Hey all, I have been looking at compound bows for the upcoming hunting season. I think I would like to get back into hunting and I am going to need a bow. I have a good friend that has been bow hunting his entire life with his dad and brothers. They have owned and shot darn near every bow you can name. Well he bought a new bow last week and he LOVES it. He says it's by FAR the fastest and smoothest bow he has ever shot. He bought a Mathews Switchback XT. Naturally I wanted to know more. I went to look at them. They are nice, no question about it. The problem is that they are almost $800!! No WAY I can afford to buy something like that. By the time you rigged it up and bought arrows you'd be into it for over $1,000!!! That's TOO MUCH for me. So I have been perusing the NET for write ups about bows. I also went and looked at bows a few days ago. I like the bows that are short and have the parallel limb setup. I would love to have a bow that performed close to the Mathews Switchback XT. That's prolly wishful thinking though. I thought the Bowtech bows were really nice and to my dismay, they were all expensive. The most affordable bow they had was the TomKat at $500. I have also seen a LOT of things written about the new Martin Bengal at $399. The Bear Bows have also been making some heads turn. If someone gave you $500, what bow would you buy for yourself? Why? Are there any low cost bows that perform close to the Switchback XT? What are some of the lower cost bows that you would recommend? Any information you can share would be really helpful and appreciated. Thanks for the help and time. Nala Wanna kill these ads? We can help!