If you’ve just started getting into the world of archery and have been overwhelmed by all the different type of bows on the market and don’t know where to begin. Well you’ve landed in the right spot.
We have reviewed hundreds of recurves and have put together a list of the best bow complied in its own category such as price range, best youth recurve bows as well as reviews. We have done the work for you so you don’t have to.
You can recognize a recurve bow because of its curved tips at both ends of it. This model is famous because of the widespread use in the Olympics, where the recurve is the only styled model allowed to be used in competition. Many archers also uses the style in field archery and bowhunting.
What Makes This Type So Special?
They are either one solid piece or like most of today’s competition bows they are takedown bows. What takedown means is when unstrung, it can be broken down into 3 separate pieces. Doing it this way, it makes it easier on the archer to transport it.
The middle part where the archer will be gripping on is the middle part and is referred to as the riser and is usually made of metal, wood or carbon fiber. The bottom and the top parts are referred to as limbs, which are made of carbon, fiberglass or wood materials.
The recurve gets its power from its unique design of the of the limbs as it curves. This design was first created by Egyptians thousands of years ago.
|Martin Jaguar||Yes||30 – 40||2||60″||Review|
|PSE Razorback Right Hand||No||20 – 35||2.2||62″||Review|
|Hoyt Dorado 60″ RH Black/Camo||No||45 – 60||2.1||60″||Review|
|Samick Sage Takedown||Yes||30 – 55||3.39||62″||Review|
Samick Sage is one of the best value you’ll get within this price range. It is a great beginner to novices. With great design in mind, it can be upgraded with the archer as their shooting ability develops, by way of upgrading the limbs. The limbs goes from 25 to 60lbs.
Also another great feature of this device is its orientation options; you can either get a right or a left handed bow. If you’re really new to it, our suggestions is not to go pass 55lbs.
There isn’t any let off like the compound bows have, so you’ll have to hold all the weight as you draw. For a beginner that won’t be fun and can push you away from the sport.
Martin Archery Saber Takedown Recurve Bow
The Martin Archery Saber take down is our next pick within this price range, another great looking bow this recuve sits at about 64” long. A very great hunting gear for intermediate to advance archers.
New archers can use it also, but make sure to start at lighter weight, as it comes in different weights ranging from 30 to 55lbs. Again this is a beautifully deigned bow looks great when you take it to the range.
A few down fall for this device would me some of the parts that came in package. We advice that the string the comes with his recurve is not that great, and after about 200-250 shoots you probably need to replace it as the string’s wrapping will start to unravel.
The arrow rest is another issue that we saw and replacing the plastic one that they included would be a good idea. Other then those issues, we feel like there are more pros then cons for this great buy.
-30 – 55lbs
-Poor string quality
-Plastic arrow rest
The Martin Hunter available in 40to 55lbs draw weight is a must have in this price range. Great looking device beautifully designed and it shots as nice as it looks. Being in this price range you would expect no less. And the Martin Hunter is the best brand in this class.
This device is one of the most accurate and powerful they have on the market, with a length of 62”, it is both comfortable in the wood as it is in the forest. When holding the Martin, you can feel the comfort, with almost no vibration when taking a shot. This is a great bow for any skill level.
Not difficult to draw with and the smoothness of the shot was amazing. You can’t go wrong when deciding on getting this moel. You’ll love it. – None Takedown bow, storage might be an issue for some – Great choice For A skill level – Vertical model, can be used for large to small game hunting as well as target shooting – BYC Flemish Bowstring is included also a stringer.
Also kown as a composite device, they are created by using many different materials like wood, carbon fiber, and fiberglass for their limbs and handle. Its because of these materials put together and how it is shape that gives the bows its add power and range.
They are revered for its speed, accuracy and power. Many fanatics around the world use state of the art bows that are comprised of the most innovative materials like the limbs that are made of carbon fiber, wood or fiberglass.
The center section, the riser is made of stiffer materials like carbon fiber or aluminum, but most beginners’ archer’s risers are usually made with wood or plastic.
Recurve Bow Terminology Defined
Arrow Rest – The location of where your arrow rest when it is being drawn. This can either be a magnetic flip rest, fixed rest or a spring loaded rest. Back of Bow – This is the outside curve of it that is opposite to the string. Belly of bow – On the same side of the string, the inside curve.
Bow Sight – This is a device that can be attached to the bow’s riser that will help archers aim. Brace Height – This is the distance from the deepest part of where the grip is located, furthest from the string and the string itself.
Grip – the handle, the part where the archer will be holding when they fire Limbs – These help determine what the draw power, and is the lower and upper arms of the recurve type Nocking point – The location of where the arrows butt will be fitted Riser – This is the where the center of the device is. String – this is the cord that are attached to the top and bottom limb tips. Tab/ Thumb Ring – Will aid in a release performance.
How To Pick The Right Recurve Bow
What do you need to look for when picking out your first recurve bow. If you are new to the sport, then there are many things to consider. One would be to know your price range, if you are willing to spend a lot of money to get the top of the line bow or you just don’t have much and want to have a the best device for the money.
Next you will want to find out whats a good draw weight for you, and its different for everyone. What draw weight means is the maximum force you’ll need to draw your device back fully. This part is very curatorial, because you able to draw the device back fully with comfort and be able to maintain a good 1 min hold with control.
We recommend that, all beginners start with a low draw weight and build your way up to heavier weights. The Heaver the draw weight the harder and faster your arrows will fly as well it will be for harder for you to pull the string back fully. Below is a quick cheat sheet for whats a good starting draw weight is.
|Very Small Child||55 – 70||10 – 15|
|Small Child||70 – 100||15 – 25|
|Larger Child||100 – 130||25 – 35|
|Small Frame Women||100 – 130||25 – 35|
|Medium Frame Women||130 – 160||30 – 40|
|Athletic Older Child||130 – 150||40 – 50|
|Small Frame Men||120 – 150||45 – 55|
|Large Frame Women||160+||45 – 55|
|Medium Frame Men||150 – 180||55 – 65|
|Large Frame Men||180+||65 – 75|
Next you’ll want to determine your Draw length, now a draw length is the distance the archer is able to pull the bow string back. To get the draw length number is to your full length of your arms and take that then divided by 2.5.
Left or Right Handed Grips
Many pro archers will customize their grips, but its really not necessary. Know which grip works for you, either a right or left hand. You pick according to the hand that draws back the string. Comfort is the main key you want to look for with a grip.
There are three types of riser styles, straight, reflex, and deflex. Reflex risers are more suited for hunting and outdoors because of its fast speed and low brace height. With a Deflex risers, it will have longer brace heights and speeds and are more for indoor target shooting.
Straight risers are a combo of both a deflex and reflex and are most commonly used. And most will prefer straight risers. Risers are made of many different types of materials. Some are wood, aluminum, magnesium alloy /aluminum.
What are Limbs?
You will need to make sure you have very durable limbs because they’re very important to your overall bow. Check out our diagram below for the anatomy of a recurve type. Limbs are made with many different materials, some are fiberglass , carbon and wood.
Fiberglass and carbon limbs are considered to be on top of every ones list. The reason being is that fiberglass and carbon are less affected by weather, and it won’t conduct moisture. This is a big problem with wood limbs. Having the wood limbs in bad weather can cause the shot to not go as planned.
Now you have a bit more information to work with to help you find the the best model. Also if you are interested in different types of bows.