Hoyt Rampage Review

Hoyt Rampage

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Hoyt Rampage Review4.655 out of 5 user reviews

Pros

  • Very smooth and easy drawing bow
  • Extremely adjustable cam system - no bow press or modules are needed to adjust draw length
  • Good value for money - very affordable

Cons

  • Could be faster
  • Could have less hand shock and vibration (needs a silencing package)

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Editors' review

While it's not one of the top-end Hoyt bows, the Rampage is a good shooting bow for the price. Although it's not as quiet as many high quality bows out there, it is a very easy drawing bow with an extremely flexible eccentric system: the draw length can be easily adjusted without using a bow press or extra modules.

Limbs

The Rampage comes with the new ZRS 12 solid glass split limb system. While this technology is different compared to the XT series laminated limb system used on more expensive Hoyt bows, it's still very reliable: Hoyt successfully used similar limb technologies on many compound bows in the past.

Eccentric system

Although not a speed monster, the Rampage comes with the proven, very smooth, and extremely adjustable M4 Cam system capable of reaching IBO speeds of 306 fps. This eccentric system comes with a rotating module that allows for adjusting the draw length without using a bow press or extra modules. The draw length can be tuned within a range of 25-30 inches in half-inch increments. This bow has a pretty comfortable valley and a good (but not extremely solid) back wall. The let-off is 75%.

Draw cycle / Shootability / Quietness

Due to a non-aggressive design of the M4 cam system, the Rampage is an easy drawing bow with a very smooth draw cycle. Many archers say this bow draws notably easier than the Alphamax 32 and other faster high end Hoyt bows. However, when it comes to vibration, this bow is not a top performer: many shooters agree that a good stabilizer is needed to make this rig quiet and eliminate unwanted vibration. We agree with those archers who say a bare Hoyt Rampage has more vibration and is louder than its more expensive Hoyt brothers like Alphamax 35 or Maxxis 35. All in all, this bow is reported to be a good shooting rig when equipped properly. In fact, while it's not the best shooting bow, its shootabilty characteristics are very impressive taking into account a very low price tag.

Hoyt Rampage vs. Hoyt Rampage XT

When it comes to technologies, the main difference between the Rampage and Rampage XT are the limbs and cams. While the standard Rampage comes with the new ZRS 12 split limbs, the XT is outfitted with the XTS Pro Arc limbs that are also new for 2011. Speaking about eccentric systems, the Rampage is equipped with the proven and smooth-drawing M4 Cam that is easy to draw but a bit on the slow side. On the other hand, the XT comes with the new stiffer-drawing Fuel cam which generates faster speeds but is stiffer to draw. While the Fuel cam seems to be very popular due to its faster speeds, some archers like the M4 cam much better because it's easier to draw.

With different technologies, the Rampage and Rampage XT feel different on the shot. While the former draws smoother, the latter is faster, quieter, and has less vibration. Also, the XT is more expensive as it is a better quality bow similar to the top end CRX 32 model (which is even more expensive than the XT).

While many people agree the Rampage XT is a great value for money, the standard Rampage is a very good bow with a lower price tag. So, it really boils down to what you prefer: if you are on a budget or like shooting easier drawing bows, the standard Rampage is a very good choice. On the other hand, you may want to consider the Hoyt Rampage XT - a higher quality and faster bow at a very affordable price.
Bow Hoyt Rampage Hoyt Rampage XT
Version 2012 2012
Picture Hoyt Rampage Hoyt Rampage XT
Brace Height 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 34 " 32 "
Draw Length 23 " - 30 " 24.5 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 30 lbs - 70 lbs 30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed 306 fps 323 fps
Weight 4.2 lbs 4.0 lbs
Let-Off 75% 75%
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Hoyt Rampage vs. Alphamax 35 / Maxxis 35 / CRX 35

Bow Hoyt Rampage Hoyt Alphamax 35 Hoyt Maxxis 35 Hoyt CRX 35
Version 2012 2010 (XTR Cam) 2011 (XTR Cam) 2012
Picture Hoyt Rampage Hoyt Alphamax 35 Hoyt Maxxis 35 Hoyt CRX 35
Brace Height 7 " 7 " 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 34 " 35 " 35 " 35 "
Draw Length 23 " - 30 " 27 " - 31 " 27 " - 31 " 25.5 " - 31 "
Draw Weight 30 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 80 lbs 40 lbs - 90 lbs 40 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed 306 fps 316 fps 318 fps 318 fps
Weight 4.2 lbs 4.1 lbs 4.2 lbs 4.2 lbs
Let-Off 75% 75% 75% 75%
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The Rampage is sometimes compared to one of the other three Hoyt models: Hoyt Alphamax 35, Hoyt Maxxis 35, and Hoyt CRX 35. While the Rampage is extremely affordable and is easier to draw, the 3 aforementioned rigs are definitely better shooters: they are faster and quieter (but a bit stiffer to draw and more expensive).

Summary

To conclude, while the Hoyt Rampage is not the quietest rig out there, it's a good shooting bow at a very affordable price. Although this bow could have less hand shock and vibration, installing a good silencing package helps to make it quieter and improve shootabillity. This is a very easy drawing bow with a smooth draw cycle and extremely adjustable cam system: no bow press or extra modules are needed to tune the draw length from 25 to 30 inches. Overall, this very affordable bow is a good choice for those hunters who are on budget or prefer shooting easy drawing and smooth rigs.
Hoyt Rampage Review4.655



User Reviews

  • 5 reviews
  • ( out of 5 reviews for all versions)
  1. Very smooth/fast bow. Very little hand shock. Very accurate.

    Version: 2011 Hoyt Rampage

    Rating:  

    Pros: Excellent price, very little to add to make RTH. Smooth draw. Distinct stop.

    Cons: Could be a bit quieter.

    Full review:
    Overall rating and A-. Awesome first bow and well worth the $. Equals or beats the Mathews Z7 bow any day of the week. Easy draw and very smooth. Consider this bow before you decide on the Z7. You will not be disappointed.

  2. Great bow all round

    Version: 2012 Hoyt Rampage

    Rating:  

    Pros: Smooth draw.Well balanced.Great value for money.

    Cons: Nothing really.

    Full review:
    The bow felt very well balanced in the hand in comparison to others I tried.It has very smooth draw action.I use a Beiter carbon long rod,which has made the bow smooth to shoot with.My last bow was a PSE Citation II,after using the hoyt for a month my scores have improved by an average of 40 per 5 dozen.The bow has a good build quality,offers great value for money,and is well worth a try.All in all a good bow with a lot going for it.

  3. Great bow for the price minded,smooth,fast and dead on.

    Version: 2012 Hoyt Rampage

    Rating:  

    Pros: Smoth,fast and easy to aquire target. tuff as nail and still dead on.

    Cons: noice

    Full review:
    Great feel in hand and at 60lb 3" groups at 50 yards.Speed is good and penatration with easton 400 more than enough. Forget the $1200 dollar bows and put the goods on it and shoot.You are the archer and the bow is the tool. The more I shoot this bow the better this bow becomes. With a good rangefinder you complete a great bow.

  4. Smooth draw, Great price, Great for beginner or seasoned shooter

    Version: 2012 Hoyt Rampage

    Rating:  

    Pros: Smooth draw/great look/lifetime warranty

    Cons: Could be quieter

    Full review:
    Shot a lot of bows from prices ranging from 299 up to 1399, this one felt to be the best fir for me and loved the price of 459. Very smooth draw and fast. The money I saved I was able to upgrade on equipment which is a big help. A good stabilizer made my groups around 1inch at 30yards. Only reason bow got 4 stars is I wish it was a little quieter, but guess thats why the price is what it is.

  5. Great affordable bow

    Version: 2012 Hoyt Rampage

    Rating:  

    Pros: Very smooth draw, great back wall, very stable bow

    Cons: Could be a little lighter

    Full review:
    I love the very afordable price and the quality of the bow. It shoots great, not a rocket but defiantly fast enough. Easy to settle pins on target after draw. I’d like to see it at about 3.8 lbs, but it’s not to heavy. I love the smooth rubber grip and the black and red finish. All in all a very nice firm quality bow that won’t put you broke.


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