By Mark Kenyon
When it comes to Bear Archery, it’s hard not to get a little nostalgic. For me, Bear products still bring to mind the original Bear himself, Fred Bear. And while Bear Archery still brings with it this great history, they certainly have not gotten stuck in the past – as they’ve been bringing some of the most technically impressive new bows to market the past few years.
After shooting Bear bows for the past two seasons, I’ve come to expect big things from them, and with their new 2014 line of bows, it looks like they won’t be letting me down. Leading the way for them in 2014 is the new Agenda 6.
While at ATA last week, I had a chance to get my hands on the Agenda 6 for the first time and in just minutes I knew this would be a winner. The look and feel of this rig is not too terribly different than my Motive bow from last year, but that’s not a bad thing. The Agenda is a sharp looking bow, with great curves and cuts in the riser. Speaking of, new for this year on the riser are rubber riser inserts, which will absorb vibration and sound.
Additionally, a big new feature for the Agenda 6 is the new hinge guard, which helps with a smooth draw and will reduce torque and consequentially should improve accuracy. Also new for 2014 are the limb pockets on the Agenda, which are said to be tighter and more precise, allowing for improved absorption of shock and vibration.
At 32″ axle to axle and weighing in at under 4 lbs, this is nice compact bow and it’s a screamer as well – coming in at 350 fps. When holding this bow it definitely felt good in the hand, and very light. If it handles at all like my Motive did, I’m sure people will be happy as a clam carrying this bow into the field.
That said, I didn’t end up having time to shoot the new bows. Luckily, a friend of mine did and he was kind enough to share his thoughts. Adam Millard is part of “Antler Geeks“, an online web series that features a group of DIY whitetail hunters who chase big whitetails on public and heavily pressured private land. They are a great group of guys and serious gear nuts. For that reason, I was thrilled that Adam was willing to share his perspective on the Bear Agenda 6. Here are his thoughts, and be sure to check out Antler Geeks as well!
“Standout first impressions in the archery world are hard to come by. Today’s technology and top grade materials are making bows shoot faster while maintaining an overall enjoyable shooting experience. It is difficult in today’s market to really stand out.
After attending the ATA convention in Nashville and shooting all the latest and greatest bows, there was one lineup that stood out above the rest. Bear Archery. This year’s Bear compound lineup has something to offer everyone. If I had to pick the single most impressive bow that was at the ATA show it would be the Bear Agenda 6.
With a scorching fast IBO speed rating of 350 fps the Agenda was incredibly smooth with no hand shock. The most impressive aspect about this bow was how quiet it was. Being a hunter, silence is the name of the game. It’s one thing to be able to launch arrows 350 fps, but it is a whole other game to be able to do it in dead silence. The only perceivable noise was the arrow slamming into the target. The H13 synchronized hybrid cam pulled very smooth and locked up rock solid in the back wall. This cam system is draw length adjustable without the need of a bow press. Another awesome feature on the Agenda is Bear’s hinge cable guard. This cable guard system hinges backwards during the draw making the draw cycle as smooth as butter.
Don’t take my word for it, get down to your Bear Archery dealer and put one to the test.” – Adam Millard, Antler Geeks
If you’re interested in learning more about the Agenda 6 or other Bear bows visit BearArchery.com. Check out the Agenda commercial below as well, pretty slick!