The outdoor industry has seen some truly incredible advancements throughout the years when it comes to gear, and certainly bows fall in that category. They are lighter, shoot faster, draw smoother and offer a host of benefits that were never even imagined with older compound bows. All that innovation comes with a price, though. Hop on the world wide web and price a new compound from any of the leading archery companies and you’ll find that you most likely won’t spend any less than $800 and it’s not out of the realm of possibilities to drop up to $1800 or more. That price is just for the bow, and not any of the accessories you’ll need to get it in shooting shape. That means that hunters looking to outfit themselves with a new bow should expect to spend now less than $1000 - $2000+ for a fully functioning setup. That’s a hefty chunk of cash. For those who can afford to put that much cash on the table, that’s awesome! Get out there and get your dream bow setup! However, for those who want to archery hunt but can’t justify that kind of cost, there has to be an alternative.
Now, before I go on, I’m not bashing the leading bow manufacturers, they make great products. However, I want to focus on bows that are affordable for anyone and don’t leave hunters who want to participate in archery seasons feeling as though they’ve been priced out of the sport. That’s why on this installment of Buy or Bust we’re talking about the Cabela’s Optimus RTH Package.
The easy to tune, single cam system delivers a smooth draw and gives way to a fast 310 fps IBO speed. Accommodating for virtually every hunter, the Optimus has an adjustable draw length of 25 to 32 inches and draw weight of 50 to 70 pounds. The 80% let-off makes it easier to sit at full draw until the animal or target you are aiming for comes into perfect range and position. At only 4.5 pounds, this bow is light, easy to carry and measures in at 31.25 inches from axle to axle which makes it compact enough that it won’t hinder your movement in the stand or blind.
Optimus RTH Bow Overview:
- Draw Weight: 50-70 lbs
- Draw Length: 25” - 32”
- Axle to Axle: 31.25”
- Brace Height: 7 5/8”
- IBO speed: 310 fps
- Let-off: 80%
- Weight: 4.25 lbs
- Hand: Available in left or right
- Camo pattern: TrueTimber® Strata
The great thing about this package is that it’s not just the bow you’re buying, you also get the necessary accessories to outfit your bow and have it fully functional. The Cabela’s Optimus RTH Package comes with the bow, Trophy Ridge® Mist sight, Quick Shot Biscuit, stabilizer, 5 Spot quiver, peep sight and tube, and D-loop.
Now, time for a little truth and tell. Can you get a bow with a faster IBO speed? Yes. Can you get one that’s lighter? Yes. Can you get one with fancier features? Yes. But can you get a bow like this with the included accessories for only $350? Probably not. It’s honestly a steal of a deal.
It’s not about your gear y’all, it’s about your skill! Top of the line gear is great, but value priced gear will tag a deer just the same. Don’t let price keep you from getting into archery hunting. Look for something like the Cabela’s Optimus RTH Package that lets you get your foot in the door and helps you hone your skills.
Be sure to check out the Cabela’s Optimus RTH Package available at both Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. If that doesn’t do it for you, then be sure to hit up their archery counter and let their pros help you find the right bow for you!