I hear ya! The thing that sealed the deal for me was that I felt the Spyder shot better than the carbon element and the element was 1250 for a bare bow. The guy at the archery shop also gave me 50 dollars off due to a military discount so the bow was 850. I have seen the new Spyders anywhere between 849 and 950 so I thought that was a good deal. I have heard good things as well about the crx and shooting the charger, element, spyder, and spyder turbo along with some of the Mathews flagships, the crx is a Hoyt and they are sweet shooters for sure. I guess all of them were real nice but for me, the spyder just felt right.