Mathews Conquest Apex 7 Review

Mathews Conquest Apex 7

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Pros

  • Draw length range (23"-30.5")
  • Single cam offers easy initial specification setup
  • Excellent fit & finish
  • Comfortable grip
  • Meets advertised speed

Cons

  • Cam change is needed to modify draw length
  • Not a lightweight bow

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The Mathews Conquest Apex 7 offers a lot of the features wanted in a pure target bow.If you are looking for a pure target bow. Pumping out speeds up to 320 fps, the Conquest Apex 7 is one of the most popular Mathews target bows seen at indoor and 3D/field competitions. The length of this bow offers stability while a medium brace height of 7" offers the shootability that is sought after by serious archers. Many people are steered away from lighter target bows and the Conquest Apex 7 weighs in a 4.9 pounds which is a bit heavier than the norm. The preference of the shooter comes into play with the weight as many feel that a heavier bow is easier to hold on target. This very popular model should be considered by you when seeking your next target bow.

Finish

The finish on the riser of the Conquest Apex 7 holds up to the test of time and many older bows still have great color, whether is be black, red smoke, orange smoke, or blue smoke. Limb colors available are flat black or Realtree HD Camo, in case you are considering hunting with it. Target shooters enjoy keeping their equipment looking nice, and the anodized finish on the riser is much more durable than dipped or powder coated risers. The anodizing process does not hide machining marks as well as other methods, so you may notice small tooling marks in the riser cutouts, but this is worth the sacrifice for a more durable finish.

Riser & Limbs

A lot of the weight of the Conquest Apex 7 comes from the longer riser. The limbs still used on this bow are the older style limbs that were introduced prior to the SE series limbs, also contributing to the 4.9 lb total weight. The V-Lock Limb Cup System is still used, as it ensures proper limb alignment and a zero-tolerance fit between the limbs and riser, giving consistent and repeatable shot characteristics.

Grip

Popular on a lot of the Mathews target models, the Conquest Apex 7 features the Integral grip. If you have steered away from Mathews in the past because of the notoriety for bulky grips, then place your hand on the Integral grip of an Apex 7 and you will forget all you know about Mathews grips. The Integral grip is part of the riser and allows for repeatable hand placement every time. If you prefer to not shoot off of the riser, then there are aftermarket grips available that are sure to match your shooting style.

Eccentric System

The cam system on the Conquest Apex 7 allows the bow to reach speeds up to 320 fps. For a 7" brace height target bow, this is pretty fast and it even allows shorter draw archers the ability to shoot fast enough to compete in IBO and ASA shoots. Before hitting the range, all serious archers demand that their bows be tuned properly. This is easy to achieve with the single cam system of the Conquest Apex 7 as setting cam rotation, axle-to-axle, and brace height is a breeze. The metal inertia disc that has been placed in the StraightLine cam is used to counteract limb momentum after the shot, effectively killing vibration. Cams are available in half inch increments from 23" up to 30.5" and a cam change is needed to change draw length. It is a known fact that target shooters prefer a higher holding weight at full draw to give a more consistent shot, the 65" let-off of the Apex 7 achieves that.

Draw Cycle / Shootability

In order to achieve speeds of 320 fps, the Conquest Apex 7 has a slightly stiffer draw than slower target bows, but it is nothing that should scare you away. If you are interested in only shooting it indoors, then a 60 pound max model may be what you are looking for, but if you want the speed out on the 3D course, then you can still have a decently smooth drawing 70 pounder. The steadiness at full draw is unreal. After the release, there is little to no vibration, unless you are shooting a model without the string suppressors, in which case, you will notice more vibration.

Silencing Package

Harmonic dampers and string suppressors are the heart and soul of the silencing package on the Conquest Apex 7. A total of 4 harmonic dampers are used, 2 in the riser, and 2 in the roller guard. The large dampers in the riser assist with stopping riser vibration after the shot, while the string suppressors at the ends of the limbs keep the string from going through unnecessary oscillations after the shot. Some models did not come with the string suppressors but they are definitely quieter without them. All in all, the silencing package that is now available on the Conquest Apex 7 (including string suppressors) does what it should and a quiet shot is achieved every time.

Comparison: Conquest Apex 7 vs Conquest Apex 8

BowMathews Conquest Apex 7Mathews Conquest Apex 8
Version 20132013
PictureMathews Conquest Apex 7Mathews Conquest Apex 8
Brace Height7 "8 "
AtA Length38 "42.25 "
Draw Length23 " - 30 "25 " - 32 "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 70 lbs40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed320 fps310 fps
Weight4.5 lbs5.0 lbs
Let-Off65% 65%
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The overall look, shape, and feel of these two bows is initially the same, but some key differences may strike your eye immediately. The axle-to-axle length of the Apex 7 is 4.25 inches shorter than that of the Mathews Conquest Apex 8, but the Apex 8 is slightly heavier. The advantage in the category would have to go to the Apex 8 for target applications, and the Apex 7 for hunting application. The overall weight of the two is very close, so there is no real big difference there. Due to the 7" brace height as compared to an 8" brace height, the Apex 7 is about 10 fps faster than the Apex 8. For indoor spot shooting, speed isn't a factor but on the 3D course speed is a huge factor. Once again, there are different winners for different applications since an 8" brace height bow would be slightly more forgiving than a 7" brace height bow. The draw length ranges of each are different with the Apex 7 ranging from 23.5" to 30.5" and the Apex 8 ranging from 25.5" to 31.5". The Apex 8 does not come with string suppressors at the limb tips while the newer Apex 7 bows do. This should be left up to personal preference as a lot of top pro shooters do not use the string suppressors on their Apex 7 bows. The decision between these should be based on your past experience with target bows and what applications you want to use it for.

Usage Scenarios

The Apex 7 is considered a target bow by most, although a lot of people prefer to hunt with it. If you are okay with shooting a 38" axle-to-axle bow while hunting, then you will be hard pressed to find a more forgiving hunting bow than the Apex 7. At speeds of up to 320 fps, the Apex 7 can be found all over 3D courses as it allows shorter draw archers the ability to reach higher speeds. The sacrifice of 1" of brace height from the Apex 8 is worth it when achieving high speeds is a factor. Since the draw length and draw weight ranges are so broad, the Apex 7 is usable by a very large percentage of the market, making resale easy.

Value

The value of the Conquest Apex 7 is hard to see for archers who are not used to spending top dollar for precision equipment. At an MSRP of $1249, only a small portion of shooters would even consider a purchase. If you plan on using the Apex 7 for hunting, 3D, and indoor shooting, then the price tag should not scare you away. Serious archers demanding high quality bows will not have a problem with the price tag, but if you shoot only occasionally then there are definitely better options out there.

Summary

The Conquest Apex 7 is one of the most widely used Mathews bows for 3D and target shooting, and that is due to its great blend of speed and forgiveness. If you demand a quick bow that is easy to hold on target, the Apex 7 meets your needs. This bow meets advertised speeds and is almost shock and vibration free and if the price tag for a new one is too stiff, then consider buying a used bow since they hold up very well and a quality bow can be had at a reasonable price. Try one out and see why so many are still being used today.

User Reviews

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Very shootable, accurate, and a great bow for hunting!

Version: 2009 Mathews Conquest Apex 7

Rating:

Pros: Shootability/forgiveness due to weight and length. Integral grip Quiet Smooth draw and little vibration during the shot. Ability to go up to 80lb limbs.

Cons: Was not offered in full camo versions. No draw stop, I would prefer a more solid backwall.

Full review:

I had bought lightweigbows for as long as I had been bowhunting until last year and knew I could shoot better with a more forgiving bow. The Mathews Conquest Apex 7/8 had caught my eye and as with many bowhunters one of my bowhunting icons is Chuck Adams and I know he uses the Hoyt Tribute which is about the same weight and even longer so the idea of a heavier and longer bow that was built by today's standards, for merely target archery, was really tempting to try as a hunting bow. Everyone I asked though would say something to the effect of "oh you don't want to hunt with that." Regardless of their hesitations I stumbled across this sight last year (2016) and found a used one for $250 in mint condition on eBay. Roughly $1000 off a new price tag!!! As someone who always bought new bows I doubt I will ever do that again. Anyway, I couldn't be happier with my choice and am glad I made the switch to a heavier and longer bow for hunting. Its roughly 8 inches longer than other bows I used previously and gets in the way no more in a tree stand or ground blind than the others did. This bow really aids in hunting conditions as well since it weighs a pound and a half more wind does not have the same effect on it and I have more confidence in taking longer shots. That extra weight doesn't personally bother me on long hikes or climbs either. Also I have found that two piece quiver works best for me when hunting and the length and weight of this bow disperses the weight of the quiver and arrows better so the top of the bow doesn't cant to the right nearly as bad. I also added a string stop to mine and this bow is quiet and smooth. This bow is a solid shooter and even though it's "older" technology with Mathews new TRG lineup I plan on using this bow for hunting/target for years to come. I shot my best buck, a 154" 12pt., this last fall with it already. My advice to others would be if you are considering a heavier more forgiving bow for hunting, go for it! I doubt you'll regret it.

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