Bear Archery Super Kodiak Recurve Review: One of the Best Bows Made to Date

Bear Archery Super Kodiak Recurve ReviewThe Bear Archery Super Kodiak is a superior recurve bow serving as part of the company’s Traditional Bow series. With a manufacturer like Bear Archery behind the Super Kodiak Bow, there’s no doubt an archer is making an excellent long-term investment into an exceptional piece of archery equipment; part of the company’s mission is to ensure that every bow the company crafts, no matter what size, is to ensure it is “utterly reliable … intensely lethal.” In business for decades, the company also maintains that its equipment has the ability to follow through on that all-important ethical kill shot, quick and noble. Indeed, the Super Kodiak is no different from any other Bear Archery model in the fact that the bow has exquisite visual appeal, feel, and perfected function.




An investment in the Bear Super Kodiak Recurve bow is considerable but well worth every penny if you are an archer who demands nothing but the very best. The bow comes in two designs: Dymondwood® and Black Phenolic. The Dymondwood® is $549.00 while the Black Phenolic model is $799.00. The Black Phenolic model features a three-piece attractive riser; the bow has a gorgeous accent stripe made of Bolivian Rosewood. The riser is also capped with the same Rosewood for an exceptional visual contrast. The bow limbs are durable and equally attractive: the interior of each limb consists of maple laminate. The exterior of each limb is made even stronger with a rich black fiberglass overlay. The bow tips also feature a fiberglass overlay. The entire length of the bow from tip to tip is finished off with an ultra-high gloss finish.


The Dymondwood® model features a very similar design, but the riser is two pieces instead of three. The riser is also made of Hard Rock Maple. The upper and lower limbs are crafted out of Clear Maple wood, and also faced and backed with a rich thick black fiberglass overlay to strengthen each extension. Like the Black Phenolic Super Kodiak, the Dymondwood® also has tips layered in black as well as white fiberglass material.


Bear Archery makes models for left handed and right handed dominant individuals, both of which come in varying draw weights. Both the left and right-handed model of the Black Phenolic comes with a draw weight ranging from 35 to 60 pounds varying in five-pound increments. The Dymondwood® right-handed bow comes with draw weights ranging from 30 to 65 pounds varying in five-pound increments. Finally, the left hand oriented Dymondwood® has a draw weight of 45, 50, or 55 pounds only. The bow is ultra light weighing all of three pounds: This makes it an ideal bow to transport to and from a favored hunting spot.




The Bear Super Kodiak Recurve is made of a material called FutureWood: A material created by Fred Bear in the 1970s and it was only put back into use in bow construction a couple of years ago. A special vacuum is used to fill in all the pores in the wood in the handle area. Once the pores are filled the portion is baked and hardened: This lends to the extra durability and promised longevity of the model as it makes the bow impervious to cracks or warpage.


The Super Kodiak has been on the market for a considerable length of time and its longevity on the market is a testament to its coveted design. The bow is an exceptional option for the neophyte looking for a bow that will serve the archer over the long term, and the avid archer seeking a powerful weapon for the hunt. The Super Kodiak has an easy draw and its design makes it extremely comfortable for the archer to hold. If investing in the Super Kodiak it is also a wise idea to invest in a stringer, as the bow does not come with one during the initial purchase.




What is really nice about the Bear Archery Super Kodiak is that there is nothing to assemble when buying it. The unit is absolutely ready for use the minute the archer strings the bow: This means the archer can get right down to business experiencing all that the Super Kodiak has to offer. An unforgettable experience upon first use is promised since the archer will have an opportunity to identify the real power behind the bow after shooting the first arrow. The bow is ideal for use on the range during target practice, but it also makes for a powerful ally when hunting. The bow has a relatively quiet shot, even without dampeners, and the archer will have enough power and speed put into the arrow as it flies that there will be little trouble making the ethical kill when hunting live prey, whether hunting deer or moose. While not necessarily the best bow when one considers affordability, when looking at the impeccable design and the power behind the Super Kodiak, the archer will undoubtedly recognize the excellent investment.