Bowtech has some nice surprises for 2010 including a new bow series and three new technologies.
The Destroyer 350 and 340
Bowtech’s new bows for 2010 are the Destroyer 350 and Destroyer 340. Following their naming conventions, the bows are rated at 350 and 340 fps respectively. Full specs on the Destroyers and all Bowtech bows can be found below.
Before the release of the new bows, Bowtech stirred up a lot of attention with a couple of videos that they “leaked” on YouTube about someone breaking into the Bowtech labs and giving a sneak peak of the new bows:
While the videos may be cheesy and full of less than Oscar worthy performances, they nonetheless were a big hit and generated a lot of attention for Bowtech before the official release date. It was fun to watch these videos and pick them apart for little details about the bows.
An official video was released showing off the new Destroyer:
New technology for 2010
Overdrive Binary: The new Overdrive Binary consists of an entirely new axle system that is mounted on the outside of the limb. The axle is actually a cam shaped mechanism that rotates with the cam itself and flexes the limbs a small amount more over a large portion of the draw cycle (see the video below). In theory this gives a speed boost while at the same time smoothing out the draw cycle. A split yoke is attached directly to the axle to equalize the pressure across the limbs and help prevent cam lean. Because the cables still slave the cams together, the system is technically binary even with the split yoke.
HardCore Limbs: Previously to 2010 Bowtech had not used laminated limbs and has often been criticized for not doing so. This year that changes with the Destroyer bows sporting the new HardCore limbs. Traditional laminated limbs have a foam core with the carbon/fiberglass layers on the outside of the limbs where they take most of the stress and pressure of being flexed. Bowtech has added an inner layer of carbon to the center of the limb (viewed as the red layer) that is claimed to share some of the load and create a more efficient limb.
FLX Guard: The FLX Guard cable containment system is certainly an interesting concept. In 2009 there were many alleged issues concerning the ability to tune the Bowtech bow because of the pressure the cable guard put on the cables. With the addition of the FLX Guard to the 2010 bows, Bowtech has made a cable guard that flexes inward as the cables are loaded and releases upon the shot. The video below shows the FLX Guard in action.
The rest of the 2010 lineup
The remainder of the Bowtech lineup remained largely unchanged with the exception of the Sentinel and the Admiral which both now incorporate the FLX Guard. Time will tell if the change will have an effect on the shootability and tunability of the bows and if the past criticisms and detractors will be quelled. One notable absence from the new line is that of the 82nd Airborne which has been retire for 2010. The 82nd had a great run and has many fans; Bowtech is banking on the Destroyer picking up the mantle and carrying them into the future.