Mathews Switchback Review
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Editors' reviewThe Mathews Switchback entered the market in 2005 and continues to be one of the best smooth bows ever since. Many hunters strongly agree this bow is one of the smoothest bows available on the market. With the very low levels of vibration and noise, the Switchback is smooth and fast at the same time. Having received a lot of extra positive reviews and comments from archers throughout the world, this legendary bow has been the most popular and most selling Mathews rig for a long time.
One of the best single cam bowsWe found that many shooters agree the Mathews Switchback stands apart from the majority of other fast single cam bows. Archers agree this bow has a silky smooth draw cycle. In fact, we found an overwhelming amount of positive reviews and comments about the smoothness of this rig. Admittedly, this bow is considered to have a unique blend of smoothness, quietness, and speed.
Eccentric systemThe Switchback's Straightline Cobra Cam is oversized and has two properly located weights to increase arrow speed and reduce vibration. This non-modular eccentric system requires a new cam for each draw length. Draw lengths are available from 25 to 30 inches in half-inch increments.
Draw cycle and shootabilityAs has been noted before, the Switchback is one of the smoothest bows out there due to its silky smooth single cam eccentric system. This is confirmed by thousands of shooters with different level of expertise. The bow is easy to hold at full draw and is quiet on releasing the arrow. No other Mathews bow has received so much great feedback from archers.
Silencing system / Quietness and vibrationAccording to our analysis, the vast majority of archers who shot this bow agree the Switchback is very quiet and has very little hand shock. The Switchback offers a cable guard that is integrated with two dampers to reduce noise and vibration. In addition, vibration and noise are further reduced with Harmonic Damping System and string suppressors.
Other recommendationsIf you need more maneuverability (prefer tree-stand or blind hunting) or you are just looking for a more forgiving bow consider getting the Mathews Switchback XT with a slightly longer brace height (7.5") and shorter axle-to-axle length. Also, if you don't mind sacrificing speed and want even better forgiveness, the Mathews Switchback LD could be a better option for you.
|Bow||Mathews Switchback||Mathews Switchback XT||Mathews Switchback LD|
|Brace Height||7 "||7.5 "||9 "|
|AtA Length||33 "||31 "||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||318 fps||315 fps||295 fps|
|Weight||4.34 lbs||4.25 lbs||4.36 lbs|
|Let-Off||65% or 80%||65% or 80%||80%|
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