Mathews Monster Review
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Editors' reviewThe Mathews Monster is a very fast compound bow with a stiffer draw cycle, short valley, and a solid back wall. This bow sits in between the other two models in the Monster series: the less forgiving and faster Mathews Monster XLR8 and the slower but more forgiving Mathews Monster 7.0.
Riser, limbs, and gripThe Monster is equipped with a fully machined reflexed riser, a one piece Inline Walnut grip, and split limbs that reach past parallel angles at full draw. When it comes to the grip, some archers say it is not extremely comfortable and should be replaced for better consistency. On the other hand, many shooters say the grip is as good as it could be. So, it really is a matter of preference.
Eccentric systemMathews powers the Monster with its stiff-drawing dual cam AVS eccentric system, advertised to hit IBO speeds reaching 353 FPS. Interestingly, this is the first Mathews dual cam bow designed by Mathews to step into the fastest bows world. This eccentric system allows for easy draw length adjustments (25-30" in half inch increments) without using a bow press through a set of interchangeable modules.
Draw cycle / ShootabilityWhen it comes to draw cycle and shootability there seems to be two different camps out there: while some people like the way this bow shoots and feels, others are not happy at all. Because of that we would strongly recommend shooting this bow before spending your money (unless you are a big fan of fast bows and are used to stiff rigs). Due to a different type of eccentric system the draw cycle on the Mathews Monster is quite different to almost all other Mathews rigs - it's definitely stiffer. While many archers agree that the back wall is very solid, there is a notable hump closer to the end of the draw cycle just before the wall. Also, many shooters agree that the valley is very short and requires getting used to.
So, if you have been shooting smooth single cam bows for a long time, this bow might not be the best choice for you unless you want to try something different. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned fast bow shooter, it's very likely you will like the way it shoots.