Walking up and down the shooting lanes I saw one area that stuck out more than the others, Xpedition Archery.
It was busy and constantly had people buzzing: the Xpedition Archery shooting lane. As I walked by the first time, I stopped and asked one of the Xpedition guys for some information on their new line up. A wealth of knowledge and a fun charismatic personality greeted me with an opportunity to shoot their bows. At first, I passed, not because I didn't want to, but because I was already late to meet with some other booths, so instead I took a rain check.
I was able to meet up with Blake Davis who is the sales manager for Xpedition Archery and we talked about the new line up. He was fully confident, along with a friend of mine, that if I shot their new bow, I would switch. Currently, I am a Mathews guy and love my bow setup. I've been a Mathews fan since my MQ1 in 2004, so convincing me would be difficult. Regardless, I'm always up to shoot new bows and took Blake up on the offer.
As we made our way over to the shooting lanes he seemed very excited to talk about the new line up and I asked if before I shot the bows, he would mind going over the new line up for us. He agreed and below is the video of Blake showing off the new line up from Xpedition Archery.
The last bow Blake shows us in the video was the bow I was told I was going to love, the Xpedition Denali. I shot the Denali but wasn't sure I was convinced. Given the opportunity I moved to the next bow, the Xplorer SS. This bow, was dead in the hand, smooth draw with a solid back wall. To top it off, it was fast, very fast. Speed is important for me but so is confidence and comfort. I chose to shoot the bow a few more times and put it back on the rack. I then moved to the Xcursion 6 & 7 and really enjoyed shooting those bows too.
Shortly after shooting all of them, I chose to go back and shoot the Xplorer SS one more time. I am convinced this may be the bow I hunt with for my 2017 turkey and deer hunting season.
I am far from an expert when it comes to archery but I do know what works for me. Not only that, I like to shoot what is comfortable and gives me confidence. This lineup may not be for everyone, and that's fine. The bottom line is technology is so advanced in the archery industry today that no company really exceeds another company. Price and style are very similar across the board, but what really matters is that you are comfortable and confident in what you are shooting.
If you can be confident you are buying a bow without ever having shot it, you may be limiting yourself to what could work for you. If you are in the market for a new bow this upcoming season, I highly recommend getting out and taking a look at the Xpedition 2017 line up, you never know, you too may walk away as surprised and excited as I did.
For more information and the specs on the 2017 Xpedition Archery line-up, visit their website.