Fred Bear Escape Shadow Black Bow Right Hand 25.5-30″ 70lb Review
Fred Bear is one of the best known names in bow hunting. Even though he passed away in 1988, his skills remain legendary. Many believe that the bowhunting industry would not be what it is today without the influence of the great Mr. Bear. It is only appropriate that one of the best bows in the industry is one created by his eponymous company. The Fred Bear Escape Shadow bow should be added to every bowhunter’s arsenal.
Fred Bear Archery designs the most reliable and lethal bows. The company has been doing this for over eight decades and they do not plan to stop any time soon. This flagship bow, the Escape Shadow, is one for the ages. It is easy to imagine the shots that Fred Bear himself would take if he were able to string and shoot this phenomenal machine.
The Escape Shadow weighs in at only 4 pounds, making it one of the lightest on the market. It has a 75% let off and a 6-inch brace height. The bow looks as deadly as it shoots with its intensely fast 350 fps measurement. The aluminum riser and the cams are perfectly balanced so it feels like pure power in the hand.
The peak draw is 55 to 70 pounds with a draw range between 25.5 and 30 inches. The quad limbs are preloaded, the barrel nut can be fully adjusted, the riser inserts maintain a silent draw and release, and the cam system ensures the fastest speeds possible. Every millimeter of this bow was created with successful hunting in mind. Once you get your hands on it, you will never want another bow again.
Fred Bear taught the modern bowhunter how to be successful and the company continues to set the bar for quality and design. This bow is not necessarily for the rookie hunter, but with lessons from a veteran (or watching some Fred Bear videos) a rookie would certainly learn to quickly love this bow. It handles with the right amount of forgiveness, making it ideal for any shooter. It is easy to maneuver and the balance makes it relatively manageable, too.
The bow is made out of what Fred Bear Archery calls 7075 aluminum technology that is advanced beyond other bow technology. The limbs get to share the load in a balanced way that other compound bows do not. Lateral torque is reduced with the special hinge guard that Bear adds to the bow. The top and bottom string suppressors can be adjusted and the H15 Hybrid cams will deliver the speeds advertised, but also allow for a comfortable letdown and and easy draw. The grip design is integrated into the bow adding to its good looks and deadly capabilities.
Everyone who shoots this bow comments on the quality, durability, and strength of the product. The arrows are released quickly, quietly, and accurately. Whether they have owned Bear Archery products previously or they are new to the brand, archers are amazed at the way this bow stands out from the crowd. It may not be the least expensive bow in the store, but the performance it delivers makes it seem like it should be priced even higher.
Shopping for a new compound bow has never been easier. The Fred Bear Escape Shadow is the only bow that any hunter will ever need. This American born manufacturing company stands behind everything it creates because it refuses to tarnish the eponymous name of its creator. It is easy to fall in love with any product that Fred Bear Archery creates, but the Escape Shadow truly shows what the company can do when it wants to really set itself apart from the rest of the industry. Other manufacturers will have to work hard to produce anything that meets or exceeds the standards set by this outstanding compound bow.