The Anarchy was designed in response to customers who wanted a slightly more forgiving, longer riser bow. Bear gave them that, and while they were at it they made the Anarchy a little smoother-shooting, too, despite the impressive 340 fps IBO speed. The engine behind those stats is Bear’s new Flat-Top cam, a unique and aptly named single-cam system. The 35 1⁄4-inch axle-to-axle lengths is long enough to add stability without being unwieldy, and the generous 7 1⁄4-inch brace height naturally ups the forgiveness quotient. At 3.8 pounds it’s light for its length. The grip on the Anarchy is among its better new features and comes in two options: an overmolded design for shooters preferring a softer, warmer grip, and a side-plate version for the increasing numbers of bowhunters who think that the narrower the grip, the better. Letoff is 80 percent, and the Anarchy comes in draw lengths from 25 to 311⁄2 inches in modular-specific half-inch increments. Maximum draw weights are 50, 60, and 70 pounds, and available finishes include Realtree APG or Shadow Series. Suggested retail price is about $900.
Bear says its new Siren isn’t pretty. Honestly, we don’t think it’s a bad-looking bow, but we get the point: This is a serious bow for serious women bowhunters. Field tested by women and designed with their feedback in mind, the Siren delivers 300 fps in a compact (31 inches axle-to-axle) package with draw lengths starting at 22 inches and running out to 27 inches and available draw weights of 40, 50, and 60 pounds. It offers 75 percent letoff, a friendly-enough 63⁄4-inch brace height, and a comfortable weight of 3.8 pounds. It’s driven by the single-cam Bear FH-Cam, requiring no modules and no press to adjust. It also boasts Bear’s Pre-Load Quad Limbs, Zero-Tolerance Limb Pockets, and the now-familiar Dual Arch Offset String Suppressors. Being the official bow of Realtree Girl, it naturally comes in Realtree Max-1, as well as a Shadow Series finish. (OK, it’s got a touch of matching pink on the grip, the riser, and the cam modules. You got a problem with that?) Suggested retail price for the Siren is $599, though it is available in a Ready to Hunt version for an extra hundred bucks.
The Encounter is Bear’s most-bang-for-the-buck bow, packing an array of Bear’s high-end technology in a very moderately priced package. Powered by the Rotating Modular E2 Cam (no press or modules needed) single cam, the Encounter also offers Bear’s characteristic flared Quad Limbs, dual sealed ball bearings, narrow side-plate grip, and Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets. Brace height is a very generous 73⁄4 inches, and speed tops out at 310 fps. Mass weight is 3.7 pounds, and the Encounter offers a full 80 percent letoff and a compact axle-to-axle length of 301⁄2 inches. Available draw weights are 50, 60, and 70 pounds, and draw lengths are 27 inches to a full 32 inches, adjustable in half-inch increments. It comes in Realtree APG as well as in an optional Ready to Hunt version, and its suggested retail price is $300.
Bear’s contribution to the growing niche market of super-versatile bows is the dual-cam Outbreak. It features Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs and Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets, but there the resemblance to Bear’s other offerings ends. That’s not surprising, given this bow’s unusual engineering. With no press or modules required, the draw length adjusts from a kid-friendly 16 inches all the way out to a very adult-size 30 inches, while draw weights range from 15 all the way up to 70 pounds. And despite this bow’s 71⁄4-inch brace height and 80 percent letoff, it launches arrows at a respectable 308 fps. At 291⁄4 inches it’s compact without being overly so, and the 3.5 pounds mass weight makes the Outbreak a pleasure to carry. Available in Realtree APG camo and in an optional Ready to Hunt Package, the bow alone has a suggested retail price of $300.
Bear’s 2012 youth bow is the Apprentice 2, an updated and more versatile version of Bear’s popular Apprentice youth bow. It offers Bear’s Flared Quad Limbs and a Dual Rotating Modular Cam System featuring draw lengths from 15 to 27 inches, adjustable without modules or a press. Peak draw weight starts at 20 pounds and is extended on the Apprentice 2 to 60 pounds. At 2.9 pounds and 27.6 inches axle-to-axle it’s an easy carry for young bowhunters. The 6.125-inch brace height is skinny enough to boost speed, but adequate for youthful shooters. Letoff is 70 percent, and at 265 fps the bow is fast enough for hunting while remaining forgiving and easy to tune. Available finishes include Realtree APG, and Pink Camo, and a Ready to Hunt package is an option. Suggested retail price for the Apprentice 2 is $280.
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Is there a niche for an $800 bow that sells for $400? A Bear employee handed the Legion to me at the ATA shooting lanes, assuring me repeatedly that it was a great “starter bow” or “beginner’s bow.” Forget that. The $400 price tag notwithstanding, this is a bow any bowhunter should be happy to hunt with. An IBO speed of 318 fps makes it plenty fast enough for hunting, and this bow is silky-smooth drawing and shooting, not to mention quiet. Based on one of Bear’s most successful models in recent years, the Strike, Bear’s designers incorporated some new technology and added some new features to improve significantly on an already proven design. The compact 301⁄2-inch axle-to-axle length is the same, as is the comfortable (and very nicely balanced) weight of 4 pounds even. The cam is improved, though; it’s smoother while still gaining some speed over the Strike. The narrow, torque-reducing grip is new, and the old string suppressors have been supplanted by Bear’s trademark Dual Arch String Suppressors. At 7 inches, brace height is very friendly. Draw weights run 50, 60, or 70 pounds, with draw lengths ranging from 25 inches all the way out to 31 inches, with an 80 percent letoff. Did we mention this bow sells for $400?