Review of Speedzone by Limbsaver
Initial Thoughts: Upon receiving the Speedzone and getting it set-up, Dan and I both had the same feeling as when we reviewed the DZ-32. Limbsaver makes a sharp looking bow! Maybe it’s the wood grip, or the color contrast between the blue on the cams and string with the G1 Camo. I’m not sure. I do know that whoever is in charge of the quality control on the Limbsaver bows needs to get a raise. These bows are flawless! The Limbsaver bows may look a little different than the cookie cutter bows on the market, but that’s part of the allure for us.
After getting the rest and sight on, we walked out to our 1 year old bag target and shot 1 arrow…….ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE BAG! We realized we had a fast bow on our hands at that point. Now I realize that the arrow could have hit an already established hole and gone straight through, but after extracting my arrow out of the lawn on the other side of the target, I thought I’d better use my Hybrid King target from American Whitetail Targets for the sighting in process.
As I mention in the Fast Facts Video (below), we were a little skeptical as to how the draw cycle was going to feel on such a fast bow. We’re aware of the fact that you don’t get a super speedy bow with “smooth as butter” cams, not on any bow! After sighting the bow in, I handed it to Dan for a round. We both agreed that while there is a slight “hump” in there, it’s relatively smooth for our tastes and the attraction to this bow grew from there.
Specs on the Speedzone:
Mass Weight: 4.1 Pounds
Axle to Axle: 34 1/2 Inches
Brace Height: 5 7/8 Inches
IBO Speed: 348 – 353 FPS
String: Winner’s Choice
Cam: H.E.A.T Hyperdrive Modular
Grip: I don’t know if the folks at Limbsaver slimmed up the grip on the Speedzone but this grip feels slimmer and more streamlined than last year’s DZ-32. The wood grip looks very sharp on this bow!
String Decelerator: A new feature on the Speedzone that adds to the speed and dampening is the addition of a string decelerator system which eliminates the need for anything on the string, slowing down the shot.
NAVCOM Incorporation Throughout: As is the case with all the bows in the limbsaver line-up, NAVCOM vibration control material adorns the Speedzone from top to bottom. This material together with the No-contact limb system (The limbs pockets are designed so that the limbs and riser do not actually touch each other) makes all the bows in Limbsaver’s line-up Dead Quiet on the shot.
H.E.A.T Cam and Hyperdrive Module: Another feature of the Speedzone is the addition of what limbsaver calls, a “Hyperdrive Speed Module” to the H.E.A.T Cams (“High Efficiency Active Transfer”). This module stores more energy on the draw adding to the speed of the arrow. These cams are draw length adjustable and offered in 25 – 30” draw lengths with individual ½ inch modules sold separately. We’re not sure if it is the Hyperdrive Module, a slight re-design of the overall H.E.A.T cam or if our rotator cuff is just getting stronger, but the Speedzone has a smoother than expected draw cycle. The back wall is solid and we were able to keep it maxed out in poundage to get the most out of the shot while still maintaining a comfortable draw. Don’t get me wrong, there is a slight hump to get over in the draw cycle, but overall the draw on the Speedzone has us pleasantly surprised. In fact, we went to our local archery shop to shoot it side by side another “speed bow” on the market (no names, but it was a monster to draw back) Both Dan and I agreed that the Speedzone had a much smoother draw than that particular bow.
Accessories used in this review:
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Limbsaver Drop-Away: Being familiar with this prong style fall-away rest on last year’s DZ-32 review, it made “Out of the Box” set-up of the Speedzone easy. It’s adjustable launching arm allows for correct timing and the Rolling Fulcrum Limb system on the Speedzone made it easy to relax the string to set the cord on this rest. www.Limbsaver.com
Limbsaver Quiver: The new Limbsaver quivers look great, and our only complaint has to do with the asthetics of how the arrows look when loaded in the quiver. They don’t lay perfectly flat. They are sort of staggered up and down but that is more a matter of preference to us. www.limbsaver.com
X-coil Stabilizer: We’ve tried most of the stabilizers on the market and feel that none can equal those made by Limbsaver. The 4 ½ inch NAVCOM X-coil is the perfect hunting stabilizer in our opinion. www.limbsaver.com
Limbsaver Sight: The 5 pin solar powered Prism-Lite sight almost seemed like overkill with the Speed that the Speedzone generates. Upstate NY isn’t exactly like out west when it comes to number of pins. However, we liked the simplicity of the sight along with how bright the pins were. The Prism-lite allows for subtraction of pins if you need to and at 4.4 oz, will not weigh your bow down. www.limbsaver.com
Kwikee Quiver: We decided to also try a Kwikee quiver on the Speedzone. Kwikee quivers have been around a long time and it’s nice to see that they are staying current with various camo patterns (the G1 camo on the quiver matched that of the Speedzone perfectly). This 4 arrow quiver help up very well on the shot and we really didn’t notice any difference between it and the limbsaver quiver in terms of noise produced. www.kwikeekwiver.com
Truglo Range Rover 1 Pin Sight: When testing the Speedzone with a dedicated 1 pin system, we used the Truglo “Range Rover” to see how far out we could go without using windage or moving the pin. We got to somewhere around 38 yards before we felt the need to slightly raise the pin. The Range Rover’s .29 diameter pin is super bright and extremely easy to move on the fly. This sight will be on the Speedzone this Fall in the deer woods! www.truglo.com
QAD Rest: We also Tried the QAD ultra Rest on the Speedzone and it has quickly become our favorite rest. The combination of arrow containment and easy “Thumb Loading” ability make this rest tough to beat. We found the need to remove the NAVCOM strip on the shelf with the addition of the QAD so that it has full drop-down clearance. This did not affect noise level at all and we were excited to try these rests out hunting this fall. Updated Note *** This rest worked flawlessly in all of our hunting situations! www.qadinc.com
BowLegs: This is our first experience with this product. We took the Speedzone for a spin at our local 3D range and decided to leave the rangefinder at home to see how it would fair. The use of the BowLegs came in real handy in that they attach to the bottom part of the riser and allow you to set the bow down at any time on pretty much any surface. We needed the extensions because of the limb configuration of the Speedzone (sold separately) These Bowlegs are lightweight aluminum so extra weight isn’t really an issue and we’re stoked to give them a try in our Covert Ground blinds this season! www.polemountainoutdoors.com
Double Bow Case by 30-06 Outdoors: This case is more ridgid than a true “soft” case because of its heavy duty nylon and skid resistant base plates. We liked the multiple pockets inside and out and this case only retails for $50. http://home.frognet.net/~jweaver/3006/
G5 Peep by G5 Outdoors: We’ve used these peeps on all our bow reviews because they are nice and big. For all of you people out there concerned with “asthetics”, the blue G5 Peep goes real nice with the Blue in the H.E.A.T Cams and winner’s choice string. www.g5outdoors.com
Our Marks on the Speedzone:
Quality: 5 out of 5: As I said before, the Quality Control department of Limbsaver is on their game and the Winner’s Choice String and cables also adds to the quality of this bow.
Draw Cycle: 4.8 out of 5: We’ve felt smoother, but it really is a pleasant surprise compared to what we thought it might be.
Balance: 5 out of 5: The straight riser design provides great balance in the hand and a torque free shot.
Noise/Handshock: 5 out of 5: The combination of the NAVCOM material from top to bottom along with the no-contact limb system and riser design makes this bow dead quiet on the shot.
Speed: 5 out of 5: We feel Limbsaver has gotten more speed with a smoother draw cycle so we’re going with a 5 on this one.
Overall Value: 5 out of 5: Once again, Limbsaver combines speed, balance and significant noise reduction in an innovative bow design. Check one out today at your local Limbsaver dealer or www.limbsaver.com
Bottom Line: This bow has been a pleasure to shoot and provides a combination of speed, stealth, and Kinetic Energy that should make serious bow hunters take notice. As I mentioned in last year’s Deadzone review, I had high expectations of what Limbsaver could do in year #2 of their bow production. It appears that this year’s line-up not only offers more options for us consumers but also that the quality of that product was brought to the next level. Bravo!