Bear Archery Anarchy Bow Review

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For 2012, Bear Archery has released several new bows that we will be taking a look at over the next few months. For this upcoming year the Carnage, which we reviewed favorably before, is being supplanted by a new flagship bow that Bear has dubbed the Anarchy.

The Anarchy shares some features in common with the Carnage but departs in some technology that is new for Bear this year. The riser design is similar to the Carnage although Bear has spent more time rounding out the holes in the riser and contouring it a bit more for 2012. The net result is that the Anarchy comes in about 5% lighter than the Carnage at 3.8 lbs, while maintaining a forgiving 7.25" brace height.

Bear Archery Anarchy Bow

The riser on the Anarchy is similar to the Carnage but more hollowed
out and rounded, giving the bow a lighter weight than the Carnage.

The Anarchy drops the heavily arched limbs of the Carnage. The new limbs are flatter and definitely still preloaded but are not nearly as raked back as the Carnage. Given that the riser length is very similar to the Carnage the Anarchy's extra 3" of axle-to-axle (ATA) distance comes from the less arched back limbs. Overall the Anarchy comes in with a 35" ATA length and on first appearances it seems that it should be heavier than the Carnage given its greater length. However the lighter weight is a pleasant surprise.

The limbs on the Anarchy are pre-loaded like most compound bows; however they are
not nearly raked back as the Carnage, thus giving the bow a longer ATA.

Bear's new Flat Top cams make their debut on the Anarchy and offer a bit more flexibility than some of the other cams in the lineup. The Flat Top cams are adjustable from 25" - 31.5" and can be adjusted in half inch increments by installing the correct modules available from a Bear dealer. Like most other cams on the market the Flat Top offers an 80% let-off at full draw. While Bear offers the Anarchy in 50, 60, and 70 lb. peak offerings; our review bow actually peaked at 74 lbs. before let-off.

Top cam of the Flat Top cam system.

While the draw is smooth and silent the Flat Top cams do have a very slight speed disadvantage coming in at 340 fps IBO versus the 345 fps IBO of the Carnage. However this small of a difference most shooters will not notice given how bow speed can be dramatically affected by arrow selection, draw length, and draw weight.

The Anarchy uses Bear's new Flat Top Cam system. The small rectangular block marked with "1" controls
the hard wall on the cam. Notice the long flat portion of the inner cam that give the cam system its name.

Other side of the Flat Top Cam.

The bow has a fairly hard wall which appears to be mostly non-adjustable on the Flat Top cams. Wall is set on the cam by a small rectangular box that is marked with a "1". It may be possible to adjust the wall by turning the rectangle to a different side but we didn't try it and Bear or your dealer should be consulted before trying to make wall adjustments with this new cam system.

The Anarchy sports the same 4x4 cable roller system that has appeared on other bows in their lineup in the past. The roller is quiet and helps to smooth out the draw and release and should give years of reliable service.

The Anarchy uses Bear's tried and true 4x4 string roller system.

The dual string suppressors of that appear on other bows in the Bear lineup also appear on the Anarchy however where the string suppressor rod connects to the riser there is now a rubber boot of sorts that should reduce further any kind of noise that may be transmitted from string impact.

Side and Front view of the string suppressor system. Notice that the Anarchy uses
a new rubber boot system where the connecting rod attaches to the bow.

Grip design is a touchy issue with most bow hunters and the Anarchy actually offers the hunter two options. The standard over-molded grip is excellent and provides a good base for hours of shooting. However some will prefer a harder grip and the Anarchy can accept an optional panel grip that allows the shooter's palm and thumb webbing to ride directly against the riser. Regardless of what you prefer it's nice that Bear offers either grip option on the Anarchy.

Our review bow came with an over molded rubber grip, but the
Anarchy can also take a harder grip panel style grip.

As for color choices the Anarchy is available in Realtree APG like all the other bows that Bear offers. However Bear has also released a new "Shadow Series" offering that allows a buyer to obtain the Anarchy in a matte jet black finish. While our review bow is in Realtree APG the Shadow series looks like a good looking finish as well.

The Anarchy is an important addition to the Bear's compound bow lineup because of its longer axle-to-axle distance that was not previously offered and is the only bow they are currently offering with an ATA over 32". The street price on the Anarchy should be around $900 which places it only $50 above the Carnage and considering that most flagship bows on the market are running well over $1000, the Anarchy offers a good deal of value. If you're a hunter that prefers a longer bow, the Anarchy is worth testing out at your local pro shop.

For more information about the Anarchy bow please visit Bear Archery.

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