I just thought I'd share my experience I had in choosing my latest bow purchase. Hopefully it will help someone in their decision making of what bow to get. Up until now, I had shot Mathews bows for the past 10 years. Back in Dec of 2011, I purchased the Mathews Heli-m and hunted with it for the last 2 weeks of the season. While I was target practicing with my other hunting partners, who shoot the Z7 and Z7 Extreme, we all noticed that the Heli-m was, in fact, much louder than theirs. Another characteristic I was really becoming aware of was the amount of hand vibration it has when it was shot. It still had an incredible smooth draw, like all Mathews bows have, but between the hand shock and the noise when being shot, I had become very disappointed. The bow also has a large amount of "creep" when at full draw as well.
So, I took it back to the dealer to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with it, and he said everything looked great. After that visit, I called around to several other people I knew who had shot it and they confirmed my thoughts as well. That the Heli-m is actually louder than the Z7 and z7 Extreme and has a much larger amount of handshock than the other bows that Mathews has made. I know with a lighter bow, comes sacrifices in other areas, but there are other manufacturers that have taken care of that with their bows.
Don't get me wrong here. The Heli-m bow I'm sure is a fantastic bow, and will provide many hunters with many kills. I just wanted to share my experience with it so that it may help someone in choosing their next bow.
You can see by my signature what bow I ended up with. And I must say, it is the sweetest and smoothest bow I've ever shot in my life!