I thought that I would post my thoughts and findings on the new 2014 Hoyt Faktor Turbo. I ordered the bow on November 6th. I ordered a right hand, black out, #3 cam set at 28", and 55-65 lbs limbs. I was told that it would be the first of the year before I saw my bow. I actually received the bow on December 4th! A full month early! I obviously couldn't have been happier with the shipping time from Hoyt.
Finish- As I said, I ordered the bow in blackout. The finish is good, but I did find a small bubble and a couple of other small imperfections. Overall though, the bow looks really sharp. I'll apologize in advance for this terrible pic, as I didn't take the time to setup a good background.
Specs- The bow is a 55-65 lbs model and it came from the factory at 68.4 lbs. The holding weight is 16.9 lbs, which puts it right at 75% letoff. The draw length measured 1/4" long coming in at 28-1/4" and the brace height measured 5-7/8". This bow measures 33-1/16" axle to axle. The only tuning that has been done to the bow, other than paper tuning, is synching the cams. I left it at the factory settings for this review.
Feel- This area is very subjective, as feel can vary greatly between different people. I'll tell you what I think, but you'll need to check it out for yourself. The bow is pretty well balanced, but not perfect. It is just a little top heavy, and wants to tip slightly forward. Not bad, but enough for me to notice as I like a well balanced bow. The bow has the factory wood grip which looks really nice, and doesn't feel bad, but I prefer side plates. I have side plates on my other Hoyts, and this one will get a set as well. The draw cycle on this bow is very nice. I love the RKT cams of the last couple of years, but the Z5 has a better draw cycle than the RKT. After shooting this bow for a little while, I got out my Spyder Turbo, and it feels like it has a hump in it. This Z5 cam is very nice in that department. On the shot the bow is very quiet and vibration free. Just a very pleasant bow to shoot.
Tuning/Speed- I haven't done anything to this bow except paper tune and synch the cams. I wanted to do this review as the bow came in from Hoyt. I used my Easton Bow Force Mapper to check draw weight, holding weight, and to plot the DFC. I used the Easton Chrony for all speeds and used an F1 chrony on one arrow weight just to show the difference in speed between the two chrony's. I shot 3 different arrow weights 3 times each to get an average, and used On Target 2 for the IBO calculator. If you've read my posts/threads before, I'm not a big fan of IBO calculators, but everyone likes to see figured speeds, and rightfully so.
Again, specs are 28-1/4" DL, and 68.4 lbs with 16 grains on the string and the following arrow weights:
Arrow 1- 352 grains
305.9= 305.8 Avg
Arrow 2- 386 grains
293.4= 293.2 avg.
Arrow 3- 454 grains
These speeds seemed way slow so I shot the light weight arrow through my F1 Shooting Chrony and got an average speed of 313 fps. With this chrono it puts the IBO at around 343. For apples to apples though, I shot my Matrix and Spyder Turbo through the Easton Chrono and got an IBO of 332 with the Matrix, and an IBO of 344 on the Spyder Turbo.
What are my thoughts? I'm going to see what a normal size string and cable set will do for it. I know some others have tried it on some of the other bows and said that it doesn't gain much, but I like to try things for myself. A normal set of strings should have a finished diameter of .100"- .106" roughly, and the stock strings on this bow mic'd .115". Also, I have done no tuning except synching the cams, and that Spyder I listed above is set at 28" with a #2 cam maxed out, and this Faktor is set at 28" with the #3 cam on its shortest setting. From my experience the #2 cams at the longest setting usually put out a little better speeds than the #3 at the shortest setting.
Paper Tuning- I tuned this bow with a Carbon Express Mach 5 350 with a 75 grain tip because it put the spine just right according to OT2, and it put the weight down for my light arrow chrono speeds. I set center shot at 13/16" and nock point 1/8" high. I had to add 1.5 twists to the left yoke and take 1.5 twists out of the right yoke, and move nock point to dead level to get bullet holes. Awesome. Very minor yoke tuning, and nock level was all that I had to do to get bullet holes at every distance from 6-21 feet.
Overall I am really liking this bow, the only downfall is the speeds that I am currently getting. When I get time, I'm going to do some more tuning, install a set of custom strings, and see what I can do with this bow speed wise. Other than the speed though, I couldn't be happier with this bow.
Here is a pic of the DFC on the new Z5 cam.