Mathews Switchback Review

Mathews Switchback

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Mathews Switchback Review5.058 out of 8 user reviews


  • smooth and fast single cam bow
  • low noise and vibration
  • great value for money


  • non-adjustable eccentric system

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Editors' review

The 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 bows

We 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 system

The 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 shootability

As 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 vibration

According 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 recommendations

If 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
Version 2007 2008 2009
Picture 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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To summarize, the Mathews Switchback is a fast and extremely smooth single cam bow with exceptional performance. Only a few bows can be compared to this bow when it comes to the blend of speed, lack of noise/vibration, and smoothness. This bow is a great choice for both beginners and professionals.
Mathews Switchback Review5.058

User Reviews

  • 8 reviews
  • ( out of 8 reviews for all versions)
  1. A great bow! One of those bows that stick to you.

    Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: The best combination of smooth draw, shootability, dead in the hand, and fast enough.

    Cons: I can’t think of any! It is that good.

    Full review:
    Mathews best bow ever. One of those bows that just feel right in your hand and gives you confidence that it will never let you down. If there is a miss, it is not the bow but the archer when it comes to this bow. My second favorite bow of all time!(Katera first) One of those bows that can hold it’s own with the newer bows. Less bells and whistles but a killing machine when it comes to game.

  2. 75 Days a Year in the field!

    Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: durable,smooth, speedy,and rock solid

    Cons: I will never need to buy a new one.

    Full review:
    I have shot many deer,and turkeys with this bow. I sit in a tree 75+ days a year, some in the worst weather and do very little maintenance on it. I wax the string on occasion and I have replaced the string once. Unlike a lot of large purchases this is one I am still excited about after all these hours afield.

  3. I’m having a difficult time justifying a new bow even though I want one.

    Version: 2006 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: The bow feels right and shoots better than me. I trust the bow to do the job.

    Cons: I mistakenly believed the grip was to large (kept hearing how thinner was "better"), I put on the smaller one….now miss the original.

    Full review:
    The bow shoots great and has never let me down. I’ve missed shots…but it was me. I want to buy a new bow (who doesn’t right?) but after having this bow I’m having a hard time. I’ve shot a few other brands, Bowtech, Hoyt, even other Mathews but I just can’t commit to spending hundreds of dollars to replace my Ol’ faithful. I think I’m going to wait a few more years and see whats out there. Maybe another mathews? This bow has done it all for me, elk, whitetail, muledeer. Theres a lot of good bows out there, faster ones too, but I will probably just stick my switchback for awhile longer.

  4. Still the one!

    Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: Smooth and fast is an understatement.

    Cons: no complaints in seven hard seasons.

    Full review:
    Found this forum because I was looking for a Switchback for my son and had to write something. I have killed seven bulls, 11 deer and 2 bears with this bow in 4 states. I have only missed twice, once because I didn’t see a branch and once on a secound shot (nerves). It has never lost it’s zero in traveling or hunting. I have only had to move my sights 3 time in seven years, twice with string changes and once with an arrow change. I shoot a bisket both for hunting and 3D and without an issue. Purchased a Z7 when it came out, it shot great but not better enough to make me change, so I sold it. I was on the PSE advisory staff from 1986 to 1999 and have tried most of the other major bow companies top of the line offerings for the past ten years and belive it may not be the best bow ever made but I have never found a better one.

  5. Best bow I’ve ever owned

    Version: 2007 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: Comfortable to hold, fast, very quite, and SMOOTH!!

    Cons: Honestly… Not one I can think of.

    Full review:
    I was looking for a new bow and tried the Z7 and Helium. Great bows. Then a friend at work was selling his XT. I tried it and fell in love. GREAT BOW! Shoots just as good (if not better) than other new Mathews on the market today. I have owned many other bows but this will the last one I buy for a long time.

  6. Sitting in my treestand as I do this review

    Version: 2006 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: Smooth, quiet ,light, fast and deadly accurate

    Cons: I honestly have no dislikes about my switchback it does everything I need and more and I will continue to use this wonderful bow for many years to come

    Full review:
    This bow is hands down just a sweet shooter no vibration or shock just a sweet shot you sometimes wonder if you even shot it I bought it used from a friend last year and have already taken 3 deer (one 8pt and two doe) and a Turkey all extremely fatal short track shots and I owe a lot of that to my switch

  7. Legendary performance.

    Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: DEAD in hand, fast and forgiving. This thing is built to last. It’s never let me down.

    Cons: N/A

    Full review:
    I’ve owned this bow for 9 years, and it’s killed 9 bucks and one doe. Every year I try to justify spending 1000.00 for a new one, but my switchback just keeps killing… Some new bows may have more speed, but sometimes things just fit like a glove. The switchback is just that good.

  8. Very Fast and quiet, this Bow is Built to Last many Yrs..

    Version: 2006 Mathews Switchback


    Pros: I have been Bow Hunting for many yrs, and i can say that this is the only Bow i will ever use..

    Cons: There is Nothing i dont like about this Bow, it is Perfect…

    Full review:
    All i can say is look at the Reviews and if you Dont believe the Reviews try the Matthews Switchback and you will see, and you will be writing and telling People that the Matthew Switchback is the only way to go…

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