Hoyt CRX 32 Review

Hoyt CRX 32

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Hoyt CRX 32 Review5.059 out of 9 user reviews


  • Great shooting and extremely quiet bow with low vibration
  • Perfectly balanced
  • Smooth draw cycle with a nice valley and a solid back wall
  • Draw length can be adjusted without using a bow press
  • Extended draw length range
  • Extended draw weight range - great for big game hunting


  • Not the cheapest bow

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While the new Hoyt CRX 32 is very similar to the Maxxis 31 introduced in the last year, many archers believe the former is a better shooting rig due to a few important enhancements made in 2011. The majority of shooters strongly agree the CRX 32 is notably quieter than the Maxxis 31. In addition, the CRX 32 is a very well balanced bow that holds nicely.


As with previous similar models (Maxxis 31 and Alphamax 32) the new CRX 32 is outfitted with a very lightweight, sleek, and lean TEC Lite riser. Although the riser is similar to the last year models, there are a few enhancements that make this bow better. Firstly, an offset stabilizer mount allows for mounting the stabilizer off to the side. This makes the CRX 32 a better balanced bow. In addition, the new riser is a bit lighter and stronger, which helps to deliver slightly more accurate and consistent shots.

Silent Shelf

Another interesting enhancement to the CRX 32 is a silent shelf designed to effectively isolate the arrow from the riser to eliminate undesirable noise.


The CRX-32 comes equipped with a one piece 180 Profit custom grip that is constructed out of a rubberized composite material. This grip is slim in design and made to decrease hand torque and minimize felt vibration. Also as an option you can order the CRX-32 with the same grip design made out of wood for archers that prefer the more traditional grip feel.


The CRX 32 is equipped with the new XTS Pro Arc limbs, which are as good as the last year XTS Arc limbs. In fact, they are built using the same five layer lamination technology that is known for high durability, reliability, and vibration free shots. Admittedly, this is one of the best and most efficient post parallel limb technologies on the market nowadays.

While some archers say the new limbs and limb pockets did not change much, the limbs on the CRX 32 still constitute a very efficient shooting frame that effectively eliminates vibration and produces extremely smooth shots.

In-line roller guard

The In-line Roller Cable Guard introduced in 2010 helps to increase speeds, improve accuracy, and reduce noise by minimizing friction and torque. The cable guard comes with sealed bearings to deliver reliable performance in all weather conditions.

Eccentric system

While the new Fuel Cam & 1/2 feels very similar to the XTR Cam & 1/2 introduced in the last year, the two eccentric systems are not the same. The new Fuel cam has been enhanced slightly: it now comes with an enhanced draw stop peg that is much larger. This design makes the back wall extremely solid. While some archers say they can't feel any difference between the two cam systems, others insist the new Fuel cam feels better because it has a nicer valley (with some modules) and a better back wall. Almost all shooters agree though that the new cam is a slightly enhanced version of the older XTR Cam & 1/2 system. So, this is another step forward for Hoyt.

Another great improvement for the new Fuel cam are extended draw lengths. While the older XTR Cam only offers 2 modular-adjustable cams (XTR2 and XTR3), the Fuel cam on the CRX 32 has 3 cams (Fuel cam #1, #2, and #3) covering the draws of 24.5" to 30" as illustrated in the below table. No bow press is needed to adjust each Fuel cam in half inch increments via a set of interchangeable modules. The let-off on the Fuel cam is 75%.

Draw length ranges for Hoyt CRX 32 cams
Cam Draw lengths
Fuel cam #1 24.5" - 26"
Fuel cam #2 26" - 28"
Fuel cam #3 28" - 30"

Draw cycle / Shootability

Admittedly, the CRX 32 is a very well balanced and great shooting bow that is very quiet on the shot. Experts agree it's a slightly better shooting rig than the last year Maxxis 31. It is smooth, fast, and extremely quiet.

Silencing system / Quietness and vibration

While the CRX 32 is equipped with many effective and proven technologies introduced by Hoyt recently, there are a few new components that helped to make this rig quieter:

  • improved string stop comes with a new rubber material to further reduce noise
  • new silent shelf effectively isolates the arrow from the riser and helps to eliminate noise from drop away rests
  • offset stabilizer mount helps to deliver perfect balance by attaching a stabilizer to the opposite side of the riser to compensate the weight of mounted accessories on the other side.
Overall, hunters are extremely happy about how quiet the new CRX 32 is. They agree that while the last year Maxxis 31 is a great and quiet shooter, the new technologies on the CRX 32 make it a better shooting bow with less noise.

Hoyt CRX 32 Dangerous Game

Similarly to Alphamax 32 and Maxxis 31, the CRX 32 offers a Dangerous Game package. This setup comes with reinforced parts, heavy draw limbs, wood grip, and special graphics on the limbs. This configuration is mainly used by big game hunters who enjoy choosing 80 and 90 pound draw weight options for ultimate performance and maximum energy.

Hoyt CRX 32 vs Hoyt Maxxis 31 vs Hoyt Alphamax 32

According to multiple reviews and tests carried out by different experts, the new CRX 32 is very similar to the Maxxis 31 and Alphamax 32. Essentially, all these bows have similar technologies and shootability characteristics. While some archers consider the Hoyt Maxxis 31 to be a bit better than the Hoyt Alphamax 32 by some archers, the new CRX 32 is yet another little step forward - this new rig is considered to be a little bit better than the Maxxis 31. While some people can't feel the difference between the CRX 32 and Maxxis 31 saying the majority of technologies remained the same or changed slightly, almost everyone agrees that the new CRX 32 is at least quieter on release.
Bow Hoyt CRX 32 Hoyt Maxxis 31 Hoyt Alphamax 32
Version 2012 2011 (XTR Cam) 2010 (XTR Cam)
Picture Hoyt CRX 32 Hoyt Maxxis 31 Hoyt Alphamax 32
Brace Height 7 " 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 32 " 31 " 32 "
Draw Length 24.5 " - 30 " 26 " - 30 " 26 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 80 lbs 40 lbs - 80 lbs 40 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed 323 fps 323 fps 321 fps
Weight 3.95 lbs 3.9 lbs 3.9 lbs
Let-Off 75% 75% 75%
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Hoyt CRX 32 vs Hoyt Rampage XT

Bow Hoyt CRX 32 Hoyt Rampage XT
Version 2012 2012
Picture Hoyt CRX 32 Hoyt Rampage XT
Brace Height 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 32 " 32 "
Draw Length 24.5 " - 30 " 24.5 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 80 lbs 30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed 323 fps 323 fps
Weight 3.95 lbs 4.0 lbs
Let-Off 75% 75%
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One of the most interesting questions archers ask is how CRX 32 compares to Rampage XT. The reason this comparison is so popular is because the Rampage XT is cheaper. That is why savvy shooters want to know whether or not the CRX is worth extra dollars. With this question, there seems to be two different camps out there. While those archers who don't mind spending more money stress that the CRX 32 is a better shooter, others say the difference is not that huge and that the Hoyt Rampage XT is an outstanding bow for the money.

Although the CRX 32 and Rampage XT have different risers (machined aluminum riser vs. cast riser correspondingly), this difference is imperceptible when hunting. Moreover, with so many similar technologies and engineering solutions, both bows have very similar shootability characteristics. However, the majority of archers agree that the CRX 32 has a little bit less vibration. So, if you are really eager to save money, getting the Hoyt Rampage XT could be a great alternative. On the other hand, if you are not on a budget and want to get a slightly better bow go for CRX 32.


To summarize, the Hoyt CRX 32 is a lightweight, compact, and well balanced bow with extremely low vibration and great shootability characteristics. While this rig is considered to be an enhanced version of the ever popular Maxxis 31, it's a better shooting bow at a lower price. Still, it's not the cheapest bow out there, but is definitely one of the best quality rigs introduced in 2011. Shooters strongly agree the CRX 32 is a perfectly balanced, accurate, and smooth bow that is dead in the hand. With a wide draw weight range (40-90 lbs), this rig is a great choice for all hunters who like to own high quality rigs with great shootability characteristics.
Hoyt CRX 32 Review5.059

User Reviews

  • 9 reviews
  • ( out of 9 reviews for all versions)
  1. Awesome Bow!

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: Very accurate, Smoother than silk, Perfect balance, No noise, No vibration, Extremely forgiving

    Cons: lacks speed. That may be because i shot the Alpha Burner right after…

    Full review:
    First of all i have been archery hunting for 14 years. I have shot many bows. The CRX 32 is perfectly balanced in hand and at full draw. The draw cycle is smooth and effertless. The 180 grip feels great in hand(but so did the old Hoyt grips). The back wall is very solid. The accuracy i feel is unmatched. First 2 shots were touching and a five shot group would fit inside a silver dollar @ 20 yards. Keep in mind that the rest is a whisker biscuit. I was not impressed with the bows speed tho. But i feel thats partly to blame on shooting the Alpha Burner everyother 5 shots. If you are looking for a great hunting bow that i think will be the top of the line for years to come, get the CRX 32. Then again you never know what Hoyt will pull out from their sleeve.

  2. The hoyt crx 32 always wispered in my ear as the bow that picked me!!!

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: Great balance, weight,drawcycle, quiet on the shot, accuracy, styling. Very low vibration. This bow had all the qualities I was looking for in a hunting bow!

    Cons: Think a 33 1/2 inch axel to axel would be perfect! And Black riser with camo limbs….

    Full review:
    Compared to other top brand bows the crx 32 had what it takes in many areas. quality craftsmanship
    styling, balance and great accuracy without loud noise! As many reviews show, speed is not the fastest but this bow is very deceiving because it seems to push arrows fast!!!!I took my time looking and shooting others and the hoyt crx 32 is a real lady that means business and does what one would expect a hunting bow to do! And delivers the goods on a silver platter!!!!
    Thank you hoyt ”engineering”

  3. Super nice bow, shoots amazingly fast and super smooth.Best bow i have ever shot.

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: The speed of the bow and how quiet it was blew my mind. It is very well balanced. I have shot a lot of bows and this is by far my pick.

    Cons: Absolutely nothing wrong with it.

    Full review:
    To put it all in a nut shell, this is the best bow on the market, Hoyt made this bow just right. It’s super smooth, quiet, and fast shootin speed. I love my bow, thanks Hoyt for this amazin bow ya’ll have created.

  4. Super SMOOTH and QUIET!!!!NO vibration!!

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: Super quiet!!!! Shoots real smooth with absolutely no vibration!! Hoyt has done their homework on this bow!!

    Cons: Wish it came in 31" draw length.

    Full review:
    Overall feel is great and love the way the bow shoots and it is so quiet!! I’m shooting a 30" draw @72# 395 grain arrow @310FPS. The CRX 32 was easy to tune to get TH85’s and fieldpoints to fly the same! The bow is so short and easy to manuever! It’s so fun to shoot because of NO vibration there is no fatique from shooting for hours!! An AWESOME bow!! Thanks, Hoyt!!!

  5. Love this bow!! Super silent and dead in hand.

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: The quiet and smooth draw of it. Plus the 32" ata.

    Cons: The clicking limb pocket.

    Full review:
    It’s just amazing!! Very accurate. There Is nothing wrong with this bow. So smooth fast and amazing quiet. This bow took me ten shots and I was on the hell of the point love it.thanks Hoyt for your amazing product and work.

  6. Great Bow for the Money!

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: Quiet, smooth, very accurate!

    Cons: Not much.

    Full review:
    Traded in a 2007 Mathews DXT for the Hoyt CRX 32. I shoot a 29" draw set at 70 lbs. I use HHA Optimizer sight and had the sight set up for the DXT and the CRX shoots a hair flatter. My 20 yd setting is now 23yds. My second shot ever from the CRX robin-hooded my first…what else can you say? Great bow that can’t be beat.

  7. love the feel and the wa the bow shoots it is like the arrow simply glides

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: the weight is min, i love the grip and also the let off you can hold the bow forever pulled back and not fatigue just all around great bow

    Cons: nothing.

    Full review:
    the bow after buying it and setting it up was great i shot it the first time in our shop yesterday was a little nervous as to what i might break but within five shots i was right on where i wanted to be i gained 7 yards from my 2010 bear strike just unbeleivable and i probally would have gained more but ran out of room. Can’t wait to have the big one in my sites i feel more prepared now.

  8. Fast, Smooth, Powerful & Quiet

    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: Very well balanced, very accurate, very quiet, very solid wall

    Cons: the draw cycle and super stiff wall took me alittle getting used to. once I did, it was awesome

    Full review:
    Shot a few "comparable" bows and while all shot well, the CRX32 was by far the smoothest and quietest.
    After using this bow for several months now, I agree with 99% of what’s said in the reviews.
    I classify myself as an average hunter with average skills, keeping 3-4" groups out to 50 yards.
    My CRX is set at 29" and 60#, and I shoot 260g carbon Eastons with 100g Montec broadheads.
    For me, the bow is perfectly balanced, has a very solid wall, no creep, it’s super accurate, and it’s easy to handle in a treestand. All my shots have been complete passthroughs at about 30 yards.
    This is an awesome hunting bow, I’m super pleased with it, and I would buy it again.


    Version: 2011 Hoyt CRX 32


    Pros: This bow from the start was the most easiest bow I have ever shots! I was shooting X’s after a few adjustments of my IQ Retina Lock Bow Sight. Very fast shooter and light and very well balanced. I would reccomend this bow to anyone!

    Cons: NO CONS FOR ME!!

    Full review:
    The CRX 32 is a wonderful bow. I started hitting the X just after a few pin adjustments. The draw is very smooth and the bow feels very balanced. Let off is quick and the arrow is very fast getting to its mark.

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