Hoyt Maxxis 35 Review

Hoyt Maxxis 35

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out of 2 user reviews


  • lightweight and well balanced
  • smooth bow with 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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Editors' review

The Maxxis is Hoyt's flagship bow for 2010. When designing this rig Hoyt engineers reused and further enhanced their best technologies from 2009. As a result, the new Maxxis 35 is considered by many archers as an enhanced version of the ever popular Alphamax 35. While the grip and eccentric system are exactly the same, the new riser, post parallel limbs, improved limb pocket system, and in-line roller cable guard make the Maxxis 35 a better rig. Compared to the Maxxis 31, the Maxxis 35 has a longer AtA length and as a result holds better. Also, for some shooters the Hoyt Maxxis 35 feels better due to a better string angle.


The Maxxis 35 is outfitted 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 riser helps to reduce the overall bow weight to 4.2 lbs. Experts say the riser is designed in a way that helps to reduce vibration through the grip and absorb shock more effectively. While the new riser looks very similar to the one installed on the Alphamax 35, it is a bit sleeker and trimmer due to the new Pro-Lock Pocket system design.


The fully laminated 180 Pro-Fit Custom grip is designed to increase accuracy and deliver more consistent shots. This one piece grip acts as an effective insulator and is soft to the touch as noted by many archers.


Another major enhancement introduced with the Maxxis 35 is the new XTS laminated limbs designed using Hoyt's new ARC Limb technology. Capable of exceptional bend, the new limbs are engineered to move to past parallel angles. The new XTS ARC limbs are highly pre-loaded and, as a result, help to reduce recoil and increase arrow speeds. The beyond-parallel limbs act in opposition to each other to reduce shock, vibration, and noise. Admittedly, this is a very quiet bow as confirmed by multiple reviews and tests carried out by experts and archers.

Hoyt Maxxis 35 Dangerous Game

While the standard Maxxis 35 is available in weight ranges from 40-80 lbs, there is a special release called Hoyt Maxxis 35 Dangerous Game. This special setup has additional set of limbs covering a range of 80 - 90 lbs (great news for big game hunters). In addition, the Maxxis 35 Dangerous Game has reinforced components, a wood grip, and custom graphics on the limbs.

In-line roller cable guard

Another interesting enhancement to the Hoyt Maxxis 35 is the new In-line Roller Cable Guard. With this 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 newer XTR Cam & 1/2 system is an efficient and smooth to draw eccentric system capable of producing IBO speeds reaching 318 fps. This cam system can be adjusted from 27" to 31" draws in 1/2" increments without using a bow press. In fact, there are two cams covering the overall range of 27 to 31 inches. The XTR2 cam covers a range of 27" to 29", and the XTR3 cam is used to adjust draw length from 29.5" to 31". Another great feature this cam system offers is adjustable draw stops which allow for choosing the type of valley you prefer.

Draw cycle and shootability

Many archers agree that the Maxxis 35 is a great shooting bow. The draw cycle is very smooth and drops off into a solid valley without much hump. While some shooters say they can't feel any difference between the Maxxis 35 and the Alphamax 35, others insist the new Maxxis 35 is slightly smoother.

Quietness and vibration

While no bow is completely quiet, shooters say the Maxxis 35 comes very close and is virtually dead in hand. Having explored a lot of feedback and tests, we confirm that this bow is very quiet and has minimal jump on release.

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BowHoyt Maxxis 35Hoyt Maxxis 31Hoyt Alphamax 35
Version 2011 (XTR Cam)2011 (XTR Cam)2010 (XTR Cam)
PictureHoyt Maxxis 35Hoyt Maxxis 31Hoyt Alphamax 35
Brace Height7 "7 "7 "
AtA Length35 "31 "35 "
Draw Length27 " - 31 "26 " - 30 "27 " - 31 "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 90 lbs40 lbs - 80 lbs40 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed318 fps323 fps316 fps
Weight4.2 lbs3.9 lbs4.1 lbs
Let-Off75% 75% 75%
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If you prefer bows with shorter axle-to-axle length or have a shorter draw length, take a look at the Hoyt Maxxis 31 bow. Designed and equipped with exactly the same technologies and solutions, the Maxxis 31 has a shorter AtA length (31") and is adjustable from 26" to 30" draws. Also, it's a bit faster though (323 fps) compared to the Maxxis 35 (318 fps). Another alternative would be the Hoyt Alphamax 35 which is considered to be the Maxxis's predecessor and has almost identical specs.


To conclude, the Hoyt Maxxis 35 is a lightweight and well balanced bow with 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 or anyone looking for a high quality rig. While it's not the cheapest bow out there, this top quality rig is a pleasure to shoot as noted by many shooters.

User Reviews

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One of Hoyt's best

Version: 2010 Hoyt Maxxis 35 (XTR Cam)


Pros: Axle to Axle
Draw cycle
Roller guard

Cons: Hoyt's Fuse string stop

Full review:

The Maxxis 35 is a sweet shooting bow. Although more expensive than most bow, the Maxxis is smooth and a well balance bow that would be great for hunting, 3D, or spot shooting. I am shooting 291 fps with a 354 grain Gold Tip Velocity arrow at 60lbs., while it isn't the fastest out there it is plenty fast enough. It offers two different grips, the wood side plates and the 180 grip, also if you want to go with out the grip it is finished underneath the grip, so it still looks good. I believe this is the quietest bow I have shot but only after replacing the Hoyt string stop with a Bowrattler string stop. I am looking forward to hunting and spot shooting with this bow this year. I have read reviews on Hoyt's factory strings and on my Maxxis my strings have not stretched and seem to be good quality. I like the addition of the roller guard it adds to the smooth drawing of this bow.

A nice upgrade from the Alphamax and a winner for hoyt

Version: 2010 Hoyt Maxxis 35 (XTR Cam)


Pros: Draw cycle
Riser geometry

Cons: Cost

Full review:

My experience with the Maxxis 35 started this past January. It was 3 weeks before the World Archery Festival in Vegas and I found myself with out a bow. My local shop loaned me a Maxxis 35 for the shoot. I took the bow to Vegas and shot a new personal best for the tournament 294, 292, 292 and finished in the 245 out of 650 in freestyle as a 16yo.

The Maxxis 35 is a revamped and better version on the Alphamax. The roller guard is a plus, but it does lead to a little stiffer draw. The new XTS arc limbs are also a plus.

The riser is about an inch and a half longer than that of the Alphamax. It doesn't sound like much, but it helps a great deal it holding on target and shooting tighter groups and betters scores. The roller guard is very well made and only stiffens the draw slightly. It is hardly noticeable with the new limbs.

The XTR cams are the same as the Alphamax, but the valley is longer. The factory strings are pretty good, with a little peep twist in the first couple hundred shots.

The Maxxis 35 didn't pick much speed, if any, over the Alphamax 35. In my testing I found the Maxxis with in 1 or 2 fps of the Alphamax, both bows had Limbdriver rests and loaded strings.

The Maxxis totes a a hefty price tag at $900. If your looking for a solid bow to shoot everything from indoor paper to animals in the most inclement weather the Maxxis is a solid contender.

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