I'm going to buy my first bow soon, what does the OB recommend? Looking to spend UP TO $1000. Everybody where I'm from buys Mathews but I'm beginning to wonder if its similar to people buying iPhone's, they only use Mathews because of the name not necessarily performance.
My first advice is to go to a pro shop and shoot as many brands as you can. A bow that I love, you may hate. The most important thing is to pick a bow that you shoot well.
On the Mathews question, any late model bow you buy is going to be high quality. I shoot a Mathews for a few reasons.
1) I prefer the draw cycle on a single cam bow
2) regardless of what anyone tells you, a single cam bow is easier to tune
3) when a dual cam bow gets out of tune (all bows will due to string/cable stretch) it can cause major issues with fall away rests, fletching contact etc. This is not nearly as much of an issue with a single cam
4) Mathews warranty is second to none. If your bow has an issue they are pretty good about fixing it, no question asked.
Bear and PSE have some nice looking bows in their 2013 lineup. Every bow manufacturer will release their 2013 lineup between now and the middle of November. You may be better served waiting on the 2013s. If you don't want to wait at least use that to try to negotiate a little better price
This post was edited on 10/4 at 11:56 am