Mathews Chill R Specs and Review


The Mathews Chill R was released in 2014 as a longer axle to axle version of the previous year’s flagship bow. At 3 inches longer than the Mathews Chill and nearly the same weight, it offers great stability in a compact package. Rated for 342 feet per second with a brace height of over 6 inches, the Chill R has a lot to offer hunters and target archers alike. Learn more about the Mathews Chill R in our in depth review below.

Mathews Chill R Review

Short Review – Mathews Chill R in 100 Words or Less

  • 3.95 Pounds makes it significantly lighter than this year’s Mathews flagship bow.
  • Mathews DYAD AVS Perimeter Weighted cam is both easy to shoot and tune, despite delivering speeds of 342 FPS.
  • The Mathews Chill series bows feature the Geogrid Riser. Archers either love or hate the appearance. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
  • Aftermarket Rock Mods are available to improve mushy backwall and increase letoff to 85%

Mathews Chill R Specs

IBO Speed342 FPS
Brace Height6.125 Inches
Axle To Axle Length33 Inches
Let Off80%
Draw Length23 – 30 Inches
Draw Weight40 – 70 Pounds
Bow Weight3.95 Pounds
Mathews Chill R Specs

Mathews Chill R Review

Setup

We set up our bow by installing the arrow rest at the Mathews standard 13/16 inches away from the riser. Historically, this is your best bet for initial setup of a Mathews bow.

At 3.95 pounds, the bow feels slightly top heavy. Not as significant as the Halon series that replaced them but more noticeable than an older solocam like the Switchback.

To offset this, we outfitted the bow with a slightly longer stabilizer than normal. The added benefit is increased stability at longer distances and greater absorption of vibration after the shot. A 10″ bar with 1 ounce of weight at the end was enough to balance the bow appropriately.

The bow comes finished standard in Mathews Lost Camo or Black. There are a lot of great quiver options on the market, but to match the Lost Camo pattern we used the Mathews T5 quiver since this is primarily a hunting bow.

The Chill R features the Mathews Focus Grip, a slim synthetic grip which is a drastic change from the classic Mathews wood grip. The thin design helps keep pressure on the center of the grip, instead of the sides, which helps minimize torque.

The bow grips are replaceable so shooters can install whichever one they feel makes them the most accurate.

Features

The compound bow features the Geo Grid Lock Riser which is a polarizing topic. Some people love the look while others hate it. One thing is for certain, it helps keeps the overall weight of the bow down. Compared to newer bows without the Geo Grid riser, at 3.95 pounds the Chill is more than half a pound lighter.

The compound bow also features Mathews’ Reverse Assist Roller Guard, Harmonic Stabilizer Lite and Dead End String Stop. These features contribute to the relative ease of draw for a 342 FPS bow and low sound and vibration felt after the shot.

The eccentric system is powered by the DYAD AVS Perimeter Weighted Cam System which is present on all of the Chill series bows.

Mathews Chill R Speeds

The Chill R has an IBO speed of 342 feet per second. Mathews achieved this by reducing the brace height to 6 1/8 inches compared to the generous 7 inches of Mathews Chill released the previous year.

We used a variety of arrow setups to test arrow speed out of the Mathews Chill R. At 28 inches and 70 lbs our 433 grain arrows were traveling 286 FPS. With a 392 grain arrow we were getting 296 feet per second with the lighter arrow.

Next we swapped on the 85% rock mods to see what effect they had on the Chill R speeds.

As expected, our speeds dropped with both the 433 grain arrow and the 392 grain arrow. Both setups were 10-12 FPS slower with the 85% rock mods.

The 433 grain arrow went 276 feet per second and the 392 grain arrow shot at 288 FPS.

Personally, the Mathews Rock Mods are a necessity for the Chill R. Not only do they increase the letoff to a comfortable 85% but they also firm up the back wall. One of the big complaints to the Chill series overall was the feel of the bow at full draw. Archers who like a solid back wall were left disappointed with the Mathews flagship offering.

As you can see, you will experience a slight decrease in arrow speed. However, this is not nearly as noticeable as the improvements the rock mods make when shooting the bow. A worthwhile trade-off in my opinion.

Additionally, swapping mods is as easy as replacing two Allen screws. No bow press is needed and you don’t need to visit an archery shop to install them. Once in place, the rock mods will change the manners of the bow and really improves the overall feel.

Shooters liked the Chill series as a whole so much Mathews released the Tactic in 2019. While not quite the same, the updated riser added overall weight, the Tactic maintains many of the things that made the Mathews Chill R such a great bow.

Final Thoughts

Geogrid Riser hate aside, the Chill R is a fantastic bow that is still competitive in today’s market. 342 feet per second IBO speed at a greater than 6 inch brace height. Speed and comfort combined.

Considering the cost of a new flagship bow, the Chill R represents a great value for a dual purpose hunting and 3D archery bow.

There is little handshock and is enjoyable to shoot, even though I would describe it as a speed bow. The DYAD cam system is well developed and easy to tune.

Unlike the simplicity of the Mathews Solocam bowstrings, the floating yoke system of the DYAD Perimeter Weighted Cams requires a 5 piece string set. As you can imagine, more strings means more money. This is the only negative aspect of the bow, but it is a common issue because many of today’s bows utilize more than 3 strings.

Overall, I have hardly anything bad to say about this 33″ ATA bow and it remains a classic offering from Mathews Archery. Shooters liked the Chill series as a whole so much Mathews released the Tactic in 2019. While not quite the same, it maintains many of the things that made the Mathews Chill R such a great bow.

Mathews Chill R Specs

Mathews Chill R Cam Swap

You can change the draw length on the Mathews Monster Chill R with removable mods. Because of this, it is unlikely you’ll need to change the cam unless you somehow damage it.

Luckily, Mathews is one of the few bow manufacturers with parts available for every compound bow they have made. In the event that it was damaged and you need to swap the cam, Mathews will have one for you. If you happen to be the original owner, the parts are often covered under the Lifetime Warranty.

Used Mathews Chill R Price

Looking at a Mathews Chill R for sale? When buying a used bow you should always consider all the options in your price range.

Additionally, I would make sure the Chill R costs $400 or less. If it has good accessories that you will actually use and not replace immediately I’d increase that price to $450. Finding one in this price range shouldn’t be hard if you’re patient.

If you are spending any more than $400-$450, I’d start looking at other options. In the $500 price range you can find much newer bows. Even bows as new as the Mathews Triax have dropped to around $500.

Remember that buying rock mods will add to the overall cost if the draw length isn’t correct. It will cost less than a cam swap and is something you can do yourself at home though.

That being said, with an original MSRP of $999 in 2015 the Mathews Chill R is a lot of bow for $400. It should satisfy all your requirements as a pure hunting or dual purpose bow.

Not sure if the Mathews Chill R is the best option for you? Check the specs of all three variants to help you find the compound bow that fits you best.

Chill RChill XChill
IBO Speed342 FPS335 FPS333 FPS
Brace Height6.125″7″7″
ATA Length33″35″30.5″
Let Off80%80%80%
Draw Length23 – 30″25 – 31″23 – 30″
Draw Weight40 – 70 lbs40 – 70 lbs50 – 70 lbs
Bow Weight3.95 lbs4.23 lbs3.90 lbs

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