Rochester, Indiana-based Athens Archery added several new bows to the line-up for 2011, including most notably the Ibex and the Afflixtion. At 30 inches axle-to-axle the Ibex will probably garner the most attention. The bridged riser and parallel limb construction, together with a 7-inch brace height, make for a pleasant-shooting bow even at Ibex’s top speed of 335 fps. The EV2X Extreme Velocity Duo Cams feature sealed bearings, and the Ibex offers a very solid wall at the back end of the draw and effective sound dampening technology. At 3.6 pounds it’s a bow you can carry all day. Letoff is adjustable from 65 percent to 80 percent. The Ibex is available in New Vista Camo, black, Bonehead or Bonehead Web, Predator Brown Deception, and Pink Next Vista finishes. It starts at a retail price of $800 and goes up from there depending on camo pattern selected.
The Afflixtion employs the same EV2X Extreme Velocity Duo Cams, but with a longer (35-inch) axle-to-axle length and a skinnier brace height of 6.5 inches it produces a slightly higher speed of 337 fps. The Afflixtion offers a few additional features, most notably a CNC machined contour grip and a Dura Grip Finish that is warmer to the touch. One thing that stands out about this and other new bows from Athens is the meticulous attention to fit & finish. The folks at Athens are into the details, and it shows. Bowhunters should be aware that Athens bows can only be pressed with finger presses. It is available in the same camo patterns as the Ibex, as well as in target colors. Retail price for the Afflixtion starts at around $800 and goes up, depending on finish. www.athensarchery.com