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  • March 16, 2014 at 7:18 am #622806 Back to Top REPORT
    ncwhitetails
    ncwhitetails

    Age: 56
    Joined: 4/3/2010
    Location: NC
    Hey guys…I’m getting ready to upgrade from my DR2 and was wanting some opinions on what you feel is the better pure hunting bow – the Creed XS, Helim, or the ZXT.  I have shot all three and found little difference.  The ZXT felt a little tighter on the pull while the Creed XS felt a bit smoother overall and quieter than the others.  I have a 29″ DL and shoot about 63#.  I hunt almost exclusively from a tree stand, and most of my shots are from about 40 yards in.  I know it always comes down to personal preference and feel, but I was hoping for a few opinions from those of you who have experience with these particular bows.  Thanks!!
    March 16, 2014 at 9:46 am #622814 Back to Top REPORT

    conquestador

    Age: 64
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    “the Creed XS felt a bit smoother overall and quieter ”   From my perspective, you answered your question.  I know you’ll enjoy shooting whatever you decide on.
    March 16, 2014 at 10:27 am #622823 Back to Top REPORT
    99fatboy
    99fatboy

    Age: 53
    Joined: 2/15/2010
    Location: n.y.
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    The creed xs will feel smoother and quieter, because it is slower, not creating the energy of the other two. This is not to say that it’s not a good bow, but that is the main difference, along with slightly more brace height. As you said, just be comfortable with your choice.
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    March 18, 2014 at 8:32 am #623080 Back to Top REPORT
    drenleg1
    drenleg1

    Age: 40
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    Location: WV
    I know you didn’t have this as one of your options but I think the Creed is better than the XS.  Other than that I agree with post above that says you sound like you answered your own question.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_peace}
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    March 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm #623605 Back to Top REPORT
    kpercle1
    kpercle1

    Joined: 3/14/2014
    Location: LA
    I vote for the helium. It’s light, Great back wall, smooth on the shot. No vibrations with a stabilizer. It’s dead on accurate. I don’t see what else you need in a pure hunting bow! I shot the creeds and the chill and picked the helium over them. I did not shoot the zxt so I can’t help on that

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    March 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm #623698 Back to Top REPORT

    Camolange

    Joined: 6/30/2011
    I  have a Helim, Chill, Safari, and several others in the Mathews lineup but when it comes time to hunt I bring out my Z7 Extreme tactical. It is short for hunting out of a blind or tree stand and shoots great. The ZXT is basically the Z7 Extreme as far as specs go and it is sure a lot less expensive than the others you mentioned!
    March 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm #624110 Back to Top REPORT
    dbow
    dbow

    Joined: 6/30/2009
    Helim is my best hunting bow to date. Lightweight and very fast. Great for high stands and blinds. Some people say it’s noises but mine shoots whisper quiet.

    The only thing I don’t like about it is that it the cables are really close to my arrow. I dunno if this is a mathews thing but after I paper tune that center shot is tucked in there tight. I always have to turn cock feather out when I shoot blazers.

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    March 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm #624116 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007

    I know you didn’t have this as one of your options but I think the Creed is better than the XS. Other than that I agree with post above that says you sound like you answered your own question.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_peace}

    I’m going to second this opinion.  I can only base it on what I’ve seen after setting dozens of each of these up.  The Creed seems to offer the overall best in terms of balance, quietness, smoothness of draw, valley, geometry, and weight.

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