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.
We have an in-depth buyer’s guide to cut to the information you’ll need to buy your first bow.
OUR TOP PICK
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 model, but buyers should know that this bow will be outgrown quickly.
SAS has released a bow perfect for youths, adults, or experienced archers will want to consider another option.
The poundage available is too low to 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
The downsides I 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 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
The Courage from SAS has limited draw weights available, favoring higher draw weights used by hunters. That isn’t to say it cannot be used for target archery or archery competitions but it will require more physical strength to fire.
The Courage is available in both left and right orientations, and is the shorted bow on this list, making it perfect for archers with a smaller frame.
Despite only being available in higher poundage models, many have expressed how easy the Courage is to draw when firing.
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.
Keep 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
Today we’re going to be reviewing the 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.
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 youth.
It should be worth noting that novice archers will outgrow the limbs on the Keshes, and will 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
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 polished; teamed with its friendly price make this reliable bow perfect for beginners.
The riser is drilled, making installing an arrow rest, sight, stabilizer, or arrow quiver simple.
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. The Hard Maple limbs are laminated with fiberglass for 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 when you 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
The Top Recurve Bows Buying Guide
Entering the world of archery or competitions can be daunting for a beginner, with many different options available, it can be challenging to know how to start.
If you have 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 recurved bow, and the key factors you should consider before making a new purchase.
The most essential thing to think about if buying a recurved bow is the riser. The riser is the centermost portion of the bow and where your lead hand will come into contact.
Traditionally made of wood, aluminum and fiber risers are becoming common thanks to their high tensile strength and durability. Aluminum and fiber risers 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 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. Risers don’t become worn and can be used for life, limbs can be replaced and upgraded.
Attached to the riser at either end are the limbs. Limbs are traditionally constructed from wood, but fiber and composite limbs are becoming commonplace.
It is the limbs that transfer the potential energy created by drawing the bow, into kinetic energy to fire an arrow. Limbs are interchangeable between brands as most follow a standard manufacturing procedure.
Beginners will use limbs that have lower draw poundage and upgrade as they become stronger and competent.
In traditional bows, the archer would have had to rest the arrow on the gripping lead hand while 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. As an arrow is nocked, they are drawn to create the potential energy required to propel the arrow.
As the bowstring is released, the potential energy is transferred into the arrow as kinetic energy. The further the bowstring is pulled, the higher the level of energy transfer.
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 on themselves (recurve), more tension is created as the bow is drawn. The limbs act 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 easily transported and stored.
Takedown recurve bows are cheaper than compound bows or longbows.
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 be upgraded over time. Whether this is because you are becoming a competent archer and require higher draw weight, or due to damage.
If you invest in a high-quality riser, it will feature pre-installed bushings to attach additional accessories such as a stabilizer or sight.
If you are new to archery, you will be confused by the term draw weight. Draw weight doesn’t refer to the physical weight of the bow; its the amount of force required to pull 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, your technique will suffer.
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 recurve bow, the ease of assembly and disassembly should be considered.
Most bows are straightforward, but some require additional tools to breakdown and assemble.
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 lightweight, especially recurve bows, but it is worth remembering that if used for extended periods, the weight of a bow can become fatiguing.
The ideal weight will depend on age, gender, physical strength, and 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 cheap, and limbs can be upgraded while a quality riser can last a lifetime. Coupled with it being ready to accept attachments out the box makes the Spyder my top pick for the top takedown recurve bow.
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