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(3/16/11) The review for the Hoyt Rampage XT bow was provided by Sam B. from Kirkland, Washington. Thanks Sam for the great review.
After many attempts at trying to have an older bow that I inherited re-strung, I finally decided to upgrade to a new 2011 Hoyt Rampage XT. Quite honestly the Rampage was chosen for cost, as it comes in slightly under the CRX. Primary notable differences in the two bows are the cast riser on the Rampage, and the machined riser on the CRX. Where some archers might notice this difference immediately, I had little I could find so opted for the Rampage. I was not disappointed.
Quite possibly the most advanced bows on the market today, Hoyt has outdone themselves once again with their newest lineup. I have heard many hunters say they prefer the longer axis to axis of other bows, but I like the shorter for still hunting and at 32″ this fit my tastes well.
This bow is screaming fast at a 7″ brace hitting game at a whopping 295 fps when set only at 55#. I can’t imagine why anyone would look any further for another bow. Small game and birds are all I have matched this monster up to as big game season has not yet arrived, but I do know a few bulls that will be wanting to lookout over their shoulder this coming fall.
At just 4 pounds, this bow allowed for all my standard accessories and had no balance issues at all. This is not heavy in the hand and produced awesome groups at up to fifty yards. The weight ratio and the inclusion of the Perfect balance offset for stabilizers makes holding long on targets effortless.
The XT comes equipped with the high performance XTS PRO ARC Limb System and Hoyt’s fast, efficient Fuel Cam. The Rampage features their new ZRS 12 Split Limb System with a M4 Cam delivering smooth and efficient shots at any distance. This bow is quiet and can offer any hunter the value of high technology in an affordable pricetag.
Without question, Hoyt is my bow of choice and the Rampage XT will offer me countless hours of great hunting experience.
Manufacturer’s Specs for the Rampage XT:
- Limb: XTS Pro ARC®
- Axle to axle: 32 inches
- Brace height: 7 inches
- Draw weight: 40 – 80 pounds
- Mass weight: 4 pounds
- Eccentric: Fuel Cam
- Draw length: 24.5 – 30 inches
- Speed: 323 feet per second