Reviews of the Best Compound Bows for 2017

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Archery has evolved from a primitive means of hunting to a modern sport with advanced technology and a plethora of brands. There are different bows for different activities, and there are options to fit every archer’s specific needs.

In this guide, you’ll find an overview of the technology used in modern bows, the different options you have, and recommendations for some of the top compound bows within your budget.

My #1 Recommendation

Diamond Infinite EdgeIt’s difficult to choose a single compound bow as the best overall, but what I recommend in the majority of cases is the Diamond Infinite Edge. With its insane 13″ to 30″ draw length range, and 5 to 70 lb. draw weight range, the Edge is a bow that is exceptionally user friendly. Weighing only 3.1 pounds, it can fire an arrow at 310 FPS, making it the perfect hunting companion or target shooter. If you buy the package, it will come with a 3 pin sight, quiver, peep sight, Hostage XL arrow rest, and more. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, Amazon.com has over 100 reviews worth reading. All in all it is a great, highly versatile bow.

Choosing the Right Compound Bow

Firstly, if you’re feeling unclear about the specifics of compound bows in general, I highly encourage you to check out this great Wikipedia entry on the subject. The page discusses compound bows, how they work, and compares them to other bow types. For those already familiar with these factors, let’s dive in.

When it comes to choosing the right compound bow for your needs, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. For instance, whether you need a right-hand or left-hand bow, what draw weight will work best for your hunting scenarios, and the ideal draw length. In this section, I’m going to clear up any questions you may have about the elements of the compound bow. Later, we will discuss the right compound bow for beginners, youth, hunting, target shooting, and the overall value for the money.

Should you get a right-hand or left-hand bow?

right handed compound bowIf you write with your right hand, you’re going to require a right-hand bow, and vis versa. Although straightforward, if you’re a beginner who has never shot a bow before, it might be confusing to orient yourself with the correct form.

Right-hand bows are actually held in the left hand and pulled back with the right hand. A left-hand bow is going to be held in your right hand and pulled back with the left hand. Choosing your bow is based on the hand that is pulling back the bow and not the hand that is gripping the frame! The hand that pulls back the bow is the hand that is in control of aiming, which is why it should be your dominant hand.

What draw weight range do you need?

The draw weight of a bow comes in ten-pound increments. Some bows have more choices than others, but a typical bow will have choices of 40 to 50 pounds or 60 to 70 pounds. This means the bow can be adjusted to any draw weight between 40 and 50, such as 46, or 60 and 70, like 67. However, the first bow that has a weight of 40 to 50 pounds cannot be adjusted to 67, just like the second bow cannot be adjusted to 46.

If this is your first time shooting a bow, you will need to estimate a comfortable range. The following chart should give a bit of context, however, keep in mind that this is just an estimate and you may find that you need a bow that has a slightly smaller or larger weight range. The best way to figure out which one you need is to go to a local dealer and see what they suggest.

Age, Gender, and Weight

Weight Range

Small Child between 55 and 70 Pounds

10-15 lbs.

Small Child between 70 and 100 Pounds

15-25 lbs.

Child between 100 and 130 Pounds

25-35 lbs.

Small Woman between 100 and 130 Pounds

25-35 lbs.

Medium Woman between 130 and 160 Pounds

30-40 lbs.

Athletic Child between 130 and 150 Pounds

40-50 lbs.

Small Man between 120 and 150 Pounds

45-55 lbs.

Large Woman Above 160 Pounds

45-55 lbs.

Medium Man between 150 and 180 Pounds

55-65 lbs.

Large Man Above 180 Pounds

65-75 lbs.

You should note that in some states compound bows are required to meet a specific draw weight minimum in order to hunt larger game, such as deer. Be sure to check out your state’s particular rules and regulations.

In general to hunt larger game, such as a deer, a compound draw weight of 40 to 50 is sufficient. A draw weight of 50 to 60 is better for larger game.

While you’ll need a bow that is powerful enough to meet your needs, it’s also very important not to get a bow that is TOO heavy for you to use properly. Here is a video explaining more:

What draw length do you need?

The draw length of the bow determines how far it can be pulled back. To find a measurement, hold your arms at shoulder height away from your body as if you were going to hug a large tree. Keep them as straight as possible and have someone measure you from fingertip to fingertip. You shouldn’t be stretching, you should be comfortable. Take that number in inches and divide it by 2.5.

This amount is the approximate draw length for your body size.

If you’re someone of average proportions, your arm-span will likely be roughly equal to your height. However, if you’re someone who is particularly lanky or stocky, then the measured arm length will be more accurate.

If you’re unsure of the accuracy of your measurements, or if you’re in-between sizes, it’s best to go with the a draw length that’s slightly less than your size, rather than a little more. Too much draw length will hinder accuracy and form, and might even lead to the unfortunate event of a painful string slap on your forearm. You will likely be more successful and enjoy the bow more if you choose the lower-end draw length.

What let-off setting do you need?

With a compound bow, the draw weight is going to decrease at the end of the draw stroke. This is known as a “let-off.” Your bow will come with a choice of low or high let-off options. When there is a higher let-off percentage, there will be less holding weight when the bow is fully drawn. This lets you have more time to aim without straining. A lower let-off is going to require that you hold more weight when the bow is fully drawn.

Compound Bow Let OffHere are a few elements to consider to determine which would be better for you. The average archer is going to find the mid to high let-off bow more comfortable. That’s why it’s the most popular choice among new bows. In fact, some bows only come with a high let-off option, so you don’t get to choose. Be sure you read the bow’s description to see if you have an option at all.
There are some benefits you may want to consider if the low let-off option is available. A bow set at 65% let-off is going to shoot a few FPS faster than a bow that’s set at 80% let-off. In addition, if there is resistance when you are fully drawn, you will likely maintain alignment. Most avid bow hunters and competitors will argue that a bow at 80% let-off is too sloppy and too loose, and they prefer ones with low let-off options.

What type of arrows do you need?

It likely goes without saying that you can’t use your compound bow without arrows, so it’s necessary to know which ones will work best for specific uses. A “fletch” is the plastic material or the feathers at the end of the arrow that comes closest to your face. Let’s go over the different material options for the feathers, and their pros and cons.

It’s pretty obvious plastic vanes are going to be more durable than feathers. Vanes are best for youth archers and those who handle their equipment without a delicate touch. They are able to be crumpled and abused and usually still come back into shape. Since they can be fletched three different ways, they can be used with just about any style of arrow rest. Vanes are definitely the most popular choice for compound bow owners.

However, there are many who opt for feathers rather than plastic vanes. One big incentive is that they are almost three times lighter than plastic vanes. This means arrows made with feathers will fly faster and have a flatter trajectory. Feathers also add to a front-of-center balance, especially for hunters and competitors who are using lighter tips. Feathers are usually fletched in a helical configuration and have amazing stability for broadheads. However, you have to be careful how feathers are handled because they are easily ripped, ruffled, and tattered if not delicately preserved.

Vanes come in many different colors, and for good reason. While a deer is most likely not going to notice your orange vane, you are going to want to be able to find it if you miss. There are going to be times when your aim is not as accurate as you’d like, and you don’t want to be kneeling on the forest floor as you hunt through the leaves for your arrow. The colored plastic vanes offer greater visibility, and for this reason are highly valued among hunters.

Feathers will automatically get a helical turn. They have a natural twist, so they are fletched in a spiral style clamp. If you choose vanes, however, you will have to figure out if you want them to be straight, offset, or helical.

So what’s the difference?

Straight fletches will not rotate in flight. They have the fastest flying configuration, work well with any arrow rest, have the least amount of air resistance, and do not have fletching clearance problems. However, they are less stable when it comes to long distance shooting, require a well-tuned bow, and have low broadhead stabilization.

Offset fletches will rotate a bit during flight. They have more stabilization when it comes to using broad head arrows, work with most arrow rests, have very little loss of arrow velocity, and are stable at moderate distances. However, they do lose a bit of velocity and potentially have clearance issues while hunting.

Helical fletches will rotate dramatically in flight. They are preferred when it comes to using broadhead arrows as the tips tighten when you practice and they have the best long distance accuracy. Again, fletching clearance can be challenging and they have less arrow velocity.

It’s safe to say that the type of arrow you choose will depend on your preferences and priorities.

What is the nocking point system and which one should you use?

There are two different types of nocking systems commonly available on the market: the direct string with an e-button, and the string loop systems. The nocking system is where you fit the back end of the arrow into the bow string in order to pull it back and keep it steady.

A direct string with an e-button nocking system allows the operator to nock the arrow directly to the string of the bow. You can get a nocking system that has an e-button, which will provide cushion between the release and the nock of the arrow. This keeps the arrow from falling off the string when you’re at full draw, and will protect the nock from being damaged by the metal caliper.

The direct sting with an e-button is the better choice for longer axle bows.

A string loop is a good option if you want to hook the caliper release in a string loop. A brass nocking point is going to be installed and the arrow will be put just beneath it, in the string loop. This protects the bow from the abrasive effects of a metal caliper.

The string loop is the better choice for short axle bows.

Choosing Your Peep Sight

The peep sight serves the same purpose as the rear sight of a gun. The peep sight is a small, donut-shaped ring installed in the bow’s string. To aim, look through the peep sight hole when are you at full draw, and locate the front sight in the field of view. From here, place the pin on the intended target.

There are three different types of apertures for peep sights. They all have their pros and their cons, but most people choose the medium size because it gives them the best of both worlds. The smallest peep sight is 1/16” which gives the hunter or competitor the most accuracy, but challenging visibility. The medium size is 1/8” which provides good aim and is also easier to see through. The 3/16” has the most visibility, but is the worst for aiming.

Best Compound Bow for Beginners

There are many things to consider as a beginner compound purchaser and user. Before reviewing specific bows, let’s discuss these considerations.

Price

best compound bow for beginnersLet’s face it, you’re a beginner, and no matter how much information you find out there on the Internet or in this article, you will most likely end up trading in your old bow for a new one after a few years. This means your first bow should be adjustable, but solid enough to grow with experience. With this in mind, look for an inexpensive option for your first bow.

Most compound bows cost more than $500, but there are some great options that cost less than $400. Make no mistake, “entry level” compound bows are just as deadly as more expensive options.

FPS Speed Considerations

When choosing a bow based on FPS speed, keep in mind that the faster the bow shoots, the more aggressive the cam is going to feel and the more difficult it’s going to be to draw. There is no way around that. As a beginning archer, it’s best to avoid an aggressive draw while learning to shoot properly. Therefore, you should stick with a bow that has an advertised speed of below 330 FPS. Even a 320 provides more speed than you will likely need and can still be used to hunt some of the largest game in the world.

Brace Height

Brace actually doesn’t matter quite as much as it used to. Back when compound bows were just being manufactured, the models that had a lower brace height were more difficult to aim and shoot. They were harder to hold, harder to draw and aim, and more likely to slap your forearm when released.
Some believe it’s better to go for a brace height that’s seven inches or longer. Realistically, it probably won’t make such a noticeable difference, but if you want a range to look for, shoot for between six and eight inches.

What About Let-Off?

Let-off will affect how hard it is to draw the bow back and hold it in place as you aim. The higher the percentage, the easier the bow is to hold. Therefore, beginners want to go for a let-off that’s higher because they will have a lot more time and comfort as they learn how to aim and perfect their form.

If you’re a beginner, try to find a bow that’s between 75 and 80% let-off.

ATA Length and Weight

For hunting, the axle to axle length should be less than 33 inches and lighter than 4.3 pounds. Since you will be carrying the bow while you’re hunting, and might need to maneuver it in the bush or in a tree stand, compact sizes and lighter weight options will be a lot easier to handle.

If you dream of one day target shooting with Team USA, you will want a longer bow that will have better stability and less vibration. However as a beginner, don’t worry about this too much. Just be sure the bow isn’t too long (over 35 inches) and that it is light-weight so you don’t tire easily.
So which bow would I recommend for beginners?

Diamond Infinite Edge

Diamond Infinite EdgeThe Diamond Infinite Edge has an adjustable draw weight between 5 and 70 pounds, so you can adjust it after purchasing the bow. It has a draw length of 13-30 inches which will fit almost anyone. The brace height is 7 inches, which is right in between the recommended brace height for beginners. The IBO speed is 310 FPS, so it’s more than powerful enough for a beginner who wants to hunt large game or just practice with a target. The let-off is 75%, so it’s easy to hold the arrow in place and pull it back without too much strain. You’ll be able to practice a long time without your arms getting too tired! The AtA length is 31” and its weight is 3.1 pounds, so it’s user friendly for beginners and experienced hunters.

Best Youth Compound Bow

Keep in mind while looking for youth compound bows that purchasing one for an adult is a bit different than purchasing one for a child who is just getting into archery; they don’t care about brand, they care more about comfort and how easy it is to draw the bow back and hold it.

Some adults will make the mistake of purchasing the “best bow for youths” for their kids based on their preferences and not by carefully analyzing the qualities they should consider for their child. In these situations, kids end up with a bow they’re not able to shoot comfortably and lose interest in the sport entirely. To prevent this from happening, you should make a list of bows you find on the market that fit the bill and find a place where they can test them out before purchasing.

There are many different crucial factors to consider when looking for a compound bow for your child.

Age

Although both use youth bows, a four-year-old and a sixteen-year-old will have vastly different needs. There are many bows for young children that will last from the age of four to about ten, and then your child will likely need another youth bow. If you come across a phrase in a bow’s description that states ‘this is the only bow your child is going to need because it will grow with them,’ keep in mind that is only relevant for certain age ranges. If your child is starting at a young age, you will likely need to buy one or two more before adulthood.

Bow Mass Weight

Bow mass weight is a very important factor when choosing a compound bow for a small child. While older children can easily hold a youth bow, smaller kids are not going to be strong enough to hold a heavier one and they’ll need a lightweight bow.
It’s also important to note that some bow manufacturers don’t make lightweight compound bows for children. Be careful to check the specifications before you make a decision. Most importantly, ask your child how they feel about holding the bow. If they believe it’s too heavy, don’t buy it.

Draw Weight

When a young body that’s still growing is stressed, it can cause some serious health complications. Pulling too much weight might lead to over-developing some muscles and under-developing others. Doctors say that young shooters should not try to pull too much draw weight because their joints and muscles are still growing, and this can lead to long-term damage. Be careful to choose a bow that your child can pull back comfortably. Also, take caution to set the appropriate draw weight on the bow and adjust it as they grow rather than just leaving it at the manufacturer’s setting. For example, a child who is four should never pull a weight more than ten pounds. Take a look at the following chart to determine what the right draw weight is for your child.

It’s important to explain to your child that a good archer is not someone who can pull more weight, but someone who is accurate and consistent with their bow.

The following recommendations are based on the age and weight of the child.

Compound Bows for Children 4-8

The Martin Tiger is an excellent choice for children who are four to eight years old and between 55 and 100 pounds. It has a mass weight of 1.375 pounds, a draw length of 14”-24,” and a draw weight of 10-20 pounds. It is easy to use and easy to carry around.

Compound Bows for Children 8-14

The Diamond Atomic is a great option for kids who are four to ten years old and weighing 70 to 130 pounds. It has a total weight of 1.9 pounds, a draw length of 12”-24,” and a draw weight of 6-29 pounds. This makes it easy to use and a little more accurate. Kids who are older are going to care more about if they can go hunting or not, and this bow can be taken on small game hunting trips.

Compound Bows for Athletic Children

Children who are between the ages of fourteen and eighteen who weigh more than 130 pounds should consider a Bear Apprentice. This bow weighs in at 2.9 pounds, has a draw length of 15”-27,” and a draw weight of 20-60 pounds. It should never be used by smaller children because the draw length is too rough, but older kids will enjoy the accuracy and light weight design of this bow.

Bear Archery Apprentice

Best Compound Bow for Hunting

SAS SageThe SAS Siege is one of the best compound bows for those who are new to hunting. Most online reviewers seem to agree with over a hundred reviews and almost a perfect five star rating! This bow has a draw length of twenty-nine inches, a draw weight of 40-55 pounds, an AtA of 41.5”, a let-off of 70%, a max speed of 206 FPS (which is plenty for hunting game animals), and is only four pounds. That makes it a pretty powerful bow that’s relatively light and ready for action!

Another great option for more advanced hunters who are looking for increased power and features is the Martin Archery Lithium. This powerful bow can fire an arrow up to 335 FPS, more than enough to tackle any game animals you will find. For the seasoned hunter who is willing to make an investment in his go-to weapon, this is the perfect bow.

Best Compound Bow for Competition Target Shooting

PSE Brute X

When it comes to compound bow shooting for competition, priorities are aim and comfort. The PSE Brute X Compound Bow is one of the fastest, smoothest bows on the market. It has a 60-70 pound draw weight, a speed of 320 FPS, a 31” AtA, a 7.25” brace height, and a 29” draw setting that will fit just about anyone. With a 75% let-off, it’s relatively easy to aim and shoot! The accuracy of this bow will astound you, and those who dare to compete against you even more so!

 

 

Most Powerful Compound Bow

PSE ProphecyIf you’re looking for the elusive compound bow that has a 400 FPS, you’re most likely not going to find it in the near future. With an FPS that high, you’d have to be Hercules to draw it back, which is no fun when you’re out on the game trail hunting. However, there is a bow that gets pretty close to that description, but you will have to pay a good price for it too.

The PSE Prophecy is a definite vision of things to come. It has a 340 FPS that’s accurate, a brace height of six inches, an AtA of 32”, a let-off of 75%, a weight of 4.1 pounds, and a draw range of 25-30 inches.

Best Compound Bow for the Money

When the aim is to get the most for the money, it might be worth looking into a brand that used to have some problems in its earlier years. The Martin brand has improved significantly when it comes to compound bows, and they’re now one of the top brands to purchase when it comes to bows and the corresponding equipment.

The best compound bow out there for the money is the Martin Lithium Pro.

Martin Lithium ProReviews repeatedly state that it’s the quietest bow on the market, it’s accurate, and it drops dead when you release the arrow. There are absolutely no vibrations! Every bow hunter should try out the Martin Lithium Pro.

Its specifications include:

  • 335 FPS
  • 50/60/70 Draw Weights
  • 26.5” to 31” Draw Length
  • 7” Brace Height
  • 33.5” AtA
  • 3.9 Pounds

If you’re looking for a bow that’s a little less than the seven hundred range, take a look at some other amazing bows at more obtainable prices.

Best Compound Bow Under $500

If you’re on a budget take a look at this compound bow under $500.

PSE SurgeThe PSE Surge RTS combines high performance with an awesome price. Although it’s below $500, it can shoot an impressive 320 FPS. What really impresses reviewers is that when compared to other 70 lb. draw weight bows, it’s feels effortless. If you’re willing to sacrifice a little FPS for accuracy, this is the right bow! Reviewers like that you get a lot more for the price, the shooting experience is wonderful, the vibration and noise are almost non-existent, and it has a smooth draw.

The specifications are as follows:

  • 320 FPS
  • 7.25” Brace Height
  • 32.5” AtA
  • 75% Let-Off
  • 29” Draw Length
  • 19.5-30” Draw Length Range
  • 50/60/70 Pound Draw Weight Ranges

Best Compound Bow under $300

Diamond Infinite EdgeIf you’re looking to go even lower than $500, take a look at the Infinite Edge. The Diamond bows are manufactured by Bowtech, which is one of the world’s biggest archery suppliers. It’s the most versatile and best-selling compound bow out there, and the wide range of settings makes it great for beginners and experienced shooters alike. The draw length can be adjusted from 13” all the way up to 30,” and the draw weight can range from 5 pounds to 70 pounds. Unless you’re a giant, you can adjust this bow to just about anywhere for your liking. It can be used for hunting, and produces the necessary energy to take down large game from as far away as fifty yards.

The specifications are as follows:

  • 310 FPS
  • 13”-30” Draw Length
  • 5-70 lb. Draw Weight
  • 75% Let-Off
  • 31” AtA
  • 3.1 Pounds

Best Compound Bow under $200

For beginners, or those looking for inexpensive bows to develop skill, something under $200 will be sufficient.

SAS RageThe SAS Rage is durable and high-quality for the price. It definitely gives you way more than you’d expect from an entry level bow. The materials used for the bow are high-quality and all standardized so you can easily replace them if necessary. This bow is an excellent bargain, and while it may not come from a top brand company, it still has a very good shot!

The specifications are as follows:

  • 270 FPS
  • 26-30” Draw Length
  • 55-70 lbs. Draw Weight
  • 70% Let-Off
  • 35” AtA
  • 4.4 Pounds

Best Compound Bow Brands

For those most concerned with high-quality brands that are reliable and pristine, the following is a list of the top three brands for compound bows, with the top seller for each brand.

PSE

PSE Stinger XPSE logoPSE is notorious for claiming they’re the top compound bow brand in the world, and they have a lot of experience and knowledge to back it up. While they may look like they lack attention to detail in their design, what they lack in flashiness is made up for in the quality of their materials and their products.

The PSE Stinger X is preferred among archery enthusiasts because the bow has a simple cam system that is designed to last a long time. With the long-lasting cam design there is a draw length that’s easily adjusted between 19” and 30”. The back wall can also be adjusted, and the dual compression limbs will limit vibration in the strings.

This bow is excellent for beginners because it has the “grow with me” setting, which means the archer can adjust the bow’s draw weight as they develop their skills. Its lowest weight is 3.5 pounds. It’s also lightweight, which means it’s great for those just beginning or archers who are going on long hikes.

Bear Archery

Bear Archery LogoBear CruzerBear Archery has been one of the top brands in compound bows for some time. Every year they reveal a new bow that hits the high scores. They put almost twenty new bows on the market in 2014 and released five new ones for 2015.

The Bear Cruzer definitely competes with the Diamond Infinite Edge when it comes to being adaptable. It has an adjustable draw length of 12-30”, and a draw weight of 5-70 lbs. This bow is perfection for growing archers and for female archers!

Martin Archery

Martin Archery LogoXenon 2Martin Archery began in 1951 and almost went extinct a few years back, but they’re making an amazing comeback, and their bows are better than ever! They often release new bows, one of them being the Xenon 2.0. This bow is almost in line with its competitor in the same company, the Martin Lithium Pro.

With 330 FPS, the Xenon 2.0 is excellent for the avid hunter and competitor. It has an 80% let-off and a 27-30” draw length. The peak draw heights are 50/60/70, which makes it great for those who are looking for a versatile bow. Its weight is only 4.1 pounds. If you’re looking for a light bow that has top speed capabilities, then you’ll want to take a closer look at the Xenon 2.0

Diamond Archery

Diamond Archery LogoDiamond BlackoutDiamond Archery was actually bought by Bowtech, but they remain their own company with their own values and bow design. Diamond Archery prides themselves on being one of the highest-quality compound bow manufacturing companies while still maintaining affordable prices for their customers. One of their most popular bows is the Blackout.

The Blackout is one of the most impressive advancements of modern compound bow engineering. It has an FPS of 333. The draw weights are 50/60/70, and the let-off is 80%, making it easy to use. At only 3.8 pounds, it’s one of the most powerful, lightweight bows on the market, making it perfect for hunting.

Conclusion

Compound bows are light, versatile, and overall a wonderful piece of equipment for hunting and target practice. While there were many companies listed in this article, there are many more that you should explore to find the right compound bow for you. It’s out there, waiting for you to find it and take that first shot!

Bow Review: Bear Cruzer

Bear CruzerThe Bear Cruzer is an excellent bow for shooters who have a little growing to do. The draw length goes from twelve to thirty inches with a rotating module, and has a five to seventy pounds draw weight. It comes with a nice accessory package, too. The accessory package does not offer the top of the line items, though, and some complain that the bow has a little too much adjustability.

Bear is advertising the Cruzer as a boy to man or girl to woman bow, and they’re definitely right in saying that this bow might be the only one a shooter ever owns. The draw eight has sixty-five-pound adjustability, and the draw length goes from twelve to thirty inches. A father would be able to shoot his bow, adjust it, and allow his son to shoot it. Overall, the bow is excellent for beginners who have a lot of growing into their bow to do.

Finish

Bear knows that the Cruzer is probably the first bow a shooter will own, and they know that the shooter will most likely be a beginning youth, so they offer a lot of color options for this bow. They also tailor it more toward the younger crowd with blue, orange, purple or pink with a matching string, too. The finish options do have black mixed in with them to make them look more camo colored. The bow looks amazing with these colors and entices young archers to try them out. The finish is definitely of good quality and should withstand a young shooter’s harsh usage.

Riser

This bow has a reflexed riser design of around a dozen cutouts from limb pocket to limb pocket. This helps the overall bow weight only 3.6 pounds. There’s also a traditional cable slide used to keep the Cruzer cables contained when the bow is drawn. There is also a rear mounted string suppressor that serves two purposes. One is to keep the string off the shooter’s clothing and arm, and the second is to help deaden the aftershock.

Grip

The grip on his bow is a simple design into the riser with the nameplate on both sides. The nameplate doesn’t add any feel to the grip but just displays the Bear logo. The grip has a slim design that is comfortable for a large range of shooters. The grip is not removable. The grip does lack some color and anyone who wants more of a grip type feel is not going to get it with this design. However, the slim handle does a good job remaining repeatable.

Limbs

The limbs are definitely adjustable with an offering of sixty-five-pound range. Shooters who are just starting out can back the limb down to five pounds, and as they grow, they can crank it up to seventy pounds. This type of draw range is unheard of in the compound bow industry, but that goes to show that the Bear Company really wanted to make a bow that was usable by everyone.

The maximum preloaded quad limbs are just like the others in the Bear family and are designed to store the maximum amount of energy while still being durable. Clearly, durability is imperative for any set of archery limbs, but with the adjustability, the limbs truly have to be able to withstand a lot. The limbs are held to the riser with a zero tolerance limb pocket for a snug fit. They are secured to the riser, and the black pocket look pretty good on any of the finish patterns that are available.

Draw Cycle and Shootability

The draw cycle of this cam varies depending on the archer’s specific draw length. Archers at the longer end of the draw length will experience different feel than those who are at the shorter end. It’s good to have a bow so diverse, but at the same time, it’s nice to have something with less adjustment possibility to make it a better fit for more shooters. Nonetheless, the draw cycle is great on the long and short sides. The shot goes off without vibration and noise. The AtA measurement makes this bow steady for targeting, and the light weight is good for all shooters.

In Conclusion

Archers who are looking for the adjustability of the Cruzer will have a tough time finding it somewhere else. The draw length range is a huge eighteen inches and the limbs are adjustable by sixty-five pounds, from five to seventy pounds. This bow fits just about anyone, and coming in with the ready to hunt package for the low price make this bow an option for anyone who wants to get started with archery. Shooters that are done growing might benefit from a bow that has a smaller adjustability range. However, those who are still growing can benefit a lot from having a bow that will grow with them.

PSE Stinger X: An In Depth Review

With a forgiving brace height and adjustable draw length of six-inch increments, the PSE Stinger X is a great shooter at an affordable price. However, it does have a wide grip, doesn’t come with a string stop, and is a bit noisy if a vibration dampener is not added.

The Stinger is a good value for those who want to go hunting with it. It has everything a hunter needs: accuracy, speed, and consistency. The price is under three hundred dollars, so that’s always a plus! With a six-inch draw length adjustment, the bow can fit many different types of shooters, making it a good option for beginners who want a bow that will grow with them. Combine the short axle to axle length with a smooth draw and this bow will work well in tight quarters like a tree stand or ground blind.

Finish

PSE Stinger XDepending on the model that you purchase, you may or may not have choices when it comes to the finish. Older models were finished with mossy Oak New Break-UP or Mossy Oak Treestand while the newer models coming with Infinity or Skulz Camo. But no matter what finish you get, it’s guaranteed to last the lifetime of the bow, which is quite some time.

Limbs and Riser

The riser on this compound bow is a simple design, but this allows the cost of the entire setup to be low. The shape comes from a CNC machine to the 6061 T6 aluminum, which has been attached to the limbs through machined aluminum limb pockets. The limbs used on this bow are precision-engineered and are pre-stressed for optimal performance.

Grip

The Stinger comes with a Vibracheck rubber grip, which gives a soft and comfortable feel that also helps to suppress the vibration. However, the grip is a bit wide and can induce a little torque. If you’re not a fan of this grip, it can be switched out with the older style PSE grips, wood or plastic, whichever you prefer.

Eccentric System

The Stinger has used a few different cam systems throughout the production stages. The current Stinger uses a new HP cam that is designed to be adjustable and have a smooth draw cycle. It’s also meant to produce a consistent shot. The difference with the new HP cam is that it has an increased IBO speed of 316 feet per second. Every cam system allows the draw length adjustment with the use of an Allen wrench. The newer models have a let-off of seventy-five percent that’s fixed.

Draw Cycle and Shootability

The Stinger has a smooth draw cycle due to the single cam performance system. This setup is well balanced when released; however, it does have a noticeable vibration. Adding a string stop and stabilizer will suppress the vibration to the point that it’s so low you’ll barely notice it, keeping the bow quiet. In addition, the forgiving brace height helps make it easier to shoot even for an inexperienced archer.

Hunting

The Stinger has been built for hunters who are on a budget. The short AtA length makes it excellent for in the ground blind or in a tree stand. In addition, the bow is light making it good for spot and stalk hunting, too. The bow may be built in a small package, but it has enough power and speed to take down any game a hunter wants.

In Conclusion

The Stinger is definitely a simplistic bow. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles that the higher end ones do, but it’ll definitely get the job done well. Adding a few inexpensive components will definitely help this bow shoot like one that costs a lot more. Combine the price with the shootability and you have an excellent bow for beginners and experienced archers. The setup can be a good fit for teens due to the six-inch draw length adjustment so that it can grow with the archer. Because of the affordability and shootability, some hunters purchase the Stinger as a backup bow.

Overall, this bow is inexpensive but will still get the job done well.

SAS Rage Compound Bow User Review

SAS RageThe SAS Rage is one of the better choices for shooters who would like to develop their shooting capabilities without having to spend a fortune. The high quality and durable compound bow makes it perfect for harnessing your archery abilities. Don’t let the price fool you. It gives you a lot more than you’d expect from an entry level bow. The materials used are of high quality and it fits all the standard upgrades and parts.

The bow sight and arrow rest come with the bow could be better and you might want to consider purchasing an upgrade kit in the future, but for the price of this bow, you can’t really complain too much. The bow is a great bargain that offers an overall great experience for people who are on a budget. If you can’t spend more, then don’t. Purchase the SAS Rage!

This bow is good for beginners and hunters alike.

Features

The bow comes with compressed ABS limbs that will last quite some time. It is a weight of 4.4 pounds, has a draw length of twenty-six to thirty inches, and a draw weight of fifty-five to seventy pounds. It’s maximum speed is 270 FPS, making it great for hunters.

Pros and Cons

The bow is made of very high-quality materials that will make it last for quite some time. It’s a good bow to start within its price range, making it an excellent investment. While the bow looks small, the draw length is surprisingly good for those who of the average stature and the bow allow adjustments in pound pressure and draw length to make sure it fits well with the shooter. The bow looks very sleek and professional and is easy to set up out of the box.

The draw on this bow is strong, and that’s really the only con about this bow.

Description

The limbs are held in their spot with the back pivoting limb pockets, which have a sturdy link with stiff tolerances for improved accuracy. The riser gives the bow a curb appeal look, and the number of cutouts in the riser provides this compound bow with a waffle look. When the string’s pulled back, the bow has around fifty-five to seventy pounds of force, depending on the setting you choose. Al it takes is one turn of the limb bolt to increase or decrease the weight by five pounds. Once the string is released, the arrow is launched at a speed of 270 FPS.

Hunting and Competition Shooting

The SAS Rage is probably not that good for shooting competitions because it can be a bit tiring to use, but it would be good for the experienced hunter. The bow is precise and has a let off of seventy percent, and it’s relatively quiet. You won’t scare away the game with this bow!

Age Range

The bow is definitely for men who are able to draw back a heavy bow, so it’s not something that smaller framed women or youths should be trying it. This bow was definitely built for hunters who are taking the time to draw back, aim and want a strong KE behind the arrow.

In Conclusion

The SAS Rage is a good bow out of the box for someone who is experienced with bows and knows they can handle a strong draw. It’s also for those who are looking for a good bargain when it comes to compound bows. Overall, it’s a good buy; just realize that it takes a bit of strength to use this bow.

PSE Surge RTS Review

PSE SurgeThe PSE Surge RTS was originally designed to replace the PSE Brute X, which was a phenomenal bow. The Surge, however, is affordable and tunable. It’s definitely a bow that’s worth the money, comes in a ready to shoot package with everything but the arrows, is vibration-free and quiet, and has a smooth draw cycle. The only downside about this bow is that it’s a bit heavy.

When you order the bow, it comes with the bow, a three pin sight, rest, a stabilizer, shadow quiver, sling, peep sight, and nock loop.

Cams

The cams are single, medium draw cams and let the bow be drawn back smoothly. The draw cycle is gentle, without a transition or lobe over. The difference from the EZ draw cams from the olden days is that the bow shoots at a speed that is much faster. This bow has an IBO speed of 320 feet per second, allowing you to get the arrow to the target efficiently and quickly.

Draw Length and Draw Weight

This bow features a tunable limb bolt that turns a full twelve turn. The average compound will only turn four times. This allows you a thirty-pound range of draw weight to let the Surge grow with you. You can order the bow at its peak weight, but you actually get a thirty to sixty-pound bow that you’re able to fine-tune with a hex wrench.

Shooting Speed

The PSE Company lists the shooting speed rating for their PSE Surge at 320 FPS. The IBO ratings are always shown with thirty-inch draw, 350-grain arrows, and seventy pounds draw weight. The reality is that the speed will most likely be lower than that.

Kinetic Energy

The KE of any compound bow will vary greatly, depending on how the bow is set up, and the Surge is not an exception. Different draw weight, arrow weights, string accessories, draw lengths, and even the arrow fletching height and length will influence the KE your bow can produce. Let’s say you have a seventy pound PSE Surge with a twenty-nine-inch draw length and 425-grain arrows. You can expect the arrow to get around 280 FPS with seventy-four feet pounds of KE. You’ll lose two feet pounds of KE every ten years your arrow goes so you can expect a fifty-yard shot to have sixty-four feet pounds of KE.

The Bow’s Draw Cycle

The only downside to this bow is that is has a slightly narrow valley, but that’s not really a deal breaker. The bow is very smooth to draw and has an excellent balance of power and smoothness. For a ready to shoot bow at this price, the Sure is one of the best in its class for power levels and draw cycle.

Noise Level and Vibration

There is very little noise or vibration with the PSE Surge, and there’s almost no hand shock when the bow is shot.

Hunting

Using the highest settings on the bow and 425-grain arrows, the Surge is definitely a powerful bow for hunting. It’s powerful enough to take down the largest game in North America, including a grizzly bear. You could take down an elephant with this bow.

Limbs, Rise, and Grip

This bow has split limbs rather than solid limbs. Even though there isn’t an gain to split limbs over solid limbs, this bow looks really good with the split limb technology. A machined aluminum riser with a Raptor grip makes this bow look mean. The riser and limbs are both strong and durable, meaning you can adjust the Surge to normal wear and tear conditions without worrying.

Value

The PSE Surge delivers a definite bang for your buck when it comes to value. It’s an inexpensive compound bow and delivers the features and benefits that the more expensive compound bows fail to deliver. It also includes everything necessary to get started expect the arrows, and is adjustable to almost anyone’s shooting needs.

In Conclusion

The PSE Surge is overall and excellent bow for those who want to go hunting small to large game with it, and it’s also an excellent choice for those who want to do some competition target shooting. Overall, it’s an excellent value for the money and can grow with the shooter as their needs change. The PSE Surge is definitely a bow to keep in mind when looking for options!

PSE Prophecy Compound Bow Review

PSE ProphecyThe PSE Prophecy is one of the fastest single cam bows at 340 FPS. Its adjustable draw length of twenty-five to thirty inches without swapping a cam or purchasing a module makes it a versatile, well worthwhile investment. The only drawback of this bow is that the draw cycle might be a little too aggressive for some.

The PSE manufacturer is known for making smooth drawing speed bows and the Prophecy is one of their best yet. It’s one of the fastest bows that have ever been produced and comes with a good amount of technology at an affordable price. The speed of the dual cam compound bow with the tenability of a single cam bow is greatly appealing to numerous shooters. With a 32” AtA measurement, the Prophecy is easily held on stationary and live targets and lives up to the accuracy standards of high-performance rigs. Those who are interested in speed but want a single cam bow will not be disappointed with how this bow shoots.

Finish

This bow comes with some really professional looking finish options for target shooters and hunters. PSE does an excellent job of dipping their bows to make sure they look amazing and they stay looking that way for years to come. The Prophecy is available in the Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity or a mix of an Infinity camo limb with a black riser. You also have the option of an all-black bow, too. The skull works camouflage is a black finish that shows antlers and animal skulls of different large games species. The pattern is a popular option for this bow.

Riser

PSE dresses up the Prophecy with a planar flex riser. This technology had been reserved for the proline series in the past, but they’ve decided to add it to the Prophecy series. The riser has excellent strengthen that’s meant to reduce sideways torque and front and back torque when the bow’s fully drawn. Although a shooter is not likely to feel a difference, they will notice a difference in accuracy. The bow is not very light, weighing around 4.1 pounds total, but it doesn’t feel that heavy, either.

It also has a Backstop 2 rare mounted spring stop system. The system is micro-adjustable for the length and rotational for the shooter to get the best fit when it comes to where the string hits after the arrow has been released. The rubber stop also is color customizable if the shooter wants to match it to the rest of their accessories.

There’s a front mounting stabilizer hole in the front of the string stop system. Front mounting stabilizers are common on bows today, and when they’re mounted on the front of the string stop system, it gives the energy a place to go other than the shooter’s hand.

Grip

The grip on the Prophecy is a little difficult for some to love in the beginning. Many shooters have some trouble in the beginning with the skinny rubber plated side grip. The grip is skinner than most other grips by other manufacturers. Shooters are forced to have a good hand placement when they grip this bow. Although some shooters might have trouble adjusting, they’ll eventually be comfortable with the proper form. In fact, most will end up preferring this grip after they spend some time shooting it. The rubber side plates come in either black or red, but the bow is shipped with the red installed.

Limbs

The company has incorporated past parallel split limbs on the Prophecy series. Limb bolts can be turned out a total of ten turns, letting there be around ten pounds of adjustment. Maximum weights are available in ten-pound increments with the maximums being fifty, sixty, and seventy pounds. The limbs feature the logo of the bow, which looks excellent with any finish background installed. They also come with a vibracheck band dampener.

You do not need a bow press to install new bands, which makes changing them a lot easier than it used to be.

Draw Cycle

The AMP cam is made for speed. Those who want a bow in the single cam should understand that this comes at a high price. In this case, the Prophecy is a bit more aggressive than other single cam bows. However, the Prophecy is not as harsh as you might imagine before you shoot it. The draw is pretty smooth from start to finish and you can hold it back to target much longer than other bows at this speed.

The shock and sound are almost nonexistent with this bow. Overall, the bow’s powerful and holds on target a lot better than it would be expected with a thirty-two-inch AtA.

Usage Scenario

The Prophecy was designed with the hunter in mind. Like most hunting bows, it performs well on the range but is designed to be in the wood. With the thirty-two AtA measurement, single cam, and 340 FPS, shooters get the best of both worlds with this bow.

In Conclusion

A single cam that produces 340 FPS is definitely worth a test shot, even if speed is not your concern. The Prophecy has some amazing technology for a mainline bow and will appeal to those who are interested in hunting. The adjustability is easy without a press or needing to purchase parts to make the bow user-friendly and easy to work on. The draw can be aggressive, and it can take some time to get used to the seventy-five percent let off. However, hunters really should check this one out!

PSE Brute X Review

The PSE Brute X has a brace height of 8.125” to 7” depending on the model and year. It’s inexpensive, fast, well-balanced, and has almost no vibration. It also has a six-inch draw length adjustment. The PSE Brute is definitely named well considering its brute strength. This bow is tough and fast, but not only that, it’s also extremely accurate and forgiving. Because of this, some shooters have said that this bow cannot be compared to any other compound bow in its model class.

Finish

PSE Brute XLike the rest of this bow, the finish on its also very tough, resistant, and durable. However, it only comes in the Mossy Oak color rather than anything else.

Riser and Limbs

This compound bow has parallel precision made limbs that are connected to the rise using the Pivoting Hyperlight Unibody Limb Pockets. The pockets make the flawless limb placement for precision accuracy and reliability. Over the years, the CNC machined 6061 T6 aluminum risers have changed shape to continually stay strong, yet achieve the ultra-lightweight design coveted by hunters. All of these parts come together to make a very tough looking compound bow.

Grip

The earlier models came with the Vibracheck rubber grip, which was made to suppress the vibration and give a soft, comfortable feel. However, the grip is wide and can cause some hand induced torque. The most recent models have the SLT Grip. This is designed for consistent hand placement that will produce a much better accuracy. The Brute X has the best grip available.

Eccentric System

While the performance system on this bow has been evolving over the past few years, all the modifications are built to obtain a smooth draw cycle, consistent shots, and be easily adjusted and efficient, as well as fast. Previous models of the Brute advertised speeds between three hundred and three hundred and eight feet per second, but the newest model boasts over three hundred and twenty feet per second. This is due to the redesigned HP cam system. Over the past five years, the Brute has been in production and has seen four different cam systems. Each system various a bit as new technology was developed.

Every model has adjustable draw lengths up to six inches. Since 2007, the draw length adjustments are made using a rotational inner cam, further post adjustments require a bow press. During the first four years of production, the cams a let –off of eighty or sixty-five percent, but the newest model has a let-off of seventy-five percent.

Draw Cycle

With the easy drawing single cam performance system and the silencing package this compound bow has, this makes the Brute X a well-balanced bow that gives the shooter a quiet shot with very little hand shock. It’s a smooth drawing bow with a solid back wall that’s easy to hold. In addition, adjustments can be made to the draw cycle to suit your feel. Upon release, this bow is quiet and almost vibration free. The earlier models might have required stabilizers, but this model doesn’t need that because it comes with the VibraCheck Hush Kit.

Excellent for Hunting

The Brute X is definitely a hunting bow to the core. It’s well-built, accurate, and fast for any type of hunting. Hunters won’t need to make large movements in the stand to draw this bow back, thanks to the smooth and easy draw cycle, which allows the hunter to remain concealed.

In Conclusion

The PSE Brute X has been one of the greatest bows for the money on the market for the previous five years. Priced at $400 for just the bow, you don’t expect to get the bow that you receive in the box. Consider this, the Brute is priced at far less than most of the comparable bows from the competition, and it gives you the same performance of the high-end bows. In fact, the Brute shooters say the bows are underpriced and that you can’t pass up an opportunity like this.

So if you’re a hunter looking for a quiet, excellent bow that will take down just about any game, then you want to check out the PSE Brute X!

Martin Lithium Compound Bow Review

Martin Lithium ProWere you ever out in the field, listening, standing motionless, paying attention for your target prey? Were you out in the wilderness and saw the most stunning pretty just standing there, spotted it in your sights, and then slid the arrow into place only to have the arrow squeak and frighten that target away before you were able to release our grip? Or you had the chance to actually release the arrow but you missed the target entirely?

There are some unfortunate incidences during hunting with compound bows, but did you know that having the proper bow could fix that problem? The right bow will not only ensure that there is quiet and shoots right where you want it to shoot, but it will also make everything you do as the hunter easier. This bow does exist. It’s called the Martin Lithium.

Specifications

The Martin Lithium Compound Bow is an amazing bow regardless of the shooter’s hunting style. It shoots around 335 feet per second, has an eighty percent let-off, and has a peak draw weight of fifty to seventy pounds. It also has a draw length of twenty-six inches to thirty-one inches, a brace height of seven inches, and an AtA of 33.25. To make it just a bit better, it weighs only four pounds!

The Martin Lithium Bow has a one-piece, solid connected riser and comes equipped with the company’s original vibration escape system. This bow is coupled with the completely changeable Nitro 3 cams, the x4 Twin limbs, and the carbon STS. It is so great that every kill you make is going to feel like a reward.

It comes in the colors of Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity and Black, allowing you to blend in with your surroundings and make the kill before your target even knows what’s coming. The Martin Lithium Bow has an incredible blend of speed, smoothness, and stability that makes this bow the perfect hunting and competition bow out there.

Quality

The Martin Lithium Bow’s strings are one of the world’s finest available. They’re made out of a hundred percent BCY materials of the best grade and are twenty times stronger than steel. Before you receive this bow in its packaging, the strings have been fully pre-stretched so that you avoid any stretching complications. In addition, the Martin Lithium Bowstrings have a no peep rotation that’s included in their list of amazing qualities.

This bow has a capture rest that will provide full capture and enclosure of the arrow while still providing complete vane clearance, which there isn’t any drag or a loss of speed. The included armguard with the quick-snap fasteners is completely innovative. It also comes with a detaching, adjustment, and installation that are easier than some of the simplest bows. It has a fast four quiver with two VEMs integrated into it that catches and destroys any vibration noise that could frighten a target.

The twist lock release system is much lighter and tighter locking than any of their previous bows. The rubber hood is steadfastly stuck into place and stores field points and bred head by the tip in order to ensure that they are their sharpest. The Martin Lithium Compound Bow even comes with dual arrow clips that hold the arrows more securely than any other quiver available on the market, yet it’s simple and easy to remove, as well as use.

Arrows

The carbon arrows that come with the bow are also top of the line. They are thirty-one inches in length and are guaranteed to be within 0.003 in straightness in its entirety every time you use the bow. The weight is matched with +/- grains throughout the one dozen arrows, making it dependable, reliable, and consistent.

They come in many sizes, from three hundred to 9.9 GPI or grains per inch, to three hundred and fifty at 8.8 GPI, to four hundred at 8.1 GPI, and five hundred at 7.2 GPI. They also include the Bohning Double Lock nocks, too.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for top of the line craftsmanship in order to compare with your need as a well-trained shooter, then you should highly consider the Martin Lithium Bow. This is an excellent bow to go out into the wilderness with and go in for that dream kill. When you purchase this bow, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the company, who will guarantee you years of enjoyment.

It’s a good thing to note that all compound bows from the Martin Company are handmade one at a time. The martin Company has stayed a family owned and operated business while others have sold out. They work very hard to satisfy their customers.

If you want a second perspective, check out this video review:

SAS Seige Review

The SAS Siege is one of the best bows on the market for adults who are looking to make a decent investment in a bow that will last them a while. The bow is not too expensive and gets the job done well. It’s not a starter bow for kids because the draw weight is too heavy, but once they are able to handle a forty-pound bow, it’s an excellent bow for any age.

Precision and Power

With a fifty-five-pound draw weight, the SAS Siege is a pretty powerful bow. Most report that they’re able to hit targets as far as fifty meters without a lot of effort, and it’s pretty precise. This helps the shooter to develop their skill in aiming and shooting at the target more precisely. In addition, the sight is accurate. Shooters don’t need to tweak it because it’s pretty accurate right out of the box. Once the Siege is assembled, which only takes a few moments, the bow is ready to shoot.

Weight and Size

SAS SageThe bow is just about four and a half pounds, which is pretty light for this powerful of a bow. The size is around forty-one and a half inches AtA, and the draw length is twenty-nine inches so it’s not too hard to use. Once you get the hang of it, you can shoot arrows without too much effort. The let-off will relieve most of the weight and tension, which will allow the shooter to shoot further without feeling tired after a few shots.

The shooter can also easily aim and shoot the target without feeling rushed because the draw weight isn’t too heavy and the cams will relieve most of the tension. They’re also good when muting the noise, and reducing the vibration on and after the release of the arrow.

Speed

As for speed, the compound bow can allow you to shoot an arrow at 206 FPS. That’s pretty fast, considering it’s a compound and not a crossbow. This makes it an excellent choice for those who like to go outdoor hunting because there’s a greater chance of success at catching game because the arrow travels relatively fast, preventing the target from moving too much before it makes its entry. The optimal speed and force of your arrow can be attained by adjusting the draw weight of the bow. The shooter just has to loosen or tighten the bolt in order to increase or decrease the draw weight, which affects the energy that’s stored in the arrow when the bow’s pulled.

Accessories

Another excellent point to this bow is that there are plenty of awesome accessories that come with it. It comes with an accurate sight and a five-spot paper target out of the box to use for practice. The only thing you might want to consider purchasing is a new set of thirty-inch arrows and you’re all set!

You don’t have to have a lot of accessories to use this because it’s already well set up. The grip is excellent and the sight is accurate. You might want to purchase some spare strings if you plan on hunting with it to be sure that you don’t run out. Many report that they don’t worry about the strings snapping because they’ve had the bow for months and nothing of the sort has happened.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a relatively low-cost bow with performance that’s comparable to the more expensive compound bow choices, the SAS Siege is the bow you want to look for. The precision is commendable and this bow fits almost anyone who’s looking to learn or hunt.

This bow is great for those who want to improve their skills. It’s not only designed for practice, but it’s also usable for hunting, too. Therefore, you can be sure that it’s sturdy enough to withstand just about any abuse and use for a long time.

Bow Review: Bear Apprentice

Bear Archery ApprenticeThe Bear Apprentice is a very versatile bow that just about anyone can learn to use. It’s universal and has adjustability that’s great for youths all the way up to small-framed men and women. It will grow with the young shooters due to the range of adjustability, and its lightweight, which is an important aspect for the young kids. The draw length is very easily adjusted and there is no bow press required, and the best part is that it’s of excellent value for the money!

It has a sleek, modern design, an improved grip design, a new string suppression system, and an adjustable draw length. The bow can be ordered in two colors, Realtree APG and pink camouflage. These colors will allow you to choose one for either a son or a daughter.

Riser/Limbs

This bow is an excellent choice for a child with its 27.5-inch AtA. It’s great for shorter kids and is fine for any taller children, too. Another benefit for the young kids is that this bow is only 2.9 pounds. There are some stronger kids that might feel steadier with some additional weight in a bow, which can be added with some stabilizers. The new riser on this Apprentice looks excellent. It has a tubular look with edges that are much more round. The riser has a similar look to the other Bear Company’s bows. There’s a stabilizer bushing secured to the riser. Another great feature is the integrated string stop that comes standard on the Bear Apprentice. This is definitely an attractive improvement that cuts out vibration and noise.

The Bear Flared Quad Limbs are split so they do an amazing job. They help produce a brace height of six inches. This combination makes for plenty of energy for a youth bow at any draw length. The Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets attach the limbs to the riser and help reduce the shock. The tiny amount of hand shock that this bow has can be improved with a stabilizer.

Grip

The improved grip design eliminated the hand torque and improved accuracy. There are only a couple of narrow side plats on the grip of the riser with Bear written on them. The width and the angle of the grip are excellent. It feels comfortable and is well-proportioned in the hand. This is a thin bow that’s ideal for small hands. With it being bare metal, it could get cold if it was taken outside on a cool day.

String Suppressors

The Bear Apprentice III comes with a new string suppression system that has a standard string stop that will cut out noise and vibration. This helps a lot when the bow is set to the higher draw weights, and it doesn’t hurt to set it at a lower weight either.

Eccentric System

The cam system on this bow is excellent and highly adjustable in the draw length. This bow’s new dual G3 growth cams are the third generation on the Apprentice bows and are now adjustable in half-inch increments. They’ll go from fifteen to twenty-seven-inch draw lengths. This large range can find a way to fit nearly any youth that could shoot a bow, as well as teenagers.

It’s simple to adjust and there’s no need for the bow press or any additional modules to change the draw length. This user-friendly feature is excellent for partners who have children who are maturing. There is a seventy percent let-off that helps younger archers get the feel of shooting a bigger bow. There’s a twenty pound to sixty-pound adjustment in draw weight.

Draw Cycle

The draw cycle of the Apprentice II has a good feeling with most of the weight at the front. There’s only a slight amount of recoil, but when it’s fully drawn, this bowl feels as if it’s fastened to the back and it’s very comfortable. This feeling is good for beginning shooters. The back wall is not spongy or rock solid but has the right feel to it. A stabilizer could reduce the little bit of recoil this bow has. It could also improve the balance if it’s too heavy for a smaller child. A carbon rod has a slide cable guard that works well for this type of bow.

In Conclusion

Any youth that has the desire and will to shoot a bow will love the Bear Apprentice. Along with the ease to shoot and the good feel it has, it also has the ability to show a youth what an adult bow will be like one day. The large adjustment range and the light weight make it great for any shooter. So overall, it’s an excellent choice for a youth.