Ravin Predator R110 R9 Review: Unique And Revolutionary
You could be a good hunter and an excellent archery sportsperson on paper, but if the bow you are using lets you down, it’s (literally) game over. Plus, it’s no secret that archery and hunting are more fulfilling activities when you are shooting the best and most lethal crossbow. In this case, we are talking about the Ravin Crossbow 1108861 R110 Predator Crossbow, perhaps the most unique and revolutionary hunting crossbow ever created.
Features such as the HeliCoil technology, second-to-none speed and accuracy, combined with the stealthy compact size of the cocked bow make it worth your attention. Have an in-depth look at the elements that place Ravin R9 Predator at the top as the best crossbow. By the time you are done reading our review, you will be convinced that you are purchasing the best product on today’s ever-growing crossbow market.
|Cocked AtA (inches)||6|
|Power stroke (inches)||13|
|Draw weight (lbs)||195|
|IBO rating (FPS)||390|
Materials and design
The Ravin R9 R110 Predator crossbow is made of sturdy, compact and extra-durable materials. It usually comes fully assembled and tuned, hence there is no need to worry about what part fits where. All that remains is for you to tear up the hunting fields with its devastating power. The crossbow is appropriate even for disabled users or people with impaired motor ability. To add to the rifle-like aggressive design, the Ravin R9 Predator dresses to impress with its Predator camouflage finish and extra narrow riser frame (6″wide when cocked).
The Ravin crossbow R9 is powered by Helicoil technology for superior downrange accuracy and unmatched power. This innovative mechanism coils the cables away from both top and bottom ends of the cam in helical grooves, which keeps the cams perfectly leveled when drawing and shooting the crossbow.
Friction-less Flight System
The friction-less flight system promotes quiet operation and high-end accuracy, with a special patent pending design that allows the arrow and string to float freely above the rail. The absence of friction also prolongs the life of string and cable.
Trac-Trigger Firing System
The trac-trigger mechanism is responsible for the balanced draw on the R9, shock-reduction and comfortable, low vibration firing. This innovative technology allows for straight-line nock travel of the arrow by sliding forward on the rail and clasping to the exact center of the string every time the bow is drawn.
Versa-Draw Cocking System
Cocking is an easy task when using the Ravin R9, thanks to the versa-draw cocking mechanism. Thanks to this revolutionary design, the bow only requires 10lbs of effort to be cocked which makes it easy to use and beginner-friendly. This also helps reduce fatigue when out hunting or practicing your archery skills.
If you’re a hunter, you will love the 390 FPS speed as that’s twice as much you need to take down any size game. For comparison, the R15 is a recent upgrade on the Ravin R9, with an extra 35 FPS (which bring the maximum speed achievable with this crossbow to an unmatched 425FPS). But aside from the speed difference (which also accounts for the higher price tag on the R15) the R15 and the R9 are the exact same weapon. So, if you’re in need of that extra “thrill” look no further than the R15, or else the R9 will do just fine (and it’s easier on the wallet).
The fact that R9’s axle-to-axle width is only 6 inches when cocked makes it easy to maneuver when hunting in squeezed spaces. Its vented design reduces the crossbow overall final weight down to 6.9lbs, which combined with its 34 inches length makes it easy to carry and handle, and an excellent weapon for stalk, blind or treestand hunting. And there’s no need to worry about alerting your prey that you are around as Ravin products operate quietly, thanks to the stealth features of the innovative Helicoil technology.
Ravin Illuminated Scope
The Ravin R9 crossbow package features a premium 100-yard Ravin Illuminated 1.5x5x32 Scope. You can also purchase the scope separately to use in combination with other crossbows, but if you purchase the Ravin R9 it is included in the package.
It is important for any serious hunter to own an illuminated scope such as this one. The illuminated scope employs a lens that is usable in any weather conditions. It is fog-proof, weather-proof, recoil-proof, and shock-proof for efficiency. No matter the weather conditions, as long as the animal is within 100 yards distance, you can be sure that it will be in your shooting range. The optical lenses are multicoated, providing crisp, unobstructed views of the surroundings. They have caps for safety reasons.
The scope features a nine dots calibration for distances ranging from 20-100yards. It has 5x magnification adjustment capability for maximum user-friendliness. You will also love the rheostat controlled, illuminated colored dots (red or green) with adjustable intensity. The featured wind and elevation knob helps you attain the right flight trajectory for your target. The scope includes scope rings and flip up lens covers.
The Ravin R9 package comes with all the accessories to shoot this lethal crossbow right out of the box. Here’s a recap of what you’ll get with the package:
- Six Ravin arrows
- Six Ravin nocks
- One removable cocking handle
- A quiver or mounting bracket
- Six 100-grain practice field points
- 100-yard illuminated scope
- Built-in cocking mechanism: it makes the crossbow more efficient
- Built-in sling mounts: install a sling on them and quickly carry your bow around the forest or yards
- Anti-dry fire and auto safety mechanisms to keep you safe and secure
- Hard Case: it provides safe storage and transportation of the crossbow and other hunting items when not in use
Pros and Cons
Ravin R9 Crossbow Review: Conclusion and Rating
We rate it highly because of its exceptional performance and quality, which make it unarguably one of the best crossbows ever made. While the price tag can be intimidating for some, it’s important to consider that this is a premium crossbow package that constitute a lifelong investment for hunting and archery, and will likely never require upgrading or having its parts replaced. In short, if you want to take your bow hunting to the next level, this is is the weapon you need.
How does it compare?
Here’s the Ravin R9 rating compared to another premium crossbow, the Excalibur Micro Suppressor.
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