Me and a few friends that are long time traditional archery (exclusive recurve and long bow hunters for decades) decided to make the most comprehensive recurve ranking on the web. We’re new to building websites (Thanks to Dan for helping us out setting up the theme, much appreciated!), but we did our best to make the comparison, bow reviews and recommendations reliable. We’ve put a ton of effort into researching each bow on the market (as you will see by checking out the site), comparing pro’s and con’s, figuring out criteria for determining winners in each category, etc. Our rankings are currently available in four categories: best overall, best for budget-minded buyers, greatest value, and best for youth archers. We will continue updating the site as we try out different models and go out hunting more often. Most of our focus was on products made by Hoyt, Martin Archery, Bear, SAS, Samick Sports, and of course PSE – plus a few other lesser known bowyers.
The site is over at http://www.recurvebowrankings.com and it’s obviously a work in progress. We had very stringent ranking criteria; we examined accuracy, overall riser and grip comfort, prolonged (over years) reliability and susceptibility to damage and malfunction, durability of the laminate/wood finish/limbs and tips, smoothness of the drawing cycle and the presence of bumps during the draw, vibration and energy transfer on string release, arrow groupings at up to 35 yards (both with a stabilizer and sight, as well as without while shooting instinctively). The were used by us, and particularly by Zach and Dan (my two archery friends I mentioned earlier) in real life hunting situations. We’ve harvested rabbit, hog, deer, elk and cape buffalo. We know which bows are actual performers and which ones just look pretty and pretend to be useful, only to break down on you after one or two seasons of use.
Again, we invite you to visit the site and take a look at what we have got in store for you. We hope you’ll appreciate the immense amount of work that went into creating these rankings and that they’ll help you out in your own research process, hopefully getting you as addicted to archery as we are. Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t like hunting – the bows on our site are mostly very well suited for backyard target practice (just make sure to get an extra foam backstop to avoid ruining your arrow tips too quickly) or an awesome 3D shooting course. Young or old, man or woman – traditional archery is a great hobby to be involved with.