Mathews Switchback XT Review
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Editors' reviewThe Mathews Switchback XT is a superior quality bow from the Mathews Switchback series. This bow bridges the gap between the other two models in the series: the less forgiving and faster Mathews Swtichback and the slower but more forgiving Mathews Swtichback LD. The Switchback XT is a very quiet, compact, and forgiving bow. When it comes to shootability this rig is even smoother than the original legendary Switchback yet it still offers a great blend of speed, quietness, and forgiveness. A short 31" axle-to-axle length makes it the ideal bow for both tree stand hunting and blind hunting.
One of the best single cam bowsMany shooters agree the Switchback XT is a superior quality single cam bow. With a silky smooth draw cycle, this bow is considered to have a unique blend of smoothness, quietness, and speed. This bow has received a lot of great feedback and comments from shooters throughout the world.
Eccentric systemMathew's Straightline XT Cam system is the driving force behind advertised IBO speeds reaching 315 fps. This is a non-modular cam system that requires different cams for individual draw lengths. Draw lengths are available from 25 to 30 inches in half-inch increments.
Draw cycle and shootabilityAdmittedly, The Switchback XT is one of the smoothest single cam bows out there. This is confirmed by many shooters with different level of expertise. This rig is easy to hold at full draw and is quiet on release. No other Mathews bow has received so much great feedback from shooters.
Silencing system / Quietness and vibrationAccording to our analysis, the vast majority of archers who shot this bow agree the Switchback XT is very quiet rig with little hand shock. The Switchback XT features a cable guard that is integrated with dampers to reduce noise and vibration. In addition, vibration and noise are further reduced with string suppressors and Harmonic Damping System.
Other recommendationsYou may also want to consider the original Mathews Switchback which is faster yet a little bit less forgiving. On the other hand if you have a longer draw length (30"+) the Mathews Switchback LD would be a better choice.
|Bow||Mathews Switchback XT||Mathews Switchback||Mathews Switchback LD|
|Brace Height||7.5 "||7 "||9 "|
|AtA Length||31 "||33 "||33 "|
|Draw Length||25 " - 30 "||25 " - 30 "||27 " - 32 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||315 fps||318 fps||295 fps|
|Weight||4.25 lbs||4.34 lbs||4.36 lbs|
|Let-Off||65% or 80%||65% or 80%||80%|
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