What Is The Best Recurve Bow? If You Need A New Bow, Check Them Out Below..
When 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 best 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.
|Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow and Arrow...||from $139.00||Click For Price|
|Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow 35lb||$119.00||Click For Price|
|SAS Spirit Jr 54" Beginner Youth Wooden...||from $79.99||Click For Price|
|SAS Courage 60" Hunting Takedown Recurve...||$159.99||Click For Price|
|Bear Archery Grizzly Recurve Bow Right...||$399.99||Click For Price|
The Top 3
Below is a quick overview of the top 3, you can find a more detailed overview of the recurve bows further down the article.
Buying Guide – What To Look For?
As mentioned when looking for the best 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 the best 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.