Best Recurve BowBuying Guide: Best Recurve Bow Models and Features

Before compound bows, recurve bows were, for a thousand years, the best that science and technology had to offer in the way of archery. Although the compound variety have since taken their place, recurve still serve a place in the world of bowmanship, and are a great starter for beginners. The way they work, is by taking the tension away from the center and “recurving” it back into the archer themselves. What this does is provide extra torque, allowing the archer to hit their targets at longer distances, more accurately, and with less draw weight. Although they are much more difficult to handle than compound , archers looking for a challenge use them and they have their place. Ideally, recurve bows are designed with each particular archer in mind, depending on their stature and strength, but increases in technology have allowed for more of a one size fits all criteria, although you will still have to do a bit of research to make sure that the bow you pick is right for you. Here is a list of some of the best recurve bows on the market, along with some of the criteria that you should use for picking the best recurve bow that fits your needs.

PictureNameDraw LengthDraw WeightPriceRating
OMP Explorer 2.0 Right Hand, 62-Inch/40-Pound26 Inches40 pounds$$$5.0
Martin Saber Takedown Bow, 45-Pound, Camouflage28 Inches45 pounds$$$$5.0
Martin Jaguar Takedown Bow, 50-Pound, Camouflage28 Inches40 to 50 pounds$$$4.0
Samick Sage Takedown 35lb26 Inches50 pounds$$$4.9
PSE® Razorback™ Right Hand, 20#24"20 pounds$$4.1

The Advantages of the Recurve Bow over a Compound Bow

There are a lot of advantages of the compound bow over the recurve bow, that often times the advantages of the recurve bow are overlooked in the process. The first advantage of the recurve bow over the compound bow, is that there are a lot less moving parts. The best recurves have very few addons and work perfectly, with very little set up. A compound bow on the other hand, requires a lot of tinkering, both with the cam, and with the pullies and any extra addons that you wish to add.

The second advantage, is that it is less cumbersome to carry around. Most recurves are slightly bigger than compound bows from end to end, but because of the fewer addons, it is quite easy to handle and you are unlikely to have it hang up on a tree branch or some shrubs. This gives hunters added mobility while transversing through the woods, which is huge because that is the main reason most hunters prefer bow hunting over using a gun, because of the added challenge of being stealthy. The last advantage, is that it costs considerably less for most equal quality bows.

Determining the Attributes that a Recurves Should Have

When browsing around for recurves, it is important to know what core attributes each bow should Bow Draw Lengthhave, before you even begin to look at price point and quality. For starters, a good recurve should be about 2/3-3/4 the length of your body in height. This gives the enough limber to create the needed torque, that gives it its take down power. The second attribute, is the draw weight. This is the strength needed by the archer, to be able to pull the string back fully before releasing the arrow. This can range greatly from person to person, but most adult men should be able to handle at least 50 pounds, and adult women should be able to handle at least 40 pounds of draw weight.

Recurve Bow DiagramNext, is the draw length, which can be determined by spreading your arms apart, completely at your side with palms open, and measuring the middle finger from end to end. The final number you divided by 2.5 to give you the ideal draw length that you need to look for when making your choice. This is a serious consideration that should not be overlooked, because a less than ideal draw length can be quite cumbersome to the bowman. Too long of a draw, and you won’t be able to use your full force, and the same thing if you have to tighten your elbows in order to make a proper release. Not to mention, in either case it is extremely cumbersome to make your shots.

Final Thoughts

There is a lot more than goes into it when choosing, than simply looking for the listed attributes. I have given a list of the best available bows on the market, but keep in mind that the best recurve bows are well built, durable, and are made of materials that are necessary for your typical outdoorsman. Whatever you choose, over time you will develop a feel for it, and that sensation will be what allows you to hit your mark(along with the bow sight, peep sight, water scale, etc.!).