Bear Apprentice 3 is the newest version of the famous Apprentice series. It’s light and overwhelmingly adjustable. With a huge range of draw length and draw weight it can perfectly serve 5 year old and a 15 year old. It will definitely not be outgrown quickly and high quality finish will make it last for years. The bow is also a high performer being able to shoot at 265 fps IBO speed. Comfortable wide valley and smooth draw cycle makes it a perfect bow for beginners. Apprentice 3 scores high in most customer reviews for the new, modular cam that enables quick and easy adjustments of the draw length. Thanks to the above features and a very affordable price Apprentice 3 has become one of the most popular bows among youth archers and beginners.
To keep the weight down without compromising on the strength the riser is made of machined aluminium alloy. It has a modern shape with large cutouts to further reduce the weight. A string suppression system is mounted on the front of the riser, below the grip. There is also a cable guard on the front of the riser.
The grip is slim to eliminate hand torque and enable comfortable operation for users with small palms. Its shape promotes proper hand position thus enhancing accuracy. It features black plates with white Bear logo on its sides.
Limbs of the Apprentice 3
Bear Apprentice 3 comes with famous Flared Quad Limbs. They are optimised for efficient energy storing. The construction and position of the limbs reduces vibration and their positioning eliminates hand shock. The limbs are secured in place with Bear’s renowned Zero Tolerance Limb Pocket system. It ensures consistency and precision thus promoting accuracy. The pivoting pockets also help minimizing vibrations after the shot.
Eccentric System (Cams)
Bear Apprentice 3 features the G3 cams. A third generation of a high quality, lightweight and and durable cams that makes this bow extremely smooth and provide enormous power if needed. This optimized rotating module design allows for draw length adjustments in the range of 15″ to 27″ in 1″ increments and draw weight adjustments ranging from 15lbs. up to 60 lbs. The let-off of this bow is 70% which enables comfortable aiming.
This compound bow comes in two finish options:
Realtree APG camo pattern which melts into many different environments such as hardwoods, pine thickets, prairies, river bottoms and others. It’s an ideal turkey hunting camo.
Realtree AP Snow PINK.
The camo pattern covers the riser whereas limbs, cams and accessories are black.
Vibration and Noise Reduction
The string suppression system mounted below the grip captures any string oscillations and prevent noise. Vibrations are also minimized by the structure of the Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets.
Content of the Package
The Apprentice 3 is sold as a complete ready-to-hunt bow package. It contains:
Trophy Ridge Whisker Biscuit (black with brown whiskers);
Trophy Ridge 3 pin fibre optic bow sight (black);
Trophy Ridge quiver for four arrows (black);
Wheel Peep Sight;
Summary of the review
great adjustment range of both draw length and draw weight;
PSE Sinister is a unique design combining high performance, great maneuverability, forgiveness and great price. An almost impossible mix. Almost. The IBO speeds of 327 ftp would satisfy any bow hunter. In dense woods an ultra-compact 28” axle to axle brace height will be a bless. The forgiving 7-1/4″ brace height can be helpful after hours spent on a tree stand. Due to its single cam eccentric system tuning of this compound is very easy and maintenance is minimal. The icing on the cake is the affordable price tag on the bow. This rig was made with bow hunting in mind and scores high in all customer reviews. PSE Sinister is specially praised for its excellent value to price ratio.
The riser of Sinister is made of strong and very light aluminium. It is exceptionally short and has large cutouts which bring its weight down. The riser has a classical for PSE bows shape and features a vibration dampener on the front.
There is also a new cable guard system mounted on the front of the riser. The cable guard slides smoothly along the slider ensuring quiet and reliable operation. It has rounded edges to prevent damage to the string.
PSE Sinister features a slim Raptor Grip that promotes proper hand placement. Its width is is enough to enable grip relaxation and at the same time narrow enough to minimize grip torque. The rubber plates on the side of the grip can be either red or black.
Limbs of the PSE Sinister
The heavily preloaded composite limbs are in past parallel position. They have a high percentage of fully stressed working area on the limb which makes them highly efficient in storing and releasing the kinetic energy. Sinister is equipped with Brute X limb pockets that hold the limbs in place. Because they are longer than usual pockets there is more contact between the limb and the pocket which greatly promote proper limb alignment. The limb support is made of composite materials and features delrin bushings which guarantee perfect limb position during the shooting cycle. This system also allows for quick and simple draw length adjustment in the range between 50 and 70 pounds.
Eccentric System (cam)
PSE Sinister is a single cam compound which makes is a perfect choice for anyone that appreciate simplicity and reliability of such designs. At the same time due to the unique design of the famous AMP Cam it can deliver generous 327 ftp which by all means is a great result and something you wouldn’t expect from a single cam bow with such forgiving brace height. In fact Sinister comes with the exact same cam as Prophecy, the fastest single cam bow ever produced. The increased strength and reduced weight of this eccentric system was achieved by application of 7075 aircraft grade aluminum.
Thanks to second generation posi-lock inner cam the draw length adjustment is quick and easy without a need of a bow press or additional cam modules. The adjustment range of the draw length is 25.5 ” – 30.5 ” in half inch increments. On the outer ring of the cam is a set of draw stops which can be easily changed with a hex key. The engagements on outer ring, inner ring and the posi-lock cam help making the adjustments and prevent from incorrect positioning of the screws. This cam system offers 75% let-off and due to the shape of AMP cam and reliable sealed bearings provide smooth draw cycle.
PSE Sinister comes with the following finish options:
BREAK-UP INFINITY – both limbs and riser come in a great camo pattern by Mossy Oak that provide unmatched realism and contrast in order to break up a hunter’s silhouette.
BLACK CAMO – limbs are in BREAK-UP INFINITY camo and riser is black,
ALL BLACK – both limbs and riser are black,
SKULLWORKS BLACK – a black and white camo pattern on both limbs and riser.
The default finish option for most packages (including Ready-To-Shoot and Field-Ready packages) is BREAK-UP INFINITY. For each of the finish options there is a matching set of accessories available.
Vibration and noise reduction
Thanks to the new VibraCheck Limb Dampener band system eliminates after shot vibrations. They are made from specifically formulated elastomer for maximal absorption. The band is shaped in such a way that can either be installed on separate quad limbs or lock with a second band to work in tandem. VaibraCheck dampeners are available in several different color options. After shot string oscillations in PSE Sinister were virtually eliminated by VibraCheck Backstop 2 system. It prevents the string from producing any noise. The Backstop 2 dampener is highly adjustable and needs to be tuned if you change the draw weight of the bow. It’s made from lightweight aluminium and allows for ¼ inch lateral adjustments. The bumper can be optimally positioned thanks to pivoting mount. It also has additional lateral micro adjustment for fine tuning.
Bear Legion would be an excellent choice for someone seeking a compact, high quality and fast rig. The surprisingly low price tag has made this bow very popular among advanced users who are on the budget but don’t want to compromise on performance. It has been highly praised by users that shot it in variety of situations. Legion is proven to perform well both in the hunting scenarios and while you practice target shooting. Bear’s quality noise and vibration reduction mechanisms have made this bow virtually silent and eliminated any hank shock. Over 60 years of experience enabled Bear to produce a bow that impresses even the pros with it smoothness and reliability. At the same time Bear Legion is so forgiving and easy to adjust that even beginners can use it. This compound scores high in customer reviews for its performance, smoothness and lack of after shot vibrations. The weak point according to some users and their personal preference is the string which is by no means inferior quality.
Legion’s riser has a classic for Bear archery bows shape with large cutouts. It features integrated dual string suppressors and a stainless steel stabilizer mounting. The aircraft grade aluminum riser despite its low weight stands out in terms of rigidity resulting in high torsional stability.
Bear Legion comes with thin grip with side plates known from other Bear’s rigs. It has ergonomic shape and enforces proper hand placement. Most users appreciate the stability and lack of torque it offers, however its ascetic construction offers no thermal insulation hence if you’re planning to use in the winter gloves will be necessary. The grip has a screwed in plates with white Bear logo on a black background.
Bear Legion comes with split limbs positioned parallelly to nullify hand kick. They are made of extensible composite materials which makes them powerful, lightweight and durable. The shape and materials of Legions pre-loaded limbs enable uniform force distribution during the draw cycle and eliminates deflection.
Legion’s limbs are locked in place by Bear’s renowned Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets. This system not only provide ideal consistency and precision but also absorbs after shot vibrations.
Eccentric System (Cam)
Legion is a single cam bow and thus requires minimal maintenance and eliminates the necessity of cam synchronization. Bear Archery equipped it with a Modular E2-Cam. It allows for half inch increments in the rage of 26″ to 31″. The adjustment can be done with hex key (not included in the package) and a bow press is not required to do so. The idler wheel has a dual stainless steel sealed bearings which increase smoothness of operation and provide reliability. E2-Cam eccentrics provide generous 318 fps IBO speeds and thanks to their shape the draw cycle is smooth. This combined with 80% let-off and a solid back wall makes the bow very comfortable in use.
Legion comes in a light and neutrally toned Realtree APG camo pattern. The coating is high quality and quite thick which ensures durability.
Vibration and noise reduction
Dual offset string suppressors mounted on the riser deaden string oscillations and eliminate noise. They were designed, optimized and meticulously tested using high-speed photography methods to ensure highest effectiveness in noise reduction with no compromise on the arrow speed. There is also an adjustment mechanism so you can tuned is according to your preferences.
The after shoot limb vibration and hand kick were eliminated by application of parallel positioned limbs and Zero Tolerance Two-Piece pockets.
If you buy Legion with Ready To Hunt Package you will also get a Shockstop stabilizer by Trophy Ridge that efficiently absorbs any residual vibrations.
Ready to hunt package This package include a set of Trophy Ridge accessories, such as:
Whisker Biscuit – black in color with brown fibers;
3-Pin Sight – can be easily adjusted for right or left hand use;
If you are looking for a dependable, fast, high quality bow that scores high in any customer review and is easy on the pocket look no further – Hoyt Charger is exactly what you need. This bow despite its high-end specs and performance has a very reasonable price tag of less than $500. The ultra rigid TEC LITE riser and Pro-Lock limb pockets ensure you won’t experience any vibrations or recoil. Behind the speed of this compound are uniformly preloaded split limbs that are in past parallel position. Charger has been praised in numerous customer reviews for its silky smooth draw cycle which can be attributed to the unique design of its hybrid cam system. The bow feels just right in the hand thanks to the ergonomically shaped rubber grip which can be easily replaced if you prefer so.
Charger is equipped with a famous TEC (Total Engineering Concept) LITE riser. The extensive cutouts makes it incredibly light while unique geometry provide unparalleled strength of the structure. It’s construction similar to the architecture of a bridge with evenly distributed load eliminates the flex which means no recoil. Thanks to the patented technology TEC riser makes this compound exceptionally accurate. It’s shape guarantees not only high performance but also makes it stand out in terms of its aesthetics. The riser has stabilizer mount made of stainless steel and on its back features Stealth Shot string suppression system. Charger comes with Hoyt’s renowned Pro Fit grip system thanks to which you can easily change the grip to suit your needs. The default black, rubber grip is quite wide but feels just right in the hand. Due to it’s design, texture and materials used it dampenes any residual vibrations and offers exceptional thermal insulative properties which makes it very comfortable to use in cold winter days. There are four other grips to choose from that can be used with Pro Fit grip system, including wooden grips.
The beyond-parallely positioned quad limbs are manufactured using Hoyt’s multilayer lamination technology which ensures high performance and great reliability. The lamination process enables contouring and preloading the limbs with Uniform Stress Distribution Technology (USD) which in turns facilitates even distribution of the energy over the entire limb during the draw. It eliminates the “hot spots” known in other limb systems and provide more speed with limited stress to the limbs. As the limbs are 2.5 inches wide they offer unmatched torsional and lateral stability.
The limbs sit firmly in place thanks to Pro-Lock pivoting limb pockets. Their high quality and advanced technology ensures bow’s accuracy and consistency. Six hard locking points per limb guarantee precision and reliability of the design.
Hoyt’s Renowned Cams
Behind the speed and smoothness of the draw stays Hoyt’s hybrid cam system called Charger Cam & ½. This cam system was specifically designed for this bow. It comes in three different configurations covering a wide range of draw lengths from 24 inches to 31 inches. One cam covers draws lengths between 24 and 26.5 inches, second 27 to 30 and third is for 30.5 and 31 inches of draw length. Cam modules can be easily exchanged without a need for a bowpress. A generous let-off and a forgiving valley which can be attributed to Charger Cam & ½ system make aiming very comfortable.
Strings and Cables
Charger comes with high quality Fuse strings and cables. They are produced using a special machine that provides constant tension during the process. The technology behind this process (Continuous Tension Technology™) enables Fuse to construct, twist and serve the strings while being preloaded of several hundred pounds. This unique manufacturing ensures highest level of performance which greatly exceeds traditional methods. After production inspection is done by experienced craftsmen to ensure flawless work.
Fuse strings used in this compound are made from BCY X material which is a mix of SK90 Dyneema and Vectran. A similar concept as 452X material, however, with less Vectran. Strings made with BYC X offer:
Great Arrow Speed;
High abrasion resistance.
It is composed of 83% SK90 Dyneema and 17% Vectran and therefore offers all the benefits of 8190 along with additional stability.
Issues with string premature wear on 2013 models
Some bows produced in the first half of 2013 had issues with string tearing. The premature wear is localized where the cable rolls over the cams. Some professionals suggested that it was caused by the shape of the cam. Hoyt has never admitted that there was a problem but the cams were redesigned and after mid-2013 they are more round in shape. Users of affected bows were usually offered a replacement string and new cams by the customer service. Several cases of string snapping under full load are described on various internet forums but none of them resulted in damage to other parts of the bow. This may suggest that Hoyt Charger is quite resistant to accidental dry fire.
Finish options for Hoyt Charger
Charger comes in several different finish options to suit everyone needs. The standard hunting finish options include:
Realtree Xtra (camo pattern on riser and limbs);
Realtree Max-1 (camo pattern on riser and limbs);
Black Out (black riser and limbs).
Custom hunting color options include:
Half and Half (Black Riser and Realtree Xtra Limbs);
Half and Half (Black Riser and Realtree Max-1 Limbs);
Bone Collector (Realtree Xtra riser with custom Bone Collector Limb Graphics);
Realtree AP Pink (pink camo pattern);
Realtree AP Snow (snow camo);
There are also additional custom paints and powdercoats. Available options are:
Vibration and noise reduction
Most of the vibration is reduced by the sheer construction of the riser. Additional noise and vibration cancelling devices in Hoyt Charger include:
Alpha Shox – mounted on limbs state of the art vibration dampeners. The five-fin shape was rigorously tested and proven to dampen any vibration more efficiently than any other design. It guarantees whisper-quiet shoots without compromising the performance.
Stealth Shot String Suppressor – newest Hoyt’s vibrations reduction and silencing tool that effectively kill noise and recoil. Promotes clean arrow launch and prevents arm slap. With its new elastomeric material that is softer and thus quieter Stealth Shot String Suppressor makes Charger more accurate and quiet than ever.
Thanks to the stabilizer mounting on the front of the riser a stabilizer can be attached if you find it necessary. According to most Hoyt Charger customer reviews if the bow is properly tuned the stabilizer is not needed.
FUSE high performance accessory kit
For additional $150 you can order Hoyt Charger with a complete accessory package including:
FUSE ProFire 3 Pin Sight with precision-built metal pins;
FUSE Vector 4 Arrow Quiver made with hyper-light machined aluminum;
The new killing machine from Bear in full of contradictions. It’s amazingly fast and still thanks to double string silencers extremely quiet. The new cam system helps to accumulate huge amounts of energy during the draw but also makes the draw surprisingly smooth. If you’re after a high end bow offering top speed and packed with state of the art technology Bear Motive 6 is the one to consider.
The riser in Motive 6 is all about ergonomics and performance. Modern and expressive design was combined with stress resistant shape. It features integrated dual string suppressors positioned directly opposite accessories mountings which helps to keep the bow perfectly balanced. Motive 6 comes with two grips. The default one is a very comfortable rubber grip with Bear logo overmolded on it. The second one can be uncovered by unscrewing the default grip. It is machined in the riser in the way that enables steady and dependable grip even in the most aggressive setup. On the riser is also mounted a 4×4 roller guard with four rolls on two sealed bearings each. This aluminium guarded solution facilitates neutral position of the cables once the bow is fully drawn and thus reduces torque.
The Max Pre-Load Quad limbs used in Motive 6 reach a past-parallel position once the bow is fully drawn. Being made from Gordon Composite material they are design to store enormous amounts of energy. For smooth and vibration free release of this energy Bear used Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets which keep the limbs tight in the pockets.
The new H13 Synchronized Hybrid cam system with two elliptical cams was designed to make the most of this rig. Thanks to rotating modules in the cams the draw length can be easily adjusted in the range between 25.5″ and 30″ (in half inch increments). To adjust the draw length no bow press or modules are needed.
Bear offers new Motive 6 owners plethora of finish options to choose from. Namely the finish options are:
Vibration and noise reduction
Dual Offset String Suppressors were used to eliminate any vibration and noise of the pre-stretched Contraband HP string after the shot. The suppressors are adjustable and it’s worth spending some time looking for your perfect settings. For limb vibration reduction the new Zero Tolerance Two-Piece pockets were used. They prevent any movement of the limbs in the pocket which reduces vibrations. Post-parallel position of the limbs is also a huge factor in overall vibration characteristic of this bow. The forces of upper and lower limb cancel out which prevents kicking effect and makes using Bear 6 even more pleasant.
PSE Prophecy gained its popularity by being the fastest single-cam compound bow on the market. This rig offers unparalleled smooth draw for a bow that produces 340 fps IBO speed. It’s definitely a great choice for those who are looking for a fast compound bow but also appreciate the reliability of simple designs. The neutral 32″ AtA length makes this bow universal. This bow has been reviewed by both advanced users as well as people with very little experience and both groups found it extraordinary. For our review of PSE Prophecy see the article below, specifications of the bow are at the bottom of the page.
PSE Prophecy comes with a riser technology reserved for high end models. The planar flex riser reduces both sideways as well as front to back torque increasing the accuracy of the bow. It was achieved by application not only high tech materials but also a specific architecture based on straight lines. This structural changes were introduced in order to maximize the precision of this rig. It is difficult to spot with a naked eye but the effect of this changes is appreciated by anyone who shot this bow – the accuracy is nothing but amazing.
Depending on your preference you will be able to mount your preferred sight with no problems as the riser of this bow is equipped with several holes for your convenience.
Another feature of the riser aimed at increasing accuracy is the Raptor grip that forces proper hand hand placement. It’s thinner than average grip but comfortable in use. Both sides of the grip include small rubber plates that can be either black or red.
The AMP cam enables the bow to shoot at 340 fps, which is impressive for a single cam rig. As all PSE cams it provide an extremely smooth draw and thanks to its unique design enforces a perfect nock travel. It it extremely durable and lightweight. For additional efficiency the cam was equipped with sealed bearings and wide grooves preventing the string from derailing. The inner cam is easily adjustable (range: 25-30 inches, increments: half-inch). You wont need a bow press or any special equipment for the adjustment. The cam has engraved markings and posi-lock pin to make it even easier if needed.
The PSE’s new, ground-breaking X-Technology enabled to cross the barrier of 330 fts with single-cam rig. These split limbs sit tight in pivoting limb pockets enabling easy draw weight adjustment whilst keeping the perfect limb to riser adjustment. The limbs are pre-stressed and parallel to each other which eliminate limb vibrations and after-shot kick.
Finish of the bow
As all bows by PSE this model features high standard of finish. There are no issues with longevity or uneven wear. PSE Prophecy comes in four different versions: Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, Skullworks, Black Camo and Black. As with all PSE bows the materials are of highest quality which makes them durable and elegant.
Vibration and noise reduction
To minimize vibration and noise the split limbs sit tight in Brute X pivoting limb pockets. Limb vibrations are also dampened by Vibracheck limb band dampeners that are included in the package and can be changed without a need of a bowpress. The string oscillation is captured by adjustable Vibracheck Backstop 2 to eliminate noise.
PSE (Precision Shooting Equipment) Archery is one of the leading compound bow manufacturers in the world. The company was set up in Illinois in 1971 and since then secured a number of patents for compound bow’s innovations. Among other manufacturers PSE Archery boast the longest tradition in compound bow production. Stinger is by far the most popular bow ever made by PSE. Due to its low price tag combined with quality of build this model is often recommended for beginners. More experienced users talk about it with undisguised affection. Recently PSE decided to redesigned and modernize its famous bow. The works on Stinger began many years ago, every couple of months some slight change was introduced making it better and better. The latest version of PSE Stinger 3G is the product of all that effort and time spent on finding and eliminating even the slightest imperfections. All the knowledge and experience that PSE gained developing its high-end models was focused on producing this affordable bow. It has been also substantially upgraded. In fact the upgrades are so extensive that if you compare the parameters of Stinger with bows from much higher price-range you will find no differences. Introduction of such model into the market had a tremendous effect – most archery shops admit that PSE Stinger 3G is their top seller and scores highest reviews.
So many things were changed in this design that it could easily be sold as a different model, a much higher price-range model. The most important changes introduced by PSE to its latest Stinger include:
thinline grip reducing vibration;
metal pivoting limb pockets for additional noise reduction;
integrated string stop;
new cam system;
riser based on PSE X-Force model.
Our review of PSE Stinger 3G
The fist impression is always important and with Stinger it was nothing but positive. All the parts are made of quality materials which not only makes this bow to be a top performer but also look aesthetically. It comes in three different finish versions: Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinty (greenish camouflage), Skullworks Camo (black and white camouflage) and Black (black riser with Skullworks Camo limbs). The Skullworks Camo version is a default one and also the most popular one. All finishes are of high quality, do not fade over time and are durable even in harsh conditions during hunting sessions.
The setup is very intuitive and user friendly, even if you have no experience with compound bows (the manual is very comprehensive). You will be able to make all the necessary adjustments yourself to perfectly tune the bow to your needs.
Riser and limbs
Latest version of Stinger 3G features completely redesigned riser made of machined 6061 T6 aluminum, which provides exceptional structural stability. By being very light it also enables to keep the overall weight of the rig to minimum. As it was mentioned before Stinger was developed on the basis of best concepts that have been tested and proved to be successful. The design of the riser that after few tweaks is used in new Stinger 3G can be found in one of the previous models of PSE bows, namely X-Force.
The riser also features a new grip called Vibracheck which is made of special rubber. The shape is ergonomic and nicely fit in the hand. Additionally the material used in the grip was designed to dampen vibrations.
At its ends the riser features firm and durable aluminium limb pockets. They hold the limbs in such a way that keeps them almost parallel to each other. Thanks to parallel limb design vibrations and after-shot kick are eliminated. The limbs are kept pre-stressed at rest which gives optimal performance. The limbs bolts in this bow are exceptionally long which gives a huge room for adjustment if needed. unlike most bows that offer 10 pounds adjustments range, this model offers 30 pounds! If you wish you can instantly reduce the draw weight of the bow by 30 pounds using adjustment screws. No special equipment or knowledge is needed.
Stinger 3G is a single cam bow featuring a HP cam system. It produces a smooth draw and is easily adjustable. The draw length can be easily adjusted using Allen key. Adjustment is available in a range between 25 and 30 inches in half inch increments.
The smooth draw cycle of Stinger is nothing but amazing. This is probably the single feature of this rig that most archers and bow hunters keep in their memory even after many years and many other bows.
Summary of Our PSE Stinger review
Stinger 3G is already a legend. There is no archer or bow hunter that have not heard of this bow and this is probably the best recommendation to get this bow.
Best bow for beginners
In numerous surveys PSE Stinger 3G was voted the best compound bow for beginners. The forgiveness that comes with the 7 ¾ brace height and an exceptionally smooth draw cycle provided my the single cam makes it very accurate even in untrained hands.
You do not have to worry to outgrow Stinger in the near future. The quality of the design, its performance, extras coming with the bow and unmatched price make this bow also a very popular choice among more advanced users that are short on cash.
New Stinger 3G has been notably praised by numerous users for the minimal level of vibrations and noise. As all the previous generations of this great compound bow the overall quality is comparable only with much higher priced bows. Similarly as its predecessors Stinger 3G scores very high in numerous customer and professional reviews. With its renowned accuracy and forgiveness the PSE Stinger is definitely the best dollar-for-dollar deal you can find on the market.
Easily adjustable draw length
Low level of noise and vibration.
String. Some users noticed peep sight rotation and decided to upgrade the bowstring after some time.