Well ladies and gents, itís here. What I would have liked to have seen last year. A longer ATA Chill. The 2014 Mathews ChillR. By now most have seen the video of the guys from BH.com talk about it. Now, itís time someone whom is not sponsored by Mathews to tell you how it shoots.
The version I shot was the Tactical version so I did not have the pleasure of seeing the sweet looking anodizing on the cams and limb pockets. This one was all blacked out. The fit and finish was top notch. I didnít notice any noticeable blemishes.
The grip is something I really liked on the 2013 Chill. It is slim and almost target grip like. It did a great job at reducing torque. It felt nice at full draw also. I am really picky about my grips and it passed with flying colors.
The weight at 3.95lb was good. I like a 4-4.5lb bare bow to start off with. Lighter is OK but, I really feel more solid with that weight range bow.
On the draw I wasnít disappointed. It felt much like last years. I shot the 70lb version and it was a little stiff but, at 70lb most bows are. It drew smooth with a slight hump just before dropping off into the valley. Not much and to most this bow would probably be one of the smoothest bows they have ever shot. When it dropped off into the valley it wasnít harsh at all. It dropped off and set right in to a solid back wall. The valley was deep and the let off felt great. The ability to hold for a long amount of time if needed is there. I was able to relax some and the bow did not feel like it would take off hard. Letting the bow down is nearly as effortless as drawing it.
If you have read any of my reviews, you know I usually shoot bows bare, with only a rest. This one was set up, ready to fine tune and hunt with. The additional inches were much needed in my opinion last year. The bow held great and with my 29Ē draw the string angle felt comfortable and not cramped. The pin sat on target well and it wasnít with very much effort either.
On release the bow didnít want to jump, kick or fall. It did however have a minute amount of vibration. This one was set up with a stabilizer but, it wasnít the greatest one on the market for sound dampening. It was a 6Ē and not sure the brand but, didnít have much in the form of vibe dampening material on it. Put a good stabilizer on it and it would probably be gone.
The speed seemed to be right where most all of the other flagship bows of this season are. I didnít chrono the bow but, it didnít seem any slower than most.
All in all, I think this is the bow Mathews should have built last year or at least should have been in the lineup. With specs of: ATA 33Ē, BH: 6-1/8Ē, Let Off 80%, IBO 342, Mass Weight 3.95lb.This bow could possibly be a do it all bow for the hunter who enjoys 3D during all season. The only thing I am not sure of is that short brace height. Other than that, I think it will be one of Mathews better flagship bows to date.