Elite Impulse 34

The Elite Impulse 34 brings speed to the table with the newly designed IM cams. This 34 inch axle to axle bow sports an IBO speed rating of 347 feet per second. Archers wanting a do it all bow for the woods and the 3D archery course can expect a solid performance from the Impulse 34.

Elite Impulse 34

Elite Impulse 34 Specs

IBO Speed347 FPS
Brace Height6 Inches
Axle To Axle Length34 Inches
Let Off75% – 90%
Draw Length27 – 31 Inches
Draw Weight30 – 80 Pounds
Bow Weight4.4 Pounds

Review

The 2016 Elite Impulse 34 was a big departure from what Elite was known for. Shootability was their claim to fame. Smooth drawing bows with solid back walls. The Elite Synergy and Energy were smooth shooters for sure. To add speed to the mix, the all new IM cam on the Impulse 31 and 34 were much harsher drawing than previous bows. It caught a lot of shooters off guard and it was too big of a change to get behind.

Additionally, dropping the brace height to 6 inches on the Impulse 34 to pick up speed made it even more unforgiving.

All that aside, there is a lot to like about the bow. It’s pleasant to shoot. It has the solid backwall that Elite is known for. 90% let off is easy to hold at full draw. It’s one of a few compound bow options with 80 pound limbs. At the same time, it’s available with 30 pound limbs. It delivers arrows downrange with minimal noise and vibration at the release.

It’s an attractive bow with solid limbs, unlike the split limb bows of today. Speaking of today, time has not been kind to the Impulse 34.

Elite Impulse 34

If you are reading this now and considering picking one up, there are some serious competitors in the 34 inch axle to axle marketplace. The Elite Impulse 34 was a great bow in 2016, and I love old bows, but the Impulse 34 gives up a lot of the new technology Elite has brought to the table recently.

The Elite Remedy is a newer 34 inch axle to axle bow that offers draw length adjustment in 1/4 inch increments. It has S.E.T. technology to modify your cam positioning and perfect your arrow flight when bareshaft tuning. It has a tunable cable rod

If left or right paper tears couldn’t be resolved on the Impulse 34 by moving the arrow rest, you had to disassemble the bow to swap the shims around. Changing cam positioning to keep your center shot in spec was time consuming. Today, it’s as simple as turning an allen key with S.E.T. technology.

In 2016, Elite bows used a modular system to adjust the draw length. That meant you had to press the bow, remove the draw mod and replace it with the one corresponding to your correct draw length. It was quite a process.

On my bow press, that meant removing one of the draw stops as they got in the way. Additionally, if I lost a twist in the cable I had to retime my cams. This happened more than once.

Along with that, my Elite Impulse 34 has the distinct notoriety of being the one bow I forgot to replace the draw stops in. When I drew it back to check the timing it locked up on me. Talk about a scary feeling. Luckily I was able to quickly press the bow to relieve tension and get everything resituated. It’s much easier to change the draw length on newer Elite bows without removing any parts.

While these may be minor annoyances, newer bows have none of these things to deal with. And there are several that possess all of these features in the same price range as the Impulse 34. However, if the Impulse 34 is the bow you want and you know it – don’t let me talk you out of it.

It’s a good bow, fun to shoot, and it certainly won’t let you down. It just has some age on it and doesn’t have the latest and greatest. Then again, that isn’t something that everyone needs.

Elite 34 Impulse
Elite draw modules. These have since been replaced with a rotating mod on the cam that can be set in 1/4 inch increments.

Finishes

Brand new for 2016, the Elite Impulse 34 was offered in Kuiu camo patterns. Along with Kuiu Vias and Verde, it was also available in more traditional camo patterns such as Realtree Xtra, Relatree Max-1, and Realtree Snow.

Since the Impulse 34 was designed for use as a crossover bow it also came in target colors. Available options include blue, green, red, orange, pink, purple, and titanium. While these bright solid colors may be more at home on the 3D range than in the woods, Black was also an option if you didn’t wish for a camo patterned bow.

The Elite Impulse bows are very good looking bows, regardless of the finish you choose. The cams, however, were notorious for chipping. The finish was easily worn from the edges of the string tracks. It’s not a problem exclusive to Elite, but it does look a little unsightly.

Grip

Unlike the Impulse 31, the Elite 34 Impulse has two available grip options. For those looking for familiarity, the Impulse came with the standard Elite two piece wooden grip. This grip features two wooden removable side plates shaped like a banana. If you felt the grip was too thick, you can simply remove the side plates and shoot off the riser. The banana grip is a tried and true versatile option that was a standard on Elite bows of this era.

New for 2016, the Elite V Grip is also available on the Impulse 34. The Elite V Grip is an integrated riser grip that is showcased on the Victory 37 target bow. It is more slender and tapered than the banana grip. Pulling influences from its target lineup, Elite has slimmed down its grip and created a very repeatable grip that tapers near the top. The V Grip is also flatter on the backside than the banana grip, a feature some shooters are sure to love.

If you’ve had trouble with long range consistency in the past, the new V grip featured on the Impulse 34 is worth a test drive. To me, it completely changed the feel of an Elite bow. I always removed the side plates from the banana grip, but the new V Grip felt perfect right out of the box. I loved it and so did many others. As expected, it became the new standard for Elite later on.

Elite Impulse 34 String Specs

Make sure you order the right string and cable lengths for your Elite Impulse 34. With the Impulse 34 Elite utilizes a binary cam bow requiring two equal length cables. Elite made the Impulse 34 in 2016, 2017, 2018. The string and cable specs did not change during this time. Here is what you will need to replace the strings on your compound bow:

String: 60 3/8 inches
Two Cables: 38 15/16 inches

Most aftermarket string builders have this information readily available. However, it’s always good to double check your measurements before installing new strings on your bow.

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