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Best Longbows 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2018
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Edwin GarrettHi there, my name is Edwin Garrett and the first thing I would like to say is thanks for stopping by my website. After 27 hours of research including speaking with consultants and experts, and plenty of parents and 20 hours spent testing 10 longbows, I believe that I found the best longbows of 2018.

I have been writing about technology and entertainment since the early 90s from my secluded home in West Virginia. You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on longbows is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best Longbows of 2018

I must say I am quite a fan of longbows, so when the question “What are the best longbows available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable longbows. Here are the customer reviews of some of the best longbows of 2018. Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy longbows and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
4 points
4 points
Materials
4 points
4 points
4 points
Construction
5 points
5 points
5 points
Value
5 points
5 points
4 points
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№1 – SAS Pioneer Traditional Wood Long Bow

 
SAS Pioneer Traditional Wood Long Bow

Pros
Riser is made of Makore Wood and Cassia Siamea
Strong fiberglass limb Made of Maple laminations
Great Shape and Stablity
Cons
Not found yet.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this longbows win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Materials
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Longbowmaker Hungarian style Handmade Longbow Flagella Recurve Horsebow Archery 20-110LBS H1

 
Longbowmaker Hungarian style Handmade Longbow Flagella Recurve Horsebow Archery 20-110LBS H1

Pros
Draw weight: 20-110LBS
Bow Body Length: 145cm ; String Length:131cm
Draw Length: 28 inches ; Safe Draw Length:33 inchs
Cons
It seems not very durable.
Hard to use.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this longbows come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – SAS 30-35lbs 22-29″ Robinhood Long Bow w/ Armguard

 
SAS 30-35lbs 22-29

Pros
Draw Length: 22-29”
Draw Weight: 30-35 lbs.
Bow Length: 59-1/4″
Cons
Not as good as some others we reviewed.
There is something wrong in the back.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this longbows take third place?

I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
4

4star

Construction
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5star

Value
4

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Longbows Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy longbows, right? No!

Purpose

Weight is a major consideration in choosing a crossbow. Heavy ones keep the weapon steady because the weight prevents from it moving easily. Some hunters prefer lighter crossbows for convenience while tracking their prey.

If you want a fast shot, choose the compound type of bow because it stores energy. Bolts also determine speed, so choose the right size and strength. If you buy a bow, the type of bolt required would be listed.

Manufacturer

These weapons are produced by various manufacturers with different specialties. Check the most reputable ones by reading reviews of their products online. Choose the ones that match your needs and preferences. You can also find products that are highly rated by users themselves.

Additional Features

Modern crossbows are equipped with additional features for better accuracy, reliability and safety. Some are packaged with features, while others can be equipped with accessories to be purchased separately. Assess if you truly need these additional features.

Hunters find scopes highly advantageous. They are needed for accuracy of shots and they come in four variations, namely the optical, single red dot, multi-reticle and multi-red dot.

Barnett Quad 400

As these bows are becoming more popular in recreational activities (and more regulated because of it), expect more of these products to come out in the market. Manufacturers will always come up with something new, offering more features, gears, and accessories.

Avoid being confused about the bunch of items right before your eyes. Narrow down your choices by determining your needs, learning about your options and choosing which ones suit your needs and style. Furthermore, never forget your skills. Of course, you do not want to be a beginner forever, but it is rather practical to buy one you think could best match your skills.

Buying online could be a good option if you already know what you want. Take advantage of the various crossbow comparison websites found on the web to know the differences between them, since not all of them are the same. Aside from convenience, you can also compare prices on the web. Choose trusted websites, especially if you do not want to have any problems with your first attempt to buy a crossbow.

December 18, 2017

Good to know

Arrows for compound bows aren’t that different from those used with a standard longbow. Both are usually made from either carbon or aluminum.

Do NOT attempt to launch an arrow with a wooden shaft using a compound bow. Extremely high tensile forces in action will probably break the shaft and could lead to injuries.

Features

Verdict: It is my number one best cheap recurve bow in the market and also a terrific selection for a novice hunter. Several oriented youth groups have used this bow for years. According to their review, the recurve bow tends to be a little bit louder than its size.

I would advise you to use the Whisker String silencers that help to lessen the noise. Overall: It is a decent bow for a 12-year-old and older and an ideal archery starting point.

Here are some things to keep in mind

Parallel limbs are ideal. In the older compound bows with close-to-vertical limbs, releasing the string resulted in the limbs accelerating forward. Some of this energy inevitably gets transferred to the riser, resulting in significant hand-schock. In newer, quality compounds, the limbs are almost parallel to each other when the bow is at full draw. When the string is released, the upper limb accelerates upwards, while the lower limb accelerates downwards, and the two forces almost cancel each other out. As a result, no excess energy is transferred to the riser, and hand-shock is pretty much non-existent.

PSE Surge

The PSE Surge Bow is a great buy because it is moderately priced but delivers top quality and power.

This single cam bow is very adjustable and powerful. It was designed to be used as a hunting bow and is ready to shoot right out of the box.

This is another selection that would be great for a beginner compound bow hunter. It is smooth and quiet while not being too difficult to master. Experienced archers will like this one if they are looking for a decent bow on a budget.

PSE Prophecy

With great features and a moderate price range, PSE made the Prophecy to be one of the fastest bows on the market. This single cam bow is like lightning.

This particular bow is something for bow enthusiasts to get excited about. It is super fast and really packs a punch. This is a bargain for the money as it gives you all you could ask for from a moderately priced bow.

Not your starting compound bow, but it’s the next step up. It is super fast and really packs a punch. This is a bargain for the price as it gives you all you could ask for from a moderately priced bow.

Sure there’s a bit of a kick and some vibration to this bow, but that’s nothing a solid stabilizer can’t fix. Upgrades are your friend, but you won’t need too many with the PSE Prophecy.

Draw Weight

The draw weight is the amount of force that it takes to draw back the bow and is measured in weight. The weight will increase as muscles become conditioned to shooting the bow. Start with a lower weight and work your way up as needed.

Some bows are adjustable to grow with you as your draw weight increases. A greater draw weight will increase velocity to the arrow and it is advised to hunt with a higher draw weight.

Let Off

The let off is the point during the draw when the weight on the string decreases at a given percentage of the total draw. Once the let off engages, the archer can take their time aiming. The full amount of effort is required up until the let off point.

The percentage is usually between 60% and 75%. This is helpful especially when hunting. If you have to pause to track the animal then you will be able to hold your draw until you are ready to shoot.

All things being considered, these are the most important technical considerations when you are shopping for a compound bow.

Background

This document has been written to explain the different types of bow commonly available, to explain the basic components of different types of bows and to give some guidance intended to help make the choice for your first bow. The advice here is aimed at beginners and it should be noted that the cost of bows with the required accessories can range from low hundreds of pounds through to thousands of pounds for pro level equipment.

Professional Advice

When selecting your initial bow and accessories some professional advice and support is essential. It is absolutely not advised to buy your first bow online as opposed to visiting a shop, trying various options and having your complete package set up for you. Buying a bow at a shop should take a long time, with over two hours to try multiple options, select your bow, have it set up, arrows made and test firing. It is not uncommon for there to be long waits at popular times in shops and so it is advised to turn up early.

Talk to people in the club

As well as the advice given by shops there are a lot of regular archers in the club that have varying levels of experience and have tried out a lot of equipment. Most people are happy to show you their bows and to talk about equipment they like and equipment that did not work out for them. Ask nicely and people may well be willing to let you try some of the different equipment available.

A Cautionary Note

There are a wide range of possibilities buying your first bow from very cheap to very expensive and second hand equipment does not fetch good prices. If you buy a very cheap training bow and regularly attend to shoot you should expect to reach the limits of the bow very quickly and then need to spend more money buying a better bow. If you buy an expensive bow there are still some parts that you will probably end up replacing such as arrows and limbs as you improve and naturally move up to higher poundage limbs. The balance between equipment that you will quickly outgrow and managing your budget is down to the individual but the advice offered within this document is intended to provide a balance that gives a good starting point at a reasonable outlay.

There are main categories of shooting

Barebow – As implied by the name, the bow is shot without any accessories such as sights or stabilisers and in some cases without arrow rests. Traditional bows are typically shot barebow but sometimes recurve bows are also shot his way.

Typical Recurve – Under competition rules recurve bows can be fitted with an arrow rest a sight (unmagnified), clicker, stabilisers and weights / vibration dampers. As an initial starting point it is common to use a cheap sight, good arrow rest and sometimes a long rod with other accessories upgraded or added later. This is the most common style of shooting in the club.

Typical Compound – Compound bows are subject to different rules to recurve bows and are normally easier to shoot with greater accuracy. Compound bows will commonly be fitted with arrow rests, front sights which can be magnified, a peep sign (a small sight inserted into the bow string) and stabilisers.

The Complete Package

The remainder of this document is mostly concerned with the bow and arrows, but it should be highlighted that there will be a number of other items required to properly shoot and maintain your bow. Some typical prices are indicated in the bow sections that include an allowance for the following accessories:

Arm Guard £– from time to time (well quite frequently when you start out) the bow string will make contact with your arm. An arm guard deflects the string and prevents most of the pain and bruising. Arm guards are relatively cheap and available in a range of sizes. If choosing a compound bow choose an arm guard that errs on the side of big and well built!

Finger Tab – if shooting off the fingers (i.e. not a compound bow shot with a release aid) then a finger tab or shooting glove is required. The tabs are there for two main purposes, firstly to protect the fingers from the forces exerted by the bow string and secondly to help the bow string pass smoothly off the fingers with minimal friction. If possible, try out a few different styles to see what feels best.

Arrow Rest £1– some recurve risers come with a free arrow rest, and it is worth every penny that you paid for it! Most archers in the club are guided along the route of fitting a good quality magnetic arrow rest specifically the Spigarelli Magnetic Arrow Rest. A good recurve arrow rest is not particularly expensive at under £20. Compound bow shooters on the other hand are faced with a wide variety of different arrow rests with differing complexities and wildly ranging prices from £20 to £100

Pressure Button – these devices are needed to counteract some of the forces and movement generated as an arrow is shot and deflects with recurve bows. Some recurve risers come supplied with a free pressure button that is suitable for use and does not need replacing until your archery skills are more developed (by which time it is often worn out anyway). – there is a vast range of quality and pricing for sights ranging from a few pounds to several hundred. Top end sights have great stability and very fine adjustments but are only required when shooting long distances. It is recommended that a relatively low budget sight is used initially to minimise outlay whilst allowing the archer to progress to reasonable distances before further investment is required.

Stabilisers £1– these can be added to bow to aid the archer in holding the bow steady as well as reducing the level of vibration, it is common to start shooting a recurve bow without any and then add them later as required. Stabilisers vary greatly in price from £1for a basic long rod to hundreds of pounds for a complete set up. With an initial recurve bow purchase it is not necessary to buy any stabilisers but at most a low cost long rod can be added to the kit. If shooting compound, depending upon the bow configuration it can be a necessity to purchase a long rod in order to be able to use a clip on bow stand.

Bow String – (not compound) there are many different materials and visual options for bow strings but to begin with for a modern recurve a ‘Fast Flight’ type string (Such as Fast Flight Plus, 8190, 8125G etc) should be purchased (and not a Dacaron based string). For traditional bows a Dacaron (aka B50 or B55) string should be purchased.

Arrow Puller – not quite accurately named, they are lumps of silicone to aid the gripping of arrows to make removal from the target boss easier. They are commonly supplied in forms, a small square that wraps around the arrow or a larger cylindrical body with a slot cut in to fit the arrow. At an introductory level it is a matter of preference which is selected.

Bow Stringer – in order to string and de-string recurve and traditional bows it is a requirement to have a bow stringer which fits over the ends of the limbs and allows the archer to deflect the bow sufficiently to install or remove the string. There are other methods of achieving this but the use of a bow stringer is strongly recommended

Stand £– these will hold the bow safely and off the ground when not in use. For recurve and traditional bows there are different designs available but all essentially have a U shaped holder to sit the bow grip into and a small strip that the bow string slots into to keep the bow from moving. Whilst there are some complex stands available the best are generally some of the cheaper ones such as SF Chrome (YAM) stand. For compound bows it is common to use a clip on stand that grips the limbs to provide legs and depending upon the design, the bow either sits on the stand and bottom cam or the stand and long rod stabiliser

Bag / Case £3– to keep the bow and all accessories together and protected, a bow case provides storage for the bow, arrows and ever increasing amount of accessories that archers end up with. Recurve bows are typically carried around in backpacks which include an arrow storage tube and compound bows in hand carried bags. Long sleeves are available for the storage of traditional bows.

Quiver £1– with either its own belt or a clip to attach onto the archers’ belt, the Quiver is used to store arrows and other accessories whist shooting. Available with a wide range of pockets and extra pouches through to a simple arrow holder.

Clickers £–   these are either spring strips or magnetic devices that have the arrow inserted under them until it is drawn back and the clicker is then free to swing back and hit the riser making a clicking noise. Opinion is divided if they should be used during the early stages or archery or not. Clickers help to ensure that arrows are drawn back a consistent distance each time but can lead to problems with archers anticipating the clicker and failing to develop correct and consistent technique.

Release Aid £100 – for use with compound bows, the release aid is used to hold the bow string, or a small loop added to the string with the release aid being held and pulled back to bring the bow to the shooting position. The release aid includes a trigger mechanism that releases the bow to shoot the arrow. Beware of cheap release aids as they can have a tendency to misfire, generally the club takes a dim view of people shooting their fellow members, even by accident. – there are some other small items that can be purchased including string wax (to be applied every few weeks to keep the string in good condition), spare nocks, fletching’s, points for arrows (minor costs but allow for repairs to be made when the inevitable happens)

Traditional

Traditional bows are normally shot barebow i.e. they have no sights fitted or other modern aids. There are a selection of traditional bows available and Merlin Archery typically have a range available to try. Long Bows and Flat bows are made from staves of single wood or laminated wood strips and then machined to shape. Whilst they have nostalgia, in reality it is possible to shoot a modern recurve barebow with higher reliability and lower cost. If you are so inclined, it is possible to obtain plans for longbows and flatbows and then make your own bow.

Whilst there are a few traditional bows in the club, these are all used as an occasional bow to make a change from shooting a modern bow as opposed to peoples’ main activity. It should also be noted that traditional bows break, hopefully not until they have shot many thousands of arrows.

Typical cost of an entry level Traditional Bow £350 (Bow £250, Wooden Arrows £60, Misc £40)

Highlighted  Features

Orientation Options: The bow features an ambidextrous design which allows users to use either hand while still being comfortable.

Sizes: The draw weight of the bow is only seen with a 2pound option.

Color: Users can choose between either silver or black when purchasing the bow.

The SAS Courage is ideal for a novice and for kids alike. The 2pound draw weight is perfect for any person that is just starting out and is not used to shooting just yet. The price itself is so affordable that it is almost impossible for the novice not to buy this bow. The bow is also very durable with many users stepping, dropping and abusing the bow without complaint.

This bow is not meant for anyone that is in the intermediate to advanced stages of archery. In fact, this bow is best suited for women up to the age of 2– 23, or younger kids. However, this is not to say that anyone just shooting for sport cannot use the bow. Those that like hunting will be upset by the fact that there is not enough power seen to really hunt prey with this bow. However, it is truly not intended for this.

Features

This one comes with a very sturdy fiberglass limb so breaking it accidentally is out of the question. Maple laminations are used in its manufacturing, which further endorses the quality. The total length of this bow is 6inches to be precise. It is apt for a shooter having a height of feet inches at least. This one can only be used by a right handed person. left handed, this bow will be of no use for you.

Draw Length

When it comes to the bow draw length the more people you ask for assistance or guidance the more varying answers that will be received. The perfect draw length is the length that the user is most comfortable using and that is the most accurate when used. The charts and expert recommendations are a good guide as to where to begin your trials.

The most standard or typical way in which to get a general idea as to the draw length is by measuring one’s arm span and then dividing that number by 2.This measurement can be altered, changed, or fine-tuned as the person’s skill level increases.

Arrow Length

When selecting arrows, the proper length in which to look for at the time of purchase is usually no less than one inch longer than one’s draw length. Using an arrow that is too short is very dangerous for the archer’s personal safety. When in doubt or unsure please check with a professional or an expert prior to purchase. Those that are new or novice to archery are recommended to use the normal full length arrow that measures 3inches in length.

The oblique stance

Nocking the Arrow: Begin by placing the arrow onto the arrow rest. Once the arrow is properly aligned or orientated, slide the arrow onto the bowstring.

Set: Grip the bow just below the thumb so that it is in the meaty part of one’s hand. Thumb should be placed aiming at the target once in a raised position. Fold other relaxed fingers. The bow hand must stay in place and relaxed throughout the entire process.

Set-up: Once the bow hand is in the proper positioning hook ones fingers around the bow string. Rotate the elbow of the bow arm in a vertical motion while extending the arm forward. The key here is to make sure the shoulder of the bow arm remains lowered. The bowstring hand should be in line with one’s nose level.

Draw and Load: Pulling back on the bowstring, or drawing, towards the face in a straight line. The bowstring hand should be just above nose level with the index finger near the corner of one’s mouth. To move into load position, rotate the bowstring shoulder back lowering it as much as possible. Drawing arm should move placing the elbow hirer than one’s arrow.

Anchor: Continue to draw the bowstring back until the index finger tip can touch the corner of one’s mouth. Make sure the thumb is tucked relaxed into and facing the palm of the hand. Keeping fingers relaxed also fold the pinky finger in towards the palm. The hand should now press snuggly against the side of the face. While holding the full draw weight make sure to remain solidly anchored.

Transfer and Hold: Now transfer the bow weight from the arms into the back by slightly rotating the upper body. Make sure that the elbow of the drawing arm is behind the arrow. Maintain this position using the back muscles while keeping the drawing hand and forearm relaxed.

Aim and Expand: From the held position begin to aim. Pause. Re-focus. Make sure your weight is evenly and equally distributed. Make sure that you grip is still relaxed with the bowstring lined up with the bow limbs center.

Release: Keeping the shoulder in a stationary like position, take a deep breath, then as smoothly as possible release. The smoother the release the better the arrow will travel and the better the body will feel.

Follow-Through: Once committed to release keep the fingers relaxed on the drawing hand. Still using the back muscles, the drawing hand should keep moving straight back stopping slightly behind and below the ear. The bow should still be being held up the bow arm until the arrow has hit the target then lower the arms and relax.

The following video show multiple angles of the proper basic ten archery steps using a recurve bow by one of the world’s best archers in hopes of simplifying the above steps.

Do the homework

Many venues, locals, and groups have different rules and distances being used and utilized. When signing up be sure to read the fine print or ask the proper questions. Many groups have a dress code that they follow. Whereas, some groups are super laid back and often have little in the way of rules or expectations.

The key to always remember is that no two events are ran or held in the same manner. When in doubt ask. There are no dumb or stupid questions except for the ones that do not get asked. On the day of the event it is ultimately up to you to make sure that you have made yourself event ready in all required ways.

Practice as a mock

The recommendation for practicing is to have a mock or trial event. Wear and use the gear, clothing, and even shoes that you will have at the event. Clothing and shoes will often make a difference to many in the way they stand, their stance, and overall mental outlooks even.

Practicing in the items using at the event will help ease one into the tournament, especially if it is the first one. Bows feel differently from one another and may aim slightly different, for example, so it would make the most logical sense to practice with the bow that you will be using.

Trips and times

Confirm and verify the trip and times of the event in advance on the event. Often times GPS is used to arrive at various places and has been known to not always be the most accurate. Always have a backup means of locating the event in the case of no signal, dead batteries, or even road detours.

When confirming the time plan to arrive a minimum of one hour prior to the required time. This gives you time to locate things such as the bathrooms, the area in which you are to report, and just time to calm the nerves.

Matched Sets

The typical tournament will require that if one is using their own arrows that the be a matched set. Make sure to include a few extras in the kit you bring along as a precaution to maintain the matched set. Another great arrow tip is to number the arrows so that in the event you need to trade one out it is easier to do so.

Other goodies to consider

Other goodies to consider making sure not to forget for a tournament are things such as folding chairs, a book or portable time killing device, extra snacks and drinks, a blanket, a clean change of clothing, or even a music like device.

Many of the items suggested are to make the time between your participation pass by more quickly as no one waits well with nothing to entertain their downtime. The blanket and chairs are a seating suggestion should there be limited or no seating options available upon arrival at the venue.

Depending on the site, weather conditions, and clothing requirements for the tournament the change of clothes is an easy to image useful tip. The extra drinks and snacks are a great option to share with those that might be in need around you. Who knows when having a little extra to offer or utilize might be needed and are always welcomed by others who lack great preparation tips.

Barnett Tomcat Youth Set

The Barnett Tomcat Youth Set offers a design for beginning shooters. It has a very short range for adjustments, just 20-2inch draw length, making this a good bow for younger archers 4-years of age. It is available only in a right-hand version, 20 pound draw weight, and has a 70 percent let-off rating.

The bow features a rounded-cam which not only makes shooting easier it is gentler on the fingers. It offers a fiber optic sight that features a three-pin design so aiming, and target practice becomes easier, and the archer can better concentrate on form rather than finding the target.

The straightforward operation makes this a great bow for first-time archers, and many of the online reviews praise the bow for that aspect. The easy use means kids can learn the basics easier and while getting used to a quality bow.

Tips to get started

Work out exactly what you need: Shooting a basic recurve bow, like they use in the Olympics, requires a riser, limbs, string, rest, button, sight, stabilisation and other accessories. 

Plan a budget for what you want to spend on the kit. (Prepare to ignore it when you arrive in the shop and something catches your eye.)

The best time to buy a first bow is a short while after completing a beginners course. You will have perfected your basic form and a coach can assess more accurately what kind of specifications you need for your equipment.

Change is the enemy of a consistent archer. Once you buy your own bow, you may find it takes a while to get used to it, so do not expect your scores to increase suddenly! (Although, it’s not unknown for people to make vast improvements straight away.) 

Before you choose your bow, keep in mind your draw length and how that affects the equipment. The overall height of the recurve bow (in inches) should be roughly your draw length plus 40in. Standard setups usually range from 66in-72in, although there is more variety for youth archers. 

This is the part of the bow you will want to invest the most into. The riser is the foundation from which the rest of the bow is built, and will last you for years to come.

Your budget will dictate the kind of risers you will be looking at – but if you are able to visit a shop in person, pick up and hold as many as you can, feel the weight and balance in your hand. Many shops will have a range and let you test risers out.

The riser can be made from lots of different materials, such as wood (the more traditional choice), metal or carbon. Each have their own benefits and pitfalls.

Wooden and carbon risers are both very light, needing extra stabilisation to balance, while aluminium risers are extremely rugged. Wooden bows have a limited choice, and are usually the choice of those preferring to shoot traditionally, while metal and carbon risers take advantage of modern technologies.

Typical attributes of a good riser are good balance, good hand placement, straightness (a twisted riser is not a good riser) and geometry – as its shape and weight will affect how the limbs bend, how the bow reacts when it’s shot and how well it aims.

For beginners, growth and development of the archer is an important point to consider in selection of limbs. Most available on the market fit the ILF system (fitting the green riser on the right, below), which works cross-brand, with exceptions including screw-in and the newer Hoyt Formula fitting.

You are likely to outgrow your first set of limbs within a few months – therefore, one common recommendation is to buy limbs on the cheaper end of the market. This means that once you outgrow the limb, you can get a new pair without breaking the bank, and won’t be left with a top-of-the-range piece of kit you’ll need to sell.

For your first set of limbs, choose a poundage (that’s the weight of the limb when you pull it back) that is similar or slightly heavier than used during your previous shooting. Most adults will use poundage ranging from 18-32.

Each brand and range of limbs will offer a different feel when shot. Some are snappy, some are soft – some use the latest in fibreglass or carbon fibre technology, some are layered with foam and many, still, use wooden cores, often bamboo. Limb choice is a very personal thing.

Many shops offer a rental scheme for beginner limbs, which is an excellent option.

Strings come in various lengths, materials and thicknesses to fit your bow. Ensure that the string is the right length. Thicker strings (those with more strands), which are necessary for higher poundages, tend to be a little slower but may fit your chosen arrow nocks better.

Use a tied nocking point, if you can, rather than brass – as this will prolong the life of both string and finger tab.

Of the many colours available, top archers often use the simple white. In hot weather, the colour reflects – and won’t affect the string much. (Of course, if the string is properly stretched when made, you’re unlikely to see much change in it, anyway.)

Your sight should be the second-most invested-in piece of kit you buy. Quality is definitely something you pay for in this case, as a cheaper sight may rattle apart after several shots, or could be fragile and difficult to adjust.

More sophisticated sights have micro-adjustable parts, better build quality and superior materials. Pick something that is robust and reliable, as this piece of kit will stay with you for some time.

Button and Rest

Rests are available in plastic, fixed or magnetic varieties. A metal rest will be sturdier and will not require replacement. They are difficult to get used to for beginners but are an alternative to a plastic rest.

Some of the best scores in the world were shot with fixed plastic rests.

The button is essentially a spring that pushes the arrow away from the riser as it flies from the bow. It allows for precise adjustments and tuning of your arrows and is paired with the rest to optimise your shooting. There are some exceptionally good-value buttons on the market.

Other kit

Choosing these bits of kit come down to personal preference and budget. There is a huge range of archery goods catering to archers of all levels and all styles, so if you’re uncertain about whether a piece of equipment – or its price – is suitable, ask!

Complete an introduction to archery course with a local club or range before purchasing equipment. World Archery highly recommends taking the advice of club members and coaches.

Power and Accuracy  

Other than stealth the most important considerations when looking for a compound bow are power and accuracy.

The best compound bows are capable of exceeding 300 fps and as long as you can find a bow with this kind of power in your price range this is what you should be setting as your guideline.

Of course power is of no use if you don’t have an accurate shot and that’s why it’s important to find a bow with a smooth and straight release as well.

Draw Length and Weight

There is no perfect draw length and weight as that depends on your own physical make up, but the best compound bows allow you to adjust the draw weight and length.

Ideally you should be looking for a bow that allows you to adjust the draw length somewhere between 1and 3inches and the draw weight between 30 and 70lbs.

Shock and Vibration

Shock and vibration are two things that can significantly affect the accuracy of your shot.

High quality compound bows virtually eliminate these problems and allow you to take a smooth and accurate shot every time. This is usually achieved by installing shock absorbing materials that soak up the vibrations and allow you to achieve the best shot possible.

Excessive vibration can also be hard on the body so this is another advantage of choosing a compound bow with good shock absorbing qualities.

Materials

Compound bows can be made from a couple of different materials. Some kind of aluminum alloy is more common, but carbon fibre is sometimes used on more expensive models.

The advantage of carbon fibre is that it’s much lighter and also extremely strong. Aluminum alloy is still used in many top quality bows as it’s also a top quality material that’s fairly light weight as well.

Sound and Feel

Test out the stabilizer to see if it has a comfortable grip and easy to install to your bow. Test how the stabilizer adds more balance to your bow compared to having one without. Steady the bow at full draw to see how it keeps your bow stable.

Also, listen to how your bow sounds after each shot. There should be NO vibration and minimal noise, feeling smooth and silent to avoid alarming their prey.

Customization

For hunters or archers who are now very skilled in their hobby, they may want a bow stabilizer they can easily customize to suit their growing needs. Since not one archer shoots the same, you can opt to choose a stabilizer you can add weight to length to, personalizing it for better accuracy and precision.

EBBQ Axion SSG Silencer Stabilizer

EBBQ offers another well-designed stabilizer with two different camouflage designs to look discreet and easy to install. It’s perfect for windy days, as it can lessen the wind resistance and torque, providing excellent balance and stabilization.

The stabilizer is also well-built with the strength made to last for a long time. I don’t notice any form of vibration or sound coming out upon release, which is a huge plus. While the stabilizer has the sufficient weight to provide accuracy in your shots, it’s light enough to bring around while hunting, reducing any vibration from shaky hands or weather. exclamation-triangle

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Longbows wisely! Good luck!

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