G5 Quest Primal Bow Review
Previously we looked at G5's Prime Centroid bow with favorable results. G5 is also the maker of the Quest brand of bows which has been gaining attention over the last few years with their lineup of compound bows. For this review we'll be taking a closer look at Quest's top-of-the-line Primal bow.
Quest offers a variety of bows and bow packages from the entry level Hammer to the premium Primal. Coming it at $699, the Primal is priced at the low side of the upper end of most manufacturers; however the Primal is not short on features.
Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the Primal is G5's I-Glide cable guard. The I-Glide works by retaining the bow cables in a gliding, bending bar, much like the TI-Glide of the Prime series of bows. The I-Glide allows the cable to bend in toward the center line of the bow and reduce cam lean under full draw, but then quickly pulls the cable away from the firing area once the arrow is released. The I-Glide is only available on the Primal bow at this time and is a less costly bow option if you like the idea of cable guard system that reduces cam lean but don't want to pay for a full featured Prime bow.
The I-Glide cable guard. The cables slide smoothly through the two holes.
The Primal comes in 50, 60, and 70 pound peak draw weights that can be adjusted down 10 pounds from the peak weight. Overall the bow has a fairly standard configuration with a 32" axle-to-axle length and a 7 1/8" brace height. However the bow is still breaking the 330 fps coming in at 332 fps IBO.
The Primal uses a solid limb design.
The Primal comes with Quest's new dual Sync cam system that has an adjustable draw stop. Draw stop must be adjusted on both cams at the same time at equal distances. Changing the draw stop alters the let off weight from a peak of 80% down to 65% or less, for those that don't like a full 80% let off. Draw length is only adjustable by changing out modules on the bow. Modules are available from a Quest dealer and move the bow from a minimum 26.5" draw to a maximum 30" draw in half inch increments. Changing out the module does not require a bow press. However if you do use a press be sure to use a modern bow press such as an X-Press or similar.
View of the Sync Cam. Notice the draw stop adjustment that must be adjusted
identically and at the same time between the lower and upper cam.
Our review bow came with a top notch finish, like the Prime Centroid. There were absolutely no blemishes and we opted for a solid Realtree AP camouflage. The Primal, like other G5 Bows is available in either solid Realtree AP, solid black, or what Quest calls a "Gfade" which has a jet black middle riser portion with the upper/lower riser and limbs being dipped in Realtree Max-1, Max-4, or AP. Regardless of the color pattern the finish is excellent.
To round the bow out, the Primal comes with a set of preinstalled BowJax limb dampeners and a string dampener which does a good job of quieting down the string after firing. A few string leeches and a stabilizer would quiet down the bow even further.
The Primal has a Boxjax dampener installed on both limbs.
The Primal uses a single string stop dampener.
Overall the bow is relatively smooth and quiet. The Quest Primal is a good offering at the $699 street price offering a unique cable guard system while still maintaining the smooth, quiet, and speedy operation that's expected of a premium bow.
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Left and right view of the laminated wood two piece grip.