Sunday, May 15, 2022

What Made my Decision to Switch to a Women’s Bow

It might help shape your next purchase, dude!

by Derek R. Benoit November , 2021

Why Switch to a Women’s Bow?

Why I switched to a “women’s” bow is quite simple. It made my life easier. The past several months have been challenging. With an Epstein Barr Virus episode earlier, and a prolapse of my ileostomy that crushed the last of my renal transplant function, I read the writing on the wall. My fitness routine would be changing. Even more so now that I’m well over a month into dialysis, with very low hemoglobin, low protein, and other side affects of the life saving treatment itself. Spoiler alert, the purchase was made several months ago: reading the tea leaves!

The Switch to a Women’s Bow Began Well Before Dialysis Started

To start with, I’m going to have to be extra careful with strength training. It will officially be time for higher reps, and lower weight. If I’m able to rebuild to prior strength levels OR more, I’m all for it. However, that’s going to come via the higher reps formula.

Looking at renal function over time, the hits to function did NOT come from the higher weight, fewer reps. I was seeing the creatinine and other measures on a monthly basis. Ultimately, the function dropped in a stair stepped fashion. Each drop followed a specific, tangible and identifiable shock. Epstein Barr virus, prolapse of the ileostomy (and the resulting necrosis), significant dehydration episodes, other illnesses.

The strength and cardio formula was a success. At times, especially in 2020, I saw successful renal function measurements even with the higher weight, lower rep formula. Still, to limit pressure on what’s left of my renal transplant as I head into week 4 of dialysis, I’ll be switching things up. Thus, my draw weight is going to stay at a max of 60. There just isn’t any need for me to go any higher.

Keeping the “Old” Bow in Reserve

With my Mathews V3 27, I have the option of changing out the mods to increase draw weight, IF it becomes prudent. That’s a big IF. Currently, the V3 is fitted with 60lb mods. Such provides me the opportunity to max draw weight out in the low 60lb range.

What I Gain from the Mathews Prima

Enter the Mathews Prima. At lbs, it lighter. It’s highest available draw weight option is 60lbs, even with the V3 I currently own. As with the V3, I have the option of maxing it out in the low 60lb range, which is still within my wheel house given workout limitations. For the spring, I can aim for reach that maxed out status, or at least get there by late spring or early summer.

Of course, this will depend upon my surgical schedule this winter and early spring. Should anything crazy happen all best are off, for bow practice AND fitness routines. Like the V3, it uses Mathew’s Crosscentric Cams, and adjust draw weight via mod adjustments. It is not available at the time of this writing is draw weight options above 60lbs. Ultimately, that doesn’t really matter. the big 6-0 provides plenty of punch to take whitetails and I’m sure that there are plenty of bigger game animals that have fallen to the Prima at 60lbs, or even less.

The First Thing You’ll Likely Notice About the Prima

Draw weight curve. One thing immediately noticeable at a known (you really should know what the draw weight is at when shooting a “short list” bow before purchase) is how quickly the draw weight drops with the Prima. It’s significantly steeper of a drop-off than the V3, or the TX-5s I’ve own in the past. The V3 and TX-5 were noticeably higher in draw weight well into the draw cycle.

Specifically, this means the resistance needed to draw the bow back was “flat” well into the draw cycle. Then, near full draw, resistance required to pull dropped precipitously. This translates to a somewhat “jumpy” character while letting down. If you need to let down, you see quickly how much more draw weight kicks in in that late part of the cycle. This is the “jumpiness” to which I refer. By comparison, the Prima decreases in draw weight much more quickly in the cycle, with an even, and significantly “lack” of jumpiness at let down from full draw. It’s easier on the shoulder for sure. Also, it feels much easier to hold for longer time at a given draw weight. THAT might mean something to you.

Additionally, that dramatic early drop-off in draw weight and very gradual decline to holding weight means something if you’re in a seated position, say in a ground blind. Even more so if, as most of us, your hunting is mostly in colder months. It’s simply easier to pull the bow back if your shoulders are cold. This may be more important for you than you think at a given draw weight!

The Prima has a Comfortably Short Axel-to-Axel Length

The axel-to-axel is still well within my wheelhouse at 30 inches. ATA, is very much personal preference. I prefer shorter ATA bows. Most of the huntable public areas have some VERY thick portions of cover. Even if there are games trails to follow, the cover is so thick that longer ATAs just don’t work for me. Moreover, being so short at 5’5″ means the bow is being carried that much closer to the ground, and thus the brush to either side. Such is what originally drew me to the TX-5, at 28inches, and the V2 27, at 27 inches, respectively, in ATA.

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