Hoyt Maxxis 31 Review

Hoyt Maxxis 31

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Hoyt Maxxis 31 Review5.055 out of 5 user reviews


  • lightweight and well balanced
  • has a smooth draw cycle and a solid back wall
  • quiet bow with minimal vibration
  • great draw weight poundage
  • draw length can be adjusted without using a bow press


  • not the cheapest bow
  • could be a bit faster

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The Maxxis is Hoyt's premiere hunting bow for 2010. When designing this bow Hoyt engineers reused and further enhanced their best technologies from 2009. The result is the new Maxxis - a bow that is considered to be even better than extremely popular 2009 Alphamax. While the grip and the XTR & 1/2 performance system are exactly the same, the new riser, post parallel limbs, improved limb pocket system, and in-line roller cable guard make the Maxxis a better bow. A very well balanced, smooth Maxxis 31 is lightweight, sleek, and fast, and is definitely one of the best bows in 2010.


The Maxxis 31 is equipped with a light and slim TEC Lite riser similar to the one that was introduced by Hoyt in 2009. Made from aluminum and then machined into shape, the TEC Lite riser is stable and helps to reduce the overall bow weight to 3.9 lbs. Experts say the riser is designed in a way that helps to absorb shock more effectively, reduce vibration through the grip, and improve accuracy. While the new riser has identical geometry to the one installed on the Alphamax 32, it looks a bit trimer and sleeker due to the new Pro-Lock Pocket system design.

Limbs-to-riser connection

The new Pro-Lock Locking Pocket system is very similar to the Zero Tolerance system introduced in 2009. Being lightweight and durable, the new system improves accuracy and consistency by connecting the limbs to the riser very tightly.


The fully laminated 180 Pro-Fit Custom grip system is designed to increase accuracy and deliver consistent shots. Made from a thermo plastic elastomer, this one piece grip is soft to the touch and acts as an effective insulator.


One of the major enhancements introduced with the Maxxis 31 is the new XTS laminated limbs engineered using Hoyt's new ARC Limb technology. Capable of exceptional bend, the new limbs are designed to move to past parallel angles. Being highly pre-loaded, the XTS ARC limbs store an incredible amount of energy which helps to increase speed and reduce recoil. The beyond-parallel configuration ensures the limbs act in opposition to each other effectively eliminating shock, vibration, and noise as confirmed by multiple tests carried out by experts and archers.

Hoyt Maxxis 31 Dangerous Game edition

While the standard Hoyt Maxxis 31 is available in weight ranges from 40-80 lbs, there is a special edition called Hoyt Maxxis 31 Dangerous Game. This special setup has additional set of limbs covering a range of 80 lbs to 90 lbs - great news for big game hunters. In addition, the Hoyt Maxxis 31 Dangerous Game features reinforced components, a wood grip, and custom Dangerous Game graphics on the limbs.

In-line roller cable guard

Another interesting enhancement to the Maxxis 31 is the In-line Roller Cable Guard. With this new aluminum roller guard, one cable is placed in front of the other so that the cables are not stacked side by side. This innovative system serves to reduce friction, increase speed, and improve efficiency.

Eccentric system

The Maxxis 31 comes with the option of two different cam systems that are both smooth to draw. While the older Z3 Cam & 1/2 covers a range of 23.5"-25.5" draws, the newer XTR Cam & 1/2 is adjustable from 26" to 30" draws.

The newer XTR Cam & 1/2 system is a very efficient and smooth to draw eccentric system capable of producing IBO speeds reaching 323 fps. This cam system allows for adjusting draw length in 1/2" increments without using a bow press. Actually, there are two cams covering the overall range of 26 to 30 inches. The XTR2 cam covers a range of 26" to 27.5", and the XTR3 cam is used to adjust draw length from 28" to 30". Another great feature this cam system offers is adjustable draw stops which allow for choosing the type of valley you prefer. Finally, cam bearings are sealed properly to protect the Maxxis 31 from any outside dirt such as mud or rain.

Draw cycle and shootability

Experts agree that the Maxxis 31 is great shooting bow. The draw cycle is very smooth and drops off into a solid valley without much hump. While some archers say they can't feel any difference between the Maxxis 31 and the Alphamax 32, others insist the new Maxxis 31 is smoother due to the new roller guard it is equipped with.

Quietness and vibration

While no bow is completely quiet, archers say the Maxxis 31 comes very close and is virtually dead in hand. Having explored a lot of tests and reviews, we can confirm this rig is very quiet and has minimal jump on releasing the arrow. Shooters recommend installing a stabilizer to reduce vibration and improve shootability.

Other recommendations

If you prefer bows with longer axle-to-axle length or have a longer draw length, take a look at the Hoyt Maxxis 35 bow. Designed and equipped with exactly the same technologies and solutions, the Maxxis 35 has a longer AtA length (35") and is adjustable from 27" to 31" draws. It's a bit slower though (318 fps) compared to the Maxxis 31 (323 fps). Another alternative would be the Hoyt Alphamax 32 which is considered to be the Maxxis's predecessor and has almost identical specs.
Bow Hoyt Maxxis 31 Hoyt Maxxis 35 Hoyt Alphamax 32
Version 2011 (XTR Cam) 2011 (XTR Cam) 2010 (XTR Cam)
Picture Hoyt Maxxis 31 Hoyt Maxxis 35 Hoyt Alphamax 32
Brace Height 7 " 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 31 " 35 " 32 "
Draw Length 26 " - 30 " 27 " - 31 " 26 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 80 lbs 40 lbs - 90 lbs 40 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed 323 fps 318 fps 321 fps
Weight 3.9 lbs 4.2 lbs 3.9 lbs
Let-Off 75% 75% 75%
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To summarize, the Hoyt Maxxis 31 is a very maneuverable, lightweight, and well balanced bow with extremely low vibration and great shootability characteristics. Available in weight ranges from 40 lbs to 90 lbs this top hunting bow is ideal for big game hunters. While being a bit expensive, this top quality bow is a pleasure to shoot. Being accurate, forgiving, quiet, and smooth, this bow is also a very good match for average shooters who prefer shorter, maneuverable bows.
Hoyt Maxxis 31 Review5.055

User Reviews

  • 5 reviews
  • ( out of 5 reviews for all versions)
  1. Great bow…fast…quiet…zero shock. And accurate…but that is up to me! If in doubt…GET IT!

    Version: 2010 Hoyt Maxxis 31 (XTR Cam)


    Pros: Zero shock, good grip. lightweight, short ATA…

    Cons: Not much. This bow does it all. And well.

    Full review:
    Fit and finish are typical of Hoyt. Second to none. I have shot other brands, faster bows, more expensive bows, but I cannot find a better shooting bow. This is the best bow Hoyt has made in a long time, and says alot due to the other great bows they make. Zero hand shock, dead-on accurate, short ATA, and light weight. Perfect!

  2. Amazing Bow! Lightweight and very comfortable in hand

    Version: 2011 Hoyt Maxxis 31 (XTR Cam)


    Pros: This bow will surprise you with its speed. Hoyt is known for giving real Ibo speeds unlike some other companies. Made for hunting and built tough. Its lightweight and has a comfortable grip. It also shoots very flat and accurate. Quiet and deadly.

    Cons: It doesn’t have much room for creep so just remember to keep up the tension.

  3. Best shooting bow I have ever owned !

    Version: 2011 Hoyt Maxxis 31 (XTR Cam)


    Pros: The Maxxis is deadly accurate, easy to shoot, fast, & whisper quiet.

    Cons: The price is too high.

    Full review:
    I have owned & shot many bows over the years and this Maxxis is the best shooting bow yet. I have owned PSE, Martin, Bear, Mathews, & other Hoyts, and I have liked them all, but the Maxxis out shoots them all. This bow has excellent balance, it’s lightweight, has a solid backwall, silky smooth draw, it’s fast, no hand shock, is quiet as a whisper, and is incredibly easy to shoot, even for a short bow.

  4. Nice shooting bow. Was gonna upgrade to the spider this year, but no need to. Great shooting bow.

    Version: 2010 Hoyt Maxxis 31 (XTR Cam)


    Pros: Smooth. Quiet. The price was right for me. Got it on sale for 600$ new 2 years ago.

    Cons: Not many cons.

    Full review:
    I shoot single pin and can shoot comfortably at 70 yds. The maxxis is totally able to keep up with that. Blew through an elk rib and clean pass through at 45 yds. Really is a great bow. I would recommend it for any level of hunter.


    Version: 2011 Hoyt Maxxis 31 (XTR Cam)


    Pros: Light and easy to hold on target, very smooth draw, touch the trigger and cant tell it fried.

    Cons: Cant find any cons

    Full review:
    Im a Hoyt nut, I have more than I need. Ive shot the AlphaMax the last 2 years and love it, about a month ago I walk into my local shop and couldn’t believe the sale on bows. I walked out with a Maxxis 31 and an Alphaburner. The Maxxis is almost the same as the Alphamax but lighter and quitter and a bit easier to shoot, I LOVE IT!!!!!!

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