I have a Bear Arena and I love it. Very smooth and accurate. I never put it under the chrono but it seems to perform well and not much noise. The brace is height is much smaller than my older PSE but that was just something I had to get used to.
The one thing I can tell you is there customer service is top notch. I somehow (to this day not sure how) dry fired the bow. The warrantly specifically says they will not cover it. The bow was three weeks old. I wanted to cry. I called and told them truthfully what happened and they covered it 100%. Sent the parts to an authorized dealer near me and had them fix the bow up. Shoots better than out of the box.
I got mine on Camofire.com. If you are not in a hurry they run deals on bear bows frequently.
My very first bow was a bear. I liked it. That was probably 20 years ago now, but they have come a long way over the years. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of the newer models. I shoot elite loyally now, but I have shot most of your major brand names.
Last year I was shopping for a new bow since my bow was a handmedown that was over 20 years old. I took my first bow kill with it and was very pleased.
After much shopping I came to the conclusion I wanted something very adjustable (share with kids) and also fully accessorized and reasonably priced since I wasn't sure how much I would like it over the old bow.
So in July I bought a Cruzer. I practiced the rest of the summer and used it in October to take another deer. I had an issue with a Trophy Ridge accessory that came with the bow and Bear went out of their way and shipped me the broken part with no questions asked. I am a fan of their products and their support. I would fully recommend them. Now that I feel like I know what they are about, I will probably buy a flagship bow in the next couple years and give this one to my boys.Hope this helps with your choice.
I bought a Bear Carnage in 2011 and have never looked back ! It is a very solid bow that is fast ,quiet and very smooth to draw ! I have had to hold it at full draw for a long time because of the deer moving and almost getting busted but it was done with ease because of the back wall on the bow ! Like said above the service and support are second to none ! When I first got the bow it was to be setup for a 26 1/2" draw but when I got it home something didn't feel right ! I called Bear and a tech walked me through the whole setup step by step and I found out that one screw was in the wrong hole ! I fixed that and never had another problem with it ! I don't see myself trading it in any time soon !
Have had a bear pursuit for 16 years have taken my fair share of deer with it have had no problem,s i think they make a fine bow. Just purchased a mathews creed a year ago only reason the price was right. Will still use the bear as my back up bow.