Bear Showdown Review
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Editors' reviewThe Bear ShowDown is a solid choice for the entry level archer. While this bow isn't full of bells and whistles it is a no nonsense rig with a very economical price tag. All around a very adjustable bow with a good draw weight range.
FinishAs on the whole Bear line up, the finish on this bow is a quality, durable finish that comes in Realtree All purpose green camouflage. The limb pockets and cams are coated in a green finish.
RiserThe riser is constructed from machined 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum which makes this riser very rigid and durable. The riser is designed to minimize riser flex which in turn gives you a more forgiving and accurate shot.
Limbs/Limb PocketsThe limbs on the Showdown are compression molded quad limbs that rest in the parallel position. They are constructed of continuous, uncut fibers that make them very reliable. The limb pockets are constructed of aluminum and are designed to have a tight riser to limb fit. They are also equipped with rubber isolation boots so that the limb never actually touches the limb cup or riser cutting down on buzz and vibration.
GripThe grip is made from a synthetic composite grip in a two piece side plate design. The grip is quite wide compared to the other bows in Bear's line up.
Eccentric SystemThe ShowDown comes with a single cam and idler wheel system. This same cam system has been featured on previous higher end Bear bows. The cam is a more aggressive style cam and that where most of the speed comes from on this rig. In addition this cam allows 1" draw length adjustments from 25-31" and 1/2" post adjustments. This set up also has 80% let off and has a 290 fps IBO speed.
ShootabilityThe ShowDown has a rather smooth draw cycle but does have a decent hump through the valley. It transitions well to full draw and once there it holds very well with the 80% let off. Once shot this bow does have a slight string twang and hand shock. Vibration dampening components would be recommended for install of this bow. With the installation of some limb savers, vibration dampening stabilizer, string leeches and a string suppressor the shootability of this rig could be greatly improved.
Showdown vs. Lights Out
The Showdown and Lights out are the closest to each other in price point of this Bear line of bows. These bows share the same style grip and the risers are made from the same material. Outside of those things they are considerably different. With the Showdown being a more no frills super economic bow, the Bear Lights Out has a smoother drawing cam, higher IBO speed and has a string suppressor installed.
UsageFor most applications the Showdown would be a beginner's bow. While a hunter on a budget could be happy with this rig, the purchase of some vibration dampening components would greatly help the shootability. If chosen for hunting its short axle to axle length would be good from a tree stand and with 80% let off it can be held for a good duration of time without your arm getting tired.
|Bow||Bear Showdown||Bear Lights Out|
|Brace Height||8.75 "||8.75 "|
|AtA Length||31.75 "||30 "|
|Draw Length||25 " - 31 "||25 " - 31 "|
|Draw Weight||50 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||286 fps - 290 fps||296 fps - 300 fps|
|Weight||3.8 lbs||3.7 lbs|
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