Mathews V3X vs V3: Should You Upgrade?

Alright, guys, this one is for the Mathews fans. 

With Mathews launching their 2022 flagship V3X, hunters have been curious about the possible upgrades over the previous V3 series. 

It’s time to put the two series to the test in the battle of the Mathews!

Which one is the better bow in Mathews V3X vs V3?

The Mathews V3X offers longer ATA bows and a smoother draw cycle than the V3 series. With the V3X series, you get better stability and balance during shooting than the V3 bows, thanks to a slightly shorter reflex. Overall, there’s no significant difference in the V3X series other than some design upgrades and stability improvements. 

But you’re not here to settle with that, are you? 

So we’re going to walk you guys through what we felt are the core differences between the two bows. 

Mathews V3X vs V3: Head-to-Head

The V3X comes in two ATA heights — 29 inches and 33 inches. On the other hand, the Mathews V3 series offers 27” and 31” bows. 

For the sake of convenience, we’re going to compare the V3X 33 against the V3 31 head-to-head and show you how the two bows differ on different aspects.

AspectsMathews V3X 33Mathews V3 31
Axle to Axle length33”31”
Riser LengthLongerShorter
IBO rating336 fps342 fps
Draw Length27”-31.5”26″-30.5″
Draw Weight60,65,70, & 7560,65,70, & 75
Brace Height6.5”6”
Weight4.67 lbs4.5 lbs
Reflex2.5”3”
Let-Off80-85%80-85%
ManeuverabilityHarderEasier
Price$1299$1199

From our initial observation, the Mathews V3X looked to be a slightly updated version of the V3. It felt like Mathew went on to iron out some of the minor imperfection of the V3 with this one. 

According to Mathews, the V3X is the “most streamlined hunting system” they’ve ever created. 

Of the new features, there’s the new Bridge-Lock Sight technology that Mathews claims to enhance balance. There’s also the new Stay Afield System, aka SAS that opens up your V3X to a whole new line of updated Mathews accessories.

But is it worth getting an upgrade? That’s what we’re about to find out.

A close look at the limbs of Mathews V3X.
Source:mathewsinc.com

Mathews V3X vs V3: Detailed Differences

Draw Cycle

The first thing you’ll notice with the two bows is that the V3X has a much smoother draw cycle than the Mathews V3.

This can be attributed to the higher ATA height and brace height. Longer Axle to Axle and brace height helps to enable more forgiveness in the draw cycle and string angle at the expense of speed. 

Extended riser length and some minor improvements also gave the V3X 33 an edge over the V3 31.

Speed

A shorter brace height allows the V3 to shoot arrows with higher velocity than the V3X 33. 

Mathews claims an IBO rating of 342 fps for the Mathews V3. While on the same setup, a V3X has an IBO rating of 336 fps.

When shot side by side, the V3 managed to reach about 5-7 fps more than the V3X 33. 

You can read our comparison guide on how the Mathews VXR 33 performs against the VXR 29 for more insight into it.

Stability & Balance

This is where we see the most significant improvement in the V3X 33. The V3X felt more balanced and stable in the hand next to the V3 31. 

In fact, even the V3X 29 proved more stable and “deader” in the hand than it’s V3 competitor. 

This can be attributed to the incorporation of a dovetail hole right through the center of the V3X riser. This hole allows archers to easily attach sights with standard dovetail extension bars, securing them in place with a set screw. 

Not only does it give the bow a sleeker appearance but also serves to reduce vibrations in the sight bar, making for a quieter shooting experience. 

Drawing the Mathews V3 bow.
Source: sportsmansmag.com

Accuracy

One thing we noticed was the reflex of the bows. The V3X 33 had a reflex length of 2.5” while the V3 31 had a slightly larger reflex, at 3”. 

Now, what is a reflex?

In simple terms, a reflex is what amplifies your torque. A shorter reflex helps to narrow down the room for error when it comes to accuracy. 

Overall, we felt that less noise, vibration, and several other factors helped the V3X achieve slightly better accuracy than the V3.

Maneuverability

Obviously, with a shorter bow, it’s easier to carry and move around with the V3 31, which might appeal to some users. Especially those who like ground hunting and shooting in the woods.

However, you can opt for the V3X 29 for much more easier maneuverability. 

Want more bow guides like this? Check out our take on how Mathews V3 27 differs from the V3 31.

Price

Both the Mathews V3X and the V3 fall under the same price bracket, with the V3X being the latest with a slightly higher price tag. 

That being said, you’ll have to count $1299 to get your hands on a brand new V3X bow. A new V3 on the other hand will cost you $1199. Just 100 bucks short.

Final Verdict

We came to the conclusion that the Mathews V3X is an overall better bow. There’s no doubt about that. 

But whether you should upgrade or not. That’s where it gets tricky. 

You see, the difference is not that noticeable between the two bows to justify an upgrade. The V3 31 on its own is a great bow. If you own one, then you should stick with it.

But if you’re looking for a new bow with a bigger ATA, then you can consider the V3X for a slight leap from the V3. 

For most archers, accuracy matters more than the speed, and that’s where the V3X edges past the V3. 

Lastly, check out our take on the two brands, Elite vs Mathews to learn more about their bows!

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