Since my original Stryker crossbow thread has been locked up for jumping track, I'm impressed with these crossbows enough to re post my original thoughts on them from back in January. My thoughts have not changed. Here's what I wrote in January (minus the discontinued SF model):
Bowtech’s 2 new crossbows, the Strykezone 350 and 380 have leapfrogged the competition for 2011 and my reasons for this statement:
135 lb draw weight – 350 fps w/ 385 grain arrow
Light physical weight of 6.9 lbs.
Compact in size – 15.6” wide A to A cocked x 34 1/3” in length
Power stroke – 15.5”
Colors – Gore Optifade Forest / Mossy Oak Treestand
Rope cocker requires no sled
No arrow retention spring – replaced by a metal arm that serves 2 purposes, to hold the arrow in place and to actuate the anti dry fire system
Auto safety – Safety cannot be pushed to off position without a loaded arrow in place
Safety and trigger Lock out feature to further prevent accidental discharge
Easy to reach top mounted thumb activated safety with no clicking noise
Absolutely the lightest, totally creep free factory crossbow trigger I’ve ever shot
No rattling of the trigger
Soft rubber shoulder pad
Binary cams use no split yoke cables
Inboard/reverse cam rotation for increased power stroke
Overmolded stock grip and fore end
One of the quietest 350 fps crossbows I’ve shot
Crossbow only – MSRP $549 !!!!!!
Package – 3 arrows, quick detach quiver, multi reticle scope, sling - MSRP $ 649.00!!!
The same features of the Strykezone 350 plus:
160lb draw weight – 380 fps w/385 grain arrow
Crossbow w/ package (5 arrows, quick detach quiver, multi reticle scope, cocking rope, sling
MSRP $749.00 !!!
I believe these 2 new crossbows from Bowtech are exactly what most crossbow hunters are looking for. After seeing, feeling and shooting these bows, I cannot help but believe that the competition needs to go back to the drawing board. These feature packed crossbows offer the biggest bang for the buck I’ve seen in crossbows. I know of no other crossbow line that offers this level of total performance. Bowtech did their homework. My hat’s off to them.