Bowtech Prodigy Review

Bowtech Prodigy

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Bowtech Prodigy Review5.055 out of 5 user reviews

Pros

  • Versatile; described as three bows in one
  • No noticeable vibration; very quiet
  • Solid shooting platform

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Retailers having difficulty keeping them on the shelf

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The Prodigy is one of the new flagship bows for Bowtech for 2015. The bow offers the shooter a new Powerdisc with Powershift technology. This allows the shooter to adjust the feel of the shot to one of three different settings. These adjustments can be done not only to fit the archer's preference, but to give the best performance based on the conditions. For example, the Prodigy can be adjusted to the performance setting for competition shooting, or it can be set to the comfort setting for a smoother draw when hunting in cold, snowy weather. With a 32" ATA, 7" brace height, and 80 percent let-off, this rig will provide a solid shooting platform for any shooter even at 70# draw weight, regardless of the situation.

Finish

This bow comes with a dipped film finish and comes in several colors to include Mossy Oak Breakup Country, Realtree Xtra Green, Kryptek Highlander, and Blackops.

Risers/Limb

The foundation for this bow is a machined aluminum riser trimmed to exacting measures. This riser reduces the overall weight of the bow without losing strength. The limbs are a split-limb design that works in unison with Bowtech's tried and true center pivot configuration. With this setup, this rig is very quiet, has no vibration, and produces one of the best shots in the business. The riser also has a trimmed grip section, fitted with a pair of Bowtech's side plates. This grip fits well into the hand and helps reduce bow torque. It is a very comfortable feel for the shooter.The limbs are a highly efficient composite that responds quickly. These limbs are perfectly matched with the overdrive binary cams and produce a very fast arrow speed.

Other Components

Besides the new Powershift and Powerdisc technologies, this bow comes with center pivot system to maximize the efficiency of the limbs, carbon rod string stop, FLX-guard cable guide, and noise and vibration dampening components. All this coupled with the 32" ATA, the limbs locked in with the Center Pivot design, and the overdrive cams make this one of the quietest, smoothest shooting bows out of the box on the market.

Eccentric System

This bow comes with Bowtech's award winning Binary Overdrive Cams that give this rig a smooth draw and plenty of power. This cam system also hosts a new technological breakthrough for Bowtech called the Powerdisc and Powershift designs. This technology allows the cams to be adjusted and basically turn this bow into three bows in one. The three settings for the Powerdisc are performance, traditional, and comfort settings. The performance setting provides the maximum speed. It also has a narrow valley with a max of 65 percent let-off. At full draw, the shooter can feel the bow aching to release. The traditional setting has approximately 75 percent let-off and is a little easier to shoot. It gives the archer a mix of power and an easier shot. The comfort setting has a full 85 percent let-off and an extremely smooth draw. The draw length is also easily adjusted with the use of rotating modules. The draw can be set in a matter of minutes, without the need for a bow press. This rig is easy to tune, and fun to shoot.

Silencing Package

The Bowtech Prodigy is designed with many inherent qualities the simply make it quiet. The carbon rod string stop, and the Dura-Flex string dampeners make this rig deadly quiet straight from the box.

Compared to Similar Bows

Bow Bowtech Prodigy Bowtech Boss
Version 2016 2016
Picture Bowtech Prodigy Bowtech Boss
Brace Height 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 32 " 36 "
Draw Length 25 " - 30.5 " 26.5 " - 32 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 343 fps 333 fps
Weight 4.2 lbs 4.6 lbs
Let-Off 80% 80%
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The Bowtech Prodigy is one of the company's flagship bows for 2015. At first glance, this rig looks like any other compound bow, except for the gold "gear" in the cams. This "gear" is only found in one other bow, the Bowtech Boss...another flagship bow from Bowtech. This gear is used to alter the shot preference for the shooter, and can basically give the shooter the feel of having three bows in one. There are other bows on the market that are comparable with max draw weights, brace height, speed, and price, but none give the shooter the flexibility to adjust the draw setting for performance for a stronger, flatter shot, or a classic setting for a slightly smoother draw along with a stronger shot, or even a comfort setting that gives the shooter a smooth draw, better let-off, and more comfort for long days at the 3D course. This rig comes in a variety of draw weights - 50#, 60#, and 70# - 32" ATA, 7" brace height, and draw lengths from 25" - 30.5." The Prodigy also boasts a 343 fps IBO, which is easily achievable, but unlike other speed bows, this rig has a smooth draw, is accurate, and very quiet.

Usage Scenarios

This bow is a shooter's dream and will fit nicely into any archery scenario. For the competition shooter, this bow can be set to the performance mode and give a nice flat shot with accuracy. The traditional setting is good for the 3D range with a flatter shot with a slightly easier draw. The comfort setting is best for the hunter, especially in colder weather, as it offers an easy and smooth draw, even when the muscles are stiff while sitting in the stand on those long cold days.

Value

This rig comes in a little pricier than most at $1099 for a bare bow. When fully outfitted, this bow will cost more than what the average archer will be willing to pay. However, for the capability built into this bow, there will be quite a few in the field.

Summary

The 2015 Bowtech Prodigy is becoming a popular bow for the serious archers. At first glance, it appears to be "just another speed bow," but at closer look, the first thing one will notice is the gold gear in the cams. Then you are forced to take a closer look. With the flexibility to alter the feel of the shot, this rig definitely will grab the attention of any shooter. This bow is average in size at 32" ATA and a 7" brace height. The max draw weight and draw length are average too. That is all that is average though. This rig boasts a 343 fps, and will hold pretty close to IBO even after adding the normal necessities. The Prodigy comes in a bare bow package, but can be purchased fully loaded, but if the shooter is spending this much on a bow, it only makes sense to add the exact components desired instead of a kit. This is a very nice shooter that will not leave the archer disappointed. One archer looking to purchase a new bow tested the Prodigy along with several others. After purchasing the Prodigy, he stated that the bow chose him instead of him choosing the bow. He said "it just felt right."
Bowtech Prodigy Review5.055



User Reviews

  • 5 reviews
  • ( out of 5 reviews for all versions)
  1. Best of the best. I am new to Bowtech but not excellent bows.

    Version: 2015 Bowtech Prodigy

    Rating:  

    Pros: feel, dead in hand, minimal vibration, holds well, impeccable finish. The powerdisc feature is no gimmick. It is everything Bowtech advertised

    Cons: It is aluminum so it will be cold in the winter

    Full review:
    I have been a Mathews fanboy and occasional Hoyt customer for twenty years. I tried the Chill R, Creed xs, hoyt Nitrum and Carbon spyder zt. Then the shop showed me this prodigy and asked me to compare it to the others. Twenty minutes later I owned my first Bowtech. It is buttery smooth, has a very solid back wall, shoots accurately easily, and has a great finish. The power disc is not a gimmick. It really is three different bows in one but I find you will know very quickly which setting you prefer and just leave it there. One word for you hunters out there, QUIET!

  2. Best bow I have shot in 20 years.

    Version: 2015 Bowtech Prodigy

    Rating:  

    Pros: Zero torque, no vibration, and light. Fast and quite.

    Cons: A little pricey, but worth it if you are looking for bow to hang on to for a while.

    Full review:
    I had hunted with a compound bow for a little over 10 years, took about a 10 year break, and decided I wanted to pick up the sport again. I was totally lost on new bow capabilities, features, technology, and what was available. So, I visited a lot of archery shops, shot a lot of bows, read reviews, and spoke to others to solicit their feedback. The final contenders were the Bowtech Prodigy, Elite Synergy, Mathews NoCam HTR, Hoyt Nitrum 30, and the Prime Rival. Hands down, the Bowtech Prodigy felt the best in my hand, had the least amount of torque, and consistently delivered the most stable back wall. I was a little hesitant to shell out a significant amount of my hard earned money for a bow, but after shooting it for a couple of weeks now, I truly feel, I made a wise decision that I will not regret.

  3. Couldn’t leave the pro shop without it after shooting!

    Version: 2015 Bowtech Prodigy

    Rating:  

    Pros: Fast, quiet , comfortable and extremely tunable

    Cons: Cost

    Full review:
    Absolutely fell in love with this bow instantly. I bought the limited edition Chris Kyle tribute bow after shooting flagship bows from every manufacturer. I outfitted the bow with a QAD drop away, Viper 5 pin sights, 4 arrow Bohning quiver quiver, 3/16 peep, wrist sling and 12 inch Bee Stinger stabilizer. On the middle cam setting, at 30.5 inch and 60 pound draw I’m shooting 400 spine arrows at 305 fps. This setup is deathly quiet, and I’m shooting 4 arrow groups in a 5 inch circle at 50 yards, and all 4 arrows touching each other at 30. I spent a whopping $1700 on the whole package, but absolutely love it!

  4. The real deal

    Version: 2015 Bowtech Prodigy

    Rating:  

    Pros: Great looks, 3 bows in 1, quiet, fast, wonderful valley and back wall, can shoot it for hours

    Cons: Availability

    Full review:
    I been a compound bow hunter for 12 years, was a deicated Mathews customer. Only shot a Bowtech while helping sight in a friends bow. Was a bit taken back by the fact my friends Bowtech seemed to shoot smoother than my Mathews bows. Helium, Creed and Creed XS. I keep that to myself! I buy and sell bows as a hobby not online, just between friends. Again not wanting to admit to myself that damn Bowtech was such a great shooter, I found a Carbon Overdrive a guy needed to sell and purchased it. That said, loved it, sold my Mathews bows but just wasn’t all in based on the fact I always had Mathews bows. 6 models in total. Boring, but trying to state my case! Starting looking up the Bowtech site, researched the Prodigy , found a dealer and went to the range. 1 hr later I went home with that fantastic bow. I’m a firm believer you get what you pay for, and it was pricy ,but my money has never been better spent! I finally have my bow that hit all the checks on my list. In fact I now have 3 bows in one and I can’t stop being impressed on what a home run Bowtech hit. Bows and deer hunting are my passions and this bow is the REAL DEAL! If your on the fence, get off, get a Proigy, and get in the woods

  5. In a league of it’s own.

    Version: 2015 Bowtech Prodigy

    Rating:  

    Pros: Dead in your hands. Fast. Adjustability. Bowtech hit it out of the park with this one.

    Cons: Ummm….

    Full review:
    The comfort settings is silky smooth. The performance setting gives you that aggressive feel you want. The classic is the perfect mix. This bow is quiet and fast. You can have a 3D bow and a hunting bow all in one. What more do you need?


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