Mathews Chill Review
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Editors' reviewThe Mathews Chill is a direct response from shooters demanding a lighter, shorter version of the popular Monster series bows. The Chill produces wonderful speed from the DYAD AVS system up to 330 feet per second with a 7-inch brace height. The draw is smooth although some may need a short adjustment period to get used to a speed bow, and the noise and vibration after the arrow has been released is nonexistent. Shooters interested in a hunting speed bow should take a close look at the Chill despite the $999 price tag.
FinishMathews bows go through a dipping process completed at the factory. This process leaves the bow covered and very well done despite the many cutouts the riser has to offer. Although Mathews has a limited number of options compared to some companies, shooters will love how great the finish holds up under the conditions it goes through as a hunting bow. The camo pattern of choice is Mathews very own Lost Camo design. This design is limited to Mathews bows, and is sure to blend in to a variety of hunting backgrounds. Shooters will also be happy to hear the Chill is available in the appealing tactical pattern as well. This has been a great seller for Mathews in the past. Shooters also have the option for an all black bow, or a variety of combinations between Lost Camo and black. Many bows on the market, including Mathews have used red to offset the finish options and provide contrast. The Chill breaks away from this trend using blue for the color of the strings and accent color in the logo. This does give the bow a unique quality not seen as a stock option from other manufactures.
RiserMathews stays with the Geo Grid Lock Riser for the Chill. The grid look has been associated with Mathews for several years now, and has proven to be a great way of cutting down overall mass of the bow while maintaining strength for superior repeatability. Although the Chill is relatively compact, the riser still measures in at 23.5 inches making it very sturdy to hold on target. The top of the riser is equipped with a harmonic dampener and the bottom of the riser comes with the Harmonic Stabilizer Lite. Both of these work to cancel out vibration and noise caused after the arrow has been released. The riser has a round cutout and the circular harmonic piece is lined in rubber with a solid center used to stop vibration before the shooter feels it in the hand. They work well, and have become a defining trademark of Mathews bows being used the last couple of years. The Rear Assist Roller Guard has been lightened up slightly helping to reduce the overall mass of the bow as well. The rollers work in a way that causes less tension and friction on the cables while being drawn and after the shot. The rear mounting Dead End String Stop Lite has also been reduced in weight, but works to stop the forward moving string after the shot. This energy is then transferred to the front mounting stabilizer bushing where shooters have the option to add a front mounting stabilizer for balance or vibration dampening.
GripThe focus grip is standard on all stock models of the Chill. Most shooters prefer the thin grip to the Mathews Walnut grip alternative. The thin design works with the shooter for repeatable hand placement, and the distinct color line on the back of the grip further assists shooters with proper hand placement. Those coming from another type of grip may need a little adjustment period to get used to the focus grip, but overall it feels great and helps improve accuracy in the long run.
LimbsThe Chill uses split limb technology. Mathews puts their limbs through rigorous testing, and they have always produced a solid product. The split limbs feature the Chill logo, which helps add to the overall look of the bow. Limbs are available in ten-pound increments from 50-70 pounds. Although the draw weight range is not extremely large, most shooters will find a comfortable draw weight that works well for them.
Eccentric SystemThe DYAD AVS Cam System creates the speed behind the Chill's performance. With 80% let off, and draw length adjustments in half inch increments from 23-30 inches, the AVS cam is capable of speeds up to 333 feet per second, which is rather impressive for the 7-inch brace height. Draw length is adjustable with modules, which makes changing draw length inexpensive. The dual perimeter weighted cams aid in minimizing vibration after the shot while producing above average speeds and enough kinetic energy for big game animals. The cams weight also works in opposition to the limbs after the shot, which also adds to eliminating vibration after the shot as well.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThe best word to describe the Mathews Chill is smooth. The bow draws very well through the transitions all the way to the back wall. The back wall is a little on the mushy side, but the bow balances well and holds steady on the target. Having the bow properly set up with the correct draw length will be crucial with the mushy back wall. After the shot, shooters hear the arrow slapping the target, but nothing else. The bow is quiet, and free of hand shock. The smooth release of the bow is sure to leave a smile on the face of all shooters. Speed bows have to draw a little harsher than other bows to produce the extra speed, but the AVS cams are not overly aggressive in feel and the speed they produce is worth the little bit of harshness from the draw, which again is minimal. The lightweight package holds extremely well on target, and the grip offers repeatable hand placement for improved accuracy. Perhaps the best part about this speed bow is the 7-inch brace height. For a long time now, this brace height measurement has been the go to standard for forgiveness and shootability, and with the Chills speed on top of this, the bow is a dream to shoot.
Silencing PackageThe Chill does not come with any limb dampeners although after market split limb dampeners can be purchased for a small amount of money. The perimeter weighted AVS Cam system works in opposite motion of the limbs to help eliminate vibration after the shot. Instead, Mathews equips the Chill with string silencers to help eliminate any vibration causing noise. Monkey tails have come to be a signature look of newer Mathews bows and come equipped on the Chill. Along with this comes the String Grubbs, which offers a nice look to the overall package also. The perimeter weighted AVS Cam system works in opposite motion of the limbs to help eliminate vibration after the shot. All of these things working together create a silent shooting, shock free bow that is pleasant to shoot.
Mathews Chill vs MR 7
|Bow||Mathews Chill||Mathews MR7|
|Brace Height||7 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||30.5 "||33 "|
|Draw Length||23 " - 30 "||26 " - 32 "|
|Draw Weight||50 lbs - 70 lbs||50 lbs - 80 lbs|
|IBO Speed||333 fps||344 fps|
|Weight||3.90 lbs||4.4 lbs|
|Let-Off||80%||65% or 80%|
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The Mathews Chill is the newest offering in the Monster series. When compared to the MR 7, the first thing shooters will notice is the light weight, compact offering of the Chill. With a shorter axel to axel measurement and a half of pound less weight, the Chill feels like a different bow. The MR 7 does have a higher speed rating and a longer riser though, so although many shooters appreciate the quick speeds and compact package of the Chill, true speed freaks may prefer the Mathews MR7 model. Aside from specs, the Chill does seem to be quieter and more shock free after the release although the MR 7 is by not means bad in either area. The ultimate decision comes down to personal preference, but both rigs have a lot to offer potential buyers.