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Best Compound Bow – A 2020 Guide

Last Updated: March 9, 2020
Alexander Herbert
Product Review by Alexander Herbert

We’ve previously discussed some of the benefits of compound bows in our earlier round-up reviews and guides, e.g. Best Beginner Compound Bow, etc

But in today’s round-up review and guide, we’ll be discussing our top picks for the very Best Compound Bow overall in 2019.

So, without any further delay, let’s take aim at the first compound bow on our list.

Top 5 Best Compound Bows currently available.

Our Reviews

1

Gen - X Compound Bow

Powerful enough to be included on most hunts but also versatile enough to be used on the range. The Gen – X Compound Bow, by Gen – X (Genesis) is another bit of quality kit.

Again, slightly more expensive than your beginner bows but this can be forgiven for the amount of quality the Gen – X Bow provides.

Compact, lightweight and smooth but without sacrificing any of the power, the Gen -X Bow is consistently rated 5 stars across the board.

Material wise, the Gen – X is made up of machined 6061-T6 aluminum riser, aluminum cam, and idler wheel, all manufactured in the USA.

The Gen -X has a standard draw length of between 21 – 30 inches and allows up to 40lbs draw weight, by no means the best, but not the worst either.

All in all, the Gen – X offers archers another viable option in the compound bow market.

Pros

  • Made in the USA
  • Reputable brand
  • Versatile
  • Quality build
  • 35 ½ axle - axle

Cons

  • No D loop
2

Genesis Original Bow

First on our list is the Genesis Original Bow, manufactured by Genesis Bows.

Genesis Bows is a company long established in the archery community and has a reputation for producing quality bows at quality prices.

As a testament to the quality of Genesis Bows, the Genesis Original Bow is the official bow of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).

The Genesis Original Bow is great for all ages, sizes, and abilities. With no draw length requirements, there should be little to no worries that you will eventually outgrow this bow and need to upgrade. It really is a great all-rounder and a quality bit of kit.

Made completely in the USA, the Genesis Original Bow is manufactured with quality machined 6061-T6 aluminum to the riser, an aluminum cam and idler wheel, plus sturdy composite limbs and high-strength bowstrings.

Price-wise the Genesis Original Bow comes in at around the $150 – $200 range and is consistently rated 5 stars by many archery practitioners.

When looking for the very best in compound bows, you really can do much worse than opt for any compound bow made by Genesis Bows.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Consistently rated high
  • Versatile
  • Long product use and life (from child to adult)
  • Made in the USA
  • Single - cam technology
  • Hex wrench included (no bow press needed)

Cons

  • Complaints about derailing, but this can be due to user fault/improper use
3

Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro

Next on our list and rising significantly in price, is the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro Compound Bow, made by Diamond Archery.

As above, the Diamond Archery Pro is nearly double the price of some of the other compound bows included in our list, so think carefully and research thoroughly before making that purchase. Buy right…Buy once!

Diamond Archery has redesigned the entire cam system on the Infinite Edge Pro, meaning a smooth, flawless draw is more achievable with this model.

With a draw length range between 13 – 31 inches, and a draw weight between 5lbs – 70lbs the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro Compound Bow really does stand out from the crowd! And can be used from an early age, right into adulthood.

With a solid back wall, arrow speed of up to 310ft/sec, integrated stabilizer and just all-round quality parts, the Infinite Edge Pro really does seem to have a slight edge over its competitors.

Pros

  • Hunting & recreation
  • Wide range of adjustability
  • Redesigned cam system
  • Stabilizer
  • Great for children & adults alike

Cons

  • Very cheap extras included sight, rest, quiver, etc…
  • Cam on some product models can break fairly easy (could be due to user fault)
4

Bear Archery Cruzer Lite Compound Bow

Next on our list is the Cruzer Lite Compound Bow by Bear Archery, another well established and respected brand in the archery community.

Bear Archery promotes the Cruzer Lite Compound Bow as another compound bow that is incredibly versatile while also highly adjustable, which can be used by children right up to “legend” (adult).

Draw length wise, the Cruzer Lite can be adjusted from 12 – 27 inches, and ranges from 5lbs – 45lbs peak draw weight.

There’s no need for a bow press with the Bear Archery Cruzer Lite Compound Bow, as it can be easily adjusted with an Allen wrench.

Lightweight and well balanced for any child or adult, the Cruzer Lite Compound Bow is another fantastic addition in the compound bow market, which is consistently rated 4 stars and above.

Pros

  • Weighs only 3.2lbs
  • Advanced grip design
  • Sight, whisker biscuit, quiver, stabilizer, peep sight, and nock loop included
  • Great starter bow
  • Good price
  • Shoots up to 290 FPS

Cons

  • None
5

RAPTOR Compound Hunting Bow

Last but not least, we have the Raptor Compound Hunting Bow by Predator Archery.

Established in 1993 by Curtis Campisi and Mike Pierce, Predator Archery has continued to grow year on year. Becoming a popular and respected brand throughout the archery world.

In the Raptor Compound Hunting Bow, we have one of the most popular bows that Predator Archery has ever made.

With an adjustable draw length from between 24.5 – 31 inches, and a draw weight of between 30lbs – 70lbs without the need for a draw press is pretty good and above average.

The cams on the Raptor Compound Bow are also very impressive and are made up of quality aluminum rather than plastic that can be found in some lower-priced competitor models.

The Raptor also features a 30” axle – axle, stabilizer, 5 pin sight with light and level, 4 arrow quiver, biscuit-style rest and string stop.

A split yoke tuning system is also incorporated in the Raptor Compound Bow model, allowing for more precise adjustments and proper arrow flight.

Pros

  • Fully machined aluminum
  • Competitively priced
  • Kit/accessories included
  • Best in class 315 ft per second potential arrow speed when at max settings with a 350-grain arrow
  • Quality brand
  • Consistently rated 4 stars plus
  • Perfect bow for beginners or intermediates

Cons

  • Faulty/defective parts on some models
  • Short product life with some models

Best Compound Bow Types & Uses

Before you can purchase a compound bow, you will first need to decide on the type of bow, its purpose, and any other requirements of the compound bow that you may need.

You should ask yourself “ what will my compound bows main purpose be?”

Will your compound bow be mainly used as a hobby, hunting, competing, or a mixture?

This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s easy to forget that not everyone is a pro or as well versed in archery as the next archer.

Which leads us on to our next point…

Research…Research…Research

Research anything and everything you can find on the subject, the more you know, the better equipped you are to find, purchase, set-up and ultimately, use your compound bow.

Reviews, forums, online stores and resources are all great for this purpose. Even such platforms as Wikipedia, Youtube, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter etc can all help as you can find bits of info or tutorial videos on nearly every subject.

Choosing a Compound Bow: Affordability, Top Quality & Comfort

Affordability – We’ve not all got an endless money pot that we can dip into any time we feel like it. So finding the right compound bow that meets all your requirements whilst also being in your budget may be one of the more difficult tasks. In your first instance, Amazon, Ebay or your local Buy & Sell page may be your best bet for a more affordable compound bow. Also, who knows, you may be lucky enough to find yourself a premium bow, at a bargain price!

Quality – Let’s be honest, we’re after quality not quantity. It may seem like a really good deal when you see these kits online that include quivers, arm guards, D-loops etc…But they’re not always the best bet, even for a beginner. If something seems too good to be true, it normally is. Cheap parts and materials can be common among some Chinese brands, and although they may work for a short amount of time, eventually you will be paying out to repair or buy a completely new compound bow.

Comfort – Will also come into play when looking at the quality of your compound bow. Size, weight, draw length, draw weight, axle-axle length, brace should be carefully considered before making your purchase.

Sourcing your Compound Bow

When it comes to sourcing your compound bow, you have a number of options. The most sensible and first port of call should be to see if you have any local archery stores in your hometown. Stores solely focused on archery are normally the best for finding the more premium bows that are hard to comeby when shopping online.

A step down from your local archery store would be a general all round sports store that sells sporting equipment of every kind. You may not find the more premium bows here, but they should have a big enough selection to peak your interest.

One of the more simpler ways to source your bow is online, there’s countless online sites and stores as well as big online retailers like Amazon that can fulfill your requirements. The added bonus of purchasing online is obviously the online reviews, info guides and tips, price, as well as the item being directly shipped to your door, what more can you ask for!

Recap

There you have it, five of the best compound bows currently available!

Some readers may be a little confused on how we could have missed some of the more premium compound bows off the list. This was purely down to price and availability.

We’d all like to see a list full of Darton/Mathews Triax/Obsession/Hoyt compound bows. But let’s be honest, not all archery practitioners or hunters will have a $1,000 or more to spend on a bow and not all archery stores stock the above. So we’ve stuck with reviewing the more affordable compound bows that offer just as many features.

Our Top Compound Bow

After reviewing each bow on the list, and looking at the pros and cons of all. Archery Edges’ top pick of the five included in today’s review is the Genesis Original Bow.

Versatility, price, features, reliability, and brand won through for us in the end.

Whether child or adult, beginner or pro, the Genesis Original Bow has everything you’re looking for.

Even if you decide to upgrade in the future, the Genesis Original product life is such, that you can pass it on to the next generation knowing they’ll get plenty of practice and use out of it, all the while honing their archery skills.

Found your bow and ready for some accessories to hone in that next shot?  Check out our Best Compound Bow Sights and Best Compound Bow Stabilizers review!

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