How I Figured Out What Recurve Bow Should I Buy

what recurve bow should i buyWhat Recurve Bow Should I Buy?

Here we look at the recurve bow that provides the best value, the ideal option for target shooting, the best choice for beginners plus, reviews of the Spider XL, Samick Sage and the SAS Explorer takedown bows. 

Are you planning on buying a new recurve bow and wondering which one is best for you?

Well, after reading my article, you’ll have a much better idea of what’s best for you.

You may have been browsing through different models and found it confusing, can’t blame you for that!

This is totally normal for someone buying a bow for the very first time.

We present here some well researched, and hopefully helpful, information so deciding on which one to go for will be a much easier decision for you than it was for me.

Off The Record, What's The Best Recurve Bow for the Money?

If you want to know what the best recurve bow for the money is, well the short answer is – it depends entirely on what you’re going to use it for and your specific requirements.

Archers who own recurve bows have varying requirements. You may be a hunter, target shooter, clout, flight, or mounted archer. In each of these cases, your expectations from a recurve bow will be quite different.

If you’re able to stretch your budget a little further, you may consider buying sights, limbs, or stabilizers to add on to it. You may also want to think about a takedown bow or just a piece as per your need. So, be careful and take your time when choosing a bow, your aim should be to buy the one that works best for you.

Also, do not forget to check the weight of the bow, its length, and handedness (right or left handed) to see if it serves your purposes.

What Recurve Bow Should I Buy for a Beginner?

Archery is a lot of fun but deciding on which is the best recurve bow for beginners can do your head in. It can seem like a hurdle as there are many bows available with varied options and features.

beginner archery girlIt can be a bit intimidating trying to find out which one is best to buy, especially if you are a beginner.

You need to consider ease of use, your physical size and strength, what are you going to use your bow for, price, portability, etc.

You may wish to check out the very funky Penobscot Bow which was invented by Chief Big Thunder who purported to be a Canadian Native Indian, but in reality, was a white man with one hell of an imagination!

Below we have created a ‘mini review’ of some of the best recurve bows for someone in your situation…

The Spider XL Takedown Recurve Bow:

The Spider XL Takedown Recurve Bow is an excellent choice for a beginner, especially if you are above five feet ten inches tall and don’t want anything too difficult to learn. It’s designed by specialists and available in 4 different types wood, naturally culled for their beauty and robust nature.

Of first class quality, it’s ideal for target shooting, bowfishing and even hunting small game. It’s  supported by an excellent warranty and very well priced.

This bow arrives in a well-stocked archery set which will provide your immediate needs to get going and includes…

  • Your bow and a bow string
  • A stringer tool
  • An armguard
  • An arrow rest
  • Three top quality carbon arrows

All packed beautifully in a premium, airline approved hard case.

A good bow that’s worthwhile checking out.

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow:

Samick’s Sage Takedown Recurve Bow is quite popular and considered a cost effective and practical ‘beginner to Intermediate’ option. In fact, it’s widely regarded as one of the best options for beginners.

It’s quiet, easy to set up and is available for right or left handers.

It’s a popular choice for a number of reasons…  it’s not difficult to assemble, has a rugged look, it’s of excellent quality and carries one of the best warranties in the business.

It’s easy to setup and accessories are plentiful.

This bow comes with –

  • Riser
  • Bowstring
  • Arrow rest

However a stringer is not included.

Samick builds their archery products from top quality material and are used by archery champions all around the globe.

WARNING: There are fake Samick bows being sold off as originals so make sure you give it the once-over before handing over your hard earned cashola.

The SAS Explorer Metal Riser Takedown Recurve Bow:

The SAS Explorer Metal Riser Takedown Recurve Bow is a good all round bow for archers from 5 feet to over 6 feet tall.

  • It’s very robust
  • It weighs very little
  • It performs well.

It’s an excellent choice for beginners and transitional archers alike, it’s not as quiet as other bows but that’s a minor issue and can be easily rectified.

Constructed from laminated maple and fiberglass, this bow is also very tough and colorful alternative to the Samick Sage and Spider. It’s not too heavy and the ladies seem to love it.

Terrific fun for the whole family, either target shooting in the back garden or hunting adventures in the wild!

It’s for right handers only and comes with strings but not an arrow rest, nock or a stringer. Don’t let this deter you though, the quality is good for the price you pay and it’s accurate and smooth shooting.

This Explorer bow will provide a ton of family fun shooting in the backyard or trips into the woods for hunting!

Best Recurve Bow for Target Shooting:

Really, the best recurve bow for target shooting is the one you already own.

Or, choose a lightweight, durable bow that’s simple to use, has a comfortable ergonomic grip and is known for its accuracy and doesn’t cost the earth.


What recurve bow should I buy… To a large degree your budget will determine the bows you look at as well as what you’re going to use them for and where you’re going to use them. Also, your height and physical strength can play an important part in choosing.

All the bows mentioned in this article have been around for ages and have withstood the test of time, they’re all great for beginners and offer good value. You cannot go wrong choosing any one of them really.