Bear Archery Divergent EKO – Hands-On Review

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Bear Archery Divergent EKO

  • Up To 338 FPS
  • Great Performance
  • Made in the USA
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In an era that has seen bow manufacturers consistently stretch the bounds possibility, it is easy to assume that there are few frontiers in compound bow technology left to conquer. However, Bear Archery has continued to push this envelope, most notably with the release of their new Divergent EKO model.

Today, it seems as if nearly every compound bow available features a range of adjustability that is second to none.

However, the Divergent EKO offers a different variation of adjustability than that of many other bows found on today’s market, as it features an adjustable let-off factor, which can be set as desired in just minutes.

With all of the buzz surrounding the Divergent EKO’s release, I jumped at a recent opportunity to do a Bear Divergent Review. The following is what I found when putting the Divergent EKO through its paces at the range.

Initial Thoughts

One of the most talked-about features of the Bear Divergent EKO is its adjustable let-off factor. While bows featuring adjustable draw weight and draw length are nothing new, this is something that has seldom been seen to this point (read.. Bear Archery Species Review).

The Divergent EKO allows archers to set their bows’ let-off in five percent increments from 75%-90%.

This bow has also drawn a significant amount of attention for its stellar speed. With an IBO rating of 338 FPS, few can question the Divergent EKO’s performance merit. In total, these key features alone make this bow worthy of a closer look.

First Impression

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Upon handling the Bear Divergent EKO, I immediately noticed how striking this bow is in its visual appeal. Everything from the EKO’s aggressively swept limbs, to its purposefully placed riser cutouts, give it an impressive look that is truly one of a kind.

The bow’s look could most accurately be described as one of aggressive performance.

Bear Archery Divergent EKO Specifications

  • Brace Height: 6.5”
  • Let-Off: 75%, 80%. 85%, 90%
  • Axle-to-Axle: 30”
  • Draw Length: 26”-30”
  • Draw Weight: 45-60/55-70 LBS
  • Speed: 338 FPS
  • Weight: 4.1 LBS

The Bear Divergent EKO is also notable for its compact size and its smooth draw, which was also a primary point of focus.

At only 30” axle-to-axle, it quickly became apparent that this bow would be perfect for those who spend most of their time in the woods hunting from a ground blind.

Technical Features

The Bear Divergent EKO is nothing short of a technological masterpiece. This bow manages to combine lightning-quick performance, compact design, and previously unheard of adjustability, all into a single package.

To say the least, Bear, as a company, put a significant amount of time, energy, and effort into creating the Bear Divergent EKO. The bow was designed with the whitetail bowhunter in mind!

The Divergent compound bow is perhaps best known for its range of let-off adjustability. Archers can select from let-off values of 75%, 80%. 85%, and 90%.

This is a very interesting feature, as it effectively allows one to dial in the exact feel of how their bow rides when held in the valley. 

While some archers prefer a maximum amount of let-off, others prefer to hold a little bit more weight to aid in maintaining proper form (read.. Bear Species RTH Review).

With the Bear Divergent EKO, archers can have both. To adjust between the bow’s various let-off values, simply rotate the hybrid cams’ modules and cable stops.

This process takes no more than a few minutes to complete and can be performed by archers of any skill or experience level.

The Divergent EKO is also notable for its high IBO speed rating. At 338 FPS, there are few bows on the market today that can offer this level of performance, at a similar price point.

The EKO is offered in two different limb packages, 45-60 LBS, and 55-70 LBS. This enables archers to choose the individual model which best fulfills their needs, and can be drawn most efficiently.

Bear Archery has also still managed to maintain a 6 ½” brace height while producing significant speed.

This is of value, as bows with shorter brace heights of approximately 6” are known to be somewhat less forgiving than their counterparts. Bears shockwaves limb dampening system helps to eliminate shock and vibration.

This means that the Divergent EKO will not only propel arrows downrange at blistering speeds but be capable of accurate delivery while doing so.

One factor of note, which some archers might find of significance, is that the EKO does not feature the same range of draw length or draw weight adjustability as some of Bear’s other current offerings, such as the Cruzer G2.

With a draw weight range of 45-60/55-70 pounds and a draw length range of 26”-30”, this bow will work for most adults, but not likely children. The compact platform and hybrid cams will ensure an outstanding shootability.

Shootability

After adjusting the Bear Divergent EKO to my specific draw length, it was time to put it to the test. Upon drawing the EKO, I noticed that its action was smooth as silk.

There were no notable rough spots or points of hesitation within the draw cycle, and the bow pulled into the valley without much effort.

When testing the Divergent EKO, the let-off was adjusted to its 90% setting, as I wished to see for myself what all of the hype was about.

I can honestly say, the Divergent did not disappoint. Once in the valley, it felt as if the Divergent EKO would hold itself at full draw without any effort. This will be a major advantage to bowhunters who are waiting at full draw for the perfect shot opportunity.

Upon releasing my shot, the true performance of the Divergent EKO became evident. At 20 yards the release of the arrow and its impact with the target seemed to occur simultaneously and was nothing short of immensely impressive.

Those who wish to locate a bow that puts speed high upon the priority list will not be disappointed with this bow.

I also noted that there was virtually no perceivable noise emitted when the Divergent EKO is fired, which is a feat of engineering in itself, especially considering its lightning-quick arrow speeds. There was also minimal hand shock associated with the EKO. That which was evident was minor enough to be negligible.

PROS and CONS

PROS:

CONS:

  • Draw Weight might not be adaptable enough for some archers

Accessories

For those who like to outfit their bows with nothing but the highest quality accessories, the Divergent EKO has you covered.

Out of all the package bows offered on the market today, few can boast of such a noteworthy line-up of top-notch accessories, as that which is offered with this bow.

This package includes a sight, arrow rest, 5-arrow quiver, stabilizer, and peep sight.

The Divergent’s Trophy Ridge React H4 sight is highly respectable for use by archers of any age or experience level. This 4-pin sight features ultra-bright fiber optics, and a rheostat light for enhanced pin visibility, even when used in low-light conditions.

The React H4 also allows quick, on the fly adjustability, thanks to its use of tool-less elevation and windage adjustments.

Also included in the EKO’s accessory package is a full containment Whisker Biscuit arrow rest.

This rest is a favorite of archers of every age and experience level, due in large part to its ability to keep arrows in place, even when inadvertently bumped or jostled.

This can be of immense value when in a hunting scenario. For those of you that already have all accessories ready, you could always try to buy this bow without the RTH package.

Bear Archery Divergent EKO

Overall Evaluation

After being able to experience all that the Bear Divergent EKO has to offer, I must say that this bow is everything I expected it to be, and more. The Divergent may be one of the best short axle-to-axle bow on the market!

There are a host of noteworthy features offered by the EKO, which make it a true value to consumers, especially at its moderate price point.

Between its revolutionary let-off adjustment, stellar performance, and compact size, there is a lot to like about the Divergent EKO.

If there was any shortcoming worth mentioning, it would be that the Divergent EKO is relatively subdued in its range of draw weight and draw length adjustment.

However, this should be of little concern, unless one was searching for a bow to be used specifically by their child.

Between its revolutionary let-off adjustment, stellar performance, and compact size, there is a lot to like about the Divergent EKO.

Regarding the Divergent EKO, Bear Archery states, “This is hands down, the best bow we’ve ever engineered.” In my opinion, this statement rings true, and the archery world as a whole is better for the legendary bow manufacturer’s efforts.

Make sure to check out our post about this excellent compound bow.

Special thanks to the staff at Cabela´s of Bowling Green, Kentucky, for allowing us the use of the divergent compound bow, and range, for test and review purposes. Cabela´s was acquired by Bass Pro Shop in 2016, and now operates as a branch of the company, with retail locations nationwide.

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Darren Webster
Darren Webster
Hi, My name is Darren, and I am an avid hunter of over twenty years. I am the Senior Editor, and I regularly contribute to this site as an author.

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