Mathews Reezen 6.5 Review

Mathews Reezen 6.5

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Mathews Reezen 6.5 Review5.056 out of 6 user reviews

Pros

  • very fast single cam bow
  • solid back wall
  • axle removal system makes replacing cams easier
  • good shooting bow when equipped properly

Cons

  • has relatively stiff draw cycle
  • new cams are required for adjusting the draw length

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Editors' review

When the Reezen 6.5 entered the market in 2009 it was the fastest single cam bow ever. While it has a less forgiving brace height than its 7.0" brace height brother from the Reezen series, it is 5 fps faster. When equipped properly, this is a good shooting bow capable of launching arrows faster than previous Mathews bows.

Quietness and vibration

When it comes to vibration and recoil, there seems to be two different camps out there. While some people say this bow has notable vibration and shock, others insist it's a great bow with little recoil and hand shock when tuned properly. While researching different opinions we even saw hunters changing their opinions having tried different set ups of the same bow. We agree with those archers and experts who say that installing silencing components such as stabilizer and dampeners will definitely make this rig quieter.

Eccentric system

Mathews' new Reezen Cam system powers the Reezen 6.5 to advertised IBO speeds reaching upwards of 340 FPS. This system offers draw lengths adjustable over a 24"-30" range in half-inch increments. Also, this is a cam-specific eccentric system, meaning that a new cam is required for adjusting the draw length. To make it easier to adjust the draw length Mathews engineers designed a unique and effective Quick Change Axle (QCA) system. The let-off is 80%.

Draw cycle

Many hunters strongly agree the Reezen's draw cycle is harsher compared to other single cam bows manufactured by Mathews. Some archers who never shot speed bows dislike the draw cycle on the Reezen 6.5. They also note that the draw cycle feels a few fps heavier than it really is. However, speed bow shooters insist the Reezen's draw cycle is not bad at all. Almost everyone agrees, though, that the draw cycle is relatively stiff and not very smooth because it's a speed bow.

Reezen 6.5 vs Reezen 7.0

Many archers like to compare the two bows from the Reezen series. While the draw length ranges and mass weights are almost exactly the same, the Reezen 6.5 has a less forgiving brace height (6.5" vs. 7.0") but is a bit faster (340 fps vs 335 fps). Shooters who can handle stiff draw cycles say there is almost no difference between the two bows in terms of shootability. On the other hand, if a smoother draw cycle and a more forgiving brace height is what you want the most, consider getting the slower Mathews Reezen 7.0 instead.
Bow Mathews Reezen 6.5 Mathews Reezen 7.0
Version 2010 2010
Picture Mathews Reezen 6.5 Mathews Reezen 7.0
Brace Height 6.5 " 7 "
AtA Length 32 " 32 "
Draw Length 24 " - 30 " 24.5 " - 30.5 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 340 fps 335 fps
Weight 4.15 lbs 4.1 lbs
Let-Off 80% 80%
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Reezen 6.5 vs Mathews Z7

Bow Mathews Reezen 6.5 Mathews Z7
Version 2010 2011
Picture Mathews Reezen 6.5 Mathews Z7
Brace Height 6.5 " 7 "
AtA Length 32 " 30 "
Draw Length 24 " - 30 " 24 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 340 fps 333 fps
Weight 4.15 lbs 4.0 lbs
Let-Off 80% 80%
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A lot of loyal Mathews fans were disappointed when the Reezen 6.5 came out. Specifically, they did not like its stiffer draw cycle because Mathews bows had always been known for their silky smooth draw cycles before this fast rig was released.

The Mathews Z7 was engineered to effectively bridge the gap between speed and smoothness. Many shooters agree that Mathews addressed all their concerns related to the Reezen when coming up with the new Z7. While the Z7 is just 8 fps slower, it's considered to be smoother, quieter, and a better shooting bow. Although there is no doubt the Z7 is a better shooting rig, it may not be affordable for everyone. Therefore, if you are on the budget and want to shoot a speed bow the Reezen 6.5 could be a better choice for you.


Summary

To summarize, while the Reezen 6.5 is a very fast single cam bow, it is often described as a bow with a relatively stiff draw cycle. While a bare bow could have less shock and vibration, installing silencing components help to improve shootability significantly. Many shooters say this bow is an excellent choice provided it is tuned and adjusted properly. Not ideal for beginners (due to its aggressive eccentric system), the Reezen 6.5 is a much better choice for experienced shooters who like speed bows and are used to stiffer draw cycles.
Mathews Reezen 6.5 Review5.056



User Reviews

  • 6 reviews
  • ( out of 6 reviews for all versions)
  1. Everything I wanted in a bow. Fast, Compact, and Tuned.

    Version: 2009 Mathews Reezen 6.5

    Rating:  

    Pros: With whisker-biscuit and Carbon Express 350s, my Reezen 6.5 is tacking 3 inch groups with fields and Muzzys without changing the set-up.

    Cons: Despite all the dampeners, it still has a good "snap" upon release. Though, this hasn’t caused any misses. The string dampeners have broke off twice too. So I’ve taken them off for practicing and haven’t noticed a difference.

    Full review:
    27.5" draw. Whisker Biscuit. Tru-Ball Axcel 4-pin sight. Tru-ball assassin release. Carbon Express 350s with 100g Muzzys.

    I bought this bow after becoming tired of continuously tuning a finicky dual-cam. I wanted speed and thump. I’m very happy with my Reezen 6.5 that’s now on it’s second string. Supposedly less forgiving, I haven’t witnessed this at the local indoor matches and outdoor 3D shoots. My only wish is that I would have gone with a 6-pin instead of 4-pin sight. I’m very comfortable at 50 yards and wish I had a 55 and 60.

    Hats off the boys at Hoffman Archery in Warrenton, VA for taking care of me.

  2. Best switch ever

    Version: 2010 Mathews Reezen 6.5

    Rating:  

    Pros: Every thing

    Cons: A little longer axel to axel then I’m use to but I’m getting use to it

    Full review:
    Well after switching from bow to bow to bow and always being against Mathews bows I finally did I traded in my pse for a Mathews reezen 6.5 and boy am I glad I did my groups are tighter I actual increased my affective yardage that I can shoot by 20 plus yards all and all vary pleased

  3. I really like it ! not my favoret of 18 bows I own.But a blast to shoot long range.

    Version: 2009 Mathews Reezen 6.5

    Rating:  

    Pros: Even though is says its a 70 lb bow it is so fast nothing else I own comes close !
    I have it set on 60lbs and it is more than enough.

    Cons: It takes time to get used to it.It is easy to not shoot it properly,so you really have to pay attencion with every shot.But ,that makes one better with time.

    Full review:
    I liked it well enough to add from the Matherws dealer a Boiesee rosewood grip,almost chocolate
    brown,it really sets off the lost camo.I use a drop away rest,axion stabilizer,and five pin tru-glo
    sight.Limb savers also.and do not find it a harsh bow to shoot.yes the draw cycle is stiff,but not nasty.It will flat out put arrows down range faster than you can see them ! and when the fullmetal
    jackets hit the terget you will be impressed with the sound of impact at any range 20-80.

    I have not hunted with it ,yet.And may choose my MQ32 instead.That,,is one fantastic little bow !

  4. OUTSTANDING BOW!

    Version: 2009 Mathews Reezen 6.5

    Rating:  

    Pros: – Fast
    - Accurate
    - Comfortable Grip
    - Very Quiet
    - Affordable

    Cons: – Break-point a little stiff (cycle)

    Full review:
    I shoot a Mathews Reezen 6.5 with 28" draw @ 68lb with a Vital Gear Rest, Axion 5 Pin micro adjustable sight, PSE 300 Radial X Weave Arrows by Carbon Fiber,Blazer vanes and RAGE broad heads. This is my second bow, the first was a Browning, did not have it long. Did a lot of research prior to purchasing a bow and the Mathews was always on top when it came to compound bows. When I got my bow I FELL IN LOVE. I have been on two big bunts an came back with an Elk and a record AXIS buck. I am looking to purchase the new CREED, but there is no "REEZEN" to at this point. Good luck in your choice, but you will not be disappoint in this bow.

  5. Love it! Shooting my best groups ever!

    Version: 2010 Mathews Reezen 6.5

    Rating:  

    Pros: Fast, fairly quiet and very accurate.

    Cons: Big grip

    Full review:
    I’m no archery guru but I have bow hunted for about 12 years now. I bought the Reezen to replace a Hoyt Vetrix that I bought new in 2007 so this is what I can say about it. I group better with the Reezen than I ever have before and to me it has a smoother draw cycle. I know that goes against most of the stuff you read about it but to me it is smooth and has a great backwall. It doesn’t seem super quiet but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that its loud either. I have always shot with a drop away rest but the Reezen had a wisker biscut on it when I purchased it and with the groups I’m getting I see no reezen to change anything. It is super fast wich is just a bonus to me because at the end of the day I’m more concerned about accuracy than anything else. (I would rather kill em slow than wound em fast) If I change anything out it might be the grip. The Mathews grip seems a little bulky compared to my old Hoyt but it doesn’t seem to effect anything. Personally, I love this bow so far and cant wait to get in the woods with it!

  6. Great bow, been shooting it on regular basis since I bought it new.

    Version: 2010 Mathews Reezen 6.5

    Rating:  

    Pros: I like everthing about it, it is blazing fast and very accurate providing you have it tuned properly.

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    29 inch draw, @ 62 pds. shooting 270 fps which is plenty for every deer I have taken. They all Decided to fall in less than 100 yds, so I am very satified with this bow. I just cannot see any REEZEN to change to the Creed or Creed XS. Yes I can afford the creed, just don’t like the split limbs or the problems i have heard associated with the limbs. Not bashing the creed by any means because I have not shot it. Just love my REEZEN. Maybe fine tune the REEZEN a little more in 2015 and have another great bow from Mathews.


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