Hoyt CRX 35 Review
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Editors' reviewThe Hoyt CRX 35 is a great option for archers that prefer the longer axle to axle bows. With the reliability and toughness of Hoyt's limbs and riser along with some nice new features for 2011, this rig is an excellent option for a variety of archers.
FinishThe finish on the CRX 35 is a high quality satin finish. It is very tough, rugged and available in many color configurations to satisfy almost anyone. Finish options are as follows, two camouflage patterns (Realtree AP and Max-1 camo), black out (black riser and limbs), half &half (black riser and camo limbs) and the Bone Collector edition (camo Riser with Black limbs and Bone Collector graphics).
RiserAs with all the newer Hoyt bows the CRX 35 has the Tech Lite riser. While being similar to previous models, this is the sleekest and leanest riser Hoyt has produced. Even though the new Tech Lite has a slimmer design it hasn't given up any strength and continues to contribute to Hoyt's reputation of being reliable and accurate. With the additional of the offset stabilizer mount, this new riser gives you a more balanced feel.
Limb/Limb PocketsThe CRX 35 is outfitted with XTS Pro Arc limbs, which are the newest version of Hoyt's ultra durable limb design with five layer lamination technology. When brought to full draw these limbs sit in the beyond parallel position. Fitted between these limbs to even further dampen vibration are Hoyt's Alphashox made from limbsaver material. The limb pockets on this rig are the Pro-lock pocket system; they completely encapsulate the end of the limbs and are designed to have a tight limb to pocket to riser fit.
GripThis bow comes equipped with a 180 Pro Fit grip made from a rubberized composite material that helps minimize felt vibration. This grip is slim and designed to decrease hand torque. Also the 180 Pro Fit is available in wood for archers that prefer a more traditional feel.
Eccentric SystemThe CRX 35 is equipped with the Fuel cam and half system. While similar to last year's cam and half system (both 318 fps ibo), these new cams deliver a better valley and have an enhanced draw stop peg that makes the back wall rock solid. This system has three different cams for different draw lengths and is adjustable without the aid of a bow press. With the interchangeable modules you can adjust the draw lengths in half inch increments. This system also features a 75% let off, which makes it comfortable for bow hunters who have to stay drawn on stubborn game.
Draw length ranges for Hoyt CRX 35 cams
|Cam #1||25.5" - 27"|
|Cam #2||27" - 29"|
|Cam #3||29" - 31"|
Long Draw OptionNew for 2011 Hoyt has introduced a Long Draw option for the CRX 35. This version of the bow is designed for the archer that needs a longer than 31" draw length. It is equipped with longer XT 1000 limbs which in turn gives you a longer for forgiving 8" brace height. All the other features of this rig are same as the standard CRX 35 but with an adjustable draw length range of 31.5-32". With the addition of the longer limbs, it in turn increases the axle to axle length by a 1/2 of an inch.
Dangerous Game PackageThis package is designed to give you heavier draw limbs and reinforced parts for ultimate penetration through thick hides and large stature animals. There are two limbs sets in this package, 70-80 lb limbs and 80-90 lb limbs. Other features that make this package stand out are the wood 180 Profit grip standard and dangerous game graphics.
Vibration Dampening/Additional ComponentsHoyt seems to be at the forefront of vibration dampening technology and this year is no different and they have added a few new features for 2011. They added the silent shelf this year to the arrow shelf. Made from limbsaver material, the silent shelf eliminates noisy arrow slap on let down and also gets rid of any noise made from drop away rests. Also the Stealth shot has been improved in design and made from a softer version of limbsaver material for an even more quiet and smooth shot. Finally the stabilizer mount was offset for a more balanced feel when all the accessories are installed on the bow.
ShootabilityOverall the CRX 35 is a very smooth shooting bow that is dead in your hand and is very quiet on release. There is a very smooth transition through the valley to full draw and once at full draw the back wall is rock solid. Being very smooth, quick and quiet this bow has a well above average shootability rating.
Hoyt CRX 35 vs. Maxxis 35
The CRX 35 and the Maxxis share the same brace height, axle to axle length, weight and IBO speed. While these bow's specs are very similar there are a few new additions that make the CRX 35 a slightly better shooting bow. First off the Fuel cams, very similar in performance to the cam and a half system on the Hoyt Maxxis 35, the Fuel cams have a smoother transition through the valley to full draw and with a enhanced draw stop peg the back wall is even more solid. The silent shelf feature which tames vibration and noise from drop away rest and arrow slap, an offset stabilizer mount which gives the CRX 35 a more balanced feel and finally the long draw option for archer that needs a longer than 31" draw length.
|Bow||Hoyt CRX 35||Hoyt Maxxis 35|
|Version||2012||2011 (XTR Cam)|
|Brace Height||7 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||35 "||35 "|
|Draw Length||25.5 " - 31 "||27 " - 31 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 80 lbs||40 lbs - 90 lbs|
|IBO Speed||318 fps||318 fps|
|Weight||4.2 lbs||4.2 lbs|
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