A few weeks back I posted an article comparing some of the top bows that I had shot at my local archery shop, Hit or Miss Archery in Albuquerque, NM. I was in the market for a new bow because my Xpedition Xcentric 7 was stolen back in November. After spending some considerable time with the Mathews Halon, I wanted to do a full write up on my thoughts.
The Halon is Mathews’ newest flagship bow that came a year after they released their revolutionary No-Cam HTR. Unfortunately for the No-Cam, it was quickly deemed the “Slow-Cam” for less than stellar marks at the chronograph. Mathews seems to have heard the cries from the masses and produced a bow that is much faster, while also being revolutionary in its own right.
The Halon uses Crosscentric cam technology that features a cam which utilizes half of a concentric circle. The cams themselves are huge, but that is on purpose. This cam design contributes to the draw cycle and performance of the bow, both of which were impressive.
Upon shooting the Halon, I was blown away by how smooth it was to draw, how quiet it was to shoot, and how dead in hand it was after the shot. The large cams contributed to both the smoothness of the draw and the speed of the arrow. The reason this is revolutionary is because it has often been a give and take: more speed meant harsher draw, while smooth draw meant less speed. Mathews found a great combination of both in the Halon’s cam design.
Here is the info from the Mathews site regarding the technology of this bow:
Inspired by NO CAM™ technology, the Crosscentric™ Cam employs a partially concentric string payout and AVS® Technology to produce a stealthy draw and consistent accuracy, while delivering speeds up to 353 feet per second. Wider, more torsionally rigid limbs and our new dual bridged riser is designed to support this powerful cam system and endure the toughest hunting conditions. A true center nocking point ensures straight and level nock travel further enhancing shot-to-shot consistency. Outfitted with the new FlatBack Grip™ and industry leading Harmonic Damper® and Harmonic Stabilizer® , the HALON™ is rock solid and deadly quiet.
The cams were also not jumpy at all. I was accustomed to my Xpedition Xcentric that was a tad jumpy at full draw. The Halon had a huge dwell zone that allowed for holding for extended periods. Never once in my time shooting the bow did I feel the bow try to jump on me. In fact, I would have to really try to get it to jump from full draw.
The riser design features a dual cage design that increases rigidity. The Harmonic Stabilizer and Harmonic Damper both help to reduce vibration and noise. Combining these features results in a bow with practically zero noise, no vibration, and very, very little torque.
The bow is very short, coming in at 30 inches ATA, however, with those huge cams, at full draw the top to bottom measurement of the actual string location at the cam edge is not much different than other bows with longer ATA measurements. Not a big deal, just an example of how the tale of the tape is not the full story.
A few things I would change on the Halon (Since nothing is perfect):
- It is heavy, coming in at 4.55 lbs. It is by no means an anchor, but it is also not a featherweight. Add to this a quiver, arrows, a stabilizer, arrow rest, etc. and you have a 5 lb + bow.
- The grip might not be for everyone. The only way to know if you’ll like it is to try it out.
- With a quiver attached, the bow is tough to balance. With a little practice, it is no big deal, but it does take some getting used to.
- The riser widens next to where a stabilizer would screw in; if you have a metal wrist sling bracket, you will have to turn it diagonal for the stabilizer to fit… I am too much of a perfectionist to tolerate this so I ordered a leather wrist sling mount and custom wrist sling from SOSGEARMT which should eliminate the issue since the leather will be pliable.
The Mathews Halon has a lot of great features and there is very little not to like. Go check one out for yourself at your local dealer.