|Bowtech did not rest on its laurels from the success of last year's
introduction of the Patriot Dually VFT. This year's model sees an
improvement in the riser as well as the eccentrics and limb pockets.
Bowtech has once again listened to its audience of archers to create a
If you are not familiar with the term VFT it stands for "Vertical Force
Technology". Simply stated Bowtech defines it as "any power not converted
directly into arrow speed is dispersed away from the riser, equally in
opposite directions". The dispersed power is effectively neutralized
therefore reducing hand shock and recoil. Looking at the Patriot
you can see this right away from the design of the swept back limbs.
Initial Overview and Thoughts
the 2004 Patriot Dually I immediately noticed the new and refined riser
design and camo pattern. Other changes include the cams, limb pockets
and hush kit. The initial draw cycle informed me that the valley
was short and similar to last year's model. When coming to full draw
you will experience a hard back wall, just as you would expect in a two
The Patriots riser has been redesigned for the second straight year.
The first detail that caught my eye from the machined 6061 T6 aluminum
is the riser cutouts. Each individual section of riser cutouts, top,
middle and bottom has been dressed up to include a surrounding beveled
plane. The tapered angles that transition each section have also
been rounded. These improved features present a flowing design which
enhances the risers appeal.
The arrow shelf for 2004 has been widened to include a lip. With
the popularity of drop away rests the lip is a feature well taken.
It aids in any arrow that may want to wander off the shelf during the draw
The width has been increased slightly to enhance strength throughout.
It incorporates a double threaded insert design to accept any arrow rest.
This allows for a multitude of rest designs as well as aiding with positioning
and securing of the rest.
The handle as noted earlier is a wood laminate multicolor design.
It incorporates the laser etched Bowtech name. A narrow throat favors
a person with a low wrist grip, like me. The stabilizer mounts can
be found on the front as well as the backside of the riser. This
allows each archer to achieve their own custom feel. For myself I
favor the bows balanced 3 lb. 11 oz. weight and believe no stabilizer is
The reflexed design of the riser still allows for a generous 7 5/8"
brace height. With this high of a brace height I am still amazed
at the IBO speed of 334 fps. The birth certificate that is supplied
with every Bowtech model states my Dually registered 320 fps at 29" and
a little over 70 pound pull.
Bowtech has equipped the 2004 Patriot with a pivoting limb pocket.
The machined pocket pivots as the poundage is increased or decreased over
10 pound range allowing the limbs to maintain optimal performance.
A must for keeping sights, rest and bow aligned throughout preseason preparation.
The Patriot integrates the high performance of a dual cam draw cycle.
The draw cycle has been improved with a new cam incorporating a rounder
design as well as ball bearings. The rollover is smoother and an
improvement over last year's model. The valley is short and the back wall
solid which seem to be a trademark of all Bowtech's dual cam bows.
The dual cam utilizes a modular design and can be adjusted to draw lengths
from 26 to 31 inches. This is a one inch increase over the high end
scale from last year's model (25-30). Individual modules adjust draw
lengths and are available in half inch and one inch increments.
Bowtech continues to use Gordon's "power Tuff" 14.5 inch compressed
molded glass/resin limbs. The limbs combined with the new cams and
limb pockets are the secret behind the VFT technology. This technology
generates excellent arrow velocities while providing smoothness throughout
the draw cycle and release.
Bowtech utilizes TS1 Brownwell material for manufacturing its stings.
This material has very little stretch characteristics and the bow seems
to generate a little more speed after it settles in (initial 100-150 shots).
The Bowtech Hush Kit for 2004 has undergone some radical design changes.
The string silencers have taken on different look with five curled "spider
legs" replacing the previous four post "X" design. Someone mention
that it looks like the insert tabs used on old "45" records. I vaguely
remember those. The Limb suppressors have gone from a solid rectangle
design to include the same "spider leg" design.
Tests were performed on a 20 to 30 yard indoor range which included
a chronograph. The bow was tested at 71 lbs. utilizing a 28.75" Easton
ACC 360 arrow weighing in at 410 grains.
The Patriot was immediately outfitted for shooting and off to the chrono
I went. With the string nock replaced with a loop and TM style rest
installed, the Dually propelled the first arrow at 297 fps. Two more
followed with the exact same speed.
The chronograph test followed with many draw cycles to test the back
wall, letoff and creep. The draw cycle starts off smooth and continues
throughout thanks to the new and improved cams. The poundage comes
up quickly and is maintained throughout until it peaks and lets off in
the very short valley. As mentioned earlier the back wall is very solid
and the letoff measures 65% making it, non asterisk, Pope and Young acceptable.
The creep, I like to say, is virtually non existent. If you have
any bad habits with creeping this bow will surely cure them. Upon
release you would think that the bow would want to spring from your hands
with all the harnessed energy. Instead upon release the bow settles
into your hand with no noticeable hand shock or torque. Compared
to last years bow there is a comparable difference with a definite improvement.
The improvements over the 2003 model have heightened my performance
as a shooter. The 2004 Patriot Dually is a genuine refined package
and even more so enjoyable to shoot. As you recall from last years
evaluation Patriot Dually was my bow of choice throughout the fall on many
hunts. I can say that this year's Dually will duplicate that pattern.
I just hope that the two 150 plus class monsters that I had in my sights
last year make it through my shooting lane before shooting light fades
or decides not to chase a hot doe through them. But that is a whole
Design 9.9 out of 10
Last year in my evaluation
I stated the '03 model was about as close to perfect as you can get.
With the changes made I feel this bow is better and therefore deserve as
near to perfect as possible. Bowtech once again listened to the realm
of archers shooting their bows and acted. The new cam and limb pocket
design make this one of the smoothest bows I have handled so far this year
or ever for that matter. The flat trajectories are noted by the small
pin gaps within my sight.
Quality 9 out of 10
The new design of the machined riser and limb pockets are flawless.
The new Mossy Oak Camouflage looks great and the only thing keeping
it from near perfect is a couple small bubbles found along the outsides
of both limbs.
Bowtech continues to improve on its designs and features. As
stressed several times throughout this evaluation, the company continues
to listen to archers input in order to improve designs. I can hardly
wait to see what is in store for 2005!
The 2004 Patriot Dually incorporates the following features:
Brace Height: 7 5/8":
High brace height transforms into smooth releases
Peak Draw Weights: 50, 60, 70.
This evaluation covers the 70 lb. model
Draw Length: 26 to 31. Mine
was perfect at 29"
Axle to Axle Length: 35
1/8". An all around length for any hunting situation
Let Off: 65%: No asterisk
Mass Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz.. Under
the magical 4 pound limit I like
IBO Speed Rating: 326 to 334
fps. Puts it above other bows in its class
Finish: Mossy Oak Obsession.
Blends into any environment
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Eugene, OR 97402
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