If you made it your New Year’s resolution to try archery in 2015, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a recurve or compound bow, these bows will please your favorite archer…and your wallet.
PSE Archery Razorback and Razorback Jr.
Archers rate the Razorback family of PSE recurves 4.5 out of five stars for good performance, value for cost, and ease of use. The Razorback Jr. has a 54-inch draw length and a 15- to 20-pound draw weight. The Razorback is a slight step up with a 62-inch draw length and 20- to 30-pound draw weight. The Razorback Jr. retails for about $80, and the Razorback for about $110.
PSE Junior Youth Recurve Bow Kit
This bow has a 54-inch draw length and 20-pound draw weight. The kit has everything a beginner needs, including a target, bow string, bow stringer, arrow rest, arm guard, finger tab and three carbon arrows. It retails for about $140.
Vista Sage 62-inch Take-Down Recurve Bow
The Vista Sage has a 62-inch draw length and draw weights of 45, 50 or 55 pounds. It has hard maple and fiberglass limbs, and a laminated riser made of hard maple and olive dymondwood. It retails for about $150.
Mathews’ Genesis Compound Bow
The Genesis stores and releases energy comparable to a 35-pound recurve bow. It measures 36 inches axle to axle, and has a 15- to 30-inch draw length and 10- to 20-pound draw weight, making it ideal for youths and adults. Available in camo, blue, red and pink. It retails for about $175, depending on color.
Hoyt Ruckus Jr. Compound Bow Package
This youth compound bow is sold as a package. The draw length is adjustable from 15″ to 27,” and draw weight can be adjusted from 9-29 lbs. This bow is sold in black/camo or pink/camo color options, and includes an arrow rest, sight and three arrows. This bow retails for approximately $200.
Bear Archery Brave Youth Compound Bow Kit
This bow’s draw length is 13.5 to 19 inches, and its draw weight is 15 to 25 pounds. It’s available in camo, black or pink. The kit includes an arm guard, finger tab, one-pin sight, arrow rest, two safety-glass arrows, and a two-piece quiver…and even a temporary tattoo. It retails for about $70 to $100, depending on color.
Barnett Youth Vortex Junior Compound Bow
The Vortex Junior Compound Bow has a 17- to 26-inch draw length and a 30- to 45-pound draw weight. This kit comes with a quiver and an arrow rest, adjustable sight and three arrows. It retails for about $130.
BowTech Diamond Atomic Arctic Youth Compound Bow Package
Archers rate this bow a 5 out of five stars. It measures 24 inches axle to axle, and has a 12- to 24-inch draw length and 6- to 29-pound draw weight. It’s available in blue or pink, and comes with a four-pin sight, a Hostage arrow rest, and a two-piece quiver. It retails for about $200.
Barnett Hunter Extreme Compound Bow Package
This bow has a 26- to 30-inch draw length, a 45- to 60-pound draw weight, and comes dressed in Mossy Oak Treestand camo. It’s ideal for adult archers. The package includes an arrow rest, a peep sight, three-pin fiber optic sight, three-arrow quiver, and D-loop material. It retails for about $200.
Diamond Youth Archery Atomic Blue Package
Consumers rate this bow 4.9 out of five stars. It measures 24 inches axle to axle, and has a 12- to 24-inch draw length and 6- to 29-pound draw weight. The package includes three carbon arrows, a quiver, a three-pin fiber-optic sight, and a Hostage XL Capture rest. It retails for about $200.
We know there are lots of options when trying archery for the first time, and the best place to ask questions is your local archery store. Still not sure where to start? Check out these additional tips, and choose the best bow type and draw length for you.