Creed a big upgrade from a ZXT?

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  • May 22, 2013 at 9:11 am #578605 Back to Top REPORT
    bigbuck270
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    I live up in Maine and the nearest Mathews dealer is 2 hours away and they dont have a left handed creed.  I currently shoot a ZXT and love it but I’m always looking for a new bow.  I’m concidering the creed.

    Has anyone gone from a zxt to a creed and been happy?
    Is anyone keeping their ZXT instead upgrading to a creed?

    Ive read a ton and it seems some love it and some dont.  I’m looking for your opinion.  I’ve been around long enough to know I need to shoot the bow and find out myself…. Before I do, I want to know how YOU feel.

    Thanks in advance!

    May 22, 2013 at 10:32 am #578615 Back to Top REPORT
    blackbear74
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    Well I can’t tell you a thing about the ZXT, but I just bought a Creed, and I absolutely love it. I’m shooting 66lbs like nothing. It’s got the best draw cycle out of the bows I’ve shot. I compared it to the DNA, Experience, Insanity, APA M6, Chill. I know they’re all dual cam bows, but I’ve never shot so good. I didn’t think I would ever shoot a single cam bow but I has me hooked.
    May 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm #578661 Back to Top REPORT
    bigbuck270
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    Nice!  Thanks for the insight!

    Well I can’t tell you a thing about the ZXT, but I just bought a Creed, and I absolutely love it. I’m shooting 66lbs like nothing. It’s got the best draw cycle out of the bows I’ve shot. I compared it to the DNA, Experience, Insanity, APA M6, Chill. I know they’re all dual cam bows, but I’ve never shot so good. I didn’t think I would ever shoot a single cam bow but I has me hooked.

    May 23, 2013 at 1:48 am #578728 Back to Top REPORT

    MathewsTactical

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    Iv’e had both. If I already had a ZXT I wouldn’t worry about getting a Creed instead. It’s just all in your preference.
    May 23, 2013 at 7:36 am #578742 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
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    Joined: 8/4/2004
    LOVE my Creeds.
    May 23, 2013 at 7:39 am #578743 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007
    It would be difficult to call that an upgrade.  There is definitely a much different “feel” to each bow;  the Creed seems to me to “feel” like a longer bow than it really is, making it hold differently, while the ZXT “feels” more weight forward and a little heavier.

    For the majority of the folks at the shop who have tested both, they have commented that the Creed is quieter and gives less feedback.

    Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines
    May 23, 2013 at 7:51 am #578745 Back to Top REPORT
    bigbuck270
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    Great replies guys!

    Thanks

    May 27, 2013 at 8:20 am #579096 Back to Top REPORT
    bheath8
    Bheath8

    Age: 29
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    I can’t get enough of the Creed. I went from a Reezen 6.5 to the creed. Never shot the zxt but the difference I find between the Reezen and the creed are mind blowing. the Reezen definitely had the speed but it wasn’t smooth or near forgiving like the creed. I’m shooting a Easton FMJ and reaching 301fps. There isn’t a deer I’m the world that will jump the string at 301 FPS. The creed is an amazing bow. If I would have to travel 5 hours to get it I would. It’s worth every penny
    Brent Heath
    May 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm #579121 Back to Top REPORT
    gregdu4
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    I just got my Creed last week and after owning a Switchback and a Z7 Extreme, I have to say that this was an awesome upgrade.  The draw cycle is very smooth and the back wall is really a “WALL”!  There is zero give in the wall, so when you are setup at full draw there is no movement.

    I am a lefty as well and knowing what I know now….  I would also drive 3 hours for the Creed

    June 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm #579789 Back to Top REPORT
    phoiland
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    They are both excellent bows, but I think it all comes down to what feels best for you and the style of hunting you prefer.  After shooting an Outback for the past several years, I went to my pro shop intent on buying a Creed.  Just to make sure, I also tested the Chill and the ZXT.  I was surprised to discover that I preferred the feel of the ZXT.  Combined with the fact that I do most of my shooting from 20 feet up in a tree stand, the ZXT was the clear choice for me.  I took the $200 I saved in the price difference and was able to upgrade to a better sight.

    I would recommend trying them both, even if it does mean a Saturday road trip to do so.  Either way, you’ll get the bow that you want and not merely what is available to you at your local shop.

    Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me - Genesis 27:3
    June 3, 2013 at 7:46 am #579832 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
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    I’ve shot both … both are nice bows if you don’t mind the short ATA and steep string angles. Personally, I much preferred the Creed, not so much for a noticeably better draw cycle, but for its steady hold, smooth shot, and finish. The ZXT  that I chrono’d was about 4 fps faster than the Creed at the same DW/DL, shooting the same arrow.

    I have to agree, if I’d have just recently bought a ZXT, I don’t see the extra benefits of the Creed outweighing the extra cash outlay … get better accessories for the ZXT, a dozen high-quality arrows and enjoy the ZXT would be my course of action. If you are looking for more speed … stay with the ZXT, or move up to a 340/350 IBO rated bow for the same money, like the MR7/MR6.

    But … you are asking to compare a $800 MSRP bow to a $1000 MSRP bow … there is going to be some obvious and not so obvious refinements in the Creed. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_peace}

    June 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm #580074 Back to Top REPORT
    jaybirdm
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    I’ve shot both … both are nice bows if you don’t mind the short ATA and steep string angles. Personally, I much preferred the Creed, not so much for a noticeably better draw cycle, but for its steady hold, smooth shot, and finish. The ZXT that I chrono’d was about 4 fps faster than the Creed at the same DW/DL, shooting the same arrow. 

    I have to agree, if I’d have just recently bought a ZXT, I don’t see the extra benefits of the Creed outweighing the extra cash outlay … get better accessories for the ZXT, a dozen high-quality arrows and enjoy the ZXT would be my course of action. If you are looking for more speed … stay with the ZXT, or move up to a 340/350 IBO rated bow for the same money, like the MR7/MR6.

    But … you are asking to compare a $800 MSRP bow to a $1000 MSRP bow … there is going to be some obvious and not so obvious refinements in the Creed. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_peace}

    I would have to agree. The ZXT also is a steal it is a refined flagship in it’s own right. Very accurate and smooth. I really love my ZXT.
    I do like the long bow feel of the Creed. I just wasn’t willing to give up the 4fps but it has been very tempting.

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