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Carbon or aluminum and why? Besides price.
I have both. The carbon is nicer when its cold. The aluminum has a narrower grip which I like more consistent grip. You really can't go wrong with either IMO.
No reason other than price. I don’t see any value in the carbon, so didn’t pay the extra for it. Hunting buddy has a carbon, not sure why.
There is non existent 3rd axis torque on my aluminum Hoyt. A stiffer riser would mean nothing in this case. If you get a carbon bow, then add 2 pounds of stabilizer to it, what's the point? You don't want a super light bow in the wind either.
If there was any real advantage the target pro's would be using carbon risers.
I love it when it's cold. I really liked how light my Matrix was. The RX-3 is noticeably heavier than the Matrix, which is disappointing.
Aluminum, just something I’ve always shot...Even in below temps in AK, it wasn’t a problem, because you’re going to have at least a thin glove layer to shoot with...Least I did!
Both for me, I like them both! I would say it's probably not worth the money in all reality. I bought the carbon ones I have had used, so the price wasn't bad at all!
Both terrific. I actually preferred the helix aluminum this yr over carbon.
I’ve got the carbon defiant and by the time you add all the ornaments it’s just as heavy as any other bow. Shoots great though
carbon. they cost more for a reason
I always preferred the aluminum myself. Just never could get super serious about any of the carbon bows after the Matrix. Just a gut feel thing. I've always just trusted aluminum. And now their carbon line is just as heavy as a lot of aluminums so really what's the point in spending the extra $6-700 dollars.
Aluminum here, mostly due to price.
Carbon all day long. Stiffer, lighter, warmer. Every time I pick up an aluminum bow, all I feel is heaviness and cold. Brrrrrrrrrrr :)
Carbon, for the exact reasons Bloodtrail just mentioned...
If priced the same i'd take carbon all day long. I shot various carbon models over the last few years and picked up the hyperforce and helix in the last year and haven't looked back. Once i adjusted to the weight difference (which is negligible) i've found i really enjoy the aluminum better. The grip is the same excluding the 2019 models; the cold of the aluminum is noticeable but not an issue. I'm sure i'll pick up a carbon down the road BUT if price is considered i'd go aluminum every time now.
I like carbon. Been shooting carbon for years. I like the feel of carbon.
I live in a very hot area. When I travel to the north part of the state or some other cold climate, I suspect that the temperature difference in aluminum might very well affect the point of impact more so than carbon. It might not be a lot, but it's another feature worth at least mentioning in the discussion. I have also had a bow case destroyed by an airline and an aluminum bow damaged. I've had a carbon bow fall off a quad and get run over and it was fine.
I have both a helix and a rx3ultra. both have their plus. rx3 for the weight for sure
aluminum. the weight savings is minimal at best and the manufacturing process is not consistent on the carbon risers (research the sight shims required for the RX3's and finish work).
I’ve been a carbon guy on my last 4 Hoyts. Mainly because of my vanity if we are being honest...
When I saw the Matrix torture test being run over by a truck...that sold me on carbon. The vast majority of us have switched to carbon arrows over aluminum...why? Same reasons I shoot a carbon bow.
But the new prices are getting out of control. I bought my Matrix used and it's still going strong...
Current bow is my first carbon, sorry I waited so long.
I prefer the feel of a carbon riser.
It’s a Hoyt sell that piece of junk
It’s a Hoyt they both suck! Sell them
Carbon. Don't miss cold days holding the aluminum.
Shoot em don’t Hoyt em. Least it’s better then Mathews