What Is The Best Recurve Bow in 2018? If You Need A New Bow, Check Them Out Below.. 

In this buying guide you will learn what you need to look for when looking to buy a recurve bow. Taking many things into account such as pricing, draw weight and size. Also take advantage of our list of best recurve bows.

man shooting a recurve bow into the woods - https://thearcheryguide.comWhen looking for a decent recurve bow, it can often be very confusion to know which one is best. There are so many different choices and if you are new to the world of archery, you want to make sure you are getting a suitable bow. The aim of this buyers guide is to help simplify it for you by showing you what things to look out for when buying a recurve bow.

It can be very hard to say which is the best recurve bow as there are so many different things you need to consider when buying one. You need to take into account things such as the size of the bow, the draw weight, the style you want. Its also important to take into account what you are using the bow for, is it target archery, mounted archery or even bow hunting.

The Archery Guide has reviewed and even used in many cases a number of different recurve bows. These recommendations should help to make it clearer to know which is the recurve bow for you.

The Best Recurve Bows 2018

There are so many different bows and if you just want to find the most recommended, the table below will help show that.

Bow Name
Handed
Weight(lbs)
AMO Length(Inches)
Draw Weights(lbs)
 
Southwest Spyder
L&R
2.3
62, 64
20-60
Samick Sage
L&R
3.4
62
25-60
Full Review
SAS Spirit
R
3.0
62, 66
26-36
SAS Courage
L&R
3.0
60
35-60
Bear Grizzly
L&R
3.5
58
30-60
PSE Razorback
L&R
2.5
62
20-35
SAS Explorer
R
2.4
66
22-34
Tigershark Pro
L&R
3.0
62
25-60
Martin Saber Elite
R
3.5
64
29-55
Martin Jaguar
R
2.6
60
29-55

Buying Guide – What To Look For?

As mentioned when looking for the a recurve bow, whether your a beginner and it’s your first one or you are more experienced and looking for an upgrade. We are all after different things but there are a few things we need to consider when making a purchase. I have gone into more detail on these below to help you learn what you should consider when looking for that perfect bow.

1 – Pricing

Pricing is a very important aspect, as we all have different budgets. You also need to consider your needs, if you are new then you might not initially buy the most expensive bow. It’s only natural that you do want a top rated recurve bow but that does not always mean the most expensive.

All of the recommended bows on this page can be found on Amazon and they usually do offer very good pricing. I have also marked in the above comparison its price range and in the more detailed reviews below, I have pointed out those that are ideal for anyone on a budget.

2 – Draw Weight

Draw weight is the amount of strength that is needed to pull the string back and hold it whilst aiming. It is therefore important to make sure you find your draw weight before purchasing a bow. If you do get a bow that is too heavy and harder to pull, you will struggle to get your shot and it will make your technique suffer.

The key is therefore to find a bow that you can comfortable pull back. The more you do archery you will find your upper body strength will increase and therefore your draw weight will also go up. If you get a bow that allows you to change the limbs then you will be able to change them so you will be able to add draw weight (meaning you don’t have to buy a whole new recurve bow!)

What you plan on using the bow for will also impact on what draw weight you might want to look at getting. If you plan on going bow hunting, you need to be able to fire the arrow so that it gets a killing shot – which means you might end up going for a higher draw weight.

With target archery you don’t have to go to high with the draw weight, although you will want something that is at least 25 lbs if going for 70m targets. A youth will normally be able to use bows with a draw weight of 10-20, a average women’s is 25-35 and the average mans is 40-50.

3 – Left Handed Or Right Handed

Another thing you need to consider is what bow you should get in terms of left handed or right handed. Just because you are right handed, doesn’t mean you should get a right handed bow. You should get a bow that is dependent on your eye dominance. If you left eye is stronger and your right handed, you might prefer to get a left handed bow as your aim could potentially be better.

Interestingly many beginners do hold the bow in the wrong hand. If you are right handed then you would actually hold the bow in your left hand, but use your right hand to draw the bow.

4 – Bow Size

It can be confusing when you see bow size/length. The draw length is basically the amount of distance between the nock point and the grip, with an extra 1 ¾ inches. Its very important to find the right draw length, you can read more about it here. To quickly explain how to do it, simply extend your arm span which is fingertip to fingertip and then divide this by 2.5.

When you buy a recurve bow it will have a bow size in inches, this is also the same length as the string. If you ever need to replace the string then you know if your bow is 60”, you need to get the same length string.

5 – Material

Have a think about what accessories you might want to use on your bow. The riser is either in wood or metal, with wood normally being a little cheaper. Accessories will use holes in the riser to attach such as sights and stabilisers. Metal ones will come with these pre-drilled, however some wooden ones may not.

If you plan to add accessories then it might be worth making sure they have the required holes in them, to avoid having to drill them yourself.

6 – The Weight of The Bow

When shooting your bow, whether target archery or when hunting, you will be holding the bow for some time. You therefore need to make sure the overall weight of the bow is not too much. Most bows are fairly lightweight, but just bear that in mind when picking a bow.

7 – How The Bow Looks

I personally feel that the way the bow looks is important when buying it. It could tick all of the boxes but if I don’t like the way it looks, why would I buy it? It is going to be a personal choice on if you like the look of it or not, but one that you should take into consideration.

8 – Takedown Recurve

Bows can take up a lot of space and even more so when you take the string off, therefore many people opt for a takedown recurve bow. Many can be put together without any kind of tools and can be easily stored in a case. If your space is limited then it might be worth thinking about a take down.

Usually take downs can also be upgraded because the limbs can be replaced. This is often useful when you outgrow a bow or need increased draw weight. The benefit of this is that you can simply upgrade your current recurve bow and you wont need to buy a new one.

9 – Warranties

Something I often look at when buying anything and not just a bow is the warranty. Since you will be hopefully using your recurve bow often, you want to be sure it is covered for any issues outside of your control. Usually the warranty will cover the riser and the limbs of the bow but not the strings and arrow rests, this is normally because they do wear over time.

Normally the only reason the riser or limbs break is because of a quality issue. It’s worth noting that the warranty period is normally for a set period of time, which would depend on the individual manufacture.

There are some things that could void a warranty such as drilling your own accessory holes and even firing the bow without arrows (dry-firing) – all things you should avoid doing.


Detailed Look At The Top Recurve Bows

1. Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow

  • Draw Weights: 20 to 60lbs
  • Handed: Left & Right Available
  • Length: 62″
  • Limbs: Hard Maple & Black Fibreglass
  • Takedown: Yes – Requires Tool
  • Riser: Upgradable

If you are looking for a recurve bow that is great quality and not too expensive, the Spyder Takedown bow is perfect. Online it has said to be a more improved version of the Samick Sage, interestingly it was designed by those that actually engineered the Sage.

One thing that really impressed me was the comfort of the bow, it felt incredible to shoot from which makes it ideal for beginners as well as more experienced archers. The Spyder Recurve bow is lightweight at only 2.8 lbs and is a decent sized bow at 62 inches.

There are a number of draw weights available from 20-60 pounds and the limbs can be changed. It is a little more expensive than the Samick Sage but The Spyder is a very good option if you have a little more to spend.

Great bow for beginners, hunters and those looking for the next step up from a typical beginner bow

Pros

  • Very Easy To Shoot
  • ​Grip Designed For Comfort
  • ​Perfect For Beginners & Intermediate
  • ​Good Value
  • ​Range of Draw Weights
  • Lightweight Recurve
  • Takedown For Easy Storage
  • High Quality Finish

Cons

  • ​Requires Tool To Takedown
  • ​Bow Stringer Needed

2. Samick Sage

  • Draw Weights: 25 to 60lbs
  • Handed: Left & Right Available
  • Length: 62″
  • Limbs: Hard Maple & Black Fibreglass
  • Takedown: Yes – Requires Tool
  • Riser: Pre-drilled/Upgradable

The Samick Sage recurve bow is a great choice, it is low in cost when compared to alternatives and is perfect for both target archery and hunting. If you are new to archery then it makes for a great beginner bow, although more skilled archers do also recommend it as a very good bow.

It is a takedown bow, which means as you develop in archery you can upgrade the limbs to account for increased skill and strength. In terms of upgrades you don’t need any tools for this recurve bow to upgrade it, which is ideal.

The Samick Sage bow is available in a wide range of draw weights and has a version for both left and right handed archers.

I like the feel of this recurve bow in my hands, the grip feels completely natural. It has a arrow rest which makes it much easier for beginners to shoot from. I personally prefer not to use accessories but the riser does come with pre-drilled holes, allowing you to add additional accessories required.

All in all this is a perfect bow for a beginner and even someone with some experience.

Pros

  • Low Cost – Great Value
  • ​​Great Recurve For Beginners
  • ​Great Range Of Draw Weights
  • ​Both Left & Right Handed
  • ​Takedown Without Tools
  • Pre-Drilled Riser

Cons

  • ​Too Large For Some Hunters

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SAS Spirit

  • Draw Weights: 22 to 34lbs
  • Handed: Left & Right Available
  • Length: 62″
  • Limbs: Strong fiberglass limb Made of Maple laminations
  • Takedown: Yes

The SAS Spirit is one of those bows that really stands out mainly due to the white limbs, I think these look great but not ideal if you are looking to go hunting. If you are looking for a bow that is very low cost, the SAS Spirit is perfect, in fact its probably one of the lowest priced recurve bows on the market.

The bow itself is only suitable for those that are under 5’7”, which makes it a great youth bow. Whether you are doing target archery in the garden or a family hunting trip, this will be an ideal bow. It is however very much an entry bow, it is not really anything exceptional. The performance of it is pretty average and even though it has some decent accuracy, many archers will grow out of it very quickly.

If however you are looking for a cheap bow to get started, then this could be a good option.

Pros

  • Very Affordable
  • ​Great Youth Bow
  • ​Lots of Attachment Points
  • ​Easy To Maintain
  • ​Easy To Shoot

Cons

  • ​Not The Best For Hunting
  • ​Outgrown Very Quickly
  • ​Not As Accurate As Others
  • ​Some hand shock

SAS Courage

  • Draw Weights: 35 to 60lbs
  • Handed: Left & Right Available
  • Length: 60”
  • Limbs: Wood with Fibreglass
  • Takedown: Yes
  • Riser: Wood & Pre-drilled

The SAS Courage is a low cost hunting recurve bow, although it can still be used by target archers. It does look good but is limited on its ability to be upgraded when you do look at other recurve bows.

There is a good range of draw weights from 35 – 60 lbs, as the name shows it has a bow length of 60”. There are left and right handed bows available so it does cater for all types of archers, which is a great.

One of the things I liked and that others have commented on is the amount of pull that is not need to actually draw the arrow. Another positive of this low cost bow is how easy it is to takedown and assemble again.

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble/Reassemble
  • ​Low Price – Great Value
  • ​Wide Range Of Draw Weights
  • ​Lightweight

Cons

  • ​Bow Stringer Needed
  • ​Lacks Accessory Space
  • ​Limited Upgradability

Bear Grizzly

  • Draw Weights: 30 to 60lbs
  • Handed: Left & Right Available
  • Length: 58”
  • Limbs: Black Fibreglass With Overlaid Maples
  • Takedown: No
  • Riser: Wood & Not Pre-drilled

If you want a recurve bow that looks like a thing of beauty and history, the bear grizzly bow is just what you are looking for. I personally think it looks incredible, something I could imagine on my wall. A great thing about this bow is that it’s suitable for people of all skill levels, whether you are new or more experienced.

It’s not the cheapest bow but you are paying for quality as well as some great features. The bow is great whether you are looking to shoot targets or if you are looking for a hunting bow. The Bear Grizzly Recurve is low weight but at the same time offers some great accuracy.

One thing that impressed me was the noise that this bow produces…which is very little! This bow has been around for years and continues to be a top seller and recommended bow, simply because of its quality.

Pros

  • Incredible Design
  • ​Full of History
  • ​Perfect For All Skill Levels
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​Great Accuracy

Cons

  • ​Not A Takedown Bow
  • ​Expensive For A Recurve Bow

PSE Razorback

  • Draw Weights: 20-35
  • Handed: Left & Right Available
  • Length: 62”
  • Limbs: Maple and Fiberglass Limbs
  • Takedown: Yes (No tool needed)
  • Riser: Wood & Pre-drilled

The PSE Razorback is a good starter, as it is affordable and also very durable. Due to its low draw weights it is really only suitable for youths and women, it should also only be used for target archery and not hunting. (its just not powerful enough)

I like the look of the bow and it is also very comfortable to hold, the hand fits perfectly onto the riser grip. Since it is made with children and women in mind, it is very light and can therefore be used for long periods of time without any problems.

When you receive the bow it will naturally come in parts but the great thing is that this bow can be assembled very quickly. Its simply a case of screwing the limbs onto the riser, since it doesn’t require any tools. The downside is that it doesn’t come with a stringer, so you will need to purchase one separately.

Overall this bow is good quality starter bow, its low cost and is very durable.

Pros

  • Great Starter Bow For Kids, Youths and Women
  • ​Affordable Recurve Bow
  • ​No Tools Needed To Takedown
  • ​Can Install Additional Accessories
  • ​Very Durable

Cons

  • ​Lacks Power (No Suitable For Hunting)

SAS Explorer

  • Draw Weights: 22-34
  • Handed: Right Hand Only
  • Length: 66”
  • Limbs: Strong Fiberglass Limb Made of Maple
  • Takedown: Yes
  • Riser: Aluminum

The SAS Explorer is a pretty decent starter recurve bow, but could also be used and enjoyed by an intermediate archer. The design is very simple but the aluminium riser gives it that elegant look and feel, it’s also available in a range of colours.

If you are not sure which type of bow you want, this does make a decent option to give you an introduction to the world of archery. The bow is also very sturdy and durable, as well as being very light weight.

A major drawback of this bow however is that it is only available for right handed archers. Some have also commented on the grip being a little uncomfortable. overall however it is a very good bow for the price.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Low in price
  • ​Multiple draw weights available
  • ​Easy to assemble and dissemble

Cons

  • ​Uncomfortable Grip
  • ​Only available for right handed archers

Tigershark Pro

  • Draw Weights: 25-60
  • Handed: Left & Right Handed
  • Length: 62”
  • Limbs: High Quality with Reinforced Tips
  • Takedown: Yes
  • Riser: Wood and Pre-Drilled

The Tigershark Pro is made by the same company that brought us the Spyder, they have a track record of making high quality bows. This bow is similar in looks to their other bow and the Samick Sage, however it uses higher quality wood.

There are two versions available, the standard and the pro. The pro version gives improved performance, better accuracy and also makes it even lighter. If you do decide to go for the pro it does cost a little more but in comparison I would say its worth it. Both versions do however come with a pre-drilled riser, allowing you to add additional accessories.

Even though it is a great bow, there are some downsides. The stringer tool that comes with the package is not the best quality, so you might want to get a better one. (these are only around $10). The string is not the best quality (its a Dacron), I would personally recommend upgrading this to Fast Flight string.

Pros

  • Lightweight bow
  • High Quality and Durable
  • ​Great Value
  • Easy to Assemble
  • Riser made from 4 types of wood
  • Upgradable Limbs

Cons

  • ​String could be better
  • ​Limbs may need tightening when used

Martin Saber Elite

  • Draw Weights: 30-55
  • Handed: Right Handed Only
  • Length: 64”
  • Limbs: Laminated Wood & Glass
  • Takedown: Yes
  • Riser: Aluminum

Martin Archery make some excellent recurve bows and the Saber is one of 3. The build quality is very high and the price tag is actually very reasonable for the level of bow. This bow would be ideal for beginner and intermediate archers.

One of the great things about this bow is that it is ideal for both hunting and target practice, due to the high draw weights available. It is one of the heaviest recurve bows in this top 10 list, but this shouldn’t put you off.

The riser is made of high quality aluminium and offers a very comfortable grip, as well as vibration reducing technology. With the limbs attached its total length is an impressive 64 inches, helping to increase the accuracy of your shot.

There are a couple of drawbacks to this bow. It is only suitable for right handed archers, if you are left handed then you will want to look for another bow. The arrow rest is also made out of rubber, this will break after a decent number of shots so you might want to invest in a replacement.

Overall though a high quality bow at a decent price.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Reduced Vibration
  • Very comfortable to hold
  • Smooth Draw
  • Accurate Shooting
  • Good Value for money

Cons

  • ​Arrow Rest may want replacing
  • ​Right hand only
  • ​Not the easiest to assemble

Martin Jaguar

  • Draw Weights: 30-55
  • Handed: Right Handed Only
  • Length: 60”
  • Limbs: Laminated wood with black fibreglass
  • Takedown: Yes
  • Riser: Metal Riser with Thermal V Grip

This bow is not suitable for beginners or those that are just looking to do target archery, if this is you then you might want to look at one of the alternatives in the top 10 list. This bow has been made with the aim of bow fishing in mind, allowing you to add a bow fishing reel to the riser.

Now it could be used for hunting as long as you got one of the higher draw weights, but the look of the bow is not really suitable for land hunting (Its bright blue!). As it is mostly recommended for bowfishing, the bow itself is very powerful and more importantly its very accurate.

The limbs and riser are high quality and I really like how comfortable the grip is, ideal for when you are holding it drawn for an extended period of time. Its fairly light weight, although this does change with added accessories.

Price wise the bow on its own is prettying low in cost, although the price might go up slightly if you are looking to purchase accessories such as a reel.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable Grip
  • Mounting Points for accessories
  • Compatible with ILF Limbs
  • Powerful
  • Accurate
  • Includes a Good quality string

Cons

  • Right hand only
  • ​Rubber arrow rest
  • ​Not the easiest to assemble
  • ​Not suitable for beginners

I really hope this guide has helped you find the best recurve bow for you, whether you are a beginner, or experienced. Its really important to know what to look for and I hope this has shine a light on a typically though choice.

Adam has been enjoying the sport of archery since 2010, intially getting the bug for it whilst on holiday and trying it out in an activity center. Since his very first eperiance of holding a bow and arrow, he fell in love with it and can now be found at the range or in the great outdoors as often as possible.

His main go to bow type is a recurve but he loves shooting from compounds as well. Adam created The Archery Guide as a way to help others get into this great activity and to share his knowledge/experiences.

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