Mathews Reezen 6.5 Review

Mathews Reezen 6.5

At West Virginia Outsider we love old bows. Especially the old Mathews Solo Cams. The Mathews Reezen 6.5 debuted in 2009 and boasted a blazing fast (for the time) 340 IBO. This made the Mathews Reezen the fastest solo cam bow ever produced.

We recently came across an old Mathews Reezen and had to share our experiences with it. How does it stack up in todays archery landscape? Check below if you share our love for old Mathews Solo Cam bows.


Mathews Reezen 6.5 Specs

IBO Speed340 FPS
Brace Height6.5 Inches
Axle to Axle Length32 Inches
Let Off80%
Draw Length24 to 30 Inches
Draw Weight40 – 70 Pounds
Bow Weight4.15 Pounds

Mathews Reezen 6.5 Overview

Mathews Reezen 6.5

In 2010, Mathews Archery was finishing their bows in the Lost Camo pattern. These days I typically stray away from camo bows and opt for one of the multiple solid color finishes. Back then, camo patterns were the predominant finish with the occasional bow being offered in black.

Today, most bow manufacturers have several solid colors to choose from – my Mathews Phase 4 29 is finished in Granite. However, a camo solo cam just feels right to me.

It fits the era the bow was produced in and a solid colored Mathews solo cam just doesn’t look right to me. Like all Mathews bows, the fit and finish of the Reezen 6.5 is immaculate.


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Our bow is set up with a QAD Ultrarest, along with 8 inch stabilizer and Mathews T5 quiver, also in Lost Camo to match.

At 64 pounds, the Reezen is shooting a 420 grain arrow 280 FPS with a 28.5″ draw length. This arrow speed is comparable to many of the bows released in recent years.

I don’t put a lot of thought into arrow speed for a hunting bow, but for many archers arrow speeds is a major consideration.

Mass weight of bows has increased since the solo cam bow days. The limb pockets are also wider, as manufacturers claim this increases stability at full draw.

The Reezen 6.5 weighs 4.15 pounds, and holding it alongside a more current bow makes you realize how slim and slender the Mathews solo cams are.


Drawbacks to the Reezen 6.5

While the speed of the Mathews Reezen is comparable to today’s bows, it does come with a cost.

When I think of solo cam draw cycles, silky smooth is the first thing that comes to mind. Not so with the Reezen. This may be the biggest detractor to the bow, back when it was released and still today.

In addition to the stiff draw cycle, I find the Reezen 6.5 to be top heavy. This can be offset by a stabilizer setup of various lengths, but that adds to the overall weight of the bow.

When setting up a bow for close range bow hunting, extra weight is not what I need. Common shots are 25 yards and in. Extra stabilizers to balance a bow to me just means extra unneeded weight.

After releasing an arrow, the Reezen emits a bit of a hum along with some vibration through the grip. Mathews bows manufactured today do not have the same feedback when shooting.

Shooting the Mathews Reezen bow alongside a Phase 4 exaggerates the difference in todays technology. It’s hard to describe what shooting a Phase 4 is like. It’s almost as if nothing happened. There is zero feedback from the bow, no noise and no handshock.

While not a loud bow by any stretch of the decibel meter, this feeling is the biggest change in technology from 2009 to 2023.

The end result is exactly the same, an accurate arrow being launched downfield. The user experience is just slightly more pleasant with a newer bow.

Finally, the draw length on the Reezen bow is not adjustable without swapping a different cam. Many bows today have draw modules that can adjust the length by .5 and even .25 inches.

If your bow is not the correct draw length, purchasing a new cam is your only option for changing the draw length. If you already know your draw length, this most likely won’t be an issue.

Final Thoughts

This blast from the past with solid instead of split limbs feels quite different than today’s bows. However, despite being more than 10 years old, the Mathews Reezen 6.5 is still a more than adequate hunting bow today.

While it would never be my top choice for a 3D archery event, it’s a perfectly acceptable choice for a hunting bow. Whether you are hunting whitetail deer in West Virginia, or other big game species out west the Reezen will get the job done.

Solo cam bows are easy to tune. They are far less complicated than dual cam bows which dominate the market today. While many archers may want the most advanced technology available, I appreciate this simplicity.

The Mathews Reezen was an easy bow to set up. The solo cam is easy to tune and you typically don’t have to worry about the bow’s timing being off. Solo cam bows are fun and easy to shoot.

Don’t overlook the bows of yesterday. They are solid and reliable. There is a lot of value to be had at less than half the original MSRP. We love them and think you will too.

FAQ

What is the fastest single cam bow made by Mathews?

The Mathews Reezen 6.5 is the fastest single cam Mathews bow.

What is the IBO speed of the Reezen 6.5?

340 FPS

What year did the Mathews Reezen come out?

2009

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