Bowtech Admiral Review

Bowtech Admiral

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Bowtech Admiral Review4.051 out of 1 user review


  • extremely quiet bow with low shock and vibration
  • easily adjustable draw length
  • ideal for tree stand or ground blind shooting


  • a rougher than expected draw cycle

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The Bowtech Admiral is the flagship bow of the 2009 Bowtech line. This bow is extremely quiet with virtually no vibration and hand shock. Being a very compact and adjustable bow with a solid back wall, the Admiral is known for great shootability characteristics and is the ideal choice for tree stand and ground blind shooting.

Center Pivot technology / Riser

The new Center Pivot technology has been developed by the Bowtech design team to make this bow stronger and to almost completely eliminate horizontal torque, vibration, and hand shock. A single-piece riser is made up of forged aluminum and then machined into shape. The numerous cutouts and sloping edges allow for reducing the mass weight while keeping the strength of the forging process.

Quietness and vibration

Many archers claim this is a very quiet and stable bow due to the new Center Pivot technology described above. Based on the feedback we obtained from professional shooters, there is no doubt, that when it comes to quietness, low vibration, and the lack of hand shock, this bow is one of the best.

Eccentric system

The Bowtech Admiral is an easily adjustable and accurate bow due to Bowtech's proprietary CenterTrac Binary Cam system. This system is precise, delivers a straight line, and has a rotating module. The latter allows for easy draw length adjustment without using extra cams or modules. No bow press is required to adjust the draw length from 24 to 30 inches in half inch increments. In addition, this bow has a very solid back wall due to the adjustable draw stop that can be customized to the required draw length.

Draw cycle and shootability

Some shooters believe that the draw cycle is a bit rougher than expected. More specifically, they say it feels approximately 10 lbs heavier than it really is. Archers who share this opinion say that the draw cycle could be smoother for what is expected out of its lower speed. While this might not be a problem for everyone, it is always a good idea to try it for yourself and see how you feel. Even though some hunters believe the Admiral has a rougher than expected draw cycle, they do admit, however, that once you reach the full draw and pull the trigger it feels great. As many Bowtech bows, this one is extremely quiet and vibration free.

Similar bows with a smoother draw cycle

If you tried the Admiral and did not like the draw cycle you may want to have a look at the Hoyt Alphamax 32. Many shooters believe the Alphamax 32 has a smoother draw cycle. However, such people say that while the Alphamax 32 feels a bit faster and smoother, the Admiral is quieter, has less shock and vibration, and requires less effort to hold at full draw. So, go ahead, shoot them both and see what works best for you.
Bow Bowtech Admiral Hoyt Alphamax 32
Version 2010 FLX 2010 (XTR Cam)
Picture Bowtech Admiral Hoyt Alphamax 32
Brace Height 7.5 " 7 "
AtA Length 31.063 " 32 "
Draw Length 24 " - 30 " 26 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed 317 fps - 325 fps 321 fps
Weight 3.9 lbs 3.9 lbs
Let-Off 65% - 80% 75%
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To summarize, this Bowtech Admiral is a very solid and quiet bow with extremely low hand shock and vibration. While some shooters believe the draw cycle is a bit harsher than expected, this bow is a total winner when it comes to shootability. A solid back wall along with an easily adjustable draw length, make shooting this bow fun. Being compact and maneuverable, this bow is a very good choice for tree stand or blind hunting.
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User Reviews

  • 1 review
  • ( out of 1 review for all versions)
  1. Smooth flat shooting bow, with speed and forgiveness

    Version: 2009 Bowtech Admiral


    Pros: I shoot 1 pen from 0 to 35 yards , its quiet,hardly no vibration. It’s a fast/smooth short bow.
    Easy to work on even without a press

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    This bow is sweet, I’m a bowhunter from way back bows have really changed. I don’t use a peep and I only shoot with 1 pen, to help me not shoot wrong pen when get excited. With this bow I can shoot with confidence even at 40 yards in tight groups, its forgiving,flat quiet and just all around good shooter. I use to shoot only Matthews I’ve had probley had 9 different Matthews bows , I like this admiral its got good brace height easy to hold easy to shoot.

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