Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
Bear Divergent Compound Bow-US Crossbow & Archery Store
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Bear Divergent Compound Bow

Bear Archery Compounds UPC:AV96A30006R-1

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Bow Review: Bear Divergent

Flagship bows tend to get all the attention. Bear’s 2019 Divergent might be an exception — not just because this aptly named bow isn’t even recognizable at a glance as a Bear Compound bow. It’s also super compact at 28 inches. You can expect to see more super compact bows thanks to a recent relaxation of Pope and Young policies regarding bow length. With a weight of 3.9 pounds  it is close to some of the lighter carbon bows in this category. Finally, the moderate $700 price tag gains attention for the Divergent,

Despite the different — for Bear — appearance, thanks largely to the riser design, the compact length and possibly some new camo patterns as well, the Divergent does include some standard Bear design features. The Beartrap limb pockets will look familiar to any Bear aficionado — as will the Narogrip, the string stop and the cable guard. These are all proven Bear technologies. Most features, such as the standard cable guard as opposed to the roller guard found on Bear’s flagship Kuma and the Narogrip as opposed to the grip options of the flagship bow, are what help to keep the cost affordable.

Bear shooters like a draw length adjustable without changing cams, purchasing new modules or even pressing the bow. And while that option may mean a slight compromise in efficiency, it offers some real advantages to most shooters. It’s not unusual at all for less experienced shooters to change their draw length over time as their shooting form improves. Even among experienced shooters, changing from one wrist caliper release to another with a more trigger-forward design, for instance, can change your anchor point. That effect can be even more pronounced if you change from a wrist caliper release to a thumb release. Changing your anchor point is not normally a good thing. What you can do instead is lengthen the draw length of your bow while maintaining the same anchor point. What’s so good about that? It’s free speed. A one-inch increase in draw length achieves up to 10 fps in additional speed. By switching release aids, shortening their D loops, or adjusting to trigger the release at the first joint of the finger instead of with the tip (which is more correct in any case) some shooters can easily add two inches or more to their bow’s draw length, which is 20 fps or more in speed that requires no additional effort and costs nothing. Absent adjustable draw length, experimenting with these changes is difficult, expensive, and time consuming.

Earlier, I referenced that the Divergent is not as instantly as recognizable as a Bear bow as are most other offerings from Bear. That is not to suggest that it’s not a good-looking bow. In fact, subjective as this may be, it’s one great looking little bow. Long riser bows with skinny brace heights have their advantages, but good looks aren’t among them. I know, bowhunters aren’t supposed to care about looks. In addition to the compact length, the new camo patterns enhance the appearance as well. The test model came in Veil Stoke and with copper-colored cams, contrasting orange and tan strings and understated logos, the Divergent is among the better-looking bows out there. And though it’s not a flagship model, I found no flaws in fit and finish, and no machining marks of any kind. In terms of durability, it passed the scratch test.

Shooting the Bear Divergent

I can’t recall ever having difficulty setting up a Bear bow. Out of the box it was slightly above 70 pounds, and set for a 29-inch draw length, so I adjusted these to 70 pounds even and 30 inches. Our standard test accessories mounted smoothly and without difficulty, and the rest was quickly tuned by adjusting it so that arrow shafts held against the inside of the riser and against the shaft were parallel with the shaft on the rest. This works with Bear bows, but not with others. This put me close to bullet holes in paper with an unfletched arrow and a few tweaks got me the rest of the way.

Bow Review: Bear Divergent

Flagship bows tend to get all the attention. Bear’s 2019 Divergent might be an exception — not just because this aptly named bow isn’t even recognizable at a glance as a Bear Compound bow. It’s also super compact at 28 inches. You can expect to see more super compact bows thanks to a recent relaxation of Pope and Young policies regarding bow length. With a weight of 3.9 pounds  it is close to some of the lighter carbon bows in this category. Finally, the moderate $700 price tag gains attention for the Divergent,

Despite the different — for Bear — appearance, thanks largely to the riser design, the compact length and possibly some new camo patterns as well, the Divergent does include some standard Bear design features. The Beartrap limb pockets will look familiar to any Bear aficionado — as will the Narogrip, the string stop and the cable guard. These are all proven Bear technologies. Most features, such as the standard cable guard as opposed to the roller guard found on Bear’s flagship Kuma and the Narogrip as opposed to the grip options of the flagship bow, are what help to keep the cost affordable.

Bear shooters like a draw length adjustable without changing cams, purchasing new modules or even pressing the bow. And while that option may mean a slight compromise in efficiency, it offers some real advantages to most shooters. It’s not unusual at all for less experienced shooters to change their draw length over time as their shooting form improves. Even among experienced shooters, changing from one wrist caliper release to another with a more trigger-forward design, for instance, can change your anchor point. That effect can be even more pronounced if you change from a wrist caliper release to a thumb release. Changing your anchor point is not normally a good thing. What you can do instead is lengthen the draw length of your bow while maintaining the same anchor point. What’s so good about that? It’s free speed. A one-inch increase in draw length achieves up to 10 fps in additional speed. By switching release aids, shortening their D loops, or adjusting to trigger the release at the first joint of the finger instead of with the tip (which is more correct in any case) some shooters can easily add two inches or more to their bow’s draw length, which is 20 fps or more in speed that requires no additional effort and costs nothing. Absent adjustable draw length, experimenting with these changes is difficult, expensive, and time consuming.

Earlier, I referenced that the Divergent is not as instantly as recognizable as a Bear bow as are most other offerings from Bear. That is not to suggest that it’s not a good-looking bow. In fact, subjective as this may be, it’s one great looking little bow. Long riser bows with skinny brace heights have their advantages, but good looks aren’t among them. I know, bowhunters aren’t supposed to care about looks. In addition to the compact length, the new camo patterns enhance the appearance as well. The test model came in Veil Stoke and with copper-colored cams, contrasting orange and tan strings and understated logos, the Divergent is among the better-looking bows out there. And though it’s not a flagship model, I found no flaws in fit and finish, and no machining marks of any kind. In terms of durability, it passed the scratch test.

Shooting the Bear Divergent

I can’t recall ever having difficulty setting up a Bear bow. Out of the box it was slightly above 70 pounds, and set for a 29-inch draw length, so I adjusted these to 70 pounds even and 30 inches. Our standard test accessories mounted smoothly and without difficulty, and the rest was quickly tuned by adjusting it so that arrow shafts held against the inside of the riser and against the shaft were parallel with the shaft on the rest. This works with Bear bows, but not with others. This put me close to bullet holes in paper with an unfletched arrow and a few tweaks got me the rest of the way.