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Last Updated: Feb 22nd, 2007 - 18:37:03

Doug Besherse's ATA Report #1
By Doug Besherse of
Jan 26, 2007, 09:25

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I started bow hunting almost 30 years ago and have been in the industry now for 20 years. One thing that I am amazed at is the constant improvement of equipment and how far things have come in that period of time.

While at the ATA show I went into several bow companies booths and asked for their best shooting bows. I shot every one that was given to me and mentally ranked them as to their smoothness of draw, balance, weight, initial hand shock and secondary vibrations.

Here are my top 3 picks:

Number 3: Ben Pearson Z34 - Nice smooth draw, good balance with no stabilizer, very little hand shock or secondary vibration, bow didnít even twitch after the shot

Number 2: Diamond Black Ice. A really nice feeling bow, balanced well, smooth draw, no hand shock, a little secondary vibration that would go away with a small stabilizer.
Diamond Black Ice

Number 1: BowTech Guardian. Revolutionary design in all aspects, riser, limb attachment and cam. Dynamite shooter that had no felt shock or secondary vibration coupled with a slick draw cycle.
BowTech Guardian

My personal overall favorite was the Diamond Black Ice. The Guardian was a little bulkier than I like, the Z34 had a little shorter brace height than I like. The Black Ice was just right .

Of course Baskin Robbins makes 34 flavors of ice cream for a reason, so it is with bows. That being said you wonít go wrong with any of these three.

To visit: Ben Pearson

To visit: BowTech

To visit: Diamond

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