Hoyt Charger Compound Bow [Buying Guide]

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The Hoyt Charger is an impressive blend of convenient, popular features and function, with just enough customizable options to broaden its scope. It’s a lightweight, compact option that comes in two slightly different models (Charger and Charger Long Draw), which means there is something to suit most archers.

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Hoyt Charger Buying Guide

At first glance, the Charger is easily mistaken for one of Hoyt’s high-end models, like the Spyder series bows.

The Charger possesses many of the same features but without the bells and whistles that drive up the price on those higher-end bows.


  • Affordable pricing
  • Surprisingly quiet
  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Plenty of selection


  • May need to add a quality stabilizer to completely limit vibration
  • Possibly too small for some archers

Hoyt Charger Specifications


  • Brace Height: 6.75 inches
  • ATA Length: 31 inches
  • Draw Length: 24 to 30 inches
  • Draw Weight: 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 80 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 325 fps
  • Mass Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Let-Off: 75%

Charger Long Draw

  • Brace Height: 7.5 inches
  • ATA Length: 31 inches
  • Draw Length: 30.5 to 31 inches
  • Draw Weight:  30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 80 pounds
  • IBO Speed: 327 fps
  • Mass Weight: 4 pounds
  • Let-Off: 80%


Color may not matter to some people, but Hoyt gives you plenty of choices anyway.

The Charger is available in multiple finishes, including RealTree AP snow and RealTree AP Pink. You can even select accessory kits in a variety of colors to further customize your bow.

Other options include custom graphics, custom paint, and powder coat options.

Hoyt covers each cutout on the Charger, and the high-quality finishes look and feel like they will last. 


The Charger employs a Tec Lite riser that’s lightweight but durable. Hoyt factory tests the riser to ensure it can last and includes the StealthShot string suppression system to dampen excess noise and recoil.

Additionally, there is a front mounting stabilizer hole for counterweight or to further transfer vibration from your hand.


Like other Hoyt products, the Charger comes with a comfortable grip. However, if the Pro Form grip is too thick for your tastes, you can remove it and substitute an alternative or use the riser instead.

Additional grip styles include the rubber 180 grip, target side plates, and wooden high wrist grip.


One of the best aspects of the Charger is its Parallel Splitlimbs. Hoyt proves that even in the budget bow range it offers something for everybody.

The Charger provides one of the largest draw weight ranges on the market, starting at 30 pounds and maxing out at 80 pounds (read.. Z7 Compound Bow).

Laminated ARC limbs can withstand added pressure from a full draw and absorb both recoil and vibration on release. Additionally, the ProLock limb pockets are durable without adding weight to the bow.

Finally, the limbs include AlphaSox dampeners. These dampeners keep the Charger quiet and eliminate residual vibrations on release.

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It’s not the fastest bow on the market, but 325 fps isn’t too shabby.

The Charger is smooth and lightweight in your hands, so the limited compromise on speed isn’t much to complain about.

Customizing Your Hoyt Charger

Aside from choosing between a ZRX limb (Charger) and the XTS 1000 (Charger Long Draw), archers have a unique customization option (read.. Mathews Creed Buying Guide).

You can get your Charger ready to use directly from the factory.

Choosing the FUSE high-performance accessory kit includes everything you need to score a fully setup bow right out of the package. The accessory kit features:

  • FUSE Profire 3 Pin Sight
  • FUSE Banshee four arrow quiver
  • Whisker Biscuit rest
  • FUSE FlexBlade stabilizer
  • Hoyt bow sling
  • Self-aligning peep sight

Even with the additional cost of the ready-to-shoot package, the Charger will cost you less than many high-end alternatives.


Hoyt’s Charger may not top any “best of” lists, but it performs well overall, and given the price, it’s tough to beat.

It’s similar to the Hoyt Spyder in many ways but comes in at a much friendlier price point.

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The Charger delivers a range of weight configurations to meet your needs (read.. Hoyt Alphamax 32 review).

With speeds up to 325 fps (327 fps for the Long Draw), it does well for the nominal price. Plus, it’s quiet and smooth in the field.

How Fast Is The Hoyt Charger?

The Charger can reach speeds up to 325 fps, and the Charger Long Draw can reach speeds up to 327 fps.

Can You Adjust Draw Length on the Hoyt Charger?

Yes, the cam and 1/2 system is modular, which allows you to alter the draw lengths.

One cam allows draw lengths from 24 inches up to 26.5 inches, and the other cam provides 27 inches up to 30 inches.

On the Long Draw, you can extend the draw length up to 31 inches.

How Much Does The Hoyt Charger Weigh?

The Hoyt Charger weighs 3.8 pounds, and the Charger Long Draw weighs 4 pounds.

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