Overall, the Bear Cruzer is an efficient and easy to use bow when out hunting. The high-performance construction is designed to withstand wear and tear while not being a hindrance when shooting. But the most important and tactical advantage in getting the Bear Cruzer is its high-customizable properties. With easy to adjust draw weight and draw length, you can be sure to get the right adjustment that will best suit your style. A great bow that will grow with you!
Technical Specifications and Features
Here are the specs of the Bear Archery Cruzer G2 RTH:
- Brace Height: 6.5"
- Let Off: 70%
- Axle-to-Axle: 30"
- Draw Length: 12" – 30"
- Draw Weight: 5 – 70 lbs.
- Speed: 315 ft/second
- Weight: 3 lbs.
- Dexterity: available for both hand orientations
Bear Archery Cruzer RTH Review
Considered as one of the best compound bow packages in the market, the Bear Archery Cruzer brings the A-game whenever you're out shooting. To let us know more of this amazing compound bow, let us specifically focus on the key elements that make this archery gear stand out from the rest:
Ease of Assembly
Basic knowhow of working parts of a compound bow is needed when assembling the Bear Cruzer. To note, a fully-assembled Bear Cruzer will be made up of:
- Bow String
- String Suppressor
This compound bow also comes with accessories - we will be discussing more about these parts below.
Checking the Bow Technology
The subtle details make a big impact in this bow. The Bear Cruzer G2 incorporates several innovative archery tech that make the difference when it comes to hunting. The main brunt of the tech can be categorized into two important components: the riser/grip and limbs/cams areas.
Riser and Grip Details
Compared to what's available in the market today, the Bear Cruzer integrates a pre-loaded limb configuration to its design. This means that the limbs contain tension even if you remove the string and cables, so in effect you’ll need smaller limbs for the same oomph.
What's the big deal about this? The typical parallel limb that most compound bows have are structured to be flexible - the Bear Cruzer's design offers a more "solid" feel, without even losing out on that "light touch."
You may also notice that this compound bow seems shorter than other bow configurations. This plays in part with the pre-loaded design: it's a compact yet sturdy take on both maximizing and balancing control and power. The aluminum riser further lessens the weight of the bow.
And when it comes to the actual grip, the Bear Cruzer G2 makes use of the popular bare (and slim) design. More than being stylish, this type of grip does a lot to prevent any awkward torque when shooting arrows.
Limbs and Cams Details
We've mentioned the pre-loaded limb configuration above to showcase how this design connects to the riser and grip tech. Additionally, the pre-loaded quad limbs also help with cam lean - of course, this results in better accuracy!
The dual cam system assures speedy shots that and the Bear Cruzer's limbs come with high-precision pivoting limb pockets which increase both the accuracy of shots and control to keep up with consistent and tight shooting groups.
An important point to take note of is that this compound bow shoots with up to 315 fps. Although it does provide the necessary speed when shooting, the stated fps rating does seem to pale in comparison to other bows in the market. Still, the Bear Cruzer does provide the necessary speed (and stability) when you're after long shots (which does make sense - hunting requires from you that last-minute shot decisions from a distance!). The let off, set at 70%, makes this a bow easy to manage even at full draw. The cams do make this compound bow easy to hold and shoot even when holding at full draw for extended periods.
The Bear Cruzer's dual cam configuration also offers another nice advantage - customization. And we'll be focusing more on these nice features with the next points!
Draw Weight Adjustment
True to form, one of the biggest reasons to get the Bear Cruzer is its adjustability. The draw weight can be adjusted from 5 to 70 lbs., which you can set without using a bow press.
One good example where this versatility comes handy is hunting during off-peak seasons. Seeing that you wouldn't need that much force when shooting, going for a decreased draw weight value will both preserve your bow's integrity and keep you safe from any potential injury. Adjustability means versatility - all it takes to set the draw weight is using an allen wrench on the bow's limb bolts.
Draw Length Adjustment
The Bear Cruzer features a draw length of anywhere from 12" to 30", also settable without a bow press. The bow also comes with three adjustments modules to fit towards certain poundage values. All it takes is your trusty allen wrench to tighten or loosen the screws. Do note though that if you reduce the draw length, the minimum draw weight will increase, which is kind of suboptimal for novice shooters.
Bear Archery Cruzer G2 Kinetic Energy Details
Of course, determining a compound bow's kinetic energy (KE) is subjective. After all, it all depends on the arrow speed and arrow weight of your gear. Estimated values are available though (please take note: the values mentioned below pertain to point-blank range shooting - which is measured directly and immediately in front of the riser. This would also mean that for you to determine KE readings at longer distances, you would need to deduct around 1.8 ft-lbs. for every 10 yards of shooting made).
- 70 lbs. = 30″ = 350 grain arrows: a KE reading of 74.7 ft-lbs
- 70 lbs. = 30″ = 425 grain arrows: a KE reading of 90.7 ft-lbs
Here's something good to know as well. Take note that the stated KE that the Bear Cruzer generates will be more than enough to take down a game of any size. Do have in mind that the lower your set poundage is, the lesser force is to be applied on each shot (which is not a humane approach in hunting).
We hope this will give you a good idea on how much impact you can expect from the Bear Cruzer!
Construction and Durability
As mentioned earlier, the Bear Cruzer is made out of tough yet flexible aluminum, and the limbs are made of EnduraFiber. The said material was chosen to both provide a stable yet flexible hold on the overall build of the configuration - a compound bow construction that does strike a balance in both expert craftsmanship and the latest in archery and hunting technology.
Accuracy and Shooting Speed Checks
Essentially, the Bear Cruzer's riser and limbs construction are configured to boost accuracy on each shot. The target-style grip found on the riser particularly improves marksmanship because of the torque-reduction design. The limb pockets also enhance accuracy, a subtle take on functional construction. Speed is relatively fast (with the mentioned FPS above), but considering that it's a lightweight and small bow, you'll find that it'll be more than enough to manage.
Noise Level Information
The Bear Cruzer's unique design also reduces noise during shooting. Also, the manufacturer made sure to incorporate vibration reduction on the overall construction, creating a more smoother shooting experience. The cam design does make an impact in terms of shock reduction, making the actual drawing motion a smooth and really silent. Additionally, the various accessories (more about the accessories will be discussed below) that can be installed on the Bear Cruzer will further reduce both vibration and noise.
Practical Hunting Usage
The Bear Cruzer was designed in such a way to cater to archers of all ages and physical traits. The cam system is specifically designed to create a smooth and easy draw cycle, which even novice shooters can efficiently manage.
Take note that because of the cam's design, speed is reduced. But as discussed earlier, speed and overall control are both boosted, which are more than enough reasons to rely on this bow for hunting.
The Bear Cruzer weighs only 3 lbs. and has an axle-to-axle length of 32 inches which makes it comfortable to carry, even on long or extended treks out in the wild. Given as well the highly variable take it has on both draw weight and draw length adjustability, you are bound to get the right configuration for any sort of hunting scenario.
Bear Archery Cruzer G2 Accessory Check
Let us now get into more detail on the other excellent Trophy Ridge accessories that usually come with the Bear Cruzer (do note though that this depends on the seller too, so double check the specs):
- Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest – an essential in keeping your arrow in place without messing up flight path.
- Arrow Quiver – able to hold up to 5 arrows, this accessory assures you that you will have quick and easy access to your arrows during your hunts.
- Pin Sight (Trophy Ridge Joker) – this accessory comes with 4 illuminated pins that can be individually adjusted. A definite boost when it comes to pinpoint marksmanship.
- Sling – another thoughtful accessory that focuses on practical hunting. With a simple application that attaches the bow to your wrist, you are assured of secured and stabler shots.
- Stabilizer – probably one of the most important accessories to have on the Bear Cruzer, the stabilizer helps in reducing both vibration and rotation during the draw motion. The result? More accurate shots!
- Nock Loop – a pre-installed accessory, the nock loop gives you a more convenient way to attach a release on the Bear Cruzer for easier and smoother shots.
- Peep Sight – working in conjunction with the pin sight accessory, the peep makes sure you're aiming your arrows just where you want them to be.
FAQ about the Bear Archery Cruzer G2 RTH
Here we are compiling some of the most common questions that are asked about this compound bow.
What's with the G2 term?
To set things straight, G2 simply means second generation. The second generation has 2 inches shorter axle-to-axle distance than the previous version. It is also about a half pound lighter.
Does this compound bow come with instructions?
Yes - and it also comes with draw weight adjustment values marked on the cams itself.
Does this bow come in different colors?
Color variations are available - perfect to fit all sorts of hunting situations.
Can this bow be used for bowfishing?
Yes - aside from hunting, the Bear Cruzer can also be used for fishing purposes. You would need to have a separate bowfishing rig to maximize the use of the bow for this situation, though.
Does the Bear Cruzer come with arrows?
Unfortunately, no (perhaps one of the really minimal issues you'll encounter - it's still subjective - when getting this bow).
Does the Cruzer work with any kind of bow press?
For best results check the list of approved bow presses here. Note that you do not need a press to change the draw length or the draw weight.
Can you shoot this bow with fingers only?
Unfortunately this bow was not designed for finger shooting. You’ll need to use a release.
Why the Bear Cruzer G2 RTH is Recommended
Let us know quickly give you a list of benefits why the Bear Cruzer is a good bow for hunting:
Made in the USA
Locally designed and manufactured, you know you won't go wrong if the makers themselves understand what local hunters need!
Bear Cruzer bows come with full MFG warranty. The coverage deals with the riser (lifetime coverage), limbs (100% coverage for the first five years), and the cam system (lifetime coverage). Note it’s always a great idea to check the warranty with the seller too.
Easy to Use, Worthwhile to Master
Both novice and pro shooters will find the Bear Cruzer easy to use. With it's advantage for easy adjustments, this is also a bow that will grow in line with one's archery skill level.
Unlike other RTH bow packages, the Bear Cruzer's accessories are of high quality standards.
Made to Hunt
Given its durable and lightweight construction, the Bear Cruzer is made for the wild.
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