ATA Show First Look: Elite Synergy

As you may remember, Elite Archery’s last two flagship bows took consecutive runner-up honors in our annual bow test. Although not blazing fast, their latest offerings have been so darn pleasant to shoot that even those of us who favor a few extra feet per second can’t deny their appeal. With the Synergy, Elite pulls further on the reins of the long-running speed craze and may be poised to usher in a new era of shootability.

This bow is exactly what you’d expect from the company; it’s a well-built, hunting bow that’s just a joy to shoot.

Hits: Easy draw cycle, generous valley, concrete back wall, and a minimum of vibration and noise. At 33 inches axle to axle and 4.4 pounds, it has the kind of hunting specs I really like. A little more length makes for a smoother draw, and a little more weight makes a bow easier to shoot well. (I got the brace height wrong in the video; it's not 7 inches but 7 3/8.)

Misses: At 325 IBO, it doesn't rock the chronograph (as usual), but it's plenty fast enough for just about anything you might want to do with it. If you are a raw speed guy, the Synergy is not for you. But if you are anybody else—and especially if you are a deer hunter who will shoot at typical ranges—you will be hard pressed to find a better hunting bow.

What Else You Should Know: I got a chance to set up and shoot a test-model Synergy this fall. As I say above, the bow has the kind of specs that should make it easy to shoot well, and it didn't disappoint on the range. My test bow averaged 1.82-inch groups at 30 yards, based on 10 three-shot groups. That may not be good for you, but it's good for me. Whatever level of accuracy you're looking for in a hunting bow, I don't see any reason why the Synergy won't deliver.