Mathews No Cam HTR Review

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Although it was released in November, I’m just now getting to shoot the Mathews No Cam HTR.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect, other than the No Cam was probably going to be a bit different from anything I had shot before.  It is, and much more.

Let’s start with the obvious first.  The No Cam HTR doesn’t have cams in a traditional sense.  While a round wheel sits at each end of the bow, the camming action is accomplished by offsetting the hub of the wheel and putting the axle dead center.  The work is still getting done, but the round wheels eliminate the harsh draw cycle of a bow with cams.  For simplicity, that’s the Reader’s Digest Version.  Mathews No Cam HTR

The biggest difference between this bow and any other I have shot is the draw cycle.  It is freakishly smooth.  The draw cycle starts really light and gets progressively heavier until you arrive at full draw without feeling the normal “flop over” of the cam.  It doesn’t feel like you’re pulling the weight you really are and to be honest, it’s kind of weird the first 5 or 6 times.  I wondered out loud how I wound up at full draw without feeling like I was pulling 60 pounds.  I could see where this could come in handy on a cold day in the deer woods.  The No Cam HTR utilizes the Rock Mod system which gives it the same rock solid back wall I raved about with the Chill X.  It also makes adjusting draw length very easy.

As smooth as the bow comes back, it is just as smooth upon release.  I was blown away by how dead in hand the Mathews Chill X is, but the No Cam HTR has it beat.  When you squeeze the trigger, the arrow exits, and that’s it.  I felt little to no discernible shock.  The sound of the shot is also very muted.  All of this is supposed to be due to the high efficiency of the No Cam system transferring more energy to the arrow instead of the shooter.  How smooth is it?  Smoother than anything out there.  Fact.mathews no cam htr

The thin grip is largely unchanged from my Chill X except this one, called the Focus Grip, has a wood oval inlayed into the rubber.  I don’t know if it does anything for functionality but it adds a couple style points.  The No Cam HTR uses the GridLock riser that looks similar to the previous offerings from Mathews although the corners are more rounded and according to the engineers at Mathews, this adds strength.  Overall, the fit and finish of the No Cam HTR is what you can expect from Mathews.  It’s quality.   Mathews no cam Htr

 

With a 32 inch ATA and 6 5/8 inch brace height, the No Cam HTR is both stable and forgiving.  While I do like the longer ATA of the Mathews Chill X, the No Cam HTR is plenty stable for a bow its size, although I’ve yet to shoot it past 40 yards.  Having failed to shoot a bad group in the first 50 or so shots, I think it’s safe to say it is pretty forgiving.  While it does sacrifice some speed for smoothness, it still breaks the 300 fps barrier which is something my Chill X doesn’t do.

The No Cam HTR is quite honestly one of the coolest bows I’ve shot in a long time and it represents more than just a bow without cams.  It is thinking outside the box.  It represents innovation in a stagnate market where people are needlessly obsessed with everything but shootability.  $1099 retail.  Check out mathewsinc.com to find a dealer and shoot one for yourself.

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