Elite Kure vs Mathews VXR 31.5: Which Reigns Supreme?

The Mathews VXR 31.5 and the Elite Kure are flagship models for 2020, each boasting unique technologies and offerings. 

Falling into a similar price range, what makes Mathews VXR 31.5 different from Elite Kure?

The Mathews VXR 31.5 offers better stability than Elite with its extended six-bridge riser. Its CrossCentric Cam system, with SwitchWeight Technology, provides superior speed than Kure, averaging up to 343 FPS. In contrast, the Elite Kure showcases its unique S.E.T. technology, allowing more micro-adjustments and tuning options without a bow press. The ASYM Tri-Track Cam system maintains Elite’s smooth draw cycle, with adjustable draw length and let-off. While the VXR prioritizes stealth and customization, the Kure emphasizes ease of tuning and precise accuracy.

Today, we’re going to compare the Mathews VXR 31.5 and the Elite Kure head-to-head, exploring their key features, performance attributes, and user experiences.

An image of mathews vxr 31.5 inside a case
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Elite Kure vs Mathews VXR 31.5: Key Comparison

Let’s start it easy. To help you understand the core differences between the two compound bows, here’s a brief comparison between Elite Kure and Mathews VXR 31.5.

FeaturesElite KureMathews VXR 31.5
GripComposite GripCustomizable thin Side Plates
Draw CycleSlight hump/dumpSteady draw
Adjustability/ Tuning systemBetter Draw Length Adjustment and TuningGood Draw length adjustment and tuning
CustomizabilityHighly CustomizableSlightly customizable
Vibration and NoiseOkay vibration and noise reductionBetter vibration & noise reduction
Warranty1 Year WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty
Price$999.99$1199 

Elite Kure vs Mathews VXR 31.5: Detailed Comparison

Now that we’re aware of the base differences of the two compound bows, let’s have a detailed dive and learn more about them. 

Specs

SpecificationsElite KureMathews VXR 31.5
Axle to Axle Length31″ 13/16″31.5”
Brace Height6 9/16″6”
IBO Speed335 fps343 FPS
Draw Lengths23″ – 30″26.5” – 31” 
Draw Weight40, 50, 60, 65 and 70 llbs
60, 65, 70, 75 lbs
Riser DesignDual Cage RiserExtended six bridge riser
Letoff70%-80%80% or 85%
CAMCrosscentric design, SwitchWeight TechnologyASYM Tri-Track Cams
TechnologyS.E.T. Technology, VibeX BlocksSwitchWeight Tech.
Weight4.6 lbs4.66 lbs

Balance and String Angle

Elite Kure has a better balance and string angle compared to Mathews VXR 31.5 thanks to the longer ATA. 

Longer ATA makes it easier to hold on target, making Kure more comfortable to hold for an extended period. It’ll certainly help those who have a problem with target panic.

However, the VXR’s balanced feel cannot be overlooked, even though the Kure slightly edges ahead.

Grip and Comfort

Mathews VXR 31.5 Features a composite grip for comfortable and consistent hand placement.

Elite Kure on the other hand offers a slim grip design that can be customized with or without side plates, providing a comfortable hold.

You can use a release with your compound bows to avoid any sort of finger discomfort as well.

Draw Cycle and Weight

Draw cycle preferences can be subjective, and both bows cater to different archery styles. 

The VXR offers a steady pull, ensuring a smooth and consistent draw cycle with no hump or dump. On the other hand, Kure’s draw cycle is marked by a slight hump/dump, presenting a manageable and comfortable pull.

Mathews VXR 31.5 weighs approximately 4.66 lbs (without a dampener), with a balanced feel.

Elite Kure is slightly lighter, weighing around 4.6 lbs

The Mathews VXR 31.5 also features a Crosscentric cam with a smooth draw enhancing the control on the bow. ASYM Tri-Track Cams are used on the Elite Kure, further enhanced by the S.E.T. technology for precise tuning.

An image of Elute Kure limb and CAM.
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Adjustability and Tuning

Elite Kure boasts a 1/4″ incremental draw length adjustment. This is especially advantageous for archers who prefer precision tuning without the need for a bow press. 

While the VXR offers its own tuning options, the Kure’s adjustability may appeal to those who enjoy the freedom to fine-tune their bow.

In fact, Elite bows are better than Mathews when it comes to flexible adjustability.

The S.E.T. technology is the key to the versatile draw length offered by Elite Kure. It enables micro-adjustments of limb pocket pivot angle without a bow press. The bow also includes VibeX Blocks for dynamic vibration reduction and quieter shots. 

With Mathews VXR 31.5, you get adjustable let-off options and multiple draw weight customization settings, thanks to the SwithWeight technology. But it’s not that vast compared to Elite Kure.

Vibration and Noise

This is where Mathews VXR 31.5 pulls an absolutely brilliant feat. The Mathews VXR 31.5 incorporates 3D Damping, resulting in almost zero noise and vibration. 

Although Elite does a decent enough job at reducing the vibration and noise, it’s simply not as great as the 3D Damping system of Mathews.

Speed and Performance

The Crosscentric Cam system in the Mathews VXR 31.5 helps it reach an average speed of 343 FPS. The Kure comes close, but falls just short by reaching an average speed of 335 FPS. 

This can, however, be slightly improved with focus modifications and customization.

Elite Kure: Utilizes the ASYM Tri-Track Cam System with Versa Mod rotating modules, achieving a speed of 335 fps.

Aesthetics and Feel

One of the biggest selling point of Kure is its impressive balance and comfortable hold, striking a chord with many enthusiasts. 

Elite Kure boasts a sleek and dual-caged riser design, offering a well-balanced feel at full draw. Despite slight vibration from shooting, the tunability, dead-in-the-hand feel, and the S.E.T. technology’s convenience are more than enough to cover its shortcomings. 

An image of Elite Kure.
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The VXR, while retaining Mathews’ signature traits, may cater to those who appreciate the classic Mathews design language. It features an extended six-bridge riser for improved stability, providing the feel of a target bow while retaining the maneuverability of a hunting rig.

If you’re a sucker for a smoother draw cycle and vibration-free shot, then VXR is the one to go for. 

Final Verdict

It’s time to pick the better compound bow between Mathews and Elite.

The Mathews VXR emphasizes stability and smoothness, while the Elite Kure introduces innovative S.E.T. technology for precise tuning without a bow press

Kure’s superior adjustability, balanced feel, and incremental enhancements stand out for some. 

Simply put, if you’re a fan of stealth and stability, the Mathews VXR is a no-brainer for 100 more bucks. On the other hand, I would pick the Kure VXR for its flexible adjustability and tuning.

Meanwhile, the VXR offers a signature Mathews experience, with an array of proven features.

Ultimately, the best choice boils down to your preferences, intended use, and how well the bow complements your shooting style. 

We recommended testing both bows and gauging their compatibility with your archery goals.

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