Mission Hype Review
Mission Archery has built a radical new compound based off of one of the many popular bow choices of the past few years, the Riot. Being fitted with a brand new cam system, a redesigned riser, and overall costing less to the prospective archer, there is a lot to love with the Hype. With 55lbs of adjustability in terms of draw weight and 11" in terms of draw length with a simple turn of an allen wrench, this compound can fit the largest framed bowhunter to the smallest target archer for less than $400.
FinishThe Hype features four distinct camo options; Lost Camo AT (all-terrain), Lost Camo OT (snow), Lost Camo OT Pink, and Black. Using the hydrographic dipping process, the finish is applied as a layer and is quite resistant to regular wear that may apply when carrying to and from the woods or in general usage. Factory Zebra strings are included and tend to last upwards of two years with correct maintenance. Overall the finish is comparable to other flagship models and is of no relation to the price of this bow.
RiserGeometrically designed with almost a dozen cutouts while maintaining ample strength, the riser is machined out of a solid piece of aluminum. With anodized limb pockets, a fiberglass cable rod, and threaded holes for the addition of a string stop silencer, there are many features to this compound. Maintaining a 31" axle to axle measurement and a 7" brace height, it is compact enough for easy carry but provides enough forgiveness for accurate shot placement.
LimbsThis bow features pre-stressed split composite limbs and a parallel limb structure for a pleasant shooting experience. With long limb bolts, solid limb pockets and the ability to adjust between a vast draw weight range between 15 and 70lbs, the bow keeps its robust nature and integrity even at the extreme settings. As an additional feature, limb graphics are included for a cosmetic addition.
GripMission's slim ergonomic grip is made out of a rubber composite not only to keep hands warm in cold weather in a hunting scenario, but to provide a slim, accurate shooting platform to base off of throughout the entire shot cycle. It is wider than the average machined grip and side plates, but the tradeoff is minimal and it won't take long to get used to if archers are used to other specific styles of grips.
Eccentric SystemThe Hype's newly designed F.I.T. (Focused Inertia Technology) Cam delivers a smooth draw cycle with its overall round cam shape, all the while reducing noise and recoil with a perimeter weighted system. With a draw length range from 19" to 30", almost every archer around can fit and shoot this bow effectively. Although it may be capable of reaching max arrow speeds of 310fps at the largest draw length and peak weight, any reduction in either value will decrease arrow velocity immensely, making this compound fairly slow in today's market. With the benefit of adjustability at your fingertips, the downside is the performance- although this compound splits the difference quite well. Lastly, 80% letoff is incorporated with these cams at factory specs.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityIn the draw and weight range of the average archer, this bow is very comfortable and generous in terms of the draw cycle. However, when it reaches longer draw lengths and/or higher weights, the cycle becomes quite rapid and slightly stiff. Without a solid limb actuated draw stop, some inconsistencies may arise due to releases from different stopping point on the draw cycle, but overall, this is a very pleasant bow to shoot-especially for younger and less experienced archers. Its 3.7lb mass weight is very forgiving and allows for weight to be put where necessary to balance the bow-whether it be stabilizers, side bars, or a weighted sight.
Compared to the predecessor, the Riot, Mission has put their time and effort into genuinely improving an already likeable bow into another that is noticeably better. Although the Mission Riot included a string stop, the Mission Hype has fully redesigned cams to eliminate more of the vibration. At an added expense while still under $400, the prospective archer can get the Hype DT that adds not only a string stop but a harmonic dampener into the riser to further cancel oscillations after the shot sequence. Similarly, the Hype series has a lighter riser by 0.15 lbs due to slightly larger cutouts- otherwise the models are exactly similar in regards to IBO, ATA, Brace height, draw length range, and draw weight range specs. All In all, both bows have quite a lot going for them and would be well suited for archers of all ages and experience levels.