Mathews Creed Bow Review

January 8, 2013 - Inside Archery's Darron McDougal

Known industry-wide for creating innovative, technology-driven bows and accessories, Mathews continues to function with the same drive and passion that first ignited the company over two decades ago.

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In 2012, Mathews unveiled the ultra-popular Helim. A 30-inch axle-to-axle showstopper, the Helim lived up to its name. At a featherlike 3.5 pounds, the Helim was a joy to tote, and archers loved its stunning technologies like the GeoGrid Lock Riser and the Helim Cam.

It was hard to imagine how Mathews would be able to continue to impress us. As 2013 draws closer, Mathews fanatics have already started wondering what the company will think of next. Given the phenomenal designs, groundbreaking technologies, and industry firsts we’ve seen from Mathews over the years, most Mathews fans can’t help but eagerly anticipate what will come next.

Well, the wait is over. Mathews’ all-new 2013 Creed looks amazing and shoots even better. Measuring 30 inches from axle to axle and tipping the scales at just 3.85 pounds, the all-new Creed provides the perfect blend of maneuverability, consistency, and one of the smoothest draw cycles ever created.

Simple in design but long on technology, the SimPlex Cam provides an incredibly smooth, hushed draw cycle and above-average arrow speed.

SimPlex Cam
Mathews has developed an all-new cam for the 2013 Creed. Larger than many previous Mathews cam designs, the SimPlex Cam is smooth and quiet, and it delivers a good amount of arrow speed. Working in perfect harmony with the Creed’s idler wheel and Reverse Assist Roller Guard, the SimPlex Cam rolls over like velvet. As the cam rolls into action, the rubber-padded draw stop engages the inner portion of the Creed’s outside lower split limb. A firm, consistent back wall promotes a consistent anchor point, boosts confidence, and leads to increased levels of accuracy.

Letdown is also pleasing with the SimPlex Cam. Letting down while in the field is part of bowhunting. It’s nice to have a bow that you can let down without gritting your teeth and, if needed, immediately draw again.

At the shot, the SimPlex Cam produces excellent arrow speed, especially for a true single-cam bow. My 29-inch-draw, 70-pound Creed sent a 376-grain hunting arrow tipped with a fixed-blade broadhead downrange at 302 feet per second.

Engineered to perfection, the GeoGrid Lock Riser boosts strength and thwarts riser twist. Its airy checkerboard design gives the bow a classy look.

Built to Perfection
It’s safe to say that the GeoGrid Lock Riser turned some heads in 2012. Sporting an enhanced geometric design that boosted the strength-to-weight ratio, the GeoGrid Lock Riser was a big part of the Helim’s incredible accuracy. Providing great balance and feel, the GeoGrid Lock Riser is back and ready for action. Showcasing a total of 30 cutouts above the grip and 20 below, the

26.5-inch riser is a big reason why the 30-inch axle-to-axle Creed has such a balanced feel at full draw. This bow doesn’t want to waver or tilt—it sits like a rock. In addition to its statue-like nature, the riser boasts a sporty flare that consumers won’t be able to overlook.

The Creed’s Rich Walnut SlimFit Inline Grip is racy, sleek, and angled to perfection. Narrow through the throat then gaining more mass in the palm-swell area, this grip simply feels great in the hand. It’s no secret that many archers formulate their opinion of a bow after handling the grip. The only thing you will be doing after picking up this bow is smiling. Giving the grip some additional flare is the traditional Mathews Solo Cam branding.

A Real Surprise
I was a little shocked when I pulled the Creed from its box. For the past few years I’ve grown accustomed to Mathews’ ultra-slim single limbs, which have been a feature of most Mathews bows (the McPherson Series Dual Cam bows being the exception). The 2013 Creed boasts not two, but four limbs. That’s right—this Solo Cam has split limbs. Resting comfortably within the confines of the Creed’s limb pockets, the all-new limb design spreads the bow’s energy throughout the limbs, boosting longevity and drowning out noise. The ultra-solid quad split limbs feature

Mathews’ Parallel Limb Design and complement the Creed in every way. Shot noise and bow vibration are virtually nonexistent, and because the limbs are cradled by a well-designed aluminum pocket, wear and tear isn’t a concern.

The Harmonic Stabilizer Lite reduces nearly 75 percent of residual vibration.

A True Legacy
Bowhunters love how quiet and vibration-free Mathews makes its bows.

The Mathews Harmonic Damper plays a big role in ensuring that Mathews bows are so quiet and pleasant to shoot.

Positioned near the top of the riser just below the limb pocket, this nifty device pulls noise and vibration from the riser. If you want to test just how incredible this little floating wheel is, pull it from its home in the riser and fire the bow. Then replace the Harmonic Damper and squeeze off another shot. You simply won’t believe the difference.

A newer partner of the Harmonic Damper is the Harmonic Stabilizer Lite. Positioned near the bottom of the riser just above the limb pocket, the Harmonic Stabilizer Lite reduces nearly 75 percent of residual vibration and is 70 percent lighter than the original
Harmonic Stabilizer. Also aiding in vibration control is the Dead End String Stop Lite. Capturing the speeding bowstring at the optimal moment, this adjustable, inline stop minimizes vibration and facilitates a clean arrow release. Fitted with an offset dimpled rubber bumper that can stand up to thousands of shots without wear, the Dead End String Stop Lite is remarkable.

Little Monkeys
Though they’re not very big, Mathews Monkeytails, which wrap around the Mathews Genuine Bowstring, squelch noise and vibration incredibly well. The Creed is equipped with a single monkeytail, resting just above the String Grub. The idler-wheel-mounted String Suppressor, which was found on the 2012 Mathews Helim, has been removed.

Redesigned for 2013, the Reverse Assist Roller Guard pushes the cables outward so that there is less tension on them throughout the draw cycle. Not only does this reduce accuracy-robbing friction, but it also makes for a silky-smooth draw.

Same Technology…Different Design
Renowned for its ability to reduce friction, boost string and cable life, and promote a smooth draw, the Reverse Assist Roller Guard sports a new-for-2013 design. A wide, machined-out bar harbors the rollers. Because the cables are positioned in front of rather than behind the roller guard, friction during the draw cycle is greatly reduced. When combined with the SimPlex Cam, the Creed provides archers with an incredibly smooth draw cycle. This roller guard also makes for increased accuracy.

Ready to Shine
The 2013 Creed is ready to capture the attention of bowhunters. It sure captured mine. Before I even put the bow in a bow press and started tinkering, I did something different. I attached a lizard-tongue rest and a brass nock and fired a few arrows. Why? I just had see how smooth this bow pulled. Clipping onto the string, I eased the bow back. It didn’t jump or jerk. It didn’t hiccup at letoff. It didn’t slam into the back wall. The Creed simply pulled gently and quietly, and it let down in the same manner.

As with every Mathews bow I’ve ever set up, tuning was painless. With just the SimPlex Cam and an idler wheel, there are no synchronization problems. After making some adjustments to my drop-away rest, I was ready for the range. The balanced feel of the GeoGrid Lock Riser boosted my confidence and kept me comfortable at full draw. Even in windy conditions, the 26.5-inch riser proved its worth. Working in concert with the SimPlex Cam and split, parallel limbs, the GeoGrid Lock Riser boosted accuracy.
For hours I shot arrows tipped with field points and expandable and fixed-blade broadheads, both from the Hooter Shooter and manually. What did I find? Spot-on accuracy regardless of distance. As for speed, the Creed offers more than enough. When shooting many of my standard-weight hunting arrows, 361 to 385 grains, the Creed held above or right at the 300 feet-per-second mark.

The Creed’s quad split limbs feature Parallel Limb Design and absorb shock and vibration remarkably well.

In true Mathews fashion, the Creed was deadly quiet. No hand-tickling vibration was detected, and even when shooting extremely light arrows, the Creed remained hushed. A noisy bow is zero fun to shoot, and when a nervous whitetail ducks the string, it can be downright frustrating. The Creed  is a quiet performer that produces zero game-spooking noise.

I like a bow that meets the demands of any hunt—the Creed fits that bill. Its short axle-to-axle length makes it perfect for those tight treestand shots, and its lightweight nature is ideal for off-the-beaten-path excursions where weight is a concern. Parallel limbs mixed with a compact design make it a great choice for ground blinds and spot-and-stalk ventures. The Creed is an all-around hunting bow, and animals will soon quiver at its name.

The Mathews revolution continues. Bowhunters will be descending upon archery pro shops in droves to test-shoot and undoubtedly purchase this new Mathews marvel. Just put it in your hands, the bow will take care of the rest.

Mathews Creed
Axle-to-Axle Length 30 inches
Brace Height 7 inches
Mass Weight 3.85 pounds
IBO Speed Up to 328 fps
Riser Length 26.5 inches
Draw Lengths 26 to 30 inches including ½ sizes (26.5 to 29.5)
Draw Weights 50#, 60#, 70#
Color Lost Camo, Black, and
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Arrow Speed
2013 Mathews Creed set at 29 inches (by factory) and adjusted to 70 pounds
Shaft: Arrow: Kinetic Arrow
28-inch Arrows Grains/In Total Weight Energy Speed
Easton XX78 Alloy 2512 10.3 448 gr. 79.7 283 fps
Easton Full Metal Jacket 400 10.2 426 gr. 78.0 287 fps
Carbon Express Aramid KV 350 9.8 415 gr. 77.0 289 fps
Carbon Tech Whitetail 65/80 9.5 411 gr. 76.8 290 fps
Carbon Express Maxima Hunter 350 8.9 398 gr. 75.9 293 fps
Easton ST Axis N-Fused 400 9.0 392 gr. 75.8 295 fps
Beman ICS Hunter Elite 400 8.4 390 gr. 76.4 297 fps
Gold Tip XT Hunter 55/75 8.2 385 gr. 77.0 300 fps
PSE Radial X Weave Hunter 300 8.1 376 gr. 76.2 302 fps
Gold Tip Ultralight Pro 400 7.4 361 gr. 75.0 306 fps
Carbon Tech Cheetah 400 6.4 346 gr. 74.8 312 fps
Easton FlatLine 400 7.4 344 gr. 74.9 313 fps
High Country Speed Pro Max 5.5 303 gr. 74.2 332 fps
Bow weighed with an Easton Bow Force Digital Scale. All tests conducted with a Spot-Hogg Hooter Shooter Portable Shooting Machine and a Competition Electronics Pro Chronograph.

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