2012 is a revamping year for Bear Archery, not only have they added a new flagship bow (the Anarchy  which we have previously reviewed), but they have updated all of their entry level bows. Previously we reviewed and liked the Bear Charge , so we thought we'd take a look at the new 2012 Bear Legion ready-to-hunt (RTH) package bow.
The idea of RTH is that a hunter should be able to purchase the bow ready to go and with a minimal amount of extra expenditure go out and start shooting. To this end Bear's RTH packages come with all the accessories necessary to get a bow hunter up and running quickly. The RTH accessories have been updated for 2012 and there are some changes over the previous package offerings.
The Legion bow replaces the previous Strike bow, while we have not reviewed the Strike in the past it was similar to the discontinued Charge (which we reviewed previously) but included dual string suppressors. For 2012 the Charge has been replaced with the new Encounter bow. Both the Legion and Encounter retain the same pricing as the older bows they replace. The Legion sells at $399 for the plain bow and the RTH package at $499, while the Encounter holds the $299 price and $399 as a RTH package.
The limb pocket and limbs on the Legion are the same as the Strike.
The cams on the Legion have been updated and can now be adjusted from 26" to 31" of draw in half inch increments. Like in the past the bows will be offered in 70, 60, and 50 pound peak weights and maintain an 80% let-off regardless of peak weight. The new E2-cam also delivers more speed than the previous generation of bows, peaking out at 318 fps IBO which is almost a full 15 fps faster than the previous entry level offerings from Bear. The E2 cams can be adjusted for draw length without a bow press, nor are modules required to change draw length.
Front and back views of the single lower cam. Draw length
is adjustable in half inch increments without a bow press.
Top idler wheel.
The limbs appear to be basically the same as the original Strike; however the riser has been significantly changed. Overall it is more rounded and contoured giving it a bit more sleek appearance than the blockier styled riser of the Strike. The Legion has a 30.5" axle-to-axle distance with a 7" brace height making it a compact bow that comes in at 4 pounds without accessories.
The riser on the Legion is more contoured to give a more streamlined appearance.
For 2012, Bear has upgraded the included sight to a Punisher 5 five-pin sight and this year they will be including the sight light as well. The Punisher series is an all-aluminum bracket sight with level, light, and is fully adjustable and is a great entry level sight. It is nice to see Bear upgrade their base sight without increasing the overall cost of the package.
Trophy Ridge Punisher 5 five-pin sight with level and light.
The dual string suppressors do a good job of keeping the bow quiet.
Side view of the string suppressor.
The whisker biscuit, bow release loop, wrist strap, stabilizer, and Six Shooter removable Trophy Ridge quiver are the same as from previous RTH offerings. Overall they are a good set of entry level equipment for those that simply want to get going with a hunting bow with a minimal amount of expenditure. Bear altered the peep sight for 2012 though and switched to a tube type peep which is a good choice since it assures that the peep will always rotate around enough to allow full vision of the sight pins. Note that like in the past, you (or your bow shop) will need to serve in the peep before shooting, since it is not fully served in. Shooting the bow without fully serving in the peep will most likely cause it to pop out.
The wrist sling and stabilizer are the same as previous Bear RTH offerings.
Quick Shot Whisker Biscuit is included.
The detachable Six Shooter Trophy Ridge quiver.
The Legion switches over to a peep that uses a tube. Serve in the peep before shooting.
String loop comes ready to shoot!
Overall the Legion has the same smooth draw and release cycle like the Strike, but increases the speed. The string suppressors do a good job of keeping the bow quiet and the Legion overall is an impressive offering for $499 in a ready to go package. Simply set the draw length, serve in the peep, and cut some arrows and you're ready to hit your favorite practice spot.
For more information about the Legion RTH bow please visit Bear Archery .