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Hoyt Pro Defiant
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2017 Hoyt Pro Defiant

Brace Height
7 "
AtA Length
30.5 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
331 fps
Weight
4.2 lbs
Let-Off
75%, 80%
Hoyt Pro Defiant Review

The Bottom Line: The Pro Defiant is a great shooting compact hunting bow, which feels great on the shot and is designed to simply perform. It is not category winning in any specific area, but simply shoots great, and is backed by a pretty recognizable name in the archery world. Some shooters may be disappointed in the 2017 Pro Defiant because it does not offer anything earth shatteringly new over the previous 2016 model. However, it is important to keep in mind how great the DFX cam system is to shoot, and how well thought out the shorter hunting bow actually is. For diehard archers wanting a shorter bow, the Pro Defiant deserves a test shot without a doubt...read full review

Hoyt Pro Defiant Turbo
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2017 Hoyt Pro Defiant Turbo

Brace Height
6 "
AtA Length
33 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed
350 fps
Weight
4.4 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Pro Defiant Turbo Review

The Bottom Line: With bow technology as advanced as it is, shooters have become more and more eager each year to see what companies are going to release to help them justify a new bow purchase to stay current with the latest and greatest technologies on the market. The 2016 Hoyt Pro Defiant Turbo was great in regards to the limbs and DFX Turbo cam system working with each other to create a very solid user experience. Shooters hoping Hoyt expanded on that for 2017 may be a little disappointed to see the Pro Defiant Turbo just get a new riser and some additional finish options. However, the Defiant platform and the DFX cam system are all great technologies and form a really nice shooting bow in all areas. The DFX Turbo cam is still flinging arrows at an achievable 350 feet per second, with a 6-inch brace height, with and axel to axel measurement that feels more like a target bow than a 33-inch axel to axel bow. Shooters wanting a great performance bow produced by one of archery's giant companies will have just that with the Pro Defiant Turbo. Those wanting a completely reengineered bow with completely new technology and specifications may be disappointed. For shooters more interested in how a bow shoots and feels in the hand, the Pro Defiant Turbo will be a nice choice...read full review

Hoyt Pro Defiant 34
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2017 Hoyt Pro Defiant 34

Brace Height
7 "
AtA Length
34 "
Draw Length
25 " - 31 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
325 fps
Weight
4.4 lbs
Let-Off
75%, 80%
Hoyt Pro Defiant 34 Review

The Bottom Line: The Pro Defiant 34 is a true multi-purpose bow that is perfectly capable of 3D, spot shooting, and hunting without compromise. This is convenient for shooters that want one bow that can truly do anything shooters demand out of it. The Pro Defiant 34 price tag of $1099 is much easier to justify when one bow can be used for everything. Hoyt went the extra mile to engineer a 34-inch bow that feels more like a 37-inch string angle. The largest downside on paper is the underwhelming 325 feet per second speed rating. The Pro Defiant 34 does have a 7-inch brace height, but it is still pretty slow for a 2017 bow. Some shooters may not love the overall 4.4-pound bare bow weight either, but in the end it should make shooters a bit better having a heavier bow to start with. Diehard Hoyt shooters may be disappointed with a 2017 bow with minimal changes from the 2016 models, but the Pro Defiant 34 is a legit bow, which tunes and shoots phenomenally well. Those interested in purchasing one bow to shoot all year should have no reservations giving the Pro Defiant 34 a test shot...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Defiant Turbo
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2016 Hoyt Carbon Defiant Turbo

Brace Height
6 "
AtA Length
33 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed
350 fps
Weight
3.8 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Carbon Defiant Turbo Review

The Bottom Line: The Carbon Defiant Turbo is a speed bow with great performance. However, it is important to keep in mind performance will come at a price. The draw cycle and the back wall have a different feel than the regular DFX cam system, and although it is very smooth, it will be more aggressive as well. There are a lot of shooter chasing the fastest arrow speeds possible, but the real advantage to a fast shooting bow is the ability to add some arrow mass or shoot lighter poundage without having to compromise speed to get it.There are a lot of bonuses about getting the 2016 Carbon Defiant Turbo model, but a $1499 price tag for a bow is a tough thing to swallow for many shooters on the market. Those purchasing a carbon riser bow will more than likely love everything about it, but it could just be overselling the bow to justify the price. There is no doubt about the Carbon Defiant Turbo being a great shooting performance bow, but the price and no real upgrade in performance from last year may keep some shooters from pulling the trigger on it...read full review

Hoyt Powermax
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2016 Hoyt Powermax

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
31 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed
328 fps
Weight
3.8 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Powermax Review

The Bottom Line: The Powermax is a budget friendly bow in the medium range of new 2016 models, which should appeal to a large number of shooters and archery styles. The Powermax may make a great 3D bow for a female shooter, a higher end hunting bow for a youth shooter wanting to get a little more serious, or a nice back up bow for someone that likes to be prepared for a variety of circumstances. The Powermax is replacing the Charger, which several shooters felt was a solid combination of high-end technology and price. The MSRP of the Powermax set at $499 is pretty tough to beat, and although the price is relatively low, the bow is a flat out shooter no matter what the price is. To have a compact bow shooting 328 feet per second with the customization the Powermax offers, this model should be a really great seller in the mid-range for Hoyt in 2016...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Defiant
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2016 Hoyt Carbon Defiant

Brace Height
7 "
AtA Length
31 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
331 fps
Weight
3.6 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Carbon Defiant Review

The Bottom Line: The Carbon Defiant has been designed as one of the most ideal compact bows in regards to engineering a great shooter without compromise. Although Hoyt is not the first company to use highly pre-stressed limbs and cams to offer a more favorable string angle, they are marketing the benefits. The decent 331 feet per second is nothing to write home about, but combined with a 7-inch brace height and a smooth drawing DFX cam, many shooters will not be stuck on the mediocre speeds. Carbon bows have a feel all to themselves, and the Carbon Defiant continues this trend. $1449 is a lot of money to spend, and many shooters are experiencing much longer wait times to get their 2016 Carbon Defiants from the factory. However, those not able to give up the carbon feel after a test shot will be very pleased with the benefits the carbon model has on paper. Shooters wanting a completely redesigned bow with a lot of really great technologies and features owe it to themselves to give Carbon Defiant a test shot...read full review

Hoyt Defiant 34
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2016 Hoyt Defiant 34

Brace Height
7 "
AtA Length
34 "
Draw Length
25 " - 31 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
325 fps
Weight
4.3 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Defiant 34 Review

The Bottom Line: The Defiant 34 returns shooters to the feel of a longer axel-to-axel measurement bow with the convenience of a shorter measurement. It was not long ago the archery industry was full of 37-40-inch bows marketed for treestand hunting. Trends pushing toward shorter axel-to-axel bows have finally joined up with the feeling and stability of a longer model for Hoyt in 2016. Hoyt is not the first company to incorporate more preloaded limbs, but the introduction to this style of bow in their 2016 lineup should be well received. Although the Defiant 34 is pretty slow, and on paper does not look to be much different than its predecessor the Nitrum 34, the feel and shootability of the Defiant 34 is what should draw shooters to giving it a try and ultimately falling in love with it. The $1049 price tag may be a bit steep for some, but considering the Defiant 34 can do everything from shooting paper and foam to a Boone and Crocket, shooters should be able to justify the price tag. Those not concerned with the overall speed of a bow should give the feel of the Defiant 34 a try...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34
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2016 Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34

Brace Height
7 "
AtA Length
34 "
Draw Length
25 " - 31 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
325 fps
Weight
3.8 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34 Review

The Bottom Line: To be honest, the Carbon Defiant is not a very appealing bow on paper. Speeds seem to be slower than previous Hoyt models, the lightweight carbon riser bow still tips the scales at 3.8-pounds, and the price tag of $1449 is scary even if money is not a factor in deciding which bow to purchase. However, the shooting experience of the Carbon Defiant 34 is very pleasurable. After shooting this fully redesigned piece of machinery, it is truly hard to find anything wrong with the bow. The solid hold on target along with the longer bow feel make this bow a breeze to shoot, which should be seen in accuracy as well. The Carbon Defiant 34 can be used for all archery disciplines ranging from 3d to indoor spots, and will most definitely perform in the woods for anything shooters want to hunt. Those judging the bow without giving it a fair test shot are really missing out on a superb shooting bow. If you can afford a Carbon Defiant 34 and can get over the sticker shock of the MSRP tag, this bow really is a nice offering for anyone on the market...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Spyder FX 30
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2016 Hoyt Carbon Spyder FX 30

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
28 "
Draw Length
23 " - 29 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
330 fps
Weight
3.6 lbs
Let-Off
80%
Hoyt Carbon Spyder FX 30 Review

The Bottom Line: Hunters continue to demand the most performance from their rigs while maintaining shootability and forgiveness. The Carbon Spyder FX is a short bow with an actual draw length feel of a longer axel-to-axel model, cams that shoot up to 330 feet per second, and a 6 3/4-inch brace height for forgiveness. Shooters wanting the ultimate compact hunting bow with a weight of only 3.6-pounds should take a serious look at the 2016 Hoyt offering. An MSRP of $1399 is not cheap, but for the serious archer, a hunting bow with these specifications and favorable draw cycle may be worth the extra money in the long run...read full review

Hoyt Defiant Turbo
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2016 Hoyt Defiant Turbo

Brace Height
6 "
AtA Length
33 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed
350 fps
Weight
3.8 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Defiant Turbo Review

The Bottom Line: Hoyt has openly marketed the Turbo models in the past for those with a shorter draw length or those not wanting to compromise speed, but not able to pull heavy poundage. Perhaps the reason for not marketing the bow to the masses was the slightly shorter axel-to-axel measurement of 33-inches. With the newly designed limbs and cams, the new sting angle should be more of a positive for those wanting a turbo performance bow at the upper range of the draw cycle. Those interested in a high performance bow should give the DFX Turbo cam powered bow a legitimate shot. The performance and brand new design comes at a premium price of $1049, but Hoyt has been a top-notch company for a long time and they generally have prices at the upper range of the accepted market price. To be honest, it is really tough to bash a completely redesigned offering created from the ground up, by a company like Hoyt. Does that mean the Defiant Turbo is the perfect bow for everyone? Absolutely not. However, the engineering that went into creating a speed bow is worth a look for those in the market for performance...read full review

Hoyt Ignite
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out of 8 reviews

2014 Hoyt Ignite

Brace Height
8 "
AtA Length
28 "
Draw Length
19 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
15 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed
300 fps
Weight
3.6 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Ignite Review

The Bottom Line: The Hoyt Ignite is a new bow in the 2014 lineup. It was introduced to provide a more economical avenue for young shooters to get involved in archery and grow with them so they don't have to buy new bows every couple of years. This rig will be with the shooter for years. Although this bow is an entry-level rig, it offers the shooter decent speed, and excellent accuracy at any draw weight and length. It is easy to shoot from the lowest draw weight and the shortest draw length, all the way up to the maxed out specs.This rig is very economical and is a good beginner bow. With a 28" ATA, an 8" brace height, and only 3.6 pounds of mass, it will fit almost any shooter looking to break into archery. With the ease of adjustability, this is a good vow to start on...read full review

Hoyt Defiant
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2000 Hoyt Defiant XT 2000 (Mastercam)

Brace Height
"
AtA Length
"
Draw Length
"
Draw Weight
lbs
IBO Speed
fps
Weight
lbs
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Hoyt Defiant Review

The Bottom Line: The Defiant is taking some criticism for not being much different than the previous Nitrum 30 to warrant an upgrade. However, Hoyt has redesigned most major components on the Defiant to make it a new bow, with a better shooting experience. The Defiant has an option for cable stops of string stops, is offered in 50-pounds of draw weight adjustment, and features more highly stressed preloaded limbs for a better feel at full draw. The speed will more than likely not be a deciding factor one way of the other coming in at 331 feet per second, but it would be hard to say no to the Defiant if it added an additional 10 feet per second. The platform is great, the shooting experience is improved, but if shooters only look at the paper performance rating, it would be tough to justify $999 on a new Defiant. With that being said, those that feel the difference in how the Defiant shoots, will more than likely be impressed. Archery is all about personal preference, and the Defiant is no different. To know for sure, shooters should test shoot one for themselves...read full review

Hoyt Nitrum 34
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out of 2 reviews

2015 Hoyt Nitrum 34

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
34 "
Draw Length
25 " - 31 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
330 fps
Weight
4.2 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Nitrum 34 Review

The Bottom Line: The Nitrum 34 is a longer axel-to-axel bow, but even feels a bit sturdier with how long the riser actually is. The zero torque cable guard system and upgrades to the risers stiffness and strength may not be noticeable in terms of how the bow feels, but it should prove to be more accurate. For those at the longer side of the draw length range, the 34 string angle is much nicer when compared to the 30. It is easy to shoot the 34 with how well it holds. The noise after the arrow is released is very minimal, and the bit of felt vibration is easily taken care of with a stabilizer. Other than a boy shooting 330 feet per second, it is very tough to find anything wrong with the Nitrum 34...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 34
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out of 1 review

2015 Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 34

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
34 "
Draw Length
25 " - 31 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
330 fps
Weight
3.8 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 34 Review

The Bottom Line: It is hard to find anything wrong with the Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 34 that really does it all and has specifications for every kind of archery shooters are interested in. Performance wise, it could be a little faster, but many shooters are willing to sacrifice a little speed for shootability. The suggested retail price in large, and unfortunately it is going to mean many shooters will not be able to afford what is a truly great shooting multipurpose bow. Let's face it, a bare Carbon Spyder ZT 34 is the price most bows are going to be entirely outfitted ready to shoot. However, for those able to make the investment, the Carbon Spyder ZT 34 will not disappoint...read full review

Hoyt Nitrum Turbo
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out of 1 review

2015 Hoyt Nitrum Turbo

Brace Height
6 "
AtA Length
33 "
Draw Length
24.5 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
350 fps
Weight
4.2 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Nitrum Turbo Review

The Bottom Line: The Nitrum turbo is a great shooting bow for those wanting the most in terms of speed and performance. It is a little disappointing to not have 80-pound limbs as an option on the turbo, but that only appeals to a small percentage of shooters. With the improvement to the stiffened offset riser, the cage design from the Hoyt target models, and the zero torque cable guard system, this aluminum riser is on of the best Hoyt has ever produced in regards to research and development. Hoyt has never had a true speed bow, and their first installment in the segment is a winner...read full review

Hoyt Nitrum 30
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2015 Hoyt Nitrum 30

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
30 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
332 fps
Weight
3.9 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Nitrum 30 Review

The Bottom Line: The Nitrum 30 is a well-designed bow that shoots like a dream and supplies a great deal of kinetic energy for hunting situations. The Nitrum's vibration after the shot is corrected with the added weight of accessories and a stabilizer, but when shooting bare bow there will be a little ring in the shooters hand. The Zero Torque Cable Guard System is a neat concept as well, and when paired with the riser cage and a bit of an offset in the top of the riser, the Nitrum should be easy to set up as well. With Hoyt, shooters will always be able to posted speed rating straight out of the box, which is great news for those on the market. Although 332 feet per second (ATA) is a decent speed number, those really wanting blistering speeds may be a little disappointed. Overall, the final decision is a personal choice, but the Nitrum 30 is a great shooter and backed by one of the largest names in archery...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo
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2015 Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo

Brace Height
6 "
AtA Length
33 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed
350 fps
Weight
3.8 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo Review

The Bottom Line: The price on the Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo is the negative of this bow. Truth be told, everything else about this bow screams shootability and performance, which is a tough combination to accomplish in the same package. The stronger carbon riser, an updated cam, and every technology Hoyt has available makes this bow a dream to shoot. For those not concerned about the sticker shock, the Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT Turbo will not disappoint in any style of shooting...read full review

Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 30
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2015 Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 30

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
30 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
332 fps
Weight
3.6 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Carbon Spyder ZT 30 Review

The Bottom Line: The Hoyt Carbon ZT 30 is another great offering by Hoyt, but the price tag is sure to scare off a lot of shooters. Although there are some advancements in technology for the 2014 Hoyt Carbon Spyder 30, the difference may not be enough to justify an upgrade. With that being said, those who did not buy the 2014 model will get a stronger riser, a Zero Torque Cable Guard system, and confidence in buying a top of the line bow from a giant in the archery industry. This bow is lightweight, compact in design, and has an easy drawing cam system producing decent speed numbers with a forgiving brace height. Price tag aside, this bow is a winner, but the ultimate decision will be the shooters personal preference...read full review

Hoyt Ruckus JR
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2014 Hoyt Ruckus JR

Brace Height
6.625 "
AtA Length
28.625 "
Draw Length
15 " - 27 "
Draw Weight
9 lbs - 29 lbs
IBO Speed
219 fps
Weight
3.0 lbs
Let-Off
70%
Hoyt Ruckus JR Review

The Bottom Line: The Hoyt Ruckus Jr is a good quality entry level youth bow. It offers 12" draw adjustability from 15" - 27" and 10# - 30#. The adjustments are easily accomplished and at 30# and 27," this rig will push out a decent 219 fps. The split limb set-up with the Ruckus Cams provide the shooter with a good platform that gives them the feel of a traditional bow which translates to them being ready when they upgrade to an adult bow...read full review

Hoyt Faktor 30
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out of 5 reviews

2014 Hoyt Faktor 30

Brace Height
6.75 "
AtA Length
30 "
Draw Length
24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight
30 lbs - 80 lbs
IBO Speed
332 fps
Weight
3.9 lbs
Let-Off
75%
Hoyt Faktor 30 Review

The Bottom Line: Hoyt has established themselves as being one of the elite bow companies because of integrating useful technology that simply works. The new Faktor 30 is yet another addition that is going to be a top seller for 2014. The bow uses every technology Hoyt has except for the carbon riser technology, including the redesigned Z5 cam system. For a short axel to axel hunting bow, it is hard to find something better than the Faktor 30. The price may be a bit expensive for some shooters on a budget, but with all the engineering that went in to making this bow, combined with the backing of a huge company like Hoyt, it may be worth saving a while longer to upgrade to this bow...read full review

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