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Excalibur Equinox Shadow Zone Crossbow Review

Introduction

Considered the successor to the popular Excalibur Exomax, the Equinox retains all the features that made the Exomax a winner but brings the design up to date with a sleeker, more efficient design, and several other improvements that make it feel like a whole new crossbow even though it still has most of the Exomax’s specs. In this crossbow review we’ll go over exactly what has improved, as well as what sort of overall performance you can expect from this crossbow.

Specifications
Velocity: 350 FPS
Draw Weight: 225 lbs.
Power Stroke: 16.5″
Mass Weight: 6.4 lbs.
Overall Length: 38.4″
Arrow Length: 20″
Arrow Weight: 350 Grains

Crossbow Type

Recurve – The Excalibur Equinox is a recurve style crossbow which brings both advantages and disadvantages to the table such as sacrificing a bit of maneuverability for the ability to easily change strings easily and in the field if need be, but for the most part the recurve design is a good fit for the Equinox giving newbies a relatively easy access point while still allowing veterans to perform in the top percentage.

Excalibur Equinox Shadow Zone Assembly

Due to the recurve design as well as some thoughtful engineering, the Excalibur Equinox is very simple to assemble with the only parts needing to be attached being the string, bow, riser, and the fiber optic/peep sight/scope. Full assembly can be done in under 20 minutes and all necessary tools as well as an instructional dvd are included.

Excalibur Equinox Shadow Zone Features

Redesigned Thumbhole Grip – The main improvement over the Exomax’s design is the addition of this very ergonomic thumbhole grip, which allows for improved handling and maneuverability while also reducing the stock length by almost an inch shrinking the Equinox’s profile notably.

Excalibur Shadow Zone Scope – A high quality scope which is included with many Excalibur crossbows, it is quite easy to use even for novices unused to adjusting scopes. In addition it is very accurate as one would expect from an Excalibur product being capable of delivering pinpoint shots out to 50 yards, even further if the shooter/bolts are good enough. Overall, this scope adds excellent value to the Excalibur Equinox package and should last you quite awhile as at least a solid backup scope.

Fiber Optic/ Peep Sight – In addition to the multiplex scope, the Amazon Equinox package also includes a fiber optic and peep sight for those who don’t favor a scope, or for relatively close range shooting. These sights are also top quality and provide a standard Excalibur feel for those those who can utilize them effectively.

Rope Cocking Aid – A rope cocker specially designed to work with the Equinox by attaching to two rounded protrusions near the front of the crossbow which equalizes the pressure applied to both sides which in turn prevents uneven cocking. Additionally it is designed so that it can be used to uncock the Equi

3 x Firebolt Arrows – Three of Excalibur’s Firebolt arrows are included in this package, these are quite high quality arrows that are viable for hunting as well as target practice.

3 Arrow Quiver – A standard Excalibur three arrow holster which is compatible with other Excalibur crossbows as well. It is of a decent build quality and shouldn’t need replacing barring any accidents

Excalibur Equinox Shadow Zone Performance Overview

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When it comes to actual field performance the Excalibur Equinox brings a solid blend of power, accuracy, and ease of use. One note is that with a standard field setup the Equinox will probably only generate about 330 FPS on a consistent basis as opposed to the listed 350, however this is still plenty of power for any situation you might find yourself in (outside of taking down an elephant) and for those power hungry hunters out there a simple string upgradewill bring the speed up to and possibly past that point.

In terms of accuracy the Equinox Shadow Zone is standard Excalibur fare which means that once you get the crossbow sighted in you will have to get used to being able to drive nails at 50+ yards. Be wary though you run a very strong risk of losing a few arrows to “robin hooding” which seems cool until you realize that you just destroyed a $40 arrow setup, so take care. As far as maneuverability is concerned the Equinox presents a slighter wider profile than you might be used to if you have shot compound crossbows in the past, but the good balance point coupled with the shortened stock make this crossbow quite dexterous and easy to reload.

Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

Performance – The Equinox puts out high level and more importantly consistent power and accuracy so you can always count on your arrow hitting its mark and most likely hitting exactly where you wanted it to go.

Ruggedness – Despite what the beautiful Realtree AP finish Excalibur has put on this crossbow might have you think, the Equinox feels very sturdy and substantial in your hands and with proper maintenance will most likelt last your whole hunting career.

Ease of use – Various upgrades to the Exomax design have produced a very easy to handle and quick reloading crossbow.

Style – As mentioned earlier Excalibur uses an updated version of their Realtree camo the AP on the Equinox, but what is more impressive than the how the finish looks is the amount of care that was taken in applying it, the camo is in places that seem impossible to reach and make the love put into this crossbow obvious.

Cons:
Height Limitations – The downside to the shortened stock on the Excalibur Equinox is that users above 6 feet may have a bit of trouble handling it at first.

Review overview

Velocity 9.4
Height 6.5
Energy 9.1
Power 9
Stroke 8.8
Price 9.1

Summary

8.7 tech score Overall the Equinox is a very well put together package from Excalibur that sets itself apart from the pack with some very unique and practical features which blend style and function. So if you value great looks as well as performance the Excalibur Equinox Shadow Zone is definitely worth checking out.

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