EVALUATION: BowTech Allegiance

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EVALUATION: BowTech Allegiance

By Dave Conrad

May 6, 2005, 02:17

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Dave Conrad

2005 BowTech® Allegiance, by Dave Conrad

BowTech Allegiance

Over the last year you have been putting in a lot of hours in the field scouting, going over topographical maps and planning your stand locations. Now it is pre-rut and you have slipped into a stand which you have been waiting for the wind to be perfect.

It is just after sunrise and you look down the ridge to see the buck of your dreams come into view. You ready yourself as his path will take him into a shooting lane less than 20 yards away. It is the moment of truth you have been waiting for as you draw back your bow.

It is no time for failure as you and your bow become one through an allegiance. An allegiance of practice and knowing how the bow will perform and what you can expect out of it. And if you are shooting a 2005 Allegiance you will have no problem making the shot.

Initial Inspection

Just like all 2005 BowTech Hunting Bows the Allegiance is decked out in Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage. The dipped riser, limb pockets and limbs are of excellent quality and are finished in house at the BowTech Waterdog facility. The in house facility allows for greater control on its quality and manufacturing process. Attractive nameplates and decals complete the overall impressive look of the Allegiance.

Limbs/Limb Pockets

Fit and finish is the next area of scrutiny. How well do joined pieces come together can be the failure of any piece of equipment. The riser and industry leader Gordon Glass limbs collaborate in well machine limb pockets that are secured in place by a square plate limb bolt system. The plate compresses the limb into the limb pocket with uniform pressure allowing for a better fit. They have kept the well designed, pivoting limb pocket that was introduced in ?04. The pivoting action ensures that optimal performance is maintained as poundage is increased or decreased over the weight range of the bow.

Riser

Detail is an attention grabber with flowing design and cutouts that are a BowTech signature to the line. The handle is of a narrow design that allows for grip pressure to be distributed to all the correct areas, including the heel of your palm. The width of the riser continues in ?05 to be a little wider for the industry. This definitely adds strength but also adds a little weight pushing the Allegiance to just over the magical 4 pound mark.

The width of the arrow shelf carries an upward curve at the end which aids in arrow retention for many of today?s drop away rests. Speaking of drop away rests many of today?s archers are relying on them. These rests may require more setup time, but once correctly tuned, accuracy seems to improve. They realize this and have incorporated a threaded hole on the underside of the cable slide to accommodate many brands.

BowTech continues to integrate dual threaded riser rest inserts, allowing for a secure fit. No more concerns about a rest moving when bumped or dropped. Necessary, maybe not, but I like the idea of a secure fit with a little added insurance. AMO standards continue throughout including stainless steel stabilizer inserts on the front and rear of the riser allowing archers to attain a custom feel.

The Allegiance carries a reflex design with a brace height of 7 inches. This range falls just above average for a brace height but the bow still carries an impressive speed of up to 328 fps.

Speaking of specs each bow leaves the factory with a Birth Certificate stating the speed as well as maximum poundage. My test bow stated a speed of 316 fps at 70 pounds and true 29? draw with a 350 grain arrow.

Finally the handle fits flush with the riser and requires no screws, just adhesive, to hold it in place. This is a plus for those, like me who prefer it, but may be a problem to remove for those who require installing a custom grip to fit their needs.

Eccentrics

Totally new for 2005, the Allegiance carries BowTech?s new Equalizer Binary Cam System. The Equalizer, a twin cam system, allows the cams, outfitted with dual cables, to work as one. Since the cables are dependent upon each other as they are linked into the cams, not into the limbs like other systems, tuning and timing issues are virtually eliminated after initial setup.

This system altogether removes the use of yoke cables and drastically cuts down cam lean. Cam lean, caused by the pull from the offset of the cable guard, places undo stress on the limbs. This lean has a great effect on a bow torque upon release, thereby affecting accuracy.

The Equalizer Binary Cam System does not use modules to change the draw length. Each draw length requires a specific cam so if you need to change the draw length it requires changing both cams.

Is this a good system? There are some skeptics but I believe it is a good scenario because once your bow is fitted at your local BowTech Pro Shop you shouldn?t need to change draw lengths. The most you will have to do is compensate for string stretch which is minimal based on their use of 452X BCY materials.

BowTech?s radical Hush Kit remains the same from 2004. This unique design increases surface area which in turn quickly reduces string oscillation and virtually eliminates vibration throughout.

Tests

Testing was conducted on an indoor range at distances ranging from 5 to 20 yards. Shots were performed with and without a release and sights. This was done for a couple of reasons. First to get a different feel from the draw of the new Equalizer Binary Cam System and second to concentrate on the bow itself without focusing on the accessories. The Allegiance was setup with a Trophy Taker drop away rest and tuned to shoot bullet holes using Easton ACC 3-60 arrows. A peep was tied in as well as a string loop when utilizing a release.

First tests were performed without any accessories other than the rest. The draw cycle was tested slowly drawing the 70 lb. bow through the cycle. I alternated closing my eyes on subsequent draws as to obtain as much attention as possible to the new cam?s draw cycle. Once at full draw I would again alternate between letting down the bow and releasing shots at the target at a mere 5 yards away. This enabled me to focus on every aspect of the draw cycle.

To describe it I would have to comment that it is very smooth but comes up to weight quickly and stays throughout. The valley is somewhat nonexistent with the let-off coming abruptly as you pull into a hard backwall. The hard backwall is the result of a stop peg on the upper cam. The stop peg is adjustable, very short travel, allowing the archer to customize the let-off between 65 and 80 percent. However as the 80 percent let-off is approached, the archer will feel a little more forgiveness and a little more of a valley (slight).

With this design I can see why the draw lengths are measured in half inch increments. The cam system stores a lot of energy but as mentioned earlier is very smooth. Also amazing is that upon release, you would expect the bow to jump from the amount of stored energy in the cam when coming through the draw cycle. But not so as BowTech?s Vertical Force Technology (VFT) dissipates the energy away from the riser as well as creating very little noise.

The Allegiance was really impressive, fun to shoot and proved itself on the range. Groupings were tight and compact, even though the bow was quickly tuned and sighted in. The hard back wall made it easy to pull into and acquire the sight pin at any yardage.

I am very impressed with the new Equalizer Binary Cam System found on the Allegiance. The new cam system took a little getting use to but after a couple rounds of X?s I was very pleased with the results.

Design 9.0 out of 10
Once again it is obvious BowTech doesn?t rest on its past accomplishments. The new Binary Cam System shows, even as a youthful company, that they are willing to take chances and bring new changes into the industry.

The smooth lines of the riser are a pleasing sight and are balanced throughout. The wider riser does however add weight and pushes the Allegiance over the magical 4 pound range.

Quality 9.0 out of 10
The dipped camouflage looks great and is a result of the in house Waterdog facility. Fit and finish between components are of the tightest tolerances. I did however find one cam machined with a sharp edge, thereby gnawing into the string, but BowTech quickly replaced the culprit.

Specifications:

Brace Height 7″
High brace height transforms into smooth releases
Peak Draw Weights: 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
This evaluation covers the 70 lb. model
Draw Length: 24? to 30?
Mine was at 29?
Axle to Axle Length: 33 5/8?
An all around length for any hunting situation
Let-Off: Adjustable, 65% to 80%
Mass Weight: 4 lbs 3 oz.
A little over the magical 4 pound limit
IBO Speed Rating: 322 to 328 fps.
A plus from the new cam
Finish: Mossy Oak Obsession
Blends into any environment
MSR: $749.00

Final conclusion: In a little more than five years BowTech has leapfrogged to the top of the industry.

For more information contact:


BowTech
Corporate Headquarters
90554 Highway 99 North
Eugene, OR 97402

Phone: 541-284-4711 or 888-689-1289
Fax: 541-284-4712
Email:  gene@bowtecharchery.com
BowTech Web Site, www.bowtecharchery.com 

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