In-depth Review: Mathews NOCAM HTR
by Darren Choate
This year, Mathews introduced a new, groundbreaking line of bows, unveiling their NO CAM ST™ Technology.
Our revolutionary NO CAM ST™ Technology utilizes two circular and concentric string tracks, allowing the string to travel at a constant distance from the center of rotation during the shot cycle. This eliminates the common camming action on both top and bottom string tracks, creating a balanced and synchronized system with straight and level nock travel for superior accuracy.
Recently, I was able to pick up a NOCAM HTR to test for myself. The NOCAM felt bigger than a 32” axle to axle bow, but it balanced nicely in my hand. I believe this feel is based on the relatively long riser and short quad limbs, combined with the less than seven-inch brace height. After mounting all of the required accessories on the bow, it still balanced well.
- Sight: HHA Sports Optimizer Lite King Pin
- Rest: QAD UltraRest Custom
- Stabilizer: Bee Stinger 10” Sport Hunter Extreme
- Arrow: Easton Hexx 480
Hands down, the NOCAM is the smoothest bow that I have drawn! The back wall is more defined on the NOCAM than other Mathews’ models I have shot. Depending on personal preference, this can be a pro or con. Over the last few years, I have grown to prefer a defined back wall; I believe it increases accuracy, since it emphasizes back (and shoulder) tension. In short, it makes it less likely for the shooter to creep forward, which hinders accuracy.
To put the NOCAM HTR to the test, I shot several arrows at different weights to test bow performance, specifically speed.
- Bow: NOCAM HTR
- Draw Length: 27”
- Draw Weight: 60#
- Arrow: Easton Hexx 480
- 300 grain @ 285 fps
- 330 grain @ 275 fps
- 360 grain @ 265 fps
Best Whitetail Uses
With an IBO rating of (up to, depending on mod used) 330 FPS, it is not the fastest bow on the market, but that was not Mathews’ intent with the NOCAM. With its smooth draw, the NOCAM HTR lends itself to several hunting situations.
- Tree-stand hunting where a concealed draw is a necessity.
- Ground blind hunting when drawing from a seated position.
- Cold weather hunting, when shooting/drawing in heavy hunting clothing.
- Spot-and-stalk hunting, especially for those that can shoot a 29-30” draw and 65-70#.
- Any bowhunter with a chronic arm, back, or shoulder injury.
If you have not yet shot a Mathews NOCAM HTR, I encourage you to visit your local archery pro shop to do so.
Mathews NOCAM HTR
The NO CAM ST™ Technology put every other component into question when designing the new NO CAM™ HTR. The result is a truly integrated system featuring shorter, more rigid quad limbs, a less reflexed riser, twin Harmonic Stabilizers™ and our popular Focus Grip™. RockMods™ come standard on the NO CAM™ HTR and are available in 65%, 75% and 85% let-off. Choose between five exclusive -finishes, including the new Stone Tactical and Lost Camo® OT.
- Brace Height: 6 5/8″
- Draw Weight: 50, 60 & 70 lbs
- Bow Weight: 4.14 / 4.3 lbs (With Two Harmonic Stabilizers) approximate
- Let-off: 65%, 75%, 85%
- Draw Lengths: 24-30″
- Half Sizes: 24.5-29.5″
- String: 59 7/8″
- Cable: 37 5/8″
- Riser Length: 28.92″
- IBO Rating: up to 330 fps
- Axle-to-Axle: 32″
- MSRP: $1,099
For more information on the Mathews NOCAM HTR and other bows, visit http://mathewsinc.com/.
Darren is the Founder of Western&Whitetail. Prior to his career in the outdoors, Darren served as an Airman in the US Air Force. As a freelancer, his articles have been published online and featured in magazines such as Western Whitetail, Western Hunter, Quality Whitetails, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Fur-Fish-Game, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish Magazine. Additionally, Darren spent time as the Editor In Chief of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Archery Business and Hunting Retailer magazines with Grand View Outdoors. He is a voting member and supporter of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Although he lives in elk and Coues country, Darren enjoys hunting across the country and writing about his experiences.