Building a Monster: Unboxing The Chill R

As many of you may have seen on social media my brand new 2014 Mathews Chill R dressed in Desert Tactical just arrived. There’s something special about a brand new bow that was made to your specifications. This is only my second brand new bow ever. I’m used to searching forums, pawn shops and local pro shops for good deals on used bows because well, bows are expensive. It’s kind of like buying a used car. You never quite know what’s been done with it but it’s yours and you love it anyway. I’ve always felt the same about a bow and it’s very similar to your first new car. It just feels right. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with buying used bows at ALL! It’s a great way to get a HUGE discount on some high quality equipment. I think you get my point though, I fell in love with archery with used bows and they all performed great, but pulling an untouched, never shot bow out of the plastic is something special.

The 2014 Chill R is just beautiful. The Geo-Grid pattern along with the curves in the riser just look amazing. The fit and finish of the bow is second to none. Everything from the finish on the limbs and the riser to the grip all just shout quality. With so many odd surfaces I expected to find a blemish or two in the finish but despite my searching I found nothing. Throw in the new Desert Tactical color scheme and the bow draws some attention.

I’ve decided to document the process of putting my bow together, hence the ‘Building a Monster’ title. This is just the start. I’ll be detailing how I set it up, what accessories I’m using and why. Rather than just post a bunch of one off reviews and write ups I thought it would be cool to take you all along for the ride and build a bit of a story. Hopefully the conclusion of this series is a couple of dead Wisconsin turkeys!

I’m headed back to A-1 Archery this Sunday to set it up so I’ll have plenty of updates via social media and more in depth posts next week. I’m pretty excited about what’s going into this set up. . .  It will be a Monster . . .

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  • Jacob Pedersen

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you’ll be using an HHA site?… The desert tactical is definitely sharp looking and I have friends who love the Monster. Great choice, Will!

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Don’t go spoiling the fun Jacob! But yes . . . I’ll be rocking an HHA more details on model and set up to come!

  • Mathew Archery

    Great article Will!

    • TheWilltoHunt


  • eklumb

    Do you live near A-1? I thought you were out East. I work 2 miles from the shop and my neighbor works there.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Hey there. Yeah I moved out to the twin cities back in February from Virginia. Great shop!

  • Wendy Haines

    May I ask how much you paid for the Desert Tactical ChillR? My friend won this bow at a hunting show in Philadelphia. The person that he won it from is Trent Cole. Brand new, not set. Looking to sell and not sure what to ask price wise. Thanks

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Hi Wendy – Retail on the Chill R is around $900 – $1,000 from a pro shop. Even though it’s new it will likely go just shy of retail, should easily be able to sell it locally on something like Craigslist for $750-$850.