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Best Compound Bow – 2017 Reviews, Tips and Suggestions

Welcome to our best compound bow review. If you’re here, you probably decided to buy a compound bow, but you’re confused and It’s okay. It’s okay to be confused, the internet is a huge place for information and it’s easy to face a crossroad. But there is nothing to worry about because we will give you all the RIGHT information you need to make your decision easy and correctly.

Why do I say this? Because you will stumble upon many different review sites which only review the more expensive bows so you can purchase through their link so they get a nice commission.

Here, we give you a truly honest and non-biased review. As scroll trough the best compound bow list, you will notice we rank them by reviews. But why is that, what does that mean?

As I mentioned above, we give honest reviews and we want you to be satisfied with the purchase, without having doubts. The compound bows below are already tested by other people who previously purchased them. People already had the experience with the bow you’re planning to purchase. And they share it with you to make a better decision when it comes to choosing the best compound bow for yourself.

They point out the pros and the cons of the bow. And if you are a beginner, we need to make sure we give you all the information necessary before you purchase the best compound bow for you.

Here is our list of the best compound bows

BowWeightDraw WeightDraw LengthSpeedAxle to axlePrice
SAS Rage Compound Bow review4.4 lbs.55 - 70 lbs.26" - 30"270 FPS35"Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
Diamond archery infinite edge pro-bow review3.1 lbs60 lbs34"310 FPS31”Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
Apollo Tactical USA Compound Bow review4 lbs25 Lbs - 70 Lbs19” - 30”320 FPS/Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
PSE Surge Bow review4.3 lbs.
70 lbs30”320 FPS19-1/2 " - 30"Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
Leader Accessories 50-70 Hunting Compound Bow Review4.4 lbs50 - 70 lbs25" - 31"310 FPS31.5"Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
SAS Siege Compound Bow review4 lbs
40-55lbs29" 206 FPS41.5”Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
SAS Scorpii Compound Bow3.3 lbs30-55 lbs19" - 29”260 FPS28"Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
Genesis Original Bow review2.9 lbs.
10 – 20lbs15"-30"170 FPS
35 1/2Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
iGlow 55 lb Hunting Compound Bow4 lbs40 - 55 lb27" - 29"220 FPS/Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
Genesis Original Bow review3.31 lbs19-70 lbs19”-30”320 FPS28"Click here to see the current price on Amazon.

SAS Rage Compound Bow review


Highlights: A great and stylish design, compressed ABS limb spans balance, weight and strength to continue the life of the bow.

Specifications:

  • Draw Length: 26″ – 30″
  • Draw weight: 55 – 70 lbs.
  • Axle to axle: 35″
  • Max speed: 270 FPS recommended arrow 30″ Carbon and Aluminum arrow recommended
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs.

The package contains manual.

The first thing that you might notice in this bow is the special design itself, it leaves an impression of a professional archer. If you’re a beginner and in the market looking for a suitable compound bow to your skills then this is the bow to go.

Might not be the best compound bow for hunting because of the noise.

Pros

  • Great choice for beginners
  • Adjustable draw
  • Affordable and economical

Cons

  • Not known manufacturer

 

Diamond archery infinite edge pro-bow package review


Highlights: Extended draw length for longer draw archers, color versatility (BlackOps, Mossy Oak Infinity, or Pink Blaze), comes with a big package, solid back wall, infinite draw setting, multi-shooter bow.

Specifications:

  • Draw length: 34″
  • Draw weight: 60 lbs
  • Weight: 3.1lbs
  • Axle to axle: 31”
  • Max speed: 310 FPS

The package contains Infinite Edge Pro Bow, 3-Pin tundra sight, hostage XL arrow rest, DeadLock lite octane quiver, tube peep sight, BCY string loop, comfort wrist sling, and 5″ ultra-lite octane stabilizer.

The really great thing about this bow is the versatility that poses. Starting from the color and finishes to the level of the archer itself.

So if you’re in the market whether you’re a novice archer or experienced hunter this compound bow can do both. The price tag might be a bit high, but believe me, it justifies it.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Versatility
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • High price tag

                                                               

Apollo Tactical USA Compound Bow Package review


Highlights: Stabilizer with Dampening, UV Lighted Site with 5 adjustable fiber optic pins, 6 Vibration Dampeners, D-Loop, Peep Site w/tube, Full Capture Arrow Rest, Carbon Fiber Cable Stop and Cable Guid, Hand Braided Bow Sling.

Specifications:

  • Draw Length: 19” – 30”
  • Draw Weight: 25 Lbs – 70 Lbs Without Bow Press
  • Brace Height: 7″
  • Bow Weight: 4 lbs

The package includes high quality hard case, detachable quivers, 6 aluminium arrows, 6 carbon mix for arrows, 6 field tips, 6 broad head tips, bow string wax, hex key set, extra case latch, Velcro wrist strap arrow release, 2 point bow stand.

When you see the price it might look a bit expensive, but the whole compound package, justifies every dollar. The really great thing about this bow is that it’s really easy to set it up. You don’t need to be a professional to set it up and you don’t need to go to your local archery shop.

A great bow for hunting, especially for medium game hunting. So if you’re hunter and in the market looking for a hunting compound bow, this is a great choice. And if you’re a novice archer, starting out this compound bow can get the job done as well.

Pros

  • Easy to adjust
  • Easy to set up
  • Great value for the money

Cons

  • Expensive

PSE Ready To Shoot Surge Bow Package review


Highlights: single medium draw cams, pin and peep sites for easier and more accurate shots and a sling and convenient loop.

Specifications:

  • ATA/IBO Speed 320-312 fps
  • Axle to Axle 32-1/2″
  • Draw Length Range 19-1/2 to 30″
  • Brace Height 7-1/4″

The package contains: Gemini Sight, Whisker Biscuit Rest, Flexxtech 2 Stabilizer, Shadow Quiver, PSE Neoprene Sling, Peep Sight and Nock Loop

This compound bow best works for more advanced archers. It my not be the best pick for the hunters due to the noise it releases while shooting, however It’s a great all around all round bow you get for the price. A decent speed that comes with amazing smoothness and draw cycle.

  • Amazingly smooth drawing system
  • Great package that makes sure you can start right away
  • Economical and affordable

Cons

  • Slightly heavier when compared to other compound bows
  • Noisy

Leader Accessories 50-70 Hunting Compound Bow Review


Specifications:

  • Draw Weight: 50 – 70 lbs
  • Draw Length 25″ – 31″
  • Brace Height 7.5″
  • Axle to Axle: 31.5″
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Max Speed: 310 FPS
  • 30″ Carbon arrow and 30″ aluminum arrow recommended for this compound bow.

The really great thing about this compound bow despite being economical and affordable it’s the flexibility, you can easily make it suitable for bowfishing thanks to the pre drilled mounting holes.

Pros

  • Economical and affordable
  • Durable
  • Good quality
  • Entry level hunting compound bow

Cons

  • A bit heavy

 

 

SAS Siege Compound Bow review


Highlights: Compressed ABS limbs for long life, adjustable bow sight, right hand only.

Specifications:

  • Draw Weight: 40-55lbs
  • Axle to Axle: 41.5”
  • Let Off 70%
  • Max Speed 206 FPS
  • Recommended Arrow: 30″ Carbon and Aluminum arrow recommended
  • Weight: 4 lbs

A great entry level bow for beginner archers. Everyone who’s in the market looking for a quality entry level bow without spending too much money, this is the choice to go.

This bow is great if you want to improve your hunting game as well. You can use it for hunting, but small to medium game only. It’s not the best compound bow to go hunting with. It’s suitable for bow fishing as well due to the pre-drilled holes.

The package contains accurate sight, paper target.

Pros

  • Affordable and economical
  • Great for beginners
  • Warranty
  • Accurate

Cons

  • Cheap and questionable quality of the accessories

 

SAS Scorpii Compound Bow review


Specifications:

  • Draw Length: Adjustable from 19″ – 29”
  • Draw Weight: 30-55 lbs.
  • Axle to Axle: 28″
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Speed: 260 FPS
  • Let Off: 68%
  • Brace Height: 7 1/2”
  • Options: Black, GC Camo, Black Accessories Kit, GC Camo Accessories Kit

The package contains 1 x Scorpii Compound Bow w/ Optional Accessories Kit.

A great compound for especially for beginners, hunting for small and medium game and for bow fishing. The package makes sure you need everything to get started right away.

It provides a really great value for the money.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for small and medium hunting game, including bow fishing
  • Has everything you need to get started right away
  • Durable
  • Great value for the money

Cons

  • Plastic cams and limbs

Genesis Original Bow review

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Specifications:

  • Draw weight: 10 – 20lbs (You’ll need a 3/16″ hex wrench to adjust the draw weight)
  • Draw length: 15″-30″
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs
  • Axle-to-axle: 35 1/2
  • Brace height: 7 5/8″

Highlights:

  • Machined 6061-T6 aluminum riser
  • aluminum cam and idler wheel;
  • Composite limbs;
  • Cable guard;
  • Molded competition grip;
  • Riser is drilled and tapped for standard accessories

What makes this bow great is that you can adjust it is as you develop your archery skills. Great compound bow for archers from all ages and sizes. Also, this bow is used in the NASP (National Archery School Program). It’s kind of a mixed breed between a compound bow and a recurve bow.

It’s not the best compound bow for hunting due to the small poundage. But, it’s great for novice archers, or more intermediate archers who develop their skills and they plan on using it for target practice, recreation and fun.

So if you’re in the market looking for a great compound bow for beginners, this is a good choice.

Pros

  • Great bow for teaching beginners
  • Great design and comes with a lot of finishes (Pink for the ladies)

Cons

  • Can’t use it for hunting

 

iGlow Archery Hunting Compound Bow Review


Specifications:

  • Draw weight: 40 – 55 lb
  • Arrow Speed: 220 FPS
  • Draw Length: 27″ – 29″
  • Total Length: 41.5″
  • Let off: 70%
  • Weight: 4 lb
  • 30″ Fiberglass / Aluminum / Carbon Arrows are recommended

 

As the title says, this compound bow it’s a hunting bow, best suitable for small, medium and the largest hunting game.

And it’s extremely affordable. If you don’t want to spend a fortune for a hunting compound bow then this is a good choice for you.

It has several great finishes such as god’s Country late season camouflage, autumn camouflage including the tree camouflage and the standard black finish.

Note: You’ll need an allen wrench to adjust the draw weight and also it’s a right hand oriented.

Pros

  • Great hunting for available for small, medium and large hunting game
  • Good looking design and finishes
  • Affordable
  • Good value for the money

Cons

  • A bit heavy

 

FBA service M1 Compound Bow Review


Specifications:

  • Right handed
  • Arrow speed: 320fps
  • Axle-to-Axle: 28″
  • Draw weight: 19-70lbs
  • Draw length: 19”-30” adjustable
  • Brace height: 7”
  • Let-off: 80%
  • Weight: 3.31lb

The package contains:

  • Compound bow M1
  • 5 pins bow sight (with sight light)
  • Brush arrow rest (2 pcs brush replacement)
  • Rubber stabilizer
  • Bow release
  • Braided bow sling (aluminum mounting)
  • 6pc arrow quiver
  • D-Loop assembly (1 meter replacement)
  • Peep sight assembly (2 pcs replacement)
  • 2 limb dampers
  • Bow stand
  • Arrow pullier
  • Bowstring wax,
  • 18 x 30” carbon mix arrow

The value of these accessories that this package contains almost reaches the $200 mark.

The really beautiful thing about this compound bow is the variety it gives you when it comes to the draw weight. Starting from 19lbs to 70 lbs. Suitable for every game (small, medium and large).

Many people make the wrong assumption by thinking “Oh, it’s an off brand bow, it must be poor quality”. But this is not the case, everything, starting from the compound bow and the package itself is top notch.

Pros

  • Good hunting bow
  • Suitable for any hunting game (Small, medium, large)
  • Great package value
  • Good product for the price

Cons

  • Questionable accessory quality

What is a compound bow?

The compound bow was first developed by Holless Wilbur Allen in 1966, and the patent was granted three years later, in 1969. As the time went by, the compound bow grew extremely popular in the United States and many other countries.

Before the compound bow was developed, composite bows were often referred and known as compound bows, but that term is outdated and out of usage.

The compound bow uses the leveraging system that consists of cables and pulleys so they can bend the limb.

A compound bow can be soft-draw or hard-draw

A soft-draw compound bow has a slow build up to peak weight and a gradual let-off with a long “valley” at the end.

A hard-draw compound bow has an extremely fast build up to peak draw weight, a long plateau where weight is maintained, and a quick let-off with a short valley.

Advantages and disadvantages of Compound Bows

Every bow has its own advantages and disadvantages and the compound bows are no exception to that.
I will mention the technical advantages and disadvantages and the circumstantial advantages and disadvantages.

Technical advantages

  • The first big technical advantage of the compound bow is the cam system and its function. Which is to maximize the energy storage throughout the draw cycle and provide let-off at the end of the cycle.
  • Design of the cams also plays a big role with the control of the arrow acceleration. There is a difference between the soft cam and the hard cam. The soft cam will accelerate the arrow more smoothly and gently than the hard cam. Those who are new to archery, beginners, usually use the soft cam while the more experienced archers go with the hard cam.
  • The pulley system design eliminates the need of buss cables and instead of that, uses a single string.
  • Another advantage is when the compound bow is drawn the limbs are pulled in due to the buss cables. You will notice in the longbow or recurve bow, when you draw them, the limbs go along the bow string. This is a huge difference and plays a big role, this allows the compound bows to have limbs that are horizontal. And that reduces the recoil and vibration produced from the compound bow when shooting.
  • The pulley system usually includes and contains rubber-covered blocks that act as draw-stops. Those rubber-covered blocks provide a wall that archers can shoot against. The really good part about these rubber-covered blocks is that they can be adjusted to the archers draw-weight.

Technical disadvantages

  • The first big technical disadvantage is that the compound bow has too many moving parts and the fact that requires additional maintenance.
  • Warranties for compound bows do not cover “dry loosing”.
  • You’d have to replace the string or make adjustments to let-off and the draw weight often requires a bow press.

Circumstantial advantages

  • Archers who prefer compound bows often use mechanical releases. The advantage here is the mechanical release. The mechanical release gives a better release when compared to the finger release.
  • The dampers and stabilizers fit extremely well with the compound bow. That gives the archer the advantage of holding steadier at full draw and reduce the movement of the bow when the arrow is released.

Circumstantial disadvantages

  • When comparing the compound bow and the recurve bow you will notice the weight difference. The compound bow is more lightweight and has a negative side. The bow is more sensitive to certain shooting form faults when the archer is at full draw.

Buying advice for the best compound bow

When you’re looking to buy the best compound bow, the compound bow that will perfectly fit you, to your taste, to you needs you need to considerate several things before making the final decision.

Our main goal is to make it easier for you when it comes to making a decision which is the best compound bow for you to buy. Below we have few tips to make your decision easier and faster.

Because many things don’t seem as we perceive them from our own stand point. Especially if you’re new to archery and you see some more advanced archers, how they perform with an advanced, heavier, stronger bow, both in specifications and quality.

Your budget

How much are you willing to spend for a compound bow. This is the first step you need to consider before taking the action of buying a compound bow. Think about it, how much you can spend, how much are you willing to spend.

You can always find bargain deals, there are good compound bows that give a great value for the money you pay, but that doesn’t seem to be the case most of the times and that’s why you need to carefully choose. On the other hand, if you have more money to spend, take your time, see what the compound bow you’re interested in offers you in terms of specifications and quality.

Do not hurry

You just started the sport of archery and you’re excited, adrenaline runs in your body and you just can’t wait to get your hands on your new compound bow and go out in the target field to practice your shoots. And suddenly it turns out your compound bow had an issue, something has fallen apart, something has broken, something seems poorly and cheaply made. You spent your money and soon enough your nerves on what? Compound bow of a poor quality.

That’s why you need to be calm and take your time. You see a compound bow that you like on Amazon on other website? Google it, see what the reviews say, check some videos on youtube. Try out several different compound bows, see their advantages and disadvantages, which one seems more comfortable, feel it out, experience.

If you have an archery shop go there and ask the people who work there what’s their point of view. Do not over analyze things, but consider several things, carefully, before taking action.

Accessories

Accessories play a huge part in archery. And if you’re new, you might not know the true value and what do they bring to a compound bow.

Survey the market and ask in your local archery shop. Accessories bring a big value and they might really be a big help for you if you have the right ones and use them correctly.

Purpose

This might be the core question of your reason of buying a compound bow.

  • What are your plans?
  • What do you plan to use it for?
  • What are your purposes?
  • To develop your skills?
  • To use it recreationally?
  • To hunt?

If you have one answer to one of these questions, half of the job is done. Like we mentioned above, there are certain things in terms of specifications you need to consider before buying. A compound bow for a more advanced archer who uses it for hunting is not the best choice for someone who is just starting out.

Few other questions you need to ask yourself before you take an action and purchase a compound bow?

  • How do you feel when using an archery release, are you comfortable using it? Or do you prefer to use your finger?
  • How much draw length can you stand? How much do you prefer and how much draw length do feel comfortable withstanding?
  • Have you used an arrow rest? Which one do you prefer? And which one is the best arrow rest for you?
  • What kind of type cam you prefer? Which type cam is the best for you?
  • What about bow sight? Which one is the best bow sight for you?

The questions above are really important as well. So do your survey and search the market, find the best answer, and go from there.

Weight

The word itself says pretty much. But it’s pretty important to consider how much the compound bow weighs.

Lighter compounds or compounds who weigh less, are usually better for beginners and to some extent to the hunters as well. Since they will have to carry less weigh while they hunt. But there is a negative side to that. Easier bows are louder, and that can be a really big con when you are hunting. Making noise while shooting may scare off your prey.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours and decide wisely.

Draw weight

Draw weight is the effort you need put in so you can get your compound bow to full draw. For novice archers and beginners, it’s recommended to go with less draw weight, less effort and less force until they develop the skills. However, more draw weight means more power, faster bow, heavier arrows and heavier arrow points too.

At the end of the day, measure your physicality and decide which way you will go. Less draw weight or more draw weight.

Draw length

When you’re at a full draw, the distance between the bowstring and the grip is the draw length. The draw length is adjustable, depending on the compound bow, you can do it either at home, or just visit the local archery shop and they will do it for you. Of course, the draw length is important and that’s why you need to consider something before you decide to purchase a certain compound bow and therefore making sure your choice is the best compound bow.

Too much draw length will have a negative effect on the speed and accuracy of your compound bow. So it’s better go less draw length.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours.

Axle to axle length

Axle to axle length is the total length of the compound bow. Therefore, we have shorter compound bows and longer compound bows. Each one has positive sides and negative sides, pros and cons. If you’re new to archery and still developing your skills, the longer compound bows (More axle to axle length) are better for you. On the other hand, the shorter compound bows are harder to shoot and you need to put in more time to develop your skills. Hunters prefer the shorter bows.

So if you’re a hunter go with the shorter axle to axle length. If you’re a beginner go with the longer axle to axle length.

Brace height

Brace height is the distance measured from the grip to the bow string at rest. There is a lower brace height and higher brace height and both of them have their pros and cons. The lower brace height means a faster bow, and it’s more difficult to master and shoot. On the other end the longer brace height is more forgiving and it’s better for new archers and beginners, developing their skills.

Wrap

Like we mentioned above, our main goal is to make your life easier, when it comes to choosing the best compound bow.

Don’t over analyze things, because that can have a negative effect on your choice, option and opinion. Instead, keep it simple, know your physical proportions, know your strength and go from there.

Remember, everything starts from you, so don’t be aroused by a compound bow with 320fps, you are the one who is going to pull, determine your strength.The best compound bow would be the one that matches your physicality.

Try out several different compound bows, feeling them out and experiencing different compound bows will give you a better perspective of how things work. That will help you to make a better decision when it comes to choosing the best compound bow.

Consider the technical points that we mentioned above as well, they are exceptional when it comes to the best compound bow.

That was our best compound bow review, hopefully you find this article, breakdown, reviews and tips helpful.

Updated: May 10, 2017 — 2:56 pm
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