Real World Speed Test | Bear Archery Alaskan XT


Real World Speed Test | Bear Archery Alaskan XT


Video Transcript

Hey everybody, Dalton Vaughn here at the Better Outdoors archery Pro Shop with the new Bear Alaskan XT. So this bow's a pretty sweet price at $629.99 ready to hunt with everything on it. Comes with a quiver too. It's got a 25 to 30-inch draw length range. You can do a 45 to 60 lb one of these, you can do a 55 to 70 lb one of these. This is actually the 70lb model here for our speed test and it's got a 335 feet per second IBO and it's all in a 33-inch axle to axle package with a 6 and 1/4 inch brace height and a pretty long Riser.

Now, our speed testing is going to be just like our other bows. We're going to be setting this to a 25-inch draw, which is the shortest option for this bow. We're then going to move it to a 27-inch draw, and then a 29-inch draw. Of course, we're going to shoot it with a variety of arrow weights throughout the whole deal. We'll be checking on the draw board too to get you the exact actual draw length, not just what the module says that it's on, so you can get as realistic as we possibly can with this. And we're going to be setting this thing as close to 70 lbs as physically possible for each of those three draw lengths and shoot arrows from 350, 400, 450, and 500 grains. So you have a really good idea real world of how this bow is going to perform speed-wise at those various draw lengths and you can adjust and calculate if you're going an inch longer than what we tested or an inch shorter and be able to figure out what you need from there as well just so it's as possible. Plus, we're going to be doing just like the others. We're leaving the stock tube peep on here and we're shooting it through the stock whisker biscuit so it's just the same as they all are. It's for a pretty fair test.

So let's get this thing set to the shortest setting and go to the draw board to start off. I've got this adjusted to a 25-inch draw length module and draw stop setting so we'll check our actual draw length and weight right here. We are at 69.6 lbs and our draw length is 25 and 5/8. So it measures about 5/8 longer than what the module says. It's going to measure. So basically a 25 and 1/2 inch draw is the shortest setting. So that in mind to the Chrono. So 25 and 5/8 Draw Length Speed Test. We are on a 25 and 5/8-inch draw length on a 25-inch setting. Not confusing at all, right? At 69.6 lb, and we're going to start with a 350 grain arrow. 273 feet per second, 400 grain arrow 257 feet per second, 450 grain arrow 243 feet per second, 500 grain arrow 232 feet per second.

Now, let's go to 27-inch draw. Now we've got it set to a 27-inch draw length setting. So now we're going to put it back on the draw board and see what we get for real. We're at 70.4 lbs and our draw length measures 27 and right at 5/8. Now, I do want to note, and this is similar to some of the other bows, when I moved that draw length, I had to change my cam timing just slightly because going from the shortest setting to longer, typically, one of your cams is going to get out of time from the other. That's something that we address before we set them up, that whole deal, but I do want y'all to know that. And that's why it gained 70.4 lbs. Now to the chronograph. Now we're on a 27 and 5/8-inch draw length setting. We're actually measuring 27 and 5/8 at 70.4 lb, going to start with a 350 grain arrow 298 feet per second, 400 grain 281 feet per second, 450 grain 266 feet per second, 500 grain 254 feet per second.

Now to 29-inch draw. Now we're set to a 29-inch setting on the draw stop and the module. Go check our weight and our length. We're at 70.6 lbs, and our draw length it measures 29 and 1/2, dead on. Now to the Chrono. Now to polish this off, we're on a 29-inch setting, drawing 29 and 1/2 inches of draw and 70.6 lbs. We're going to start with a 350 grain arrow 316 feet per second, 400 grain 298 feet per second, 450 grain 282 feet per second, and now 500 grain 269 feet per second.

Draw Length and Weight:

Draw Length (in) Actual Weight (lbs)
25 69.6
27 70.4
29 70.6

Speed Test Results:

Draw Length (in) Arrow Weight (grains) Speed (ft per second)
25 350 273
400 257
450 243
500 232
27 350 298
400 281
450 266
500 254
29 350 316
400 298
450 282
500 269



Well, guys, I hope y'all enjoyed this video, a real-world, transparent look at the speed to expect from an Alaskan XT on a variety of draw lengths to make your buying decisions easier. Compare and contrast with some other brands and maybe even other Bear bow models to really figure out what's right for you. Now, I know speed's not the only part of this. There's other things to discuss. But for the context of this video, speed is where it's at. Now, if you're curious what the IBO is on this bow, well, you can go to, put in all the information that we had here for our test, the different draw lengths, weights, and arrow weights, and that'll be able to tell you exactly. And do keep in mind the only thing that we haven't covered is the stock peep and loop and everything on the string is about 60 grains. So put that in too, 'cause that will drastically affect what kind of numbers that the program can put out there for you. And honestly, I usually test all these bows with nothing on the string, with a bare shaft, with no fletchings and just a knot point on here, not even a D-loop just to try to get the numbers right. And that's universal, we've seen it for a lot of companies, but that's just how it is in the real world is what I care about, that's why we do these tests. So appreciate you guys watching, hope to catch you on the next video. We got a whole lot more to come and well, there's a lot to check out as it is. Catch y'all later.



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