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    Carbon Matrix RKT or Insanity CPXL

    Hey guys, I am in need of a new bow this year (mainly for hunting) and I can't decide between the new Carbon Matrix RKT or the Insanity CPXL. I like the speed advantage the CPXL has over the Matrix but I wonder if it is as smooth shooting as the Matrix is. I see there is also a big price jump from the CPXL to the Matrix. All things considered (especially price) which would you guys go with?



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    For me, that's a tough one. I love the look of the carbon riser if it's black, but I also really like the CPXL too. I know that both are sweet shooters, although I have not shot the Insanity, with probably less vibration in the Matrix. Also, Hoyt is known for great quality, but BowTech is lacking in that area right now, as far as limb peeling goes. However, the peeling issue is not widespread, and if it doesn't bother you, I would go with the CPXL for the money. JMO

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    Has any of you guys shot both bows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribal413 View Post
    Hey guys, I am in need of a new bow this year (mainly for hunting) and I can't decide between the new Carbon Matrix RKT or the Insanity CPXL. I like the speed advantage the CPXL has over the Matrix but I wonder if it is as smooth shooting as the Matrix is. I see there is also a big price jump from the CPXL to the Matrix. All things considered (especially price) which would you guys go with?
    From what I have seen the bows are very close in price. What was the difference in the price?

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    I have shot both bows. I'm going to say insanity for the tuning and speed.
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    You need to shot both, what one shooter calls smooth might not be to the next guy.

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    Like posted above, you will have to shoot both and decide. They are both great bows but it's still up to your on which you shoot the best.
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    Shot both- had my heart set on an element this year. The Insanity is unbelievable smooth to draw for that speed and dead on the shot, kind of fun to shoot. It does feel heavier obviously, but makes up for it on the shot- also as Karbon stated very easy to tune. The only thing holding me back is the limb finish thing- the shop had one (black ops) for 2 weeks and the finish was flaking off the edge. Who knows how much it was shot in that time. Just hung up on buying a $950 bow with that going on. Other than that I think it is the best I've shot this year.
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    Shoot both and then decide. If I had to go off of price Matrix's that sell here from what the scheels expert told me they sell for 1600 dollars and I believe that the insanity is cheaper so I would go with the insanity.
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    Thanks for all the good info guys. I have shot the Hoyt but I have to drive 2 hours to shoot the bowtech (which I will be doing tomorrow). Just wanted to see what you guys had to say about them first.

    Does anyone know for sure what the sticker price is on a CPXL? I heard it was rumered to be around 1K.

    I see a few of you say the Bowtech tunes up easier then the Hoyt. Can anyone explain further why the Bowtech tunes easier then the Hoyt?

    Thanks again for all the help.

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    Shot both side by side about 2hrs ago, CPXL hands down. Drew better at 70lbs no dump, held better, less vibe,put a small stab on it and what little vibe there was, gone. And faster, balanced better(no tip forward or backward) it balanced better than the CPX also, with less vibe. What else, had a far better grip, oh and less money, what more can I say. One more bow to check out before I buy.

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    I don't know what all these "tune" easier comments are about the matrix? My matrix was poppin bullett holes with a lizard tounge in about 20 minutes from the time it came out of the box from Utah! Today I'm close to 1000 shots in and the top cam is less than an eigth out. I think some of the folks on AT are "tinker toms" and are making assumptions about a bow they have never shot for long. I have not personally shot the Insanity, ( I will be doing so in Gainsvilles ASA tomorrow) you have to decide for yourself which bow is best for you. Its hard enough to decide which bow to shoot much less listen to opinionated people such as us!

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    Wasn't saying the rkt's were hard to tune. You can do a lot with the overdrive binaries which have been out for three years by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampcruiser View Post
    Wasn't saying the rkt's were hard to tune. You can do a lot with the overdrive binaries which have been out for three years by the way.
    I've owned so many different bows It isn't even funny. And the more I try, the more I lean toward the bowtechs just because I can tune almost everything on these bows. Don't get me wrong. There are alot of nice bows out there. But if you like to tinker and tweak to get em just right the overdrive system just shines alittle brighter. If you just shoot em like you buy em, theres lot of choices out there.
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    I cant see how you can get a better bow than my Matrix RKT. That said, I havent shot the bowtech.
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    I spent a lot of time today shooting four bows. Carbon Matrix, Element, Insanity CPX, and Insanity CPXL. I was blown away by the CPXL and placed my order. Thanks for all the input guys.

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    save yourself the money and get the hoyt vector. shot better than all of the above mentioned bows plus its cheaper than all of the above.

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    I have never seen one bowtech at any shoot around here. Not saying there not any good but if you are not 300 in spots you want be in the top 5 and if your not 15+ up on the 3d course your not going to win. Its the indian not the bow

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    I'm also looking at these two bows, Hoyt Carbon Element & bowtech Insanity CPX. Love the durability of Hoyt in the backcountry, but also like how the Bowtech shoots. I've owned bows from both companies & it still seems each have their own unique attributes I like.


    Quote Originally Posted by tribal413 View Post
    Hey guys, I am in need of a new bow this year (mainly for hunting) and I can't decide between the new Carbon Matrix RKT or the Insanity CPXL. I like the speed advantage the CPXL has over the Matrix but I wonder if it is as smooth shooting as the Matrix is. I see there is also a big price jump from the CPXL to the Matrix. All things considered (especially price) which would you guys go with?
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    shoot both for me it is the RKT CE > https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...41735562645489

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribal413 View Post
    I spent a lot of time today shooting four bows. Carbon Matrix, Element, Insanity CPX, and Insanity CPXL. I was blown away by the CPXL and placed my order. Thanks for all the input guys.
    A binary cam is hard to beat for tunability and smoothness. Your experience in test shooting these bows will be a common result this year. Good luck with your new bow when it comes in.

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    Insanity, PSE Evo7 and Hoyt Carbon Element --- all very good bow. That shows you what good competition does! There was a time I would not give a penny for PSE or Hoyt. They all upped their game. I personally stick with Hoyt and BowTech - Hoyt being my personal preference for slamming down the big ones! You will LOVE your new Insanity bow. They are a great bow.

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    So people have actually shot the CPXL? We have had them on order since the show and still no XLs?????

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    CPXL is a nice shooting bow. Between it and the Matrix, basically flip a coin. Bowtech is a little faster and cheaper. Hoyt looks better IMO, love the look of the carbon riser. Can't go wrong either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribal413 View Post
    Hey guys, I am in need of a new bow this year (mainly for hunting) and I can't decide between the new Carbon Matrix RKT or the Insanity CPXL. I like the speed advantage the CPXL has over the Matrix but I wonder if it is as smooth shooting as the Matrix is. I see there is also a big price jump from the CPXL to the Matrix. All things considered (especially price) which would you guys go with?


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