Bear Authority Review
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Editors' reviewBear introduced the archery world to the Authority in 2014 that offered a 31" ATA, 7" brace height, and 315 fps. It has a draw length range from 24.5" - 31.5" and up to 70# peak draw weight, and was very affordable. Compared to some of the bows on the market today, it is relatively slow, but is very smooth, has virtually no hand-shock, and is an extremely nice shooting bow.
FinishThe finish is of the same high quality standards expected from Bear Archery. Unfortunately, this bow only comes standard in the RealTree APG camo pattern.
Risers/LimbThe Authority uses a milled aluminum alloy riser to provide a very solid platform. The exacting measures used in this design set the foundation for the 31" ATA. The riser is capped with a pair of Bear's Zero Tolerance limb pockets that secure a pair of Bear Flared Quad split parallel limbs. These limbs come in peak draw weights of 50#, 60#, and 70#. Each are adjustable by up to ten pounds by simply turning the limb bolts (maximum of four turns).
Other ComponentsThis bow generally comes in a Ready-to-Hunt package that includes Bear's Zero Tolerance limb pockets, Trophy Ridge whisker biscuit, Trophy Ridge 5-pin sight, Trophy Ridge stabilizer and string, dual string suppressors, Trophy Ridge quiver, and Trophy Ridge peep sight and nock loop.Eccentric SystemThis bow utilizes the Bear's EZ3 single cam setup. This cam uses dual sealed bearings that make it very smooth, quiet, and dependable. It is smooth throughout the draw cycle with no harsh humps or sudden stops. The draw length (24.5" - 31.5") is easily adjusted (without a bow press) using a rotating mod system, and is adjustable in half-inch increments. Simply remove the screws on the module, set to the proper location, and re-tighten. This rig does have a tendency for "nock wobble" at the shot, but it has no effect on the performance of the bow.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThis bow is very smooth throughout the draw cycle with no unexpected bumps and jerks. It begins smooth and builds slightly throughout the draw cycle with very little hump at let-off. It has a nice valley and is easy to hold on-target for as long as needed. There is virtually no hand-shock and minimal noise, and is a very comfortable shooting rig. Although it is a little slow by today's standards, it still has plenty of speed to manage any situation you wish to use it for.
Silencing PackageThis rig is built to be quiet, but includes (in the Ready-to-Hunt package) a Trophy Ridge whisker biscuit, Trophy Ridge stabilizer and sling, and dual string suppressors. It also has Bear's Zero Tolerance limb pockets that help absorb vibration when shot. This is a very quiet bow and has virtually no hand-shock..
GripThe grip on the Authority is slim with a pair of composite side plates. The advance design of the grip gives this rig a torqueless draw while enhancing the accuracy throughout the shot. It is well-balanced and makes the bow easy to hold for those with small to medium sized hands. The curved edges will not dig into the palms of the hand, and it is also easy to hold at full draw for extended periods of time.
Compared to Similar Bows
|Bow||Bear Authority||Diamond Provider|
|Brace Height||6.75 "||7.5 "|
|AtA Length||31 "||31 "|
|Draw Length||24.5 " - 31.5 "||25.5 " - 31 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||20 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||315 fps||310 fps|
|Weight||4.0 lbs||3.3 lbs|
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The Bear Authority is very similar to the Diamond Provider. Both have a 31" ATA and overall weight is very close. The Diamond has more brace height (7.5" compared to 6.75"), but the Bear offers an additional 1.5" of draw length adjustment range. The primary difference in the bows is in the draw weight area. The Bear's range is 40# - 70#, where the Diamond's range is 20# - 70#. They price point on these two bows is only $20. Deciding between these two bows will strictly be based on how the purchaser feels when shooting them.