Bowtech Realm Compound Bow Review

Editor: Mike

Just the Facts:
The Bowtech realm is one of the best bows of 2018, iReviewgear rates it as a buy, 5 star, and the best bow of 2018.

The Realm™, the newest 2018 SmartBow, takes performance and precision to a whole new world with innovations that deliver unmatched accuracy, control and stability. The one-of a kind Overdrive Binary cam system provides 100% control and easy tuning to each individual shooter. Powershift Technology allows archers to customize the draw cycle to fit their needs – with the simple flip of a disc. Plus, the all-new CP Dual Lock system creates expert precision, stability and accuracy by locking the solid core limbs to the pocket, and the pocket to the riser. The new Orbit Dampener can be strategically placed to offset the additional weight caused by the addition of accessories, while reducing unwanted vibration. The introduction of the modular Clutch Performance Grip gives archers additional customization with expanded colors and styles, while providing anti-torque and comfort.The Realm X takes all the advanced technology of the Realm to the extreme. An extended axle-to-axle allows for even more stability and increased speed, creating precision and accuracy at farther distances

Draw length: 25-31
Draw weights: 50, 60, or 70
IBO: 340 FPS
Length: 30 3/4
Brace: 7 1/8

My Story:
I have been shooting the Bowtech Realm since early 2018. I have shot it at the range, in the mountain, and on a fun Utah Turkey hunt.
The bow I am shooting is set to 70 pounds, and is a 30 inch draw length bow. The arrows I shoot are Gold Tip Hunter xt 300 spine arrows. I have been shooting 125 grain tips…so I shoot a very heavy set up.

I also set up a chronograph at each shooting event, and have consistently been shooting this set up at 295 fps.

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Some things that I notice about the Bowtech Realm:
– It is very consistent even over time. I have shot it for months and it still shoots the same speed, and shoot still very accurately.
– The Bowtech Realm is the most vibration free bow I have ever shot. At release there is very little vibration or jerking of the bow.
-The draw cycle is a little rough, but still acceptable and easy. The bow falls into the valley quickly with a little bit of jerk.
– The let down of the bow is scary! Letting the bow down without shooting is rough, but doable. Be prepared to almost push it forward to get it to let down.
– The bow is very very accurate!
– Bowtech Realm bow is easy to hold and shoot. What do I mean by this? The bow balances well and is easy to hold at a target position for long periods of time.

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We found the Realm to be an absolute dream bow! It is accurate, it has held its speed and accuracy over many shots and over several months.
The bow is easy to shoot and aim, and is perhaps as the least amount of vibration of any bow we have ever shot.
Well done Bowtech, the Realm is a buy.

We consider this one of the very best hunting bows of 2018.

What they could do better:
Improve the let down cycle.
Answer the phone! We called them several times with questions, no response.

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