2016’s best new crossbows

Check out the latest crossbows from Wicked Ridge, Carbon Express, Excalibur, TenPoint and Browning

Presenting Outdoor Canada’s exclusive annual roundup of the top new crossbows for Canadian hunters. Also see the year’s top bows and the best new arrows and accessories

carbon nitro

CARBON NITRO RDX

TenPoint’s first reverse-draw crossbow, the Carbon Nitro RDX, measures just 10 inches between axles when drawn. The 165-pound limbs produce speeds of up to 385 fps, while the 3.5-pound trigger feels like that of a fine rifle. Keeping the overall weight at a manageable 7.8 pounds are the 20-inch carbon fibre-wrapped barrel and polymer stock. The bow comes with a cocking device, arrows, scope and quiver, along with a dry-fire inhibitor and other safety features. TenPoint, (330) 628-9245; www.tenpointcrossbows.com

Browning

ONESIXTWO

The more powerful of Browning’s two new entries into the crossbow market, the OneSixTwo shoots 370 fps, with a draw weight of 145 pounds and a 14⅝-inch power stroke. The TriggerTech system offers an incredibly light, zero-creep pull, along with anti-dry-fire safety features. There are Picatinny rails on the bottom and both sides of the flight track, and a crank-cocking device on the stock. The crossbow comes fully assembled, complete with a hard travel case, multi-reticle illuminated scope and three arrows. Browning Crossbows, 1-844-283-7250; www.browningcrossbows.com

x-force

X-FORCE ADVANTEX

If you’re looking for your first crossbow, the X-Force Advantex is an economical option. Priced at US$399, it’s sold as a ready-to-hunt kit including scope, arrows, field points and quiver. With a 165-pound draw weight, it shoots 320 fps—enough kinetic energy for any big game. Adjustable for various shooters, the Advantex weighs just 6.9 pounds, is easy to manoeuvre and has a crisp trigger. Carbon Express, 1-800-241-4833; www.carbonexpresscrossbows.com

Excalibur

MICRO 355

At 5.2 pounds, the Micro 355 is the lightweight of the crossbow world. It measures 25 inches wide uncocked, with a total length of 33½ inches, and the 10-inch power stroke shoots at 355 fps. The minimized stock has rubber grips and an ambidextrous cheek piece; cold-weather hunters will like the glove-friendly oversized trigger guard. The bow comes ready to hit the range with an illuminated scope, arrows, noise suppressor, rope-cocking aid and quiver. Excalibur Crossbow, 1-800-463-1817; www.excaliburcrossbow.com

Wicked Ridge Warrior

WARRIOR G3

Light, manoeuvrable and easy to draw, the Warrior G3 is a value crossbow with all the bells and whistles of high-end models, complete with all the accessories to get you started the day you pick it up. The 155-pound draw weight shoots at 320 fps, and the polymer stock keeps the weight at a mere 6.6 pounds, with a fore grip to keep your fingers safe. Wicked Ridge Crossbows, (330) 628-9245; www.wickedridgecrossbows.com