The Bowtech Air Raid is an extremely adjustable and great shooting bow when tweaked properly. This rig is designed to deliver great blend of speed and smoothness and has a good solid back wall. It is equipped with the unique binary cam eccentric system making it possible to adjust the draw length without using a bow press or changing out cams/modules.
Limbs and limb pocket system
The Bowtech design team decided to step away from their unique Center Pivot technology when coming up with the Air Raid. Instead, they just used a typical limb pocket system. The laminated limbs add extra strength and go to beyond parallel angles at full draw.
Bowtech powers the Air Raid with its smooth-drawing rotating module binary cam system, advertised to hit IBO speeds reaching 336 feet per second. This eccentric system allows for tuning the draw length within a range of 26" to 30" in half inch increments. This extremely adjustable system does not require a bow press or modules for changing the draw length. Also, each Bowtech Air Raid can be equipped with either smooth or fast cams to fit different shooting styles. The let-off can be adjusted from 65% to 80% to fit your shooting style.
Draw cycle / Shootability
Shooters say the Air Raid has a smooth draw cycle. Some of them like comparing this rig with the Bowtech Admiral
. The results of such comparisons indicate that the Air Raid has a smoother draw cycle compared to the Admiral. Interestingly, we found that some shooters did not like the way the bow shoots until it was tuned properly. We believe this bow needs to be tweaked carefully to deliver great shootability.
Quietness and vibration
Many archers and hunters agree that Bowetch is known to manufacture quiet rigs. While some shooters say the Air Raid is very quiet and shock free, others believe it's not as quiet as other Bowtech bows such as the Admiral or Guardian. Such people say that while the bow could be a bit quieter it's still a good shooting bow with low shock and vibration. Having analyzed a lot of Air Raid tests and reviews, we can say that this rig is quiet enough when tuned properly.
To summarize, the Air Raid appears to be a very solid bow that delivers great shootability characteristics when tuned properly. The unique rotating module cam system design makes it possible to adjust the draw length without using a bow press or changing cams/modules. Although this is not the most lightweight bow out there, this rig is very stable. Overall, this is a great all-around bow for those shooters who like a good balance of speed and forgiveness.