The new XD from Ross is a real lightweight—and we mean that in the best way. At 3.16 pounds (minus the string stop), it’s easily among the lightest compound bows available. Despite the light weight, it shoots smoothly with minimal vibration and no hand shock. Axle-to-axle it’s a compact, but not diminutive 30.5 inches, with a super-forgiving 7.5-inch brace height. Despite the friendly brace height and an 80 percent letoff, the XD boasts a very respectable 320 fps IBO. Available draw weights are 50, 60, and 70 pounds with draw lengths from 26 to 31 inches in half-inch increments. JBK strings and cables virtually eliminate string creep. The XD is made in the USA (as are all Ross bows) and comes in Realtree AP or Stealth Black. Full retail price is $525, and a Performance Package including a sight, rest, and quiver is available for $575.
Also new from Ross is the Crave DRT, an improved version of last year’s Crave. Ross designers worked with the Sims team to develop a system of dampeners machined into the riser to make this model even quieter and more dead-in-the-hand than the original Crave. In addition, the cam has been redesigned to allow for half-inch draw increments, as opposed to the one-inch adjustments available with the original cam. Finally, a sliding draw stop on the Crave DRT allows the shooter to make precise draw stop adjustments. Available in 33.5 inches and 31.5 inches axle-to-axle lengths, both versions feature 6.5-inch brace heights, 80 percent letoff, and 335 fps IBO speeds. Both are available in draw weights of 50, 60, 70, and 80 pounds. The 31.5-inch bow is slightly lighter at 3.8 pounds vs. an even 4 pounds for the 33.5-inch model, and draw lengths range from 28 to 30 inches for the shorter bow, 27 to 31 inches in the longer bow. Available colors are Stealth Black and Realtree AP, and Crave DRT models sell for $750 at full retail.
Last but not least from Ross is the Hit (High Intensity Target). Ross has not produced a long axle-to-axle bow since the CR337 in 2008, and the Hit fills that void in response to customer demand. “We set out to create a bow that incorporated everything our old 337 shooters fell in love with, but wanted to add some speed using the new two-track dual sync cam,” explains Ross Archery’s Mike Osborn. In addition to that cam system, the Hit features Ross Archery’s new DRT Riser Dampeners and Dual Locking Limb Pockets, and Integrated Limb Stop. At 36.5 inches axle-to-axle, the Hit is indeed a long bow by current standards. Weight is 4.12 pounds, and the Hit offers 80 percent letoff, a forgiving 7-inch brace height, and an impressive speed of 332 fps. Draw length runs from 27 to 31 inches in half-inch increments, and available draw weights are 50, 60, and 70 pounds. The Winner’s Choice strings add value. The Hit is available in Realtree AP or Stealth Black for $750, and a special Competition model is available in Orange, Chameleon Blue, or Competition Black for $800.