Top-drawer features make this 2019-model bow a pleasure to shoot
Mathews archery is responsible for many innovations found throughout the archery industry, such as roller-cable guards, harmonic damping, perimeter weighted cams, and long-riser, short-limb designs.
For 2019, they continue this tradition of innovation. While Mathews always brings a strong offering to the marketplace, this year, they really pulled out the stops. The new Mathews Vertix offers several features never seen before, including Switchweight technology, and an integrated arrow-rest mounting system — all on a frame that is extremely fast, quiet, smooth and with extreme shootability. This bow is a perfect blend of all of these features, and offers something for almost any hunting application.
Given the price of today’s bows, most archers only own one, making it more important than ever for that bow to fill many roles. With a 30-inch axle-to-axle length, the Vertix bow is an ideal length for any type of hunting. It is short enough to be extremely maneuverable in a tree stand or ground blind, yet, due to its long riser length, it is extremely forgiving. This bow will be equally at home hunting white-tailed deer in Eastern hardwoods, or on a spot-and-stalk Western big-game hunt in more open terrain. With a brace height of 6 inches, it offers blistering arrow speeds of up to 343 fps (IBO), but is still forgiving of mistakes.
The heart and soul of any modern compound bow is its cam system. When designing the 2019 Vertix, Mathews used its proven Crosscentric cam system, but with the addition of new Switchweight technology for a slam dunk. This revolutionary new technology allows the shooter to change peak draw weight to 60, 65, 70 or 75 pounds without using a bow press by simply changing the cam modules.
By contrast, other compound bows on the market require a new set of limbs and the use of a bow press, making this both difficult and expensive. Draw length and let-off can also be changed by changing modules, all without affecting efficiency. In theory — since I have noticed most Vertix bows run approximately 5 pounds over on draw weight — this gives the shooter the ability to adjust one bow from 50 to 80 pounds of draw weight by using a combination of changing modules and adjusting the limb bolts.
In an age of increasing prices, Mathews has held steady on its retail prices. While most other manufacturers have raised the MSRP of their high-end bows by $100 or more, Mathews has not. With an MSRP of $1,099, the Vertix is reasonably priced compared to other manufacturers’ flagship bows. That, coupled with its unique features, flexibility and excellent shootability make this bow a no-brainer for many prospective buyers.
The Vertix is offered in Realtree Edge, Black, Stone, Optifade Elevated II, Optifade Subalpine as well as Ridge Reaper Forest and Ridge Reaper Barren. Mathews offers matching accessories in these patterns. For a small upcharge, custom-colored strings and cables are an option, and Mathews has a bow-builder option on its website that allows consumers to visualize how their custom bow will look when completed.
One of the more interesting features of the Vertix is its integrated arrow-rest option. In collaboration with QAD, this is a first-of-its-kind arrow rest and mounting system. Like all QAD arrow rests, the Ultra Rest Integrate MX arrow rest offers complete capture with a fall-away feature. What separates it from other arrow rests of its kind is a machined-aluminum launcher, and the way it mounts onto a machined dovetail on the riser of the Vertix. This is a Mathews exclusive, although I expect other manufacturers will soon follow suit. This feature offers a lower profile, as well as micro adjustable windage and elevation, plus “lockdown” to eliminate launcher bounce-back for perfect fletching clearance every shot.
The Vertix also features the Engage grip system, which is, in my opinion, the best grip Mathews has ever offered. This grip has a narrow throat to minimize bow torque, and its ergonomic design is extremely comfortable in the shooter’s hand. The Vertix is also the smoothest, quietest bow Mathews has ever produced. Although it weighs 4.67 pounds, it balances almost perfectly neutral. That, plus the fact that it uses Mathews’ patented EHS 3D damping system to virtually cancel any noise and vibration, makes a heavy stabilizer unnecessary. The Vertix is 20% smoother than the Triax, which was unbelievably smooth and quiet. This is a quantum leap in smoothness that has to be experienced to be believed.