This is a review of the Bear Archery Cruzer compound bow. First of all, this is the first compound bow that I have owned but I have about nine years experience with longbows and recurves. The only other compound I have shot is a Diamond Archery Provider. The Bear Cruzer is in my opinion the better bow. I am not going to do a comparison on each statistic or feature, instead I will briefly go over the Cruzer.
The Bear Archery Cruzer comes in a “Ready to Hunt” package with a Trophy Ridge Joker 4 sight, a Trophy Ridge 5-Spot quiver and a Whisker Biscuit Quick Shot arrow rest. You’ll need to purchase fletched arrows, field points and most people will also want a release mechanism prior to shooting at a range.
The Cruzer is not exactly super light in the hand but that also translates to it being more steady during the shot process. While shooting I found the handle to be very forgiving with respect to me not accidentally torquing the bow as it fires. This is attributed to the handle shape and size. The wrist sling is the perfect size and is comprised of 550 cord style material that is somewhat stiff and has a rubber section near the wrist area. The stabilizer seems to do it’s job as I have no complaints with excessive vibration while shooting. The Trophy Ridge Joker 4 sight doesn’t have five pins which I wanted so it was replaced immediately with an IQ Micro Bowsight – 5 Pin. I don’t have a lot to say about the Trophy Ridge Joker 4 sight since I didn’t really test it but it did come with a small light to illuminate the fiber optic pins which I thought was a nice touch. The Whisker Biscuit was accurate but I installed a QAD HDX Ultrarest. This is a drop away rest which I have come to like.
I am using Gold Tip Hunter XT 340 arrows at 28″ with a 125 grain field point and the bow set at 28″ draw length and 65 lbs draw weight. These arrows fly very straight for me. I would consider trying something else eventually but for now there are no complaints on the Gold Tip arrows which weigh in at 425 grains including field points. For a release I am using the TruFire Hardcore 4 Finger Revolution. Some people prefer wrist releases instead. With my bow on a fish scale it had a field weight of 5.5 lbs, as photographed above – minus the arrow puller. This includes the bow, the quiver with 5 arrows setup like mentioned above, the IQ Micro bowsight and the QAD HDX Ultrarest.
The draw is very smooth on this bow and I have zero complaints. It feels like a solid bow while shooting and is probably slightly noisier than the Diamond Archery Provider I have also shot. Adjusting draw length was easy using the modules which come with the bow. A bow press was not necessary to adjust the draw length. I adjusted the draw weight easily using my Allen key. I have never taken this bow to a pro shop and have been able to set it all up correctly at home.
So far I have put about 400 arrows through this Bear Archery Cruzer compound bow at the flat range and the 3-D range on targets to 60 yards. I have not missed a target yet and this fact proves that my bow is very capable of accuracy as long as I do my part with shooting form and range estimations.
If you’re looking to get into a decent hunting bow then the Bear Archery Cruzer should be worth considering. It’s affordable, it’s accurate, it’s one of the lighter bows on the market today, it’s made in the U.S.A., it is solid enough to use for deer, bear or elk hunting and has a vast range of adjustments available for draw weight (5-70 lbs) and draw length (12-30 inches).
Specifications for the Bear Archery Cruzer Compound Bow
- IBO Speed 310 fps
- Brace height 6.5 inches
- Draw Weight 5-70 lbs
- Axle-Axle 32″
- Weight 3.6 lbs
- Let off 75%
- Draw Range 12-30 inches