I know that there are several reviews on here about the new Bowtech Experience, but I thought that I would share my thoughts for anyone that is interested. Also, unless I have missed it, I haven't seen a review with a DFC for the Experience, so I will show that in this review as well.
Finish- Over the last several years, I have thought that Bowtech was a little behind other companies in the finish department. Not just the limbs either, but I am talking about the riser finish. I am not a real particular person when it comes to finish, but I have always been able to see blemishes in the Bowtechs that I have owned, and/or worked on, and of course everyone is familiar with the limb finish issues that have plagued Bowtech over the last few years. While the limb issue is still in the air for the 2013 bows, I will say that this Experience that I am doing the review on, is darn near flawless. This bow has a very nice finish, and so far the limbs are perfect.
Specs- The bow is a 60-70 lbs model, and is maxed out at 70.8 lbs. The axle to axle measured 32-1/6", brace height measured 7", and the bow is set at 28.5" draw length that actually measured 29". The draw length on this bow measures 1/2" long, and the letoff is just a little bit shy of 80%, coming in at 78%.
Feel- This is one area where this bow really shines for me. I like a bow that balances well, and this one is perfectly balanced. Also, I love the grip on this bow. To me, as with the Insanity, Bowtech has nailed the grip on this bow. The draw cycle on the bow is very nice. It is very smooth from start to finish with a nice transition into a good valley. It has no hump or dump into the valley, it is just a very nice transition. The valley on the bow isn't quite as big as some of the binary cam bows, but it is still a high let off and very managable valley. I have seen where some people say to set the mod 1/2" shorter than the draw stop peg to get a bigger valley. I don't see this as necessary myself, but I did try it to see how it felt. I like the feel of the bow the way it is supposed to be set up better than setting the mod 1/2" shorter. That said, it did increase the length of the valley when set up this way.
Tuning/Speed- When I got this bow, the cams were out of synch and I did not shoot the bow like this, so I can't give you a "straight out of the box" type review here. All I did though, for this review, was synch the cams, and made sure that the timing was set to the factory recommendations. I put a Limbdriver Pro V rest on, set the nock point at 1/8" high, and went to the paper rack. After just a couple of shots, it was shooting perfect bullet holes. The Over Drive Binary Cam System is my favorite cam system out there because of it's tunabilty and of course this bow is no different.
Experience Bullet Hole.jpg
After I got the bow shooting bullet holes, I got out the Chronograph. I shot 3 different arrow weights, and here is what I found:
Arrow 1 - 354 grains
Average speed- 327.4
Arrow 2- 406 grains
Average Speed 306.2
Arrow 3- 454 grains
Average Speed- 291.3
Experience Chrono Reading.jpg
Using Backcountry IBO calculator with arrow #1 the bow's IBO is 342, with arrow #2 the bow's IBO is 337, and with arrow #3 the bows IBO is 336. Although I didn't shoot the bow at 30" draw length to see what the bow actually shoots at IBO specs, the calculator figures the IBO to be a little faster than rated. I am not a big fan of "figuring" IBO on these calculators, but I have been pressed for time and just haven't had the opportunity to set the bow at 30".
DFC- As I said, I have been a little short on spare time recently, so I haven't had a chance to really get into tuning this bow. I just set the bow to factory recommendations and synched the cams. When I get a chance, I'll probably see what I can get out of the bow. I will say this though, I don't think that I will get a lot out of it. The DFC is pretty darn good when set to factory recommendations, and seeing as how this is my personal bow, I don't know if it's worth my time to gain a few feet per second. My Easton Bow Force Mapper is STILL out of commision (PACT has had the darn thing for 2 months) so I plotted the DFC with a piece of graph paper, a weight scale, and draw board. That said, here is the DFC:
As you can see the bow hits peak weight at about 6" into the draw cycle, and holds peak weight for about 5". It then drops about 1/2 lbs for about 1" and then drops almost another 1/2 lbs and holds that for about 2" before dropping into the valley. You are only losing about 1 lbs throughout the peak of the DFC, which is pretty efficient.
Shooting- On the shot the bow is very quiet, and dead. The thing that I like is there is really no kick at the shot either. After the bow has been shot, it just sits there balanced in your hand. Very nice. I have only had the bow for about a week or so, and have only shot it a couple of sessions, but I shoot this bow pretty well. The bow holds steady without a stabilzer, as this bow didn't have a stabilizer bushing installed from the factory. So I haven't even shot the bow with a stab on it. The bow stacks arrows though at every distance that I have shot with it. I even shot a 40 yd Robin Hood on my 2nd shooting session. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.
Experience Robin Hood.jpg
Overall, I am very impressed with the bow. I think that Bowtech took another step forward with a very stable, and advanced shooting platform. Continuing to improve upon, what I think, is a very good design base.