Hoyt Maxxis 35 Review
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Editors' reviewThe 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.
RiserThe 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.
GripThe 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.
LimbsAnother 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 GameWhile 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 guardAnother 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 systemThe 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 shootabilityMany 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 vibrationWhile 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.
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.
|Bow||Hoyt Maxxis 35||Hoyt Maxxis 31||Hoyt Alphamax 35|
|Version||2011 (XTR Cam)||2011 (XTR Cam)||2010 (XTR Cam)|
|Brace Height||7 "||7 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||35 "||31 "||35 "|
|Draw Length||27 " - 31 "||26 " - 30 "||27 " - 31 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 90 lbs||40 lbs - 80 lbs||40 lbs - 80 lbs|
|IBO Speed||318 fps||323 fps||316 fps|
|Weight||4.2 lbs||3.9 lbs||4.1 lbs|
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