There are many good budget arches on the market, but if you are a serious archer who wants the true performance of the flag bow, plus a discount, you should look for a “tweener” bow – that is, a mid-range model that sells for around 600 and $ 800. I call these tweezers because they are not sold as prime models and are not even real budget arcs. They’re right in the middle – and the best tweezers bow I’ve fired in a long time is Hoyt’s new Torrex, which is available with a set of wood-ready accessories.
Hoyt Torrex Specifications
- Advertising speed ATA: 327 fps
- Length from shaft to shaft: 30-3 / 4 inches
- Holder height: 7 inches
- Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Maximum draw weights: 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds
- Drawing length: 26-30 inches
- Available colors: Realtree Edge, Black Out, Black Out Keep Hammering, Black Out Bone Collector, Realtree Edge Bone Collector
Hoyt Torrex placement
The Torrex did not click, appear or crack when printed, as some budget arcs do, and the mounting of the included accessories was simple. More on these. The other thing I did was provide the X-Act capture system, which I’m a big fan of and was glad to see included with Torrex. Climbing the catch is easy. Simply remove the tab on the adhesive tape, slide the handle and press firmly down. This X-Act clip has a thin throat, a flat back and is perfectly angled. It feels good on the hand and the company says years of testing have proven it promotes repetitive hand placement.
My device arrived equipped with Cam & 1/2 Torrex TRX 3 TR cameras, which are adjustable without a 1/2 inch incremental arc pressure between 26 and 30 inches. The arch was placed on a 28-inch traction and the only requirement to change the traction setting was to remove four hexagon screws – two on the top camera and two on the bottom – and rotate the modules. Anyone can do it.
With the limb screws turned all the way down, I measured the traction weight on a digital traction scale at 70.30 pounds, and the release was 80 percent. The draw weight is adjustable by 10 pounds from the maximum weight according to the owner’s manual instructions. With my fixing points attached and the D-loop attached, I installed my viewfinder and was ready to start shooting. Everything went smoothly.
Hoyt Torrex in range
Initially, my goal was just to make sure the bow sent the arrow to a reasonable degree, without the need for major tuning modifications. A quick slide of the QAD Hunter UltraRest device included on the right and a slight movement in height in the Fuse ProFire 5-Pin view brought me close enough at 20 yards. Now was the time to start fine tuning and pay attention to how good or bad this pliers actually is.
It seemed to me that the traction cycle was very smooth, with the cameras rotating and releasing gently. The cable holders, which are padded arms on the camera module that contact the inner cable, give exactly the kind of rear wall feel I like, which is not too spongy, but also does not tighten the limbs. This complex has a large back wall, and you have to feel it to fully appreciate it. This allows you to place the anchor and push hard on the riser while feeling a slight grip as you turn the release elbow back. Valley promotes a clear release and helps you focus on execution. The cameras do not scratch to release rage, which adds to the pleasant nature of the bow. The grip, traction cycle and valley promote the kind of sensation and precision you would expect in a flagship bow.
There are some slight vibrations in the stroke, but nothing big. You will feel a little tickling by hand, more so than in Hoyt’s RX-7 or Ventum Pro, but it is minimal. Noise, on the other hand, is worthless. The bow feels balanced in full traction for a device that measures just one tick under 31 inches axle by shaft and I like the 3.8 pound weight (no accessories). You can hold the bow super lightly, which will make it maneuverable at the back and on a white stand. Or you can weigh it down if you want, by adding another front stabilizer and a rear strap.
For this review, I wanted to test the bow with its accessories included. I have already noted that the bow is easily tuned. After throwing 200 arrows across the Torrex and getting a good feel for it, I tuned it to paper to perfection with just a few twists of the split yoke system and a few small vertical adjustments of the QAD Hunter UltraRest included. The view is simple with five pins and the wind and height adjustments are manageable via a pair of set screws. Of course, you can move each peg by loosening and tightening the individual peg screws. The look is basic, but it is stable and bright, and the five-inch FlexTorch stabilizer is more for vibration and noise control than for balancing. It serves its purpose and works well. Other accessories included are the Fuse’s Maxxis 4-Arrow Quiver and Hoyt Wrist Strap.
Hoyt Torrex range accuracy
From 20 to 60 yards, the bow performed like any high-level ship. If I did my job, the bow did its job. The more I got back from the target, the more I appreciated the durability of the Tec-Lite Riser and the wide limb pockets. The bow stands strangely in the hand and is fun to shoot, promoting good accuracy. For the sake of testing, I shot a 5-point NFAA 300 round of 20 yards and scored 296 with 42 X. I completed my 60-yard test with SEVR Match Grade Field Points, SEVR 1.5 with wide mechanical head and QAD Exodus with sharp edges fixed things. Match level SEVR field points and 1.5-inch mechanics hit straight together, and more than once, I had six darts, three with ground tips and three with mechanical heads, within a two-inch circle at 60 yards. The Exodus fixed-edged heads hit 2.23 inches to the right, and 0.75 inches lower than the field points and mechanics at 50 and 60 yards, but all that was required was a quick eye adjustment, and I was inserting the heads of Exodus perfectly in foam.
The height of the 7-inch bow holder helps with its accurate and forgiving nature, but there is more to the job than just the height of the holder. High-tolerance limb pockets, Tec-Lite riser and Cam & 1/2 System play a major role in the bow’s ability to place arrows at the target. These technologies have been key elements in Hoyt’s lineup for years. All have been used in major models at one time, and I like it when a manufacturer adds high-end technology to a bow at a friendly price.
Archery speed is impressive – 287 fps with a traction length of 29 inches, traction weight of 70.30 pounds and shooting an arrow with a finished weight of 407.3 grains. When calculated, this gives the configuration 74.43 pounds of kinetic energy, which is more than enough for transient shots in any major North American game species.
I agree with Hoyt’s speech on this bow: Everything you need. Nothing you do. For about $ 800, you can chop woods with a bow that is accurate, durable, and simply fun to shoot. There are no tricks or tricks. Torrex is just loaded with proven technologies that will not let you down.
Testing equipment used
- Arc printing: Last chance Archery EZ Press Deluxe
- Chronography: Caldwell ballistic precision
- Digital arc scale: Luoyer
- Digital scale of arrows: Hornady GS-1500
- Field point: Match score 100-Grain SEVER
- Wide mechanical head: 100-Letters SEVER 1.5
- Wide fixed: 100-Grain QAD Exodus