News: Monster Chill
I must admit I am very fond of the Solocam design. I love the feel of the draw-cycle, I love the simplicity, and above all, I love how it performs. So, naturally I was intrigued when it came to the thought of testing Mathews’ two-cam system. I was thrilled when I realized I would be doing so with the all-new 2013 McPherson Series Monster Chill.
Having shot the Monster series bows only a few times prior to my testing of the Chill, I have to say that they compare very little to the Solocam bows I have grown accustomed to over the years. And, while there are very distinct differences between the two systems, for me the most notable has always been the draw-cycle. Honestly, I’ve always preferred the feel of the Solocam over the dual cam. However, after attaching my release-aid to the Monster Chill and drawing it back, I have to say that I am rethinking my position. Once again, at the center of attention is the draw cycle…..only this time things are very different.
A New Breed of Monster
Immediately, I noticed that this Monster was different from all the rest. For starters it was strikingly lighter and slightly shorter than its siblings. To be exact, the Chill is .5 pounds lighter and 2.5 inches shorter than previous models. I know, 8 ounces doesn’t sound like all that much but it actually felt very, very light. The “feathery” nature of the Chill can be attributed to the overall reduced ATA (33.5 inches) as well as the Dead End String Stop Lite, Mathews Harmonic Stabilizer Light, a slimmer roller guard arm and a new, lighter riser design.
With the addition of the Reverse Assist Roller Guard System, there is no question that this technology adds to the smooth nature of the Chill. The Reverse Assist Roller Guard improves the draw cycle by reducing friction. It does so by positioning the cables in a reverse manner; in front of the roller guard rather than behind it. Shooters will also notice the addition of the Geo Grid Lock Riser design. This advanced breakthrough creates an ultra-rigid, ultra-lightweight riser which makes the Chill one of the industry’s lightest dual-cam hunting bows. And, when you add the proven Focus Grip to this system, it is easy to understand why the Chill feels so good to hold and is such an accurate shooting bow.
Additional features include Monkey Tails which virtually eliminate all string and cable sound, String Grubs which reduce string vibration in order to increase overall speed, and of course, Mathews Harmonic Damper technology. All of these characteristics work together to not only increase the performance level but the overall shooting enjoyment of the Chill.
As I alluded to earlier, the draw-cycle of previous Monster bows was always my particular displeasure—even though they are notably smoother than other dual cam offerings in the marketplace. And, while this was nothing more than a response to having shot Solocam models for so many years, the fact still remained that the draw-cycle didn’t feel comfortable to me. However, the 2013 Chill has completely changed the way I feel about this. In my opinion, it has altered the direction of the Monster series bows.
I was very surprised at how dissimilar the Chill actually feels to draw compared to previous models. The New DYAD AVS (Advanced Vectoring System) cams seem to build at the same rate throughout the draw. No quick buildup of bow poundage at the front of the cycle, followed by a sudden “drop” into the valley at the end. In fact, the entire transition was seamless; very smooth. Also, the backwall felt solid despite the absence of a draw stop; allowing me to pull through the shot for increased shooting accuracy. Those unfamiliar with the AVS system should know that it allows Mathews to dynamically move the force vector of the anchored cable from one side of the cam axle to the complete other side of the axle. This gives engineers the ability to optimize draw force profiles for energy storage. Ultimately it allows them to maximize the Monster Chill’s performance and efficiency.
In addition, the DYAD AVS cam on the Chill features Dual Perimeter-Weighted Technology; yet another Mathews innovation. Perimeter Weighed technology is a metal Inertia Disk strategically placed on the perimeter of the cam. As the bow limbs fire, this Inertia Disk catapults itself in the opposite direction. This counteracts limb momentum and results in dramatically decreased recoil and noise. Test shooting the Chill proved that this technology works extremely well. In fact, this could be one of the quietest bows I have shot in recent years. And when you consider the speed the Chill is producing, 333 fps IBO, that is impressive.
Out of the Box
Without the aid of a stabilizer or any additional vibration reducers, I test fired the Chill straight out of the box. To say that I experienced minimal hand shock or vibration would be an understatement. The bow fired crisp and quiet with very little evidence that the arrow was launched downrange. After installing a quality stabilizer, very little noise was heard between the string jumping forward and my arrow colliding with the target face. At 15 yards, the sound was almost instantaneous. Shooting from further distances also revealed the Chill’s inherent accuracy as arrows collided with regularity.
A smooth transition to full draw, followed by a quiet shot and a hard hitting arrow is just the type of performance I want from my bow and spells trouble for any big-game animal that wonders within range of my treestand. The 2013 Monster Chill offers just that in a lightweight, accurate package that is sure to change the way you feel about two-cam bows. It has definitely changed my perception. Shoot one for yourself. I think you will agree.