a fairly new name to the bowhunting community, but behind the name is a
very solid knowledge base. This knowledge base includes licensing
of Cam Technology to other bow manufacturers even before Bowtech entered
the market in 1999.
its infancy Bowtech has been known for the speed, yet shootability of its
bows. This year is no different with the announcement of the Patriot
that combines the speed of the Infinity Cam and smoothness of Vertical
Force Technology (VFT). VFT is a limb design that transfers energy vertically
thereby eliminating vibration associated with a more upright limb design.
Energy is equally applied along both limbs in opposite directions, which
virtually eliminates recoil and hand shock from the riser.
Let's now take a closer look at Bowtech's newest bow:
Camouflaged in Realtree Advantage Timber the Patriot should have no
problem blending in with any bowhunter's environment. The quality
of the machined aluminum riser is shown throughout in the curves and many
precisely placed cutouts used to reduce weight and add rigidity.
The site window, although somewhat narrow, is long enough to accommodate
any extended site. The shelf and AMO cutouts on the riser allow for any
rest type, whether it be drop-away, prong style or shoot through.
I like the fact that the Patriot uses a two plunge holes for the rest.
This makes it not only easier to install and level but ensures a rock solid,
secure fit. The carbon cable guard is integrated and located above
the shelf giving it a centered position in the riser. This design
combined with a Teflon cable slide allows for a smooth draw as well as
giving adequate clearance for any size and type of fletching.
The admirable walnut grip is laser etched with the Bowtech name.
The throat is as close to perfect as they come without being custom.
It may be just a little larger than I prefer for my low-wrist grip.
However the heel of the grip fits nicely into my lower palm. The
placement for a stabilizer is a little lower than I am accustomed to.
I prefer it just below the grip as to incorporate a solid wrist strap.
However after shooting the Patriot I am confident that I can do away with
the sling. The VFT seems to eliminate any hand shock or jump known
to many speed bows. The Patriot also incorporates a second accessory
screw in the lower backside area of the riser for counter balancing stabilizers.
The infinity cam is a unique adjustable cam in which you can change
not only your draw length but adjust the bows poundage letoff as well.
Individual modules can be changed within the infinity cam to achieve the
correct draw length. Modules can be changed easily and without
the use of a bow press. To change, simple remove two hex screws,
replace the module and reinsert the hex screws. To fine-tune the
length and letoff an adjustable post is moved along a machined slot within
the infinity cam. The machined slot allows for small incremental
adjustments to draw lengths so you are not limited to preset adjustments
as in competitors cams, hence the name infinity. The post, as the
bow is drawn, comes in contact with the lower limb stopping it. This
not only gives you an exact stopping point but also achieves a precise
wall and anchor point, which in turn ensures accuracy.
Machined aluminum limb pockets support the Gordon glass limbs swept
back to utilize the VFT technology. The Patriot also uses Sandtrap
technology within the pockets, in addition to VFT, to become one of the
quietest bows on the market. Bowtech researched many vibration dampening
materials and found that nothing works better than sand. All this
combined with the precision limb bolts and tight tolerances securely hold
the limbs in place throughout the 10-lb adjustable range.
Bowtech uses one of the finest bowstrings in the world today.
Winners Choice Custom Bowstrings are pre-stretched to ensure proper length
and proper peep sight alignment. Many of today's top archers use
Winners Choice exclusively. Bowtech uses these strings on most of
their other bows as well. This commitment to quality is just one
of many that I have found which makes Bowtech unique to the marketplace.
The Patriots moderate reflex design coupled with the Infinity cam and
powerful Gordon limbs propels an arrow in the range of 312 to 320 feet
per second by Bowtech specifications. This design combined with a
generous 7.25" and the VFT technology makes the Patriot a true pleasure
to shoot. Furthermore, what is unique about Bowtech is that each
bow is test fired at the factory. If a bow for any reason doesn't
perform or pass the Bowtech specifications, it doesn't ship. Mine
came adjusted to fit my 29-inch draw length and measured 305 feet per second
at 70 lbs through the chrono with a 350-grain arrow.
The Patriot shipped to me came with "Vibrablock" and Hush kit accessories.
These were attached to each limb, cable slide and at each end of the string
close to the eccentrics. The Vibrablocks fit over the lower end of
the limbs to help reduce shock and vibration. Unlike other suppressant
material the bow must be put in a vise and eccentrics removed in order
for the Vibrablocks to be slipped over and attached to the limb.
This ensures they stay in place and will not fall off or need to be reattached
with sticky glues or tape. Once attached I believe they should never
wear out. The Hush kit includes string silencers and cable muffler
to further reduce any vibration in the string that may be transferred to
the cable slide.
Camo 4 of 5
The Patriot finish is base coated then double dipped in Realtree Advantage
Timber which adequately covers not only the riser but extends to the limb
pockets and limbs. Bowtech does a great job of camouflaging the essential
parts of the bow so that no glare becomes a factor.
Design/Quality 5 of 5
For a bow manufacturer that has just started marketing bows within
the last 5 years, Bowtech has designed a true gold medal bow. Quality
is shown throughout the Patriot from the smooth lines and cutout of the
riser to the sweptback limb technology of VFT. The performance of
this bow is second to none when you combine it's speed, technological features
Grip 4 of 5
I feel the only way to achieve a comfortable grip is to have one custom
made. With so many different types of shooters on the market it is
hard for any bow manufacturer to deliver one that will satisfy any one
person. I do however feel Bowtech has made a strong attempt to try
and satisfy all type of shooters with this grip. The heel of the
grip does fit nicely into the lower palm of my hand. I prefer a smaller
throat and feel it would help me secure a better grip on every draw.
Shootability 5 of 5
With speeds over 310 fps from a bow with an axle to axle length of
just over 33 inches you would expect a great deal of hand shock and/or
vibration. The moderate brace height of over 7 inches combined with
the VFT and sandtrap pocket technology makes this bow a pure joy to shoot.
At a little over four pounds the bow is a little towards the heavy end
when compared to others in its class. This can be overlooked in my
book because I feel there is no need for a stabilizer with this trophy
of a bow.
In conclusion you can acquire from the evaluation that I thought this
bow to be a true winner for any experienced hunter. From my over
25 years of bowhunting I believe the Patriot to be one of the best available
on the market today. Combine this with a generous lifetime warranty
and you can't go wrong. I believe Bowtech, even though a young company,
with its new ideas and technology is a serious commitment to the ever changing