Hoyt Vector 32 Compound Bow Review
Over the last few years Hoyt has garnered a lot of attention with their lightweight carbon bows. However Hoyt is still innovating when it comes to aluminum riser based bows as well. For 2012, Hoyt has released a new flagship aluminum riser bow called the Vector. For this review we'll be specifically looking at the Vector 32, which the name implies is a 32" axle-to-axle (ATA) bow.
Hoyt Vector 32 Compound Bow
The Hoyt Vector 32 is available in a large range of draw weights and draw lengths. The draw weights are available in ten pound increments with a peak weight of 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, or 80 lbs. The draw length is available from 24.5 to 30"; however as we'll discuss later, to make some of these draw length adjustments an entire cam swap may be necessary.
By the numbers the Vector 32 weighs in at a slim four pounds for the bare bow and has a 6 3/4" brace height which is typical across most Hoyt bows. The Vector 32" is rated at 330 fps measured based on ATA specs which is a 30" draw length, 70 lb draw weight, and 350 grain arrow. The street price on the Vector 32 will vary by dealer but will most likely be in the $900 range. It's worth noting as well that there are also a couple different versions of the Vector such as the Vector 35 and the Vector Turbo. The Vector 35 is nearly identical to the Vector 32 except it has a 35" ATA length, while the Vector Turbo is also a 35" ATA but reduces the brace height to just 6" to push the speed up to 340 fps.
The riser design is very skeletal which contributes to the light 4 pound weight.
The arrow shelf is rubber coated.
The Vector uses a new limb pocket design to retain bow limbs.
The Vector 32 comes equipped with Hoyt's new top of the line RKT Cam 1/2 system. This is the same cam system that Hoyt is using on the Carbon Element and Carbon Matrix for 2012. RKT Cams have three different variations based on draw length and break up at the following draw lengths 24.5"-26", 26"-28", 28"-30", thus the entire range is not adjustable with just modules. If you have a 29" draw Vector 32 and want to switch to a 26", both cams and the modules must be changed. The advantage is that by changing out the entire cam, the geometry changes as the draw length is decreased, keeping the bow speed as high as possible and the draw cycle similar across draw lengths. This means that for a short draw length the cams outside circumference is also shorter so two Vectors of different draw lengths will behave very similarly.
The Vector 32 uses Hoyt's new premium RKT cam.
The inside of the lower RKT cam, showing the wall and module adjustments in red.
The upper RKT cam also has a wall stop (red).
While it can be a disadvantage to have to change entire cams when moving between large changes in draw length, the upside is that a shorter draw length gets the full draw valley and full cam length to accelerate the arrow. Some manufacturers will make only one cam available across a broad range of draw lengths, which in theory is completely adjustable. However for those that are shorter or longer than the optimal distance (for instance 29") will not get the full let-off or deep valley of the draw cycle, thus causing sub-par performance. So when purchasing a Hoyt make sure to get the draw length correctly set the first time.
Overall the draw is smooth (partly owing to the dual bus cable rollers) with little stacking as it reaches the left-off. Overall the wall is fairly hard with a modest valley. At full draw it is forgiving and will allow some adjustment in your shooting hand without instantly ripping you off the wall. For dampening, the Vector 32 comes with Alpha Shoxes on both limbs, string leaches on the string, and a string stop. Combining the dampening with the bow design makes for a relatively quiet bow.
The Vector 32, like other bows in the Hoyt lineup, uses a dual cable roller system which is quite smooth.
The Vector 32 uses a single string stop.
The fit and finish on our review model is excellent with no blemishes and a perfect camo paint job, although this is to be expected with a premium bow. Hoyt in recent years has made a variety of bow colors available to bow hunters and archers. There are the usual camo patterns available such as Realtree AP or MAX-1, but Hoyt also offers Black Out (all black) and even half and half patterns. They also offer a new "Vicxen" setup for those that want to sport pink on their bow.
If you're in the market for a new premium bow and don't want to step up to the price of Hoyt's carbon based bows, the Vector series offers a lot to like in an aluminum riser based bow. The Vector 32 comes with most of the technologies of the Carbon Element and is heavier, but comes at a reduced price. There is not a lot to gripe about with the Vector 32, other than if you decide to purchase, make sure to get your draw length set correctly from the start especially if your draw length happens to fall close to where a cam swap would be necessary, which for the RKT cams will be around either 26" or 28".
The Vector 32 grip is made of a comfortable rubber compound.
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