For me the jusry is still out. I've got a 2008 FireCat with updated limbs and such for make it a 2010 version. This still has the conventional cable rod/slide. I had a Moab last year with the CCS. Between the two bows I still prefer the cable guard rod/ slide.
I just got a new Alien Z with the CCS. It came through with the wrong cams so the draw length is a little long, but I've shot it a few times and find that this bow is very very quiet. Just like the Moab it has a different sound to it, kind of a metalic sound, but very subtle. I can actually tell that there is a little less vibration because the cables aren't traveling forward, but I don't believe the difference is worth converting a bow that has a conventional rod/slide.
I do know that the CCS keeps the cables from traveling to the rear as the bow is drawn. For this reason it does add about 1/2? draw to the bow and increases stress on the limbs so draw weight goes up about 5#. To counter this Martin increased the length of the cable(s) by 1/2" on bows with the CCS.
I've got my own personal feeling that on a hunting bow I'd rather have a slide/rod combination simply because it's simpler. If a slide wears out or breaks it's easy to buy one anywhere and just slip it on and you're back in business. If the rollers on a CCS wear out then you have to get the parts from Martin. I don't know of any dealers that stock these parts so who knows how long you'd wait. Just some food for thought.
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