For budding archers who are ready to take their next steps into the world of archery by purchasing their first bow, it is easy to become bamboozled with the information available. At Archery Edge we have walked that same path ourselves, which is while we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the best takedown recurve bows.
Not only that, but we have put together an in-depth buyer’s guide to cut straight to the information you’ll need when buying your first bow.
Product Quick Comparison
SAS Spirit Takedown Recurve Bow
The Spirit from SAS is an entry model, targeted at absolute beginner archers refining their technique shooting targets. The price point is right for this type of model, but buyers should be aware that this bow will be outgrown very quickly.
SAS has released a bow perfect for youths, adults, or experienced archers will want to consider another option. The poundage available is much too low to humanely consider hunting with the Spirit, although it does have many attachment points for accessories.
If you are on a budget and want to refine your technique shooting targets, or you are looking to purchase a bow as a gift for a young one. The SAS Spirit will be a welcomed addition.
- Perfect bow for youths
- Riser ready to accept attachments
- Excellent novice target shooting bow
- Rapidly outgrown
Southwest Archery Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow
The Spyder comes in at a similar price point as the Sage for higher draw models, with the lower draw models being slightly more expensive. Some users mention that they consider the Spyder to be an improved upon version of the Sage, and it’s easy to see why.
Similar in design, the Spyder appears to have a better-developed riser than the Sage, and the overall weight is reduced. Draw weights are available between #20 and #60, and limbs can be upgraded.
I would say, however, that the downsides noticed are a lack of bowstringing tool as standard, and that you will require a tool to disassemble and reassemble the bow.
With that being said, the Spyder is still a great bow for beginners looking for a slight upgrade on typical low-quality beginner bows.
- Comfortable grip
- Good for beginner and intermediate
- Selection of draw weights
- Requires tool to assemble and disassemble
- Additional cost to come with bowstringing tool
SAS Courage Takedown Recurve Bow
The Courage from SAS has only limited draw weights available, favoring higher draw weights used by hunters. That isn’t to say it cannot be used for target archery, but it will require more physical strength to fire.
The Courage is, however, available in both left and right orientations, and is the shorted bow on this list, making it perfect for archers with a smaller frame. Also, despite only being available in higher poundage models, many have expressed how easy the Courage is to draw when firing.
Overall the Courage is an excellent low-cost option for hunters, but if you are someone who uses a lot of attachments, this isn’t for you. It is also worth keeping in mind that you will need to purchase a separate bow-stringer, as the Courage doesn’t come with one included.
- Easy assembly
- Good price
- Shorter bow length good for smaller archers
- Riser isn't ready to accept accessories
- Limited draw weights
Keshes Takedown Hunting Recurve Bow
For experienced bowmen, this offering from Keshes may leave something to be desired, but for the absolute novice archer, this bow set is a significant first step into the world of archery. Right out of the box, this takedown recurve is easy to set up and get going.
A bow stringer is included, and no other tool is needed to remove or attach the limbs. Several other accessories come packaged with the Keshes, all intended to help a novice archer develop his or her technique.
A selection of draw weights is available from #15 to #55, which makes this a great starting bow for youths also. It should be worth noting that novice archers will quickly outgrow the limbs on the Keshes, and will most likely want to upgrade within 12 to 18 months.
- Includes bowstringing tool
- No tools required for takedown
- Arrow rest included
- Sight included
- Great for the novice archer
- Novice archers will want to replace the limbs fairly quickly
Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow
We’ve included The Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow in both of our bow reviews on Archery Edge, and it’s for a good reason!
The riser is simple, effective, and well-polished; this teamed with its friendly price make this reliable bow perfect for beginners. Also, the riser is drilled, therefore installing an arrow rest, sight, stabilizer, or arrow quiver is simple and easy to do in minutes.
The Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow is designed to be durable, customizable and easy to tune, and it most certainly delivers.
The riser is resilient and durable thanks to its Olive Dymondwood and Hard Maple exterior blend. Plus, it looks good too. The Hard Maple is laminated with a layer of fiberglass to give the limbs durability and bend resistance.
The limbs are long, but they are detachable from the riser to allow for easy storage and transportation. The screws are unscrew-able by hand, so there’s no need for hex keys.
The reinforced Phenolic plastic tips are perfect for whenever you decide to upgrade to FastFlight strings. It’s a rarity that bows in this price bracket come with reinforced limb tips.
- Excellent resistance to bending
- Fantastic price
- Suitable for beginners
- Limbs are unscrew-able by hand
- Drilled riser
- Experienced archers will need to upgrade the strings
- Heavier than similar, pricier bows
Entering the world of archery can be daunting for a beginner, with so many different options available, it can be challenging to know where to start. If you have recently begun archery as a hobby and are looking to make your first purchase, we have compiled this comprehensive buyer’s guide to help you.
Below you will learn about the parts that make up a takedown recurve bow, and the key factors you should consider before making a new purchase.
Takedown recurve bow parts
Probably the most essential thing to take into consideration when buying a new takedown recurve bow is the riser. The riser is the centermost portion of the bow and is where your lead hand will come into contact with it.
Traditionally made of wood, aluminum, and fiber risers are becoming more common thanks to their high tensile strength and durability. Aluminum and fiber risers tend to reduce the vibrations of the bow when loosing your shot, making the operation of the bow quieter.
The grip is in the center of the riser, and this is where you will hold the bow. Grips can typically be replaced and swapped, but you will want to ensure the grip feels natural and comfortable in hand.
When on a budget, it is worth noting that it is better to buy a pricier, higher-quality riser with lower quality limbs, than expensive limbs and a cheap riser. This is because risers typically don’t become worn and can be used for life, whereas limbs can be replaced and upgraded.
Attached to the riser at either end are the limbs. Again, limbs are traditionally constructed from wood, but fiber and composite limbs are becoming more commonplace.
It is the limbs that transfer the potential energy created by drawing the bow, into kinetic energy to fire an arrow. Limbs are usually interchangeable between brands as most follow a standard manufacturing procedure.
Typically, beginners will use limbs that have lower draw poundage and upgrade as they become stronger and more competent.
In traditional bows, the archer would have had to rest the arrow on the gripping lead hand when aiming. These days recurve bows may have an arrow rest, generally made of plastic or metal.
Bowstrings are attached to the tip of each limb, when an arrow is nocked, they are drawn back to create the potential energy required to propel the arrow forward.
When the bowstring is released, the potential energy is transferred into the arrow as kinetic energy, the further back the bowstring is pulled, the higher the level of energy transfer.
Recurve bow advantages
Typically, the arrows fired from recurve bows travel faster than arrows fired from other models of bow. Because the limbs of a recurve bow curve back on themselves (recurve) more tension is created as the bow is drawn, the limbs tact as a fling resulting in more speed.
Unlike complete recurve bows (one-piece recurve bows), takedown recurve bows can be disassembled. Once disassembled, takedown recurve bows can be placed in a bag or box for transport or storage.
Takedown recurve bows are generally cheaper than compound bows or longbows. Add to this that budget can be spread between the riser and limbs to customize your bow, resulting in prices to suit all budgets.
Since takedown recurve bows are constructed of many different pieces, they can all be replaced and upgraded over time. Whether this is because you are becoming a more competent archer and require higher draw weight, or due to damage.
If you invest in a high-quality riser, it will also feature pre-installed bushings to attach additional accessories such as a stabilizer or sight.
If you are new to archery, you will likely be confused by the term draw weight. Draw weight doesn’t refer to the physical weight of the bow; instead, it is the amount of force required to pull back the bowstring.
For newer archers, lower draw weight is recommended. As your strength increases, you can upgrade the limbs to reflect this, but if you go too heavy too soon, your technique will suffer as a result.
The other consideration for draw weight is what you intend to use your bow for. For target shooting lower draw weight will suffice, but if you plan on hunting, you will need a higher draw weight to hunt humanely.
The draw length of a bow is the distance between the nock point and the grip with an additional 1¾’’. To find your draw length, you can outstretch your arms and measure from fingertip to fingertip; if you divide this measurement by 2.5, you will have an estimation of your draw length.
When you’re looking to purchase a new takedown recurve bow, the ease of assembly and disassembly should be considered. Most bows are pretty straightforward, but some require additional tools to breakdown and put back together.
Bow length is typically measured in inches, the string’s length determines this. If a bow is 62’’ that is the length of string you will require.
Weight of the bow
Bows are generally lightweight, especially takedown recurve bows, but it is worth remembering that when used for extended periods, the weight of a bow can become fatiguing. The ideal weight will depend on age, gender, and physical strength, as well as your competency with a bow.
Despite requiring a tool to assemble and coming without a bow stringer as standard, my pick would have to be the Southwest Archery Spyder. The main reason for my choice is that the riser is of higher quality than the other bows featured on this list.
The tools required to string the bow and attach the limbs to the rise are relatively cheap, and limbs can be upgraded while a quality riser can last a lifetime. Coupled with it being ready to accept attachments straight out the box makes the Spyder my top pick for best takedown recurve bow.
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