Elite Energy 35 Specs And Review

The Elite Energy 35 debuted in 2014 to the resounding praise of “the most shootable bow ever.” Ten years has passed and Elite bows have changed over the course of the decade.

Is the Energy 35 still the king when it comes to shootability? Have you seen one on the 3D course lately?

They aren’t common but they’re still around. And for good reason. Over the past 10 years the Elite Energy 35 has developed a bit of a cult following. Find out why in our review below.

Elite Energy 35

Elite Energy 35 Specs

IBO Speed334 FPS
Brace Height7 Inches
Axle To Axle Length34.75 Inches
Let Off75% to 90%
Draw Length27 to 31 Inches
Draw Weight30 – 70 Pounds
Bow Weight4.5 Pounds

Elite Energy 35 Specs

Elite Energy 35 Review

In 2014, winning archers stood atop the ASA and IBO podium with the Elite Energy 35 more than any other bow. That’s quite a competition resume.

But it wasn’t just for competitive archers. Equally at home on the local 3D course and hunting woods, the Energy 35 does it all.

The Energy 35 is built with Elite’s patented Riser Cage riser for ultimate stiffness. The EN twin track cam produces speeds up to 337 feet per second. And the solid limbs come to a dead stop at full draw thanks to the limb stops.

This leads to enhanced consistency due to a very repeatable process. And once you’re at full draw, there is plenty of valley before letting down.

The 3 layer limbs are nearly bomb proof. Scour the internet and you’re unlikely to find many complaints of Energy 35 limb problems.

The massive 90% let off can be adjusted down to 75% making it a good fit for a wide array of archers. And at the release, it’s as if nothing happened. Minimal feedback after the arrow has been fired. A very smooth drawing and quiet bow. Nice and easy to shoot time and time again.

Finishes

Elite finishes their bows with Pro Kote protective finish. This is a non-reflective, matte coating that is more durable than other finishes offered by bow companies. At ten years old, bows typically start showing their age.

Not so with the Energy 35. The Pro Kote finish does a good job of resisting scratches and chipping – hiding the years of use the bow has lived through.

The edges of the cams will typically show some wear. It’s quite common to see the finish on the gray or brown cams to show some shiny aluminum spotting through. Don’t worry, it may be a bit unsightly but it doesn’t effect performance at all.

The Energy 35 came in several different colors. You could order yours in Black, Realtree Xtra, Realtree Max-1, and Realtree AP Snow. If you were strictly using it for a target bow, you could also order it in Copper Flame, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue, Purple Rain, Surge Red, Sunset Pink.

Elite Energy 35
Classic Elite Archery Banana grip with removeable side plates

Grip

The Energy 35 sports the classic banana grip that is consistent with its other bows released during this time period.

This grip pre-dates the V grip and has smooth and comfortable wooden side plates. If shooters favor a more slender grip these were removable. A simple Allen wrench will get them off. From there, archers can shoot off the bare riser or wrap the handle in grip tape of their choice.

Some use tennis racket grip wrap, but I prefer a thin layer of black hockey tape. It’s not the most durable, but it provides enough friction for a good grip and is simple and cheap to replace when it starts looking worn out.

Elite E35

Drawbacks

Draw Length

The Energy 35 utilizes the Elite EN cam to power the bow’s eccentric system. This binary cam has a draw length range of 27 to 31 inches. If you’re shorter than a 27 inch draw length, this won’t work for you.

You can still shoot an Energy 35, but you’ll have to find one with the ENS cam. They weren’t as popular as the EN cam. Because of this, it will be harder to find one on the used market.

Speaking of used market, the Elite Energy 35 price keeps dropping. Lately I’ve been seeing them below $350. This makes it a solid option for a backup bow. Or even a new archer looking for a high end bow to start shooting.

Budget bow starter package or used Energy 35? I suggest the Energy 35 every time. And remember, Elite bows made before 2016 have transferrable lifetime warranties.

Lots of compound bows offer lifetime warranties to the original purchaser. Elite bows pre 2016 have lifetime warranties regardless of who bought it.

Elite Energy 35 Mods

The Elite Energy 35 utilizes the old system of interchangeable draw mods. If you want to change the draw length on your Energy 35, it’s not as simple as the newest Elite bows.

In order to change the Elite Energy 35 draw length you need a bow press. Once the bow is in the press you must remove the draw module from the cam. That part is simple – just a few allen screws.

Elite Energy 35 Draw Mods
Draw mods are marked T for top and B for bottom. Easy to remember – not so easy to change.

Once you’re done you have to retime your cams so the draw stops hit at the same time. Speaking of draw stops, make sure you remember to put them back in. Drawing your bow without draw stops will lock it up. I did it once with my Impulse 34 – pretty scary few minutes.

One of the biggest disadvantages to the Energy 35 is the lack of new technology. Changing draw length and shimming cams has never been easier on Elite bows. You’ll give up those advances if you choose this 2014 bow over more recent Elite bows.

Final Thoughts

The Energy 35 is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think about Elite Archery. The second thing I think of is Levi Morgan.

As we mentioned in another article, Elite Archery is owned by The Outdoor Group. Even though he’s now shooting for Mathews, could a partnership with Elite be on the horizon?

Could we see a throwback E35 in the future? The bow was a winner. More than a few friends and acquaintances have recounted stories of shooting their best scores with an Energy 35.

Sure, time has moved on and technology has been added to bows. Couldn’t the EN cam be revamped with some added tech? I would like to think so.

In fact, I’d be placing my order sight unseen at my bow shop if so.

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