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Known industry-wide for creating innovative, technology-driven bows and accessories, Mathews continues to function with the same drive and passion that first ignited the company over two decades ago.
Mathews’ all-new 2013 Creed
In 2012, Mathews unveiled the ultra-popular Helim. A 30-inch axle-to-axle showstopper, the Helim lived up to its name. At a featherlike 3.5 pounds, the Helim was a joy to tote, and archers loved its stunning technologies like the GeoGrid Lock Riser and the Helim Cam.
It was hard to imagine how Mathews would be able to continue to impress us. As 2013 draws closer, Mathews fanatics have already started wondering what the company will think of next. Given the phenomenal designs, groundbreaking technologies, and industry firsts we’ve seen from Mathews over the years, most Mathews fans can’t help but eagerly anticipate what will come next.
Well, the wait is over. Mathews’ all-new 2013 Creed looks amazing and shoots even better. Measuring 30 inches from axle to axle and tipping the scales at just 3.85 pounds, the all-new Creed provides the perfect blend of maneuverability, consistency, and one of the smoothest draw cycles ever created.
Mathews has developed an all-new cam for the 2013 Creed. Larger than many previous Mathews cam designs, the SimPlex Cam is smooth and quiet, and it delivers a good amount of arrow speed. Working in perfect harmony with the Creed’s idler wheel and Reverse Assist Roller Guard, the SimPlex Cam rolls over like velvet. As the cam rolls into action, the rubber-padded draw stop engages the inner portion of the Creed’s outside lower split limb. A firm, consistent back wall promotes a consistent anchor point, boosts confidence, and leads to increased levels of accuracy.
Letdown is also pleasing with the SimPlex Cam. Letting down while in the field is part of bowhunting. It’s nice to have a bow that you can let down without gritting your teeth and, if needed, immediately draw again.
At the shot, the SimPlex Cam produces excellent arrow speed, especially for a true single-cam bow. My 29-inch-draw, 70-pound Creed sent a 376-grain hunting arrow tipped with a fixed-blade broadhead downrange at 302 feet per second
Built to Perfection
It’s safe to say that the GeoGrid Lock Riser turned some heads in 2012. Sporting an enhanced geometric design that boosted the strength-to-weight ratio, the GeoGrid Lock Riser was a big part of the Helim’s incredible accuracy. Providing great balance and feel, the GeoGrid Lock Riser is back and ready for action. Showcasing a total of 30 cutouts above the grip and 20 below, the
26.5-inch riser is a big reason why the 30-inch axle-to-axle Creed has such a balanced feel at full draw. This bow doesn’t want to waver or tilt—it sits like a rock. In addition to its statue-like nature, the riser boasts a sporty flare that consumers won’t be able to overlook.
The Creed’s Rich Walnut SlimFit Inline Grip is racy, sleek, and angled to perfection. Narrow through the throat then gaining more mass in the palm-swell area, this grip simply feels great in the hand. It’s no secret that many archers formulate their opinion of a bow after handling the grip. The only thing you will be doing after picking up this bow is smiling. Giving the grip some additional flare is the traditional Mathews Solo Cam branding.
A Real Surprise
I was a little shocked when I pulled the Creed from its box. For the past few years I’ve grown accustomed to Mathews’ ultra-slim single limbs, which have been a feature of most Mathews bows (the McPherson Series Dual Cam bows being the exception). The 2013 Creed boasts not two, but four limbs. That’s right—this Solo Cam has split limbs. Resting comfortably within the confines of the Creed’s limb pockets, the all-new limb design spreads the bow’s energy throughout the limbs, boosting longevity and drowning out noise. The ultra-solid quad split limbs feature
Mathews’ Parallel Limb Design and complement the Creed in every way. Shot noise and bow vibration are virtually nonexistent, and because the limbs are cradled by a well-designed aluminum pocket, wear and tear isn’t a concern.
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Axle-to-Axle Length 30 inches
Brace Height 7 inches
Mass Weight 3.85 pounds
IBO Speed Up to 328 fps
Riser Length 26.5 inches
Draw Lengths 26 to 30 inches including ½ sizes (26.5 to 29.5)
Draw Weights 50#, 60#, 70#
Color Lost Camo, Black, and
Source: Mathews Inc.