Mathews Switchback Review

Mathews Switchback

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Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.
BowMathews SwitchbackMathews Switchback XTMathews Switchback LD
Version 200720082009
PictureMathews SwitchbackMathews Switchback XTMathews Switchback LD
Brace Height7 "7.5 "9 "
AtA Length33 "31 "33 "
Draw Length25 " - 30 "25 " - 30 "27 " - 32 "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 70 lbs40 lbs - 70 lbs40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed318 fps315 fps295 fps
Weight4.34 lbs4.25 lbs4.36 lbs
Let-Off65% or 80% 65% or 80% 80%
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Summary

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.

User Reviews

  • 15 reviews
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A great bow! One of those bows that stick to you.

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

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.

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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.

75 Days a Year in the field!

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

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Pros: durable,smooth, speedy,and rock solid

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

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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.

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

Version: 2006 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

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.

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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.

Still the one!

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: Smooth and fast is an understatement.

Cons: no complaints in seven hard seasons.

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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.

Best bow I've ever owned

Version: 2007 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

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

Cons: Honestly... Not one I can think of.

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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.

Sitting in my treestand as I do this review

Version: 2006 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

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

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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

Legendary performance.

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

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

Cons: N/A

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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.

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

Version: 2006 Mathews Switchback

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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...

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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...

Switchback is the greatest hunting bow of all time.

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: Smooth-drawing, easy to hold, quiet, forgiving, accurate, and just plain comfortable to hold & shoot. Light enough to carry all day. Fast enough to bag any trophy you will ever hunt.

Cons: The only con is that this bow is no longer in production due to Mathews pursuing speed & competing for market share on that basis.

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I received my Switchback for Christmas the year it came out. I had tried unsuccessfully to find one to hunt with that fall & just could not locate one anywhere as there was too much demand. My wife finally found a dealer out of state in Montana & surprised me with what is still the best Christmas present of my life. I have shot 3D & hunted everything from turkey to elk ever since and the bow has just been exceptional. I like mine so much that I recently tracked down an '07 in mint condition for my son. I consistently out shoot guys with newer, faster bows & do not plan to change until the wheels fall off mine.

Version: 2007 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: Accurate, Reliable, Smooth draw cycle, Fast enough to get the job done

Cons: None

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I bought this bow as my first bow to get into bow hunting. It has taken 4 deer & 2 turkey. It's a smooth shooter. Hits hard & dead in the hand. I dressed mine with all the best high end accessories & couldn't be happier! I own a 2014 CST as a backup & for hunting in below freezing temperatures. But my Switchback that I named "Bowcephus" will always be my primary bow.

My 6th bow in 50 yrs, will not buy another in my lifetime.

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: Smooth,quiet,fast,accurate,durable and just feels good in my hand like an extension of my arm.

Cons: Nothing

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I tagged along w 2 co-workers who were buying 1st gen. Switchbacks w no intention at all of buying one myself. We went to the dealer the morning these new bows arrived. After one was prepped we all shot it. It only took me 3 shots to know I had to have one too, #70. I have never missed a deer w it and most of them I've watched go down from a treestand shooting Muzzies, 3 and now 4 blades. Some of the deer never knew they were shot, one picked up acorns for a few moments after a heart shot @ 20 yards, another turned to lick the blood gushing out of it's side before stumbling down. A total of 5 just shook or jumped once before looking around and then slowly walking a few/10 yards before going down. 50 yrds was about all any ran and the furthest run was 150 yards on a rutted up 10 pt shot @ 10 yards through the backstrap/back ribs/heart/sternum......and it still took both hands and a lot of pulling to get the 4 blade out of the ground .I still shoot the vintage CE select CX 3D 300s I got w the bow and have only 2 pins. 1 for 20/30 and 1 for 40, I don't shoot deer @ 50 yrds. There may be lighter and faster bows but I will never own one the Switchback is bow perfection IMO.

Best bow I've ever owned.

Version: 2007 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: Smooth draw, quiet, relatively light, accurate...what's not to like?

Cons: My only complaint, and I'm nitpicking here, is the lack of a dead stop at full draw.

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I've owned bows of one brand or another since the early 80's. The Switchback is BY FAR the best bow I've owned. I'm writing this review in 2017 about a 10 years old product in a market with constant innovation. That says a lot about the quality since I have no intention of replacing it.

Still love it after all these years.

Version: 2005 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: Great shooter. Quiet, accurate, comfortable size and weight, maintenance free.

Cons: None.

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After 13 seasons have not once wished I had another bow. I wish I could had a few shots over again but love the bow. Despite hunting in all kinds of weather, all kinds terrain, chasing mt goats or turkeys, thousands of arrows, 4 different strings, I have never had issues with my beloved Switchback.

Deadly accuracy.This bow shoots fast,smooth,and accurate,and also it feels good in your hands.

Version: 2007 Mathews Switchback

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Pros: I shot this Mathews Switchback and could tell i was very impressed with the quietness and how fast it shot, with dead on accuracy. The bow fit me so perfect that the arrow that o shot for the first time hit the bullseye dead center.

Cons: I have found nothing wrong with this bow.

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I have been a bow hunter since 1976 to date. I used to shoot with a different compound bow and thought it couldn't be beat because my old bow fit me good. Until I stopped at my local Archery dealer. I shot the Mathews Switchback and it was love at first shot.

Best bow Mathews ever made.

Version: 2007 Mathews Switchback

Rating:

Pros: This bow is by far my favorite Mathews in my collection.

Cons: I honestly have no cons I love this bow.

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I have shot every new bow Mathews has released since the switchback. I also currently own 4 Mathews bows. I hunt year round in many different places and have shot many other bows. Hands down with 70lb limbs and 27.5 draw length cranked up to 68 lbs I have yet to find any reason to get rid of this bow. When I pack for a trip I always pack the Switchback for my back up bow. I shoot it hunting and during indoor league as well as 3d season.

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