ATA Show First Look: Horton Storm RDX

The fact that Horton was purchased by Ten Point about 18 months ago is plainly evident in the new Storm RDX (starting at $999). The reverse-draw bow is available with several of the new company's accessories, and the Storm I shot exhibited the same attention to detail that Ten-Point is known for.

Hits: At 10.inches axle-axle (cocked) the Storm was among the narrowest-profile bows at the show. Reverse-draw technology allows the 165-pound bow to deliver a bolt at 370 fps. The arrow retention brush is a slick answer to the traditional clip used on most bows, which has been a notorious weak spot and often broke on some models. Some great add-on features, such as an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate, make the Storm worthy of the title "flagship."

Misses: For such a short bow, the weight was surprising, at 7.7 pounds; the Storm is at least a half pound heavier than most bows I looked at.

What Else You Need to Know: The extreme angles created by reverse-draw limbs can make drawing/cocking such a style somewhat difficult. Horton's Dedd Sled (TM) accessory answers that problem. While it doesn't provide a mechanical advantage, the Dedd Sled does make hooking on to the string and drawing/cocking much easier.