Archery is becoming more and more popular, and the best compound bows help take this interest to the next level. Many archers are still hunting for food and sport, but now many more people are discovering archery through target practice and shooting ranges. Shooters have many choices when it comes to finding the right bow, including crossbows and recurve bows. Despite many bow options, compound bows remain among the most popular choices.
Compound bows have options for almost every shooter. There are bows designed for children, bows designed for adults and bows designed to help youth and small-framed shooters transition to a full-sized bow. Unlike most recurve bows, which are wooden, compound bow is usually made of durable magnesium alloy, carbon fiber or aluminum alloy. Compound bows also include cams at each end of the bow’s limb to help the bow store more energy and shoot faster than recurve bows. These features, along with the ability to adjust to many draw lengths and draw weights, make compound bows very popular choices for archers of all sizes and abilities.
The following models are five of 2014’s best bows.
5. PSE Brute X RTS Bow
The PSE Brute X is one of the smoothest and quietest bows in PSE’s compound bow lineup. This bow includes PSE’s patented X-Technology, giving the shooter a professional archery experience in this mid-range bow. The PSE Brute X has an IBO speed of 320 FPS. It weighs 4.7 pounds, making it substantial and sturdy without feeling bulky. It has a 31” axle-to-axle length with a 7.25” brace height. The draw length adjusts from 25 to 30 inches with a draw weight range of 35 to 70 pounds. The PSE Brute X includes a Madness Pro cam that allows the user to make 1/2” adjustments with the posi-lock inner cam. It also has a lifetime warranty.
The bow includes a backstop, Raptor grip and multiple sight mounting holes. It also has preloaded split limbs, a pivoting limb pocket system and a machined riser.
4. Genesis Original Bow
The Genesis Original bow is the perfect bow for kids of all ages as well as adult beginners. This is the official bow for the National Archery in the Schools program and is one of the most popular compound bows available. It is extremely durable and lightweight and is made of 6061-T6 aluminum.
Unlike many compound bows, the Genesis Original has only one cam. This eliminates difficulties with tuning while improving shooting accuracy, reducing recoil and reducing noise. This bow also has no specific draw length requirement and will work for anyone with draw length needs between 15” and 30”. This makes the Genesis Original bow perfect for families as only one bow will be needed for almost everyone in the family.
The full kit includes the Genesis Original bow, five aluminum arrows, a color-coordinated belt tube quiver and an adjustable arm guard.
3. PSE Stinger 3G RTS Bow
The Stinger 3G Ready-to-Shoot bow is a completely redesigned model from PSE’s former Stinger line. The updated model has an X-Force inspired riser, an updated cam system, pivoting limb pockets, a thinline grip and an integrated string stop. It also is much quieter than previous models, making it a great choice for avid hunters. The IBO speed is 314 FPS. It is 4.7 pounds with a 33” axle to axle length. The draw length has a range from 25.5” to 30.5” with a draw weight range of 30 pounds to 60 pounds. It even comes with a lifetime warranty.
The full kit includes the PSE Stinger 3G RTS bow, an Aries sight, peep sight, neck loop, quick shot whisker biscuit, Mongoose quiver, PSE neoprene wrist sling, arrows, mechanical release and Flexxtech camp stabilizer.
2. Bear Archery Fred Bear Warrior III Realtree Camo Bow
The Bear Archery Fred Bear Warrior III bow is the perfect bow for adolescent and smaller shooters. The draw length adjusts from 21” to 23” with a maximum draw weight of 29 pounds. The Bear Archery Fred Bear Warrior III bow measures 26” from axle to axle with a six inch brace height. There is also a 70% let-off. This bow is only two pounds, making it light enough for smaller archers to carry while still remaining weighty enough to feel substantial in the shooter’s hands.
The Bear Archery Fred Bear Warrior III bow is available in a RealTree APG pattern and is available as a right hand bow only. A full package is available and includes the bow, a one-pin sight, a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, a finger tab, a two-piece arrow quiver, an armguard, two Safetyglass arrows and a temporary tattoo.
1. Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Bow
This bow is perfect for shooters of all ages. There is enough adjustment with this bow to allow young shooters to continue to use the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge bow through adulthood. The draw length is adjustable fro 13” to 30” with an adjustable draw weight that ranges from five to 70 pounds. A bow press is not needed to tune the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Bow.
The Diamond Archery Infinite Edge bow is available in both a left and right-handed model. It weighs only 3.1 pounds and has a brace height of seven inches. The Diamond Archery Infinite Edge bow measures 31” from axle to axle. The IBO speed is 310 fps and there is a 75% let-off.
A full bow package is available and includes the bow, Hostage XL arrow rest, a tube peep sight, three-pin TruGlo Apex sight, an Octane DeadLock Lite quiver and a BCY string loop.