Bear Domain Review
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Editors' reviewThe 2013 Bear Domain is a great money saver for any archer looking for a deal. Your money goes a long ways with the speed, comfort, and quality of this bow. The engineers at Bear continue to climb the ladder with their products in the top end of their line up and it also shows in the lower end of it, as in the Domain. This is an all new one for 2013. This company is focusing a lot on consumers' wants and suggestions on bow building. The majority of the marketing from Bear is focused on the new Motives, however, the rest of their bows deserve a look themselves. This bow is real smooth along with being quick and forgiving which is perfect for any hunter.
FinishThere are no color choices available for the Domain. It comes in Realtree APG which is most popular for the average hunter. It seems semi-glossy in finish and without any shine it is still durable. Although the finish is not glossy it is not considered matte either. It has not had any problems with chipping or cracking. This bow is still impressive regardless of there only being one color option.
Riser/LimbsThe Domain measures 33" axel to axel. Although it isn't real compact for a hunting bow it is a decent length. This all new riser has similarities to the new Motive risers for 2013. It has a good look with somewhat rounded edges. As normal for Bear, it has dual offset string suppressers integrated into the riser. The riser also has a stainless steel stabilizer bushing.
Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets are what connect the limbs to the riser. Although these pockets are connectors the limbs can still move and pivot independently. The freedom to move plays a large part in eliminating vibration. The riser and limbs combine to produce a 7" brace height. This bow has a smooth draw with a shock free shot. It is forgiving, however, slightly on the long side for some for a hunting bow.
GripThere seems to be a thinner neck with wider sides on the grip of the Domain. As with the majority of Bear's line up the grip is available with a wrap around rubber mold grip that is removable. Underneath the rubber mold are the side panels for a thinner option on the grip. There is very little torque on the handle. The rubber mold option is much warmer for hunting in cold weather. It feels stable and balanced in the hand.
String SuppressersThe dual string suppressors on the Domain are extremely useful with quieting and dampening noise and vibration. Their look has become almost a trademark on Bear bows. The Dual Arc Offset String Suppressors have thick rubber boots at the ends where contact is made with the string. Not only do these string suppressors help to silent and cancel out vibration. They also have a sweet look that is unique to Bear and should catch the eye of many bow consumers.
Eccentric SystemThe E3 single cam has a rotating module that allows for a perfect draw length for each individual with .5" increments from 26" to 31". Adjusting the draw length is very simple and convenient by not requiring the use of a bow press or any additional modules or cams. There are dual stainless steal bearings on the idler wheel. Contra-Band strings and cables are what come standard on the bow. The Domain is available in 50, 60, and 70 lb. draw weights and has 80% let off. This E3 cam has an ultra smooth draw cycle and produces good speed with an IBO of 322 fps. The IBO rating seems to be fairly accurate to reality. It has good speed for a single cam bow.
Draw Cycle/Shoot AbilityThe entire draw is smooth on the bow with only a slight bump at the back end of the draw. It feels nicely balanced when at full draw and it is nearly shock free at the shot. The valley is generous on the Domain at 1/4" to 1/2". There is room for some slight movement without it jumping back forward. Balance could be improved even more on this bow with a stabilizer, however, it is already fairly quiet. Vibration is greatly reduced with the dual string suppressors. The slide type cable guard system is not as smooth as roller guard systems on higher end bows, but it does its job well. The cables stay out of the way as intended.
Silencing PackageThe Domain is probably one of the quietest bows in its price range. Sound and vibration are really deadened with the dual string suppressors. There are no add-ons on the strings and they are not needed. The silence of this bow is also due in part to the limb pockets with their freedom to move along with allowing independent pivoting.
|Bow||Bear Domain||Bear Method|
|Brace Height||7 "||6.75 "|
|AtA Length||33 "||33 "|
|Draw Length||26 " - 31 "||26.5 " - 31 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||322 fps||340 fps|
|Weight||4.0 lbs||4.0 lbs|
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The Bear Domain is one bow below the Method in Bear's bow line up. Although the Method is only $50 more on its MSRP there are many differences. The Bear Method is a dual cam bow and is 18 fps faster on its IBO. The Domain, however, is a more comfortable and forgiving bow to shoot. It seems to be a little more of a "hunting" bow, although either would work fine for hunting. The Method has 5% less let off and .25" less brace height. Their weights are the same. Both of these bows have great value, however, for only $50 more it seems that the Method may have a little more to offer.