BC from APA had the bow doing 328fps at 29" with a loop/peep. I hope to hit 300 with my hunting weight arrows at 75#'s of draw.
Overall, I'm thrilled to see what APA has done for 2011. I like everything about this bow. It will be a fantastic hunting bow, a little too short for some, but a good overall length for most people under 30" draw. The riser is one of the best designs on the market. I would say the grip is most comparable with PSE's grip.
Overall, I love the bow. I wish it was nicer so I could get outside and see what this bow is capable of