Results 1 to 22 of 22

Thread: Athens Archery Bow Review

  1. #1

    Athens Archery Bow Review

    This review is my opinion and mine only. I am not paid by Athens in any way to say this. I just figured I would pass along some info for people who are considering a new bow or an Athens for their next bow.

    I was in the market for a new bow and heard a lot of really good things about Athens Archery and was fortunate enough to be selected by Rodney for the Athens Field Staff last week. The only problem was I did not know what bow to order and really wanted to try the bows out before I ordered one. After going to the Athens website I found the closest dealer (Passthru Archery) was in Asheville which was about 2 hours or so from my house. I had to make the trip to the mountains anyway to work on a school project and decided to stop by and try the bows when I was done with the project. Let me tell you, the drive was well worth it!!!!!

    I sent Kevin (Passthru Archery) a message on AT and we talked on the phone Sunday and he agreed to meet me at the shop around 6pm today to shoot the bows. I missed the turn to the shop the first time b/c I didn't see the sign and didn't listen to the GPS on my iphone (he told me to turn exactly when the GPS said to but I didn't) but realized it and quickly turned around. After talking with Kevin for a few minutes I realized the guy knew his stuff and he quickly got the main 2 bows out for me to shoot (Accomplice 32 and Ibex). I had gone in undecided on which bow I was going to get. I like the AtA on the Accomplice and the weight on the Ibex and was interested in the grip on the Ibex as well.

    I shot the Ibex first set at 29" and 60 lbs. The bow was light and for such a short AtA it held very beautifully but I didn't care for the grip. To me the side plates were a little too short and it just felt awkward in my hands. I know a lot of people love the grip on the Ibex but it just wasn't for me and it was going to be very hard to overcome for me to order it. The draw cycle was very smooth with only a slight and I mean very slight hump towards the end before coming to a rock solid back wall. And I mean rock solid, anybody that has shot a binary cam bow with 2 draw stops knows what I mean. The start of the draw cycle does stack up in weight rather quick and their wasn't much of a valley so if you let up it would jerk you pretty good but nothing like some of the speed bows I had shot, but t hat is to be expected from a bow with the specs of the Ibex. There was zero, and I mean zero, hand shock or vibration on the shot and the arrow was cookin!!! The only down side to the Ibex, besides the short side plates, was the draw length felt short (it was a real 29" draw so it wasn't short, just measured correctly) and the steep string angle was too much for me and I had a hard time getting my nose on the string which felt very weird.



    Next I shot the Accomplice 32 at 29" 61 lbs. As soon as I picked up the bow I immediately knew this was the bow for me. The grip as perfect and very comfortable and the bow balanced perfectly. The Accomplice is slightly heavier then the Ibex and you can feel the added weight but it was certainly no heavier then the bow I currently shoot or any other 32" AtA bow on the market and I just couldn't get over how comfortable the bow was in hand and I hadn't even drawn it yet. The draw on the Accomplice stacked very well, not as quick as the Ibex, and was just as smooth as the Ibex. I couldn't feel any hump and the draw cycle ended with the same rock solid wall from the Ibex and if you let up a hair its very controllable and does not jerk on you at all. I immediately noticed the extra 2" in the AtA. The draw still felt a little short (about 1/2") for me but it was a lot more comfortable b/c I could get my nose to the string. The Accomplice shot like butter. It hand absolutely zero hand shock or vibration and the arrows were very quick. I shot the Accomplice a couple more times and every time I picked it up and shot it I knew I had found by next hunting bow and knew I could not get over the grip and string angle on the Ibex. The Ibex is a sweet little bow but it just wasn't for me.

    I also got to shoot a couple of arrows out of the Affliction at 29" 61 lbs. That is a sweet bow!!! It is a little heavier then both the Accomplice and Ibex but the weight made it very forgiving and comfortable for a bow that only has a 6.5" brace height. The start of the draw reminded me of the Ibex b/c it stacked beautifully and the end was a lot like the Accomplice b/c there was no hump. Again like the other 2 bows I shot, there was zero vibration or hand shock and the arrows were flat out screaming. One of the other guys there shot it at 50 yards after only shooting it 2 or 3 times at 15 yards and the arrows were touching. The Affliction seemed to be the quietest of the 3 b/c it has double string strops. The other 2 bows were very very quiet but the Affliction was just a hair quieter. If somebody needs a bow to do it all, 3D and hunting, then the Affliction just might be the ticket for you.

    I spent an hour and a half shooting the bows and talking with Kevin and it was worth every bit of gas I burned and money spent it took to get there. Kevin was super cool and very helpful. He provided me a lot of good information that I will be able to digest before ordering my Accomplice 32 later this week. If you are in the market for a new bow and have not shot the Athens line of bows you are missing out, big time. When my Accomplice comes in I will get it all set up and get comfortable shooting it and then when I have to be back in Boone for a student teaching meeting with school in late August I will stop by on my way home and get Kevin to tune my bow and get it shooting beautifully before the season starts.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    South Houston, TX
    Posts
    5,789
    Awesome....great review.
    "Your Legacy is made between Yesterday and Tomorrow"
    "Here We Go Paw Paw!"-Shelby Stanga

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    el paso, texas
    Posts
    1,191
    Great review! I am very pleased with Athens and you will be also. I killed 7 or 8 animals last year with my accomplice32. Great bow. This year I will be shooting an Afflixtion. I really really love the Afflixtion! Another thing is Athens customer service! It is awesome. I sent in my quiver hood to be dipped so it would match the carbon limbs. They received my package Thursday of last week and I got it back today! Good luck and have fun shooting your 32!

    Sent from my HERO200 using Tapatalk
    Athens Factory Staff Shooter
    Afflixtion
    Accomplice 32
    www.athensarchery.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    nixa,missouri
    Posts
    7,337
    Nice job on the review!! Welcome to the family!!
    Mossy Oak Pro Staff, VaporTrail Pro Staff, Athens Archery Factory Staff Shooter, Paradigm Archery Pride Staff, Tru Ball Shooting Staff,

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northwest Oklahoma
    Posts
    1,759
    Very nice.....I had a chance to catch shoot an Athens Exceed last fall and really liked the bow but had 2 Hoyts and good judgment got the better of me...a few months ago I had a chance to shoot an Afflixtion...it is the first bow I have shot in a long time that was a "must have"...the day after I shot it I called the dealer and got one on order...it will be in my greasy hands soon and I can't wait! The bow is sweet....smooth draw, solid back wall, dead and vibe free at the shot, holds on target very solid.....all in all one sweet rig!

    Top that off with the fact that everyone I have dealt with that is affiliated with Athens is top notch and it is a winning combo!!
    Bows and Arrows are just plain fun!

    Hoyt,Montana Black Gold, Goldtip,Stokerized,Stan,JBK Bowstrings......all the good stuff!

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by MidFlight View Post
    Very nice.....I had a chance to catch shoot an Athens Exceed last fall and really liked the bow but had 2 Hoyts and good judgment got the better of me...a few months ago I had a chance to shoot an Afflixtion...it is the first bow I have shot in a long time that was a "must have"...the day after I shot it I called the dealer and got one on order...it will be in my greasy hands soon and I can't wait! The bow is sweet....smooth draw, solid back wall, dead and vibe free at the shot, holds on target very solid.....all in all one sweet rig!

    Top that off with the fact that everyone I have dealt with that is affiliated with Athens is top notch and it is a winning combo!!
    The Affliction is a wicked bow, that's for sure. If I needed a bow to shoot 3D and hunt with then the Affliction would be my choice but I work so much and go to school so I don't have time for 3D competition. Plus there is no way the Affliction would fit in my bow case so I would have to sell it and try and find something that would work. Those 2 reasons are the only thing keeping me from buying the Affliction. I only bow hunt so the Accomplice fits the bill perfectly.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    el paso, texas
    Posts
    1,191
    Quote Originally Posted by backcast88 View Post
    The Affliction is a wicked bow, that's for sure. If I needed a bow to shoot 3D and hunt with then the Affliction would be my choice but I work so much and go to school so I don't have time for 3D competition. Plus there is no way the Affliction would fit in my bow case so I would have to sell it and try and find something that would work. Those 2 reasons are the only thing keeping me from buying the Affliction. I only bow hunt so the Accomplice fits the bill perfectly.
    What bow case do you have? Just wondering.... I mostly bow hunt and shoot maybe 3 or 4 3d tournaments a year. My 32 shoots great but I seem to shoot 34 to 35 once a to a bows a little better. I am also 6'8" tall. Like I said before no matter which bow you get, you will love.


    Sent from my HERO200 using Tapatalk
    Athens Factory Staff Shooter
    Afflixtion
    Accomplice 32
    www.athensarchery.com

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by kbp8928 View Post
    What bow case do you have? Just wondering.... I mostly bow hunt and shoot maybe 3 or 4 3d tournaments a year. My 32 shoots great but I seem to shoot 34 to 35 once a to a bows a little better. I am also 6'8" tall. Like I said before no matter which bow you get, you will love.


    Sent from my HERO200 using Tapatalk
    I have the SKB Hunter case. After looking at the dimensions of the case I think it could fit but would be a tight fit.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Central KY
    Posts
    7,433
    Great review......I have shot all the Athens and loved my 34 and thought it was hard to replace but my Ibex is my hunting rig and a super fun bow to shoot......My Afflixtion is now my all around target rig!!! Sweet bow for sure!!!

    I use a Double Bow Lakewood Bowfiles and they work great!!!!
    Poor Boys Outdoors / Working Class Hunter Field Staff
    Owner of www.bcbowdesigns.com Custom Paracord Specialist
    Psalm 18:32-34 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Southern Indiana
    Posts
    2,542
    Lakewood double bowfile for me as well.
    Wife and I have the ibex,accomplice 34, an exceed and the afflixtion.

    Love them all but starting to really get a feel for the afflixtion. Think I'm going to get the excell before the indoor season starts..



    Thank you for a honest unbiased opinion and a great review.

    T.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    2,458
    Good review

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I897 using Tapatalk

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    el paso, texas
    Posts
    1,191
    i cant wait to sling an arrow at a deer or pig with my afflixtion! its going to be fun!
    Athens Factory Staff Shooter
    Afflixtion
    Accomplice 32
    www.athensarchery.com

  13. #13
    I have not killed a deer with a bow yet but look forward to hitting the woods with an Athens and getting my first bow kill.

    When my bow comes in I will upload some pics and do a more detailed review on how it shoots after getting it all set up.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    el paso, texas
    Posts
    1,191
    oh just wait! to me there is nothing more exciting then getting an animal with a bow!
    Athens Factory Staff Shooter
    Afflixtion
    Accomplice 32
    www.athensarchery.com

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by kbp8928 View Post
    oh just wait! to me there is nothing more exciting then getting an animal with a bow!
    I have gotten very close several times but wasn't able to seal the deal. I think this is my year and I am looking forward to using the Accomplice.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,895
    I enjoyed meeting you backcast88.
    PASSTHRU ARCHERY - 828-273-2815
    Obsession/Athens Dealer
    Custom Bow Tuning
    Facebook.com/PassthruArcheryAshvl

  17. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by completepassthu View Post
    I enjoyed meeting you backcast88.
    It was nice to meet you as well. I look forward to getting my bow and get it tuned by you.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,895
    Have any idea what your wait time is?
    PASSTHRU ARCHERY - 828-273-2815
    Obsession/Athens Dealer
    Custom Bow Tuning
    Facebook.com/PassthruArcheryAshvl

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by completepassthu View Post
    Have any idea what your wait time is?
    Not yet. I just got my stuff in the mail today. I went with the Accomplice 32 black riser, Vista camo limbs.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  20. #20
    I got my bow ordered. Now I have to find something to do for the next few weeks while I wait for it to show up. I guess a little fishin and pistol shooting will work for now.
    Athens Accomplice 32
    29.5"/60 lbs
    Athens Factory Staff

    Team 8- AT Domin8tors

  21. #21
    Just picked up an exceed and gotta say probly the best machining I've ever seen...EVER. Grip is the best I've ever felt by a long shot. I don't see why every company doesnt produce a grip like that. Cheaper too since there is no actual extra pieces for a grip. Just a riser. WOW. Everything on the bow is spot on and shoots better than anything I've ever shot with a draw length 2.5" TOO SHORT. Just an incredible piece. I've shot bowtech,mathews,elite,quest,ma rtin,bear and this thing nukes them in every aspect really.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,895
    Quote Originally Posted by toddcdozer View Post
    Just picked up an exceed and gotta say probly the best machining I've ever seen...EVER. Grip is the best I've ever felt by a long shot. I don't see why every company doesnt produce a grip like that. Cheaper too since there is no actual extra pieces for a grip. Just a riser. WOW. Everything on the bow is spot on and shoots better than anything I've ever shot with a draw length 2.5" TOO SHORT. Just an incredible piece. I've shot bowtech,mathews,elite,quest,ma rtin,bear and this thing nukes them in every aspect really.
    I tell people this very same thing and they think i am crazy. Alot change their mind when they shoot one.
    PASSTHRU ARCHERY - 828-273-2815
    Obsession/Athens Dealer
    Custom Bow Tuning
    Facebook.com/PassthruArcheryAshvl

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •