I have a 2009 Alien X and it is the sweetest shooting bow that I have shot quiet, dead end the hand, light, and quick. I can't imagine how much better the 2013 Alien is? I have compared the 2009 Alien to the Heli-M, and the Evo 7. It is a sweet little bow. You aren't taking a huge chance. It's too bad there isn't someone close to you in an archery club that has one to check out.