Mathews TX-5 Review

Mathews TX-5 Review


PUBLISHED SPECS

  • MANUFACTURER: Mathews
    • MODEL: TX-5
      • IBO RATING: 345 FPS
      • BRACE HEIGHT: 5″
      • AXLE-TO-AXLE: 28″
      • LETOFF: 75% or 85%
      • WEIGHT: 4.58 LBS
      • DRAW LENGTHS: 23.5″ to 29.5″
      • DRAW WEIGHTS: 50 LBS, 60 LBS, 70 LBS
      • FINISHES: OPTIFADE ELEVATED II, OPTIFADE SUBALPINE, RIDGE REAPER FOREST, RIDGE REAPER BARREN, REALTREE® EDGE, STONE, BLACK
      • MSRP: $1099
      • CONTACT: www.mathewsinc.com

FROM MATHEWS:

Optimized for high speeds and maximum energy for draw lengths ranging from 23.5 – 29.5″, the TX-5 features our award-winning Crosscentric Cam Technology for accurate energy and 3D Damping technology to minimize post shot sound and vibration. The TX-5 also features our all-new Engage Grip, which is designed for consistent hand placement to reduce torque and enhance comfort for all shooters regardless of hand size.


SPECS AS TESTED

  • DRAW WEIGHT: 61.2 LBS
  • HELD WEIGHT: 10.8 LBS
  • DRAW LENGTH: 27″
  • EQUIVALENT IBO RATING: 314 FPS

RESULTS

  • ARROW 1: Easton Hexx | 311 GRAINS
    • LENGTH: 26″
    • SPEED: 311 FPS
    • KE/M: 66.73/0.43
    • SOUND: 61.6 dBA
  • ARROW 2: Maxima XRZ | 362 GRAINS
    • LENGTH: 26″
    • SPEED: 290
    • KE/M: 67.53/0.47
    • SOUND: 62.0 dBA
  • ARROW 3: Easton FMJ 6MM | 426 GRAINS
    • LENGTH: 26″
    • SPEED: 269 FPS
    • KE/M: 68.38/0.51
    • SOUND: 61.0 dBA

MATHEWS TX-5 REVIEW | INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

With its short axle-to-axle length of 28″ and draw length range of 23.5″ to 29.5″, it’s obvious that the Mathews TX-5 was designed for bowhunters that are smaller in stature or require a short draw length. That said, this bow performs at a high level, holding true to its published IBO rating of 345 FPS. Much of the TX-5’s performance surely comes from its brace height, a short 5″. However, for individuals with shorter draw lengths — intended for this bow — brace height has less effect on bow forgiveness. Another plus is Mathews’ newly designed riser dovetail mounting system that makes the TX-5 capable of accepting the micro-adjustable QAD Ultrarest Integrate MX.


HOW WE TEST

Each arrow is fired — by hand — 3X through a chronograph placed one arrow-length in front of the bow riser. A decibel meter is placed three feet in front of the bow and three feet below the arrow’s path. Averages of the 3X groups are calculated. KE and M are measured with our calculators. All tests are conducted indoors.


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