Thursday, July 7, 2011

Product Review: G5 Prime Centroid Compound Bow
The G5 Prime Centroid Compound Bow is new to me because G5 just recently started building bows and they really know what they are doing. I was invited by the staff over at Archery Outpost in Los Alamitos, CA to come over to shoot the bow, ask questions and do a review on it. How was I going to say no? Before I went over, I wanted to do some research online. I avoided YouTube and other sites doing reviews. I wanted my review to be my own and not influenced by anyone or any company. My first stop was the G5 website to review the specifications on this bow.
Introducing Prime™ and Parallel Cam™ Technology
Prime is a premium bow line by G5 Outdoors that aims to take bow technology and innovation to new heights. Parallel Cam Technology is a breakthrough cam technology that addresses a major issue cams have had until now: cam lean.

The first of its kind, our Forged 7000 series T6 aluminum is twice as strong as the 6061 T6 aluminum our competitors use.

The C-1 cross weft design significantly reduces torsional stresses in the limb, producing improved consistency and accuracy shot after shot.

Our Flexible Titanium cable guard system reduces cam lean by 25% by reducing side load on cables during draw.

Parallel Cam™ Technology
The patent pending revolutionary cam system that conquers cam lean giving you a shooting experience unlike any other.

IBO (FPS): 332
AXLE TO AXLE (IN): 34.25"
DRAW LENGTH: 27" - 31"
DRAW WEIGHT (LBS):50, 60, 70
MSRP $999
My first impression of this bow was that it was very balanced in my hand. They did not put a quiver on it, but they had it set up with a sight. It was set at 55# with a 29" draw. Here is a 3 minute clip of me shooting the G5 Prime Centroid.

The bow shoots incredibly smooth and it is fast! I shot 40 arrows though it before picking my personal bow up to shoot it. What happened next shocked me. I shot my first arrow and the vibration in my hand scared the hell out of me. I looked at my bow to see if something had come apart, but everything was where it should be. I looked to my right and there was Bob, AO staff member, just watching me. He walked on over and he knew exactly what had happened. I described what happened and the shock I felt. He explained that was the EXACT thing everyone he has spoken with has said after shooting this bow. It was a very interesting bit on information.

One of the other things that I was surprised to learn about was the dual cam set-up on the Centroid. This new innovative design was created to eliminate cam lean. I drew the bow back a few times to check on the truthfulness of this claim. I was surprised to see that this was indeed the truth. My personal bow top cam lean to the right. The Centroid cam was fully upright each time I drew it back and shot. Impressive to say the least!

The build of the bow is sleek and sturdy. I really like the feel of it by itself, carrying it around the shop, but also when shooting it. It felt very comfortable in my hands. There was not vibration, no overpowering sound and it felt clean. It's a very forgiving bow that is fun to shoot.

The price tag on this bad boy? Well the MSRP is an astounding $999.00. No, that is not a typo. They want nearly a grand for this bow. Holy Schnikes, right? That's what I had to say because I already own a bow, but if you planned on buying a brand new bow and having it for a long time, this would be a good choice. Would I buy it? If I had a thousand bucks to burn, maybe.


  1. The Centroid sounds like a very smooth shooting bow. It must be if it caused you to "notice" your own bow. The price alone would prevent me from buying it, though. While advances in archery gear have really taken off over the past decade, so have the prices. Many new bows are outrageously priced, in my opinion. I no longer buy a new bow every year or two. It's not worth it just to try and keep up with the latest and greatest.

    Great review, Al! I'll bet it was fun just to shoot it!

  2. I really like the look of this bow, and the parallel cam design is definitely intriguing, but like most people the price tag is a put-off. A concern I would have about the unique cam design is the availability/affordability of aftermarket string sets. I have a feeling that you would be paying quite a premium for those as well.

  3. I was surprised when my Mathews cost more than most of my hunting rifles, but I don't mind paying extra for quality. If I were shopping again and liked the G5 as much as you did, I'd probably still consider it. Also, I don't think many shops sell a bow for MSRP... usually a reasonable bit lower.

    Fortunately for me (and not for the manufacturers), I'm not big on updating gear that works. Barring accidents, this Mathews may well be the last compound I buy.

  4. Thanks for the comments guys. I agree. It's super smooth, but that price is just too high for me. I have a great bow that works very well, it just vibrates a bit. I had taken off all of my vibration dampeners and silencers, so I think it's time to put them back on.

    @Mark - Right on! I never thought about strings for that. That would be a bear to figure out. Interesting.