Bowtech Prodigy Review
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Editors' reviewThe 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.
FinishThis 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/LimbThe 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 ComponentsBesides 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 SystemThis 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 PackageThe 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|
|Brace Height||7 "||"|
|AtA Length||32 "||"|
|Draw Length||25 " - 30.5 "||"|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||lbs|
|IBO Speed||343 fps||fps|
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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.