I shot the new Mathews flagship bow yesterday. The bow is a nice shooter with the smooth shooting experience I'd expect from a new Mathews. With that said, I'm not seeing any reason to buy this bow? It does nothing better than the original Z7 which I liked better. Yes its lighter but some of the reasons are that they ditched the bottom string suppressor which was probably not needed with a string stop, and they used lighter(presumably cheaper) parts for the string stop and reverse roller assist. The string stop looked identical to one on a Mission bow sitting at the shop. If I'm paying $959 retail I don't want those parts on my Mathews bow.
The shot was quite smooth as I shot the bow with just a biscuit and no stabilizer. It had a slight kick back which I'm sure was did to the new light Harmonic Stabilizer. This bow needs stabilizer with weight out front to get rid of that. The draw comes to a firm wall with the draw stop. I'm sure Mathews added this to pull shooters who didn't go the Mathews route because they haven't used them in a long time. I think for most Mathews shooters though, they're not going to like this as they're used to being able to creep a little without the draw stop.
I do like the new wood on the grip but I'd rather have a Focus grip. I'm sure people will be happy there's no red accent on the cam. Overall its still a great bow and shoots very well but it doesn't seem very innovative or different at all from previous models. I'm glad though as I have no reason to sell my Monster so my wallet thanks Mathews! Lol