Mission Voyager XT Review
Editors' reviewThe Voyager XT is very similar to the popular Voyager of last year with a few modifications. With an axel-to-axel measurement of 34 inches and a brace height of 7 inches, this bow offers a lot of stability and speed from a smooth drawing single cam capable of IBO speeds up to 330 feet per second. Mission offers all of this at an affordable price. With a few higher end features added to this year's model, shooters will have some high-end options on a lower budget bow.
FinishMission has designed a new camo pattern unique to the Mission series of bows on some of this year's models. The Mission Voyager XT comes finished in Mission's new Lost Camo AT pattern. The finish option is completed through a dipping process with the end result being a unique, blemish-free look only available on Mission series bows. Designer, Matt McPherson, took the Mathews Lost Camo pattern and tweaked it just a bit by adding a few more layers and colors to the original Lost Camo pattern. The new design uses a variety of colors and backgrounds in an attempt to blend in with its surroundings in all types of settings across North America. The result is a cool looking design not offered by anyone else. Although Mission does carry matching accessories, those looking to purchase after market accessories to match the pattern will have a hard time doing so.
RiserMany of the Mission series bows offer shorter risers. However, the Voyager XT is an exception to this trend. The fully machined aluminum riser is a bit longer than others offered by Mission. With a slightly more aggressive look than the Voyager, the Voyager XT has a few more cutouts making it about a 1/4 of a pound lighter than the previous model. The Voyager XT comes standard with the rear mounting Dead End String Stop System. On the front of the riser, the Voyager comes equipped with a front mounting stabilizer hole directly in line with the string stop system. This helps transfer vibration away from the shooters hand. At the bottom of the riser, shooters will notice a harmonic stabilizer system, used by Mathews, designed to eliminate the majority of residual vibration after the shot. These stabilizers are available in a variety of color options as well. Also new to Voyager XT is the addition of a roller guard instead of the cable guard found on the original Voyager. The roller guard typically aides in energy transfer and a potentially smoother draw cycle for some shooters.
GripThe Voyager XT, like many of the other Mission series bows, comes with a walnut grip. The grip looks very nice with the Lost Camo AT camo pattern. Although the grip may feel bulky to some shooters, those hunting in cold weather conditions will appreciate the added warmth a wooden grip has to offer. The look of the wooden grip positively effects the appearance of the bow making it look like a much more expensive rig.
Limbs and Limb PocketsThe Voyager limb pockets and limbs are put through very rigorous testing to make sure their quality is top notch. Shooters can be comfortable knowing the limbs are going to last a very long time. The limbs are made of a composite fiberglass material designed for strength and durability. The black limb pockets are a composite material as well and break up the camo pattern a bit. Some shooters feel the bow would look nicer, and less cheap, if the limb pockets were dipped as well. Each limb sports the Mission logo, which stands out and looks nice. The limbs have a little more adjustability in terms of poundage on the Voyager XT model this year as well. The maximum weights available for the Voyager XT limbs are 50, 60, and 70 pounds. However, each has a little bit longer range of minimum adjustability than the typical ten-pound increments on the previous models. The 70-pound limbs will adjust down to a minimum weight of 50 pounds, the 60-pound limbs will adjust down to 42 pounds, and the 50-pound limbs will go down to 35 pounds. With the extra adjustability, more shooters will be able to find a draw weight matching their shooting style.
Eccentric SystemThe Voyager XT shoots a bit faster than the Voyager from last year. The XT advertises IBO speeds up to 330 feet per second, which is decently quick for a smooth single perimeter-weighted cam bow. The draw length is adjustable in half-inch increments from 26-31.5 inches. Very few budget bows are designed for long draw shooters, so those with a little longer draw will be happy for an additional option to choose from. Mission does not have a module draw length system. This means draw length for the Voyager XT is cam specific. While at the pro shop, owners will set the bow up to directly fit your shooting form. However, if for some reason this needs to be changed, new cams will have to be purchased. The good news is relatively speaking; these cams are cheaper than other cam specific draw length bows.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityThe Voyager XT is a single cam speed bow using a perimeter weighted cam system. It is a somewhat aggressive draw cycle, although still very smooth and easy on the shoulders. There is not a characteristic hump associated with many of today's speed bows either. With let off up to 80%, shooters will only be holding a fraction of the weight at full draw. The back wall is very solid without any creep forward. Those using the Voyager XT as a hunting bow will be comfortable holding the bow at full draw without the string wanting to move forward. The draw cycle is not the smoothest the Mission line has to offer, but it is also the fastest cam Mission offers. In order to get the speed, it has to come from somewhere and in this case it is a slightly aggressive draw cycle. With that being said, Voyager XT shooters rave about the smooth draw and quiet release.
Silencing PackageThe Mission Voyager XT comes equipped with three rubber string stop systems. Two of the string stops are located on each of the limbs near the cam. These rubber stops halt the string from traveling forward and help eliminate noise-causing vibration from the string coming to an abrupt stop. The third string stop system is the Dead End String Stop. This system is mounted in line with the front mounting stabilizer allowing all vibration to be transferred away from the shooters hand and out to the front stabilizer. Aside from this, the Zebra Hybrid strings have string grubbs attached to them to help with noise and vibration as well. The final silencing option available on the Voyager XT is the Harmonic Stabilizer at the bottom of the riser. This dampener is tested to reduce post-release vibration up to 75%. Overall, the Voyager has a shock-free, silent release thanks to all of these added features.
Mission Voyager XT vs. Mission Voyager
The Mission Voyager XT and Voyager are strikingly similar in looks, design, and specifications. The Voyager XT is about a quarter of a pound lighter, and shoots about 7 feet per second quicker. With the exception of the new camo (Lost Camo AT), roller guard, and a factory installed Dead End String Stop; the two bows are virtually identical. Shooters who already own a Mission Voyager may have no reason to purchase the Voyager XT. For those who could not bring themselves to buy the Voyager from last year, the new additions may be a little added incentive to purchase the Voyager XT. However, the Voyager XT's price tag is $50 higher. Ironically, the Dead End String Stop retails for about that. Those looking at a Voyager of a Voyager XT will have to decide if the roller guard, string stop, and new camo pattern is worth the extra $50.
|Bow||Mission Voyager XT||Mission Voyager|
|Brace Height||7 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||34 "||34 "|
|Draw Length||26 " - 31.5 "||26 " - 31.5 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||330 fps||324 fps|
|Weight||4.23 lbs||4.23 lbs|
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