Lancaster Archery Supply checks out Hoyt’s 2016 bow lineup

The 2016 Hoyt bows are expected to arrive very soon to the Lancaster Archery Supply Pro Shop. In advance of their arrival, our TechXPerts got the chance to hold them, shoot them, study them and ask Hoyt sales rep Tonny Tazza questions about them.

In this video, Tazza describes the design, features and functionality of the Hoyt PowerMax, HyperEdge, Defiant and Carbon Defiant bows. The PowerMax is Hoyt’s mid-range bow to replace the popular Charger. It’s a 31-inch bow with a speed rating up to 328 feet per second, and a price that’s family-friendly.

The HyperEdge is Hoyt’s new offering for target archers, replacing the Pro Edge. It’s a 36-inch bow with new limbs and cams and a new roller guard. Tazza says this bow is likely to be popular on the 3-D circuit.

The Defiant line consists of 30- and 34-inch bows with aluminum risers, plus a 33-inch turbo version. And there are the 30- and 34-inch Carbon Defiants, plus a 33-inch turbo model with a carbon riser. All of the Defiant bows feature the new DFX cam and UltraFlex limbs, which combine to make the bows function like they are longer than they really are. That makes them more forgiving to the archer.

Defiant series leads Hoyt’s 2016 bow lineup

With much fanfare and anticipation, Hoyt unveiled its 2016 bow lineup over the course of a full day Oct. 13. Fans of the Utah bow maker were beside themselves, as they watched and waited to see what was next in the line.

(Check out our video review of the 2016 lineup, here.)

In the end, Hoyt introduced five new bows. At the top of the heap are the Defiant and the Carbon Defiant. The Defiant has an aluminum riser, while the Carbon Defiant, of course, has a carbon riser.

Both bows feature Hoyt’s brand new UltraFlex limbs and the DFX cam-and-a-half system. Hoyt says the two work in unison to make the bows perform like they are longer axle to axle. Longer bows are more forgiving and shooter-friendly than shorter bows.

The Defiant will be available in 30.5- and 34-inch standard models, with 7-inch brace heights, plus a 33-inch Turbo model with a 6-inch brace height.


The Carbon Defiant will be available in the 34- and 33-inch Turbo models, while the shortest bow will be 31 inches.

For both bows the speeds are rated at 325 feet per second (fps) for the 34-inchers, 331 fps for the 30.5- and 31-inch bows, and 350 fps for the Turbo models.

Hoyt also introduced the PowerMax, which is intended to replace the wildly popular Charger. The PowerMax is designed to perform at an affordable price, which is exactly what the Charger did. (We don’t have MSRP pricing yet, but think $500 range.) It’s a 31-inch bow, with a 6 ¾-inch brace height capable of producing speeds of 328 fps.


A bow named Spyder has been in Hoyt’s line for several years, but for 2016, Hoyt revamped the 2015 version and named it the Carbon Spyder FX. They cut it down to 28 inches axle to axle, and fitted it with the new UltraFlex limbs and the DFX cam-and-a-half system. So it will be compact for hunting in tight quarters, but still will perform like a much longer bow.


The HyperEdge is Hoyt’s new target offering, which leans toward 3-D competitions. It’s 36 inches with a 7-inch brace height, and is capable of speeds up to 325 fps. Like the Defiant bows, the HyperMax features the UltraFlex limbs and the DFX cam-and-a-half system.