G5 Prime Centroid Review
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Editors' reviewThe 2012 G5 Prime Centroid is loaded with technology and getting great response from the public. The advances from G5 are unique in nature. The Centroid has made improvements from last year with new riser material that is lighter and stronger. The engineering that has been put into this bow has eliminated bow torque creating a smooth, balanced draw. Although there are some trade offs, with speed for example, the Centroid is a nice shooting bow.
FinishThere have been no seen reports of finish problems on the Centroid. It seems to be quite durable and, so far, long lasting. The Durafuse Finish that G5 uses on their products is available in Realtree AP, Optifade Forest, Optifade Open, Jet Black, and Durafuse Ice Blue. With all of these color options there has to be one that would satisfy any archer.
Riser/LimbsThe 2012 Centroid composed its' riser with an improved metal. The 7000 series forged aluminum is stronger and lighter than competitors 6061 aluminum risers. It has a 34.25" axle to axle length. It has a basic general design, however, the cutouts are somewhat modern looking. The aluminum string stopper is connected to the bottom of the riser and is fully adjustable.
The C2 designed laminated limbs on this bow are functional and reduce stress. They are connected to the riser with basic limb pockets. Although there is a lot of technology in this bow the actual limbs and pockets are not anything ground breaking at this point.
GripThis bow has a 2 piece molded side plate style grip. The Shield Grip is supposed to be weather and odor proof. It is thin at the top and comfortable in your hand. It won't do well at keeping your bow hand warm during colder hunting weather. It does great at assisting the already well balanced bow.
Roller guardThe Ti-Glide flexible cable guard system is a unique feature on the Centroid. The flexible titanium spring rod cable guard system allows the cables to be pulled toward the arrow during the draw. This regulates side load on the cam and G5 claims that cam lean is reduced by 25%. The Ti-Glide and Parallel Cam technologies combined virtually eliminate cam lean during the draw cycle on this bow.
Eccentric systemAnother unique feature on the Centroid is the double cam system or "Parallel Cam." This system reduces left and right nock travel. The technology of the Parallel Cam also reduces archer induced bow torque and limb failure. It is however cam specific requiring a separate cam for each draw length. The Centroid is available in 27" to 31" draw lengths with .5" increments. The IBO speed is 332 fps which seems fairly accurate, but this would not be considered a "speed bow." It is available in 50, 60, and 70 lb. draw weights and has 80% let off.
Draw cycle / ShootabilityThe draw on this bow is unbelievably smooth thanks to the technology that has been put into it. Limb safety and shootability are the best aspects of the Centroid. The entire draw feels almost flat with hardly a hump anywhere. At let down it is equally as smooth. Some have compared the draw cycle to Elite's bows. It has an extremely solid backwall with a little room to creep in the valley to make it comfortable. It kicks back just a little at the shot, but the bow it pretty dead in hand. Although this bow is already extremely well balanced a stabilizer of some sort would never harm it any. The shot is somewhat loud, but nothing that would be a major problem at all and might be improved with a stabilizer.
Silencing packageThe Centroid is not extremely loud, however, it is not a quiet bow either. Although it does come equipped with a string stopper there are no string suppressers on the string. Bow jax do come standard on the limbs. The aluminum string stopper is fully adjustable and could help to reduce some additional noise if it was experimented with.
|Bow||G5 Prime Centroid||G5 Prime Shift|
|Brace Height||7 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||34.25 "||30 "|
|Draw Length||27 " - 31 "||26 " - 30 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||332 fps||332 fps|
|Weight||4.0 lbs||3.7 lbs|
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The 2012 Centroid has a stronger riser and shaved .3 lbs. off of it's total weight from last year. It is very similar to the other G5 Prime bow, the Shift. The G5 Prime Shift has a much shorter riser by 4" compared to the Centroid so it is a little less forgiving. The Centroid is .3 lbs. heavier, but all other specs are nearly identical between these two bows including IBO speeds. Both of the G5 models have MSRP prices of $999.