Bowhunters are an interesting lot ... and I'm definitely no exception to this general rule. On one hand, we're an exceptionally particular group of individuals who know exactly how we like things. When a great product comes along that we like, we stick with it.
But on the other hand, as intimate as the bond is between a hunter and his/her bow, there's something uniquely appealing when a new piece of equipment is unveiled—especially when it comes to bows. Bows are kinda like trucks: We all love the one we're with, but you pass a new, shiny, decked-out model driving down the road and, at least for me, it's difficult not to covet.
I had a front-row seat (literally, inches) at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show this morning when BowTech unveiled their 2012 king, the Insanity CPX. And, shamelessly, covet I did. Funny thing, I wasn't alone: The show officially started at 8:30 a.m. (EST), and by 8:35 a.m., everyone inside the doors was circled around the steel box containing the long-awaited secret, waiting for the sides to drop.
And drop they did, in classic "let's get this party started" fashion. From custom country music to T-shirts providing another sleek and phenomenally stunning bow, it's apparent the folks at BowTech are steadfast servants to any hunter who takes to the woods with a bow.
I tried to grab the Insanity CPX from the rack and run with it, but inevitably got beaten down by the BowTech bouncers ... twice. The bow is THAT sexy. But sexy only matters in hero shots when you're sitting next to your trophy, and two shots into my shooting session I came to the realization my 2012 hunting photo album is going to be one to brag about thanks to this bow.
Most astonishing is the legitimate 355 fps this bow delivers. But to me, that means nothing without shootability. I've shot "speed bows" before, and speed means nothing to me if I can't control it. But rest assured, the Insanity CPX is a hunter's bow that shoots at speed-bow speeds. I've shot very few bows that brought a smile to my face like this one already has.
The bow sports a 6-inch brace height, but I urge you to not let that scare you away. With the collaboration of innovations that this bow packs, a blind shooter would swear the brace height were in excess of 7 inches. (Post continued below BowTech Insanity CPX video commercial.)
BowTech Insanity CPX Hard Specs
- 32-inch axle-to-axle.
- 25.5- to 30-inch draw length.
- 50- to 80-pound limb configurations.
- 4.3 pounds.
- Jaw-dropping (and critter-dropping) 98 ft-lbs. of kinetic energy.
If it isn't apparent I'm excited about this bow, let me spell it out: I am excited about this bow.
And regardless of whether you're planning to buy a new bow for your 2012 exploits, shoot an Insanity CPX to see—and especially feel—just how pleasurable BowTech has made shooting a bow.
Keep your nose to the wind.