I hate to sound cliché, but what the heck – yep, Mathews has done it again.
Its 2015 flagship, the NO CAM HTR, was adored by legions of archers. The racy, first-of-its-kind rig took home Gold in our (Bowhunting World’s) annual Reader’s Choice Survey. The NO CAM was heralded as smooth, accurate and a bow that promised, mostly in part to the models concentric cams and true-center nocking point, effortless tuning.
Enter the 2016 Halon, available in brace height choices of 5, 6 and 7 inches. So, just how good is Mathews’ shiny new penny? The manufacturer has dubbed it, “Our hardest hitting flagship bow to date.” So in the words of Brennan Huff in the blockbuster hit Step Brothers, “Ya, that good.”
Inspired by NO CAM technology, the Crosscentric Cam employs a partially concentric string payout and AVS technology to better produce a stealthy draw and that superior Mathews accuracy we have all come to know and love. Plus, that’s right, the Halon trio is faster than its 2015 predecessor. Capable of reaching speeds up to 353 fps (Halon 5), 345 fps (Halon 6) and 335 fps (Halon 7), bowhunters can literally pick their poison when it comes to selecting the perfect “suit-my-hunting-adventures” Halon.
Other notable Halon attributes include the dynamic, more torsionally rigid limbs and Mathews’ new dual bridged riser – a riser designed to support the bows fire-breathing cam system – and endure the toughest hunting conditions possible. Showcasing a new-for-2016 FlatBack Grip and industry-proven Harmonic Damper and Harmonic Stabilizer, the shot-to-shot consistency of the Halon trio is already creating a serious buzz.
I love options, and living out west I wanted my new Halon to showcase a bit of speed and comfort. Thus, I opted to go with the Halon 6. Tipping the scales at just 4.55 pounds, the Halon 6 is neither ultra-light nor is it ultra-heavy. For me, it hits the sweet spot when it comes to weight. I also enjoy the rigs 85 percent letoff rating, but will be making the change to a 75 percent letoff to meet Colorado state laws. Being the UPS man just dropped my bow in the garage last night, I’ve just started the set up process, but will be reporting back soon with my first impressions of the available in draw lengths between 25 and 31 inches in ½-inch increments Mathews Halon 6.