This may have been done before…couldn’t seem to find it in a search.
So.. here goes anyway…
I understand all the “speed” bow hype that fuels the competitiveness in the archery industry.
But rather than introduce a bunch of new design models every year. Why don’t the big name manufacturers keep there best selling models going …and going…and going…? Like that “bunny”!
Take Mathews for instance. I have never owned one but from all I have read, the Switchback XT has to be one of the best bows they ever made. And they did indeed keep the model going (as well as a few others) for many years. They seem to be in constant demand in the classifieds, and get snatched up pretty quick. Leftover cams for the XT, also seem to be pretty rare and valuable as well.
Then there is the Bowtech Tribute, and the Guardian. Both clearly two of “their best money makers. And yes I am biased on these…because I own them both. But I am not the only one who thinks so. These models got rave reviews when they came out, and still have great re-sale value.
It would be interesting to see Mathews, and Bowtech re-introduce these models. Maybe offer a special commemorative model even. I prefer to buy my bows "new" (love that “new bow smell“) and would be first in line for a “special” 2011 model XT!
I see the $$$ behind the ….“if you build it, (faster, better) they will come” strategy
And if you can get the whole archery world to buy a new model every year that “is” a gold mine for sure.
But there are a lot of new archers picking up the sport each year. Like young people buying that first real bow. And word gets around about the bows that stand the test of time. I admit, I too get excited about new designs. Not so much for speed, but mainly looks for me.
Go ahead and make a new model or two yes. But rather than pin all your hopes to capture the hearts, minds, and wallets of the buying public on a whole slew of new "rocket arrow launchers“. Why not also, embrace the models whose reputation “proves” that you already “got it right”… the first time! What do y’all think?