2011 brings 3 new bows to the Bear Archery Lineup: the Carnage (top end speed demon), Mauler (mid-range sub $500) and the Home Wrecker (designed with the ladies in mind). The Carnage features the all-new Skeleton Cam that is touted as the most efficient single cam on the market and at 345 fps. It is one of the fastest rated single cams with a respectable 7.25″ brace height. Skeleton cams and idler wheels have less mass and can be adjusted without a bow press. The Mauler looks to be a solid mid-range bow with good speed (328 fps) and uses the same cam as last years Attack, the Bear E-Cam. Lady archers will be pleased to see another bow with them in mind. Home Wrecker bows are extremely light at only 3.2 lbs and feature pink accents.
Speed 345 FPS
Draw Length 25.5” to 30.5”
Brace Height 7.25”
Weight 4.0 lbs.
Axle Length 32″
2011 Bear Mauler
Speed 328 FPS
Draw Length 26” to 31”
Brace Height 6.75”
Weight 3.9 lbs.
Axle Length 31.25″
2011 Bear Home Wrecker
Speed 280 FPS (at 28″)
Draw Length 22” to 28”
Brace Height 6”
Weight 3.2 lbs.
Axle Length 29.75″
I had the pleasure of shooting the Carnage at a local shop. One thing that I immediately noticed was that the inch longer ATA over last year’s Attack made a huge difference for me at full draw. I like to have the string touch my nose and I could not do with without cheating my head forward with the Attack (I shoot a 30″ draw) because of the steep string angle. With the Carnage I was much more comfortable at full draw.
The bow is extremely quiet on the shot and little to no vibration was present. Drawing the bow is a pleasure and there are no noticeable humps or disruptions in the draw cycle. I am very picky about having a solid, repeatable back wall and the twenty or so shots I had through the bow convinced me that the Carnage meets my expectations. Unfortunately I was unable to get any speed testing done, so that information will have to wait for another day. With a 7 1/4″ brace height and a rated IBO speed of 345 fps, the specs say that this should be the fastest single cam on the market while still having a generous brace.
I would really like to get a Carnage fully setup with proper stabilization, sights, etc. and really see what it is capable of. Bear has definitely stepped it up this year and are ready to take on the high-end market with the Carnage.
Here is the official Bear video/commercial for the Carnage:
And an excellent two-part video review of the Carnage by Merlin Archery in the UK:
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