Many have taken Elite’s “Shootability” challenge, resulting in a legion of archers who put their big-game harvest and competition trust in a brand dedicated to pulse-raising performance.

Last year’s Synergy, a bow measuring 33 ½ inches axle to axle, was heralded as balanced, smooth and accurate. The big knock on the Synergy, at least from the pair of Elite fanatics we interviewed, was the bow’s speed. The #5 29-inch draw module paired with a 70-pound bow provided speeds between 313 and 315 fps. Elite fans wanted faster. But, of course, they didn’t want to sacrifice the balanced, accurate and smooth-drawing features they’ve come to love in an Elite.

The good news for Elite fans and those looking to make the switch to this now-iconic brand: the 2016 lineup promises to be faster, smoother and more accurate than ever.

“For several years we have been challenged to build a faster bow that still maintained the smooth-drawing stability and shootability shooters expect from Elite,” said Elite Archery President Eric Griggs. “We took all the positive things from our best bows and merged them into the 2016 Impulse. The addition of a stiffer riser and a new pocket system combined with our new cams generates speed, stability, accuracy and shootability in one great-looking package that’s perfectly designed for anyone looking to up their archery game.”

The new Impulse is offered in 31-inch axle-to-axle (343 fps) and 34-inch axle-to-axle (340 fps) models. Both sport a 6-inch brace height and are available in draw weights of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds. The shorter Impulse boasts a mass weight of 4.2 pounds, while its longer brother pushes the scale to 4.4 pounds.

Aside from the Impulse’s speed, a pair of other major feature archers are likely to cheer are the new open-geometry 6061 T6 aluminum riser and Perfect Alignment Limb System limb pocket. The major purpose of the new riser: Distribute load over a greater surface area and improve torsional rigidity. As for the new Perfect Alignment Limb System, Elite engineers found and put into practice a way to increase limb alignment by restraining the limb in place with a pair of tabs that directly translate downward limb pressure into balanced horizontal limb alignment.

For more information about Elite’s new-for-2016 bow lineup, visit www.elitearchery.com.