An easy-to-tune, balanced, and ultra-accurate 34-inch axle-to-axle bow, Prime’s RVX 34 has the heart of this hardcore bowhunter. Will it earn your attention as well?
by Josh Kirchner
No matter how often I do it, getting a new bow never gets old. It’s the start of a new process, and I look forward to every step involved. This past November was no exception, and I got my hands on what is currently my favorite bow ever. The Prime RVX 34 is both a looker and a shooter. Below, I will give you the rundown from top to bottom and my experience with this racy new vertical rig thus far.
The new RVX is essentially a refined version of the successful Revex from the previous year. Prime offers the RVX in ATA lengths of 32, 34, and 36 inches. For this article, we’ll be focusing on the 34-inch axle-to-axle model.
The RVX 34 has a brace height of 6.25 inches and an adjustable let-off of up to 85 percent. Regarding speed, it comes in with an IBO top end of 342 fps. As for draw length, you’ll have the option of a range that stretches 26.5 inches to 30.5 inches. Bowhunters will also enjoy a wide range of peak draw weights from 40 to 80 pounds in a bow with a fighting weight of 4.5 pounds.
Along with the Center Grip Riser that Prime is well known for and the incredibly easy-to-tune CORE™ Cam System, Prime also includes a Picatinny mounting option and rear mount integration on the rest. This all comes in style, too. Prime has returned their Recon Gray color and G-Fade option with both Sitka Subalpine and Kings XK7 camo patterns. The cable guard has also been lowered on the RVX to help decrease torque. Lastly, this bow accommodates the new Prime quiver that sits incredibly tight to the riser.
With all that noted, the RVX 34 has many capabilities and will fit most shooters. The dang thing wants you to shoot it.
Center Grip Riser
Traditionally, compound bows have a grip positioned lower on the riser. Prime goes against the grain here and focuses on performance. With a grip situated in the center of the riser, it lowers the center of gravity. The result is a much more stable platform at full draw, which cuts pin float by up to 64 percent.
Prime designed this grip with not only accuracy in mind but comfort as well. It incorporates Aerogel Technology developed by NASA, which protects astronauts from extreme temperatures. Using Aerogel in a bow grip means an insulating layer between the grip’s riser and shell to protect against a cold or hot aluminum riser.
Quik Tune Technology
The quicker a bow can tune, the better. Prime has incorporated its Quik Tune Technology on the RVX for that reason. This super easy-to-use system allows the cam to shift quite effortlessly left or right by popping out a spacer on each side and replacing it with a different size. You don’t need to pull the axle to do it either.
Being a massive fan of the Prime Revex series, I could not wait to get my hands on the new RVX. And after spending some quality time with the RVX, I’m confident that Prime made what was better in the Revex, best in the RVX.
Tuning the RVX was, I’m not kidding when I write this, a breeze. I’ve been there before, racking my brain on how to get a bow to shoot a bullet hole, and the RVX was not one of them. It tuned in three shots, and the procedure went as follows:
- First shot – right tear – used Quik Tune adjustment
- Second shot – slight right tear – made three clicks on the rest
- Third shot – bullet hole through the paper
After going through this, I went to the archery range to test out fixed-blade broadhead flight. There was no difference between my field points and broadheads shooting at 60 yards.
Shooting the RVX has also been nothing but pleasant to me. I was previously shooting a different brand of bow and was pulling 65 pounds with it because that’s what felt the best. With the RVX, I can easily bump that to 70 pounds because it feels the same as the other did at 65 pounds of draw weight. The draw cycle is easy to navigate without hard drop-offs or stiff points. And it doesn’t feel like it wants to jump out of your hand at full draw.
The grip is something else I appreciate about this bow. Both in terms of its location and design. A bowhunter who waits on their shot, I appreciate the bow’s stability at full draw. This type of balance is paramount for someone who waits on their shot. I need that pin to hold as steady as possible while I wait for my shot to break. The Center Grip is amazing in that regard, and I can tell the difference with the decrease in pin float it provides.
One last thing about the Nano Grip is that I live in Arizona, where the temperatures have caused me to be unable to shoot a bow because of how hot the grip gets. Not once has that happened with the Nano Grip, even in 100-degree heat.
I did get to bring the RVX on one hunt so far. It was a late-season elk hunt in Arizona that held all manner of weather and temperature changes. I’m happy to say after being dragged and bumped through the ruggedness of the high desert, the RVX is still performing.
This bow is incredible, and for me, it is perfect. However, I think one thing might hold some back from snagging an RVX. While this is undoubtedly a performer, if you are looking for the fastest bow available, there are other options. With all that noted, what it may lack in speed, it makes up for tenfold in accuracy and stability. So, you’re coming out on top.
The most important thing to me at the end of the day with a bow is how accurate I can be with it. After that is my comfort and enjoyment level in shooting it. There are some bows I don’t enjoy the feel of. Prime hits on all fronts with this new RVX 34. It holds rock solid steady, which lends to better accuracy, and it feels fantastic. Not to mention, I’ve personally never had any significant issues with Prime bows in the past. They’re reliable. I am beyond pumped and confident in the adventure hunts with the Prime RVX 34.