According to Mathews, the new bow platform offers hunters more stability in a more compact frame than previous models. We spoke to the designer to find out how and, most importantly, why.
The V3 is the new flagship hunting bow from Mathews Archery. Available in two sizes for hunters who prefer next level agility or compact stability. It continues the brand’s trend towards longer risers and shorter axis-to-axis lengths. The V3 will replace last year’s award-winning VXR.
“The V3Both the 31-inch and 27-inch arches have our longest riser per axle length we’ve ever made, ”said Mark Hayes, a Mathews product engineer. “Now you get a riser length almost as long as some of our target risers. In fact, it’s longer than either of them. “
We spoke with Hayes in depth about the unique geometry and Mathews’ persistent drive for stability and strength on a smaller scale. But first, here’s a quick rundown of the specs and new design elements.
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V3 design highlights
- Cable protection for center protection
- Extended bridged riser
- New distracted limbs and redesigned limb cups
- SwitchWeight technology
- Compatibility with Silent Connect System (SCS)
- Two brand new surfaces
The V3 The riser lengths are the same as on the VXR models, but now the limbs are deflected further. This new geometry allowed design changes throughout the arch.
For example, the new centerguard now comes through the true center of the arch, which the brand says offers optimal cam timing, improved tunability, and greater wing spacing. “For the first time we have a bow that shoots the arrow from the center and the cables are centered, which means your cam timing is perfect,” said Hayes.
Carrying over to the V3 is SwitchWeight technology, which allows shooters to adjust the draw length and draw weight in 5 pound increments from 60 to 75 pounds of tip weight. Another drag is the optional Silent Connect System (SCS), which allows you to quietly connect a bow loop or tow rope during a hunt.
The six options for Solid and Camo Finish include two new patterns: First Lite’s Specter and Under Armor’s All-Season.
Mathews V3 Bow Specs
- Braces height: 6 “
- IBO assessment: Up to 336 fps at 29.5 “(27”); up to 342 fps (31 ″)
- Draw lengths: 25-29.5 “(27”); 26-30.5 “(31”)
- Pull weights (lbs.): 60, 65, 70, 75
- Weight: 4.29 lbs .; 4.5 lbs.
- Price: $ 1,200
New lengths: Q&A with Mathews Product Engineer Mark Hayes
GJ: Can you give us background information on V3?
MH: We’ve had iterations of a technology that we’re really excited about and that feels like it’s going to change the industry. Traditionally, people have in mind that a long arc from axis to axis is what you need to be stable. This comes from the finish lines (from arcs) which are usually long, really stable arcs.
What you don’t actually see is that it is really the riser length that creates that stability. We build stability into a hunting bow, just like a target bow, on a compact platform … and without compromising accuracy.
The V3 is a continuation of this long, short axle-to-axle platform with a long riser pipe. What design challenges did you face to get to this point?
There is a geometry that we need to consider because when you make a longer riser it will naturally weaken it. We had to stiffen certain sections of this riser so that we wouldn’t sacrifice the stiffness that is crucial for this platform. Beyond the new riser geometry, right in the middle, there is a new roll protector that we put in so that we actually had a stiffer ascent.
Distracting the limbs required serious design. We were able to change this geometry and how it interacts with the cup (this is where the limbs connect to the riser). Although we distract the limbs more for more performance, we got something much lighter and better life.
and in the end we had something that was much lighter and had better lifespan, even though we stretched those limbs for further distraction.
That was one of the best wins for the design team this year: having something to make this arch as good as it is but also to last longer than any other platform in our cycle [fatigue] Machine.
We don’t want to give up the robustness of our product. This is what people rely on under the toughest conditions, and we cannot sacrifice that. We want to improve that and also improve performance. This time we could do both and generally had a much easier arc [4.29 pounds and 4.5 pounds].
Tell us about the Centerguard and what makes it so special in V3.
Usually the middle of the bow is roughly between the handle and the Berger button. Ours was perfect on the Berger button, which means when you launch your arrow will have the same force pushing it up and down.
Now the cables are also centered on the bow. This will keep them at the same angle as the cams so they are the same and your cam timing is perfect when the cams get around and stop at the cable stops.
With the new design we can now get exactly in the middle and increase the fletching distance on the arrow. That’s a big deal. If you put a roll protector or restraint system in the center of the arch, you will end up in the path of the arrow.
We had to design it so that the wing spacing was increased. Instead of trying to run it over the cable like a traditional system, all you have to do is run it over the end of the platen. Your fletches can actually span this point, giving you more wing clearance whether you’re shooting a four- or three-fletch at your arrow.
With a bow you can pull out of the box and shoot a perfectly matched bullet hole. This creates confidence in the equipment and makes setting up a new arch easier. This start is very important to the whole experience.
Talk to us through the vibration dampening technology in this arc.
When I talk about vibration, I always start with efficiency. When you shoot this bow you want it to be as efficient as possible. We fight tooth and nail for a fraction of one percent for efficiency.
What that means at the back end is the lost energy that doesn’t leak on the arrow in the form of sound and vibration. If we can minimize this percentage with our efficiency right from the start, then we have less to do. This is where Mathews shines.
The engineer’s goal is to always get this system running on the smallest and most compacted platform. This year we developed the Nano 740 there, a really small damper that you can find on our stabilizer platform. With the new geometry, we had to fine-tune this specific damper for this model. For the 740-grain brass weight, we used a proprietary elastomer that dampens the energy as it is tuned to the natural frequency of this arc.
We have also expanded our 3D cushioning even further. The damper is lower and further out than before. This gives the bow a better balance and makes it more effective. The more you can activate this damper, the better it will work. The further you are from your hand, the better the performance.
What makes the Mathews SwitchWeight so unique?
The SwitchWeight was introduced 2 years ago and is a system our customers and dealers fell in love with because of the versatility it offers.
Changing the draw weight is usually a cumbersome process and changes the melody so you have to tear the entire bow apart. With SwitchWeight, you simply replace four screws and a mod, and you can switch from 60-, 65-, 70- to 75-pound draw weights with the mod while holding the limbs to the stop of the bow at its highest efficiency.
In terms of performance, the mods are perfectly programmed for each draw length. I know people who draw 26 “or 26.5” and always fight for performance. The individual mods are tailored to each draw length so that you can get the most out of them. It’s not a rotating mod; these are matched to 30 inches. If that spins to 26 inches, you really get stuck because you lose a lot in efficiency.
Find the V3
In recent years, Mathews has managed to put more sheets into smaller packages. When you get to the point with Mathews engineers, you can’t judge an arch by a single design specification.
The new V3 27 and 31 inch models Sports the longest riser per axle-to-axle length in any Mathews bow, and, as it proudly points out, the riser lengths rival those in its target arches.
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