There’s a growing trend of sub-$500 centerfire rifles that make up for in performance what they lack in fit and finish. The same cannot be said for budget bows. Oh, they’ll all kill a deer. But as a rule, their performance isn’t in the same class as a flagship. They use dated cams. They’re often louder, slower, and more difficult to shoot. That needs to change. And maybe, slowly, it is. Last year, the $600 Hoyt Powermax simply dominated our budget bow testing, and could’ve earned a top-12 spot in our flagship test. Bowtech’s Carbon Icon has a carbon riser and the same Powershift Technology on the cams as the company’s flagships. It’s $749 with accessories. Bear has a couple of sub-$700 330 IBO bows in its 2017 lineup.