Welcome to our great recurve arch test 2021. Here we present you all of our recurve bows tested in more detail. In addition, we have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.
With this, we want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best recurve bow for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a recurve sheet.
The most important things in brief
- A recurve bow can accelerate an arrow with more force than a simple longbow or other older bow species.
- Basically, a distinction is made between one-piece and take-down recurve bows. Both types are available in different designs and models.
- Take-down recurves consist of 2 throwing arms and a centerpiece, which can be exchanged individually. On the other hand, a one-piece consists of only a whole piece, but you save the time for assembling before shooting.
Best Recurve Bows
PSE Razorback- Good entry-level bow
The recurve bow by Toparchery is the perfect bow for beginners. It is suitable for right- and left-handed people and has an arc length of 56 inches. The tendon has a length of 53 inches, and the bow itself weighs 821 grams.
Previous customers are particularly enthusiastic about the ease of use of the bow and that the left and right-handed people can operate the recurve bow.
Buffalo Hunting – Good looking and performing bow
The recurve bow of the outdoor shooter is suitable for both beginners and advanced. However, it is only suitable for right-handed people. In addition to the bow, the scope of delivery also includes five arrows, a bowstring, and six targets.
Previous customers are particularly enthusiastic that the bow is suitable for both beginners and advanced users.
Samick Sage – Best budget recurve bow
The Rolan Black Snake is a one-piece bow. This means that the bow consists of a whole piece and not like a take-down of 3 individual parts.
As a result, the hand shock is slightly increased, and to increase, a new bow is regularly needed, but you save yourself the time to assemble the bow at the beginning.
Bear Archery Grizzly – Best recurve bow for target shooting
Since the matrix is available in many sizes and with a wide range of pull weights, it is recommended for beginners who want to grow on the bow. It is particularly cheap and yet of good quality. Also, by the many accessories, the entry is much easier.
The Ragim Matrix is a take-down bow. This means that the sheet consists of 3 individual parts. The 2 throwing arms and the middle part. This reduces the hand shock somewhat and makes it easier to transport the bow. However, before shooting, a bit of time must also be invested in assembling.
Guide: Questions you should deal with before buying a recurve sheet
What traction should your bow have?
The pulling force of your bow depends on your maximum force. Therefore, choose, especially at the beginning, rather a lower pull weight. The draw weight of your bow is best found out by trying out different bows with different resistances. It is important that you can hold the resistance well and have complete control over the bow in the tense state.
In addition, the tensile resistance is generally given in pounds (=lbs.). One pound is about 0.5 kg. If you do not have the opportunity to try it out, we have a table below that you can use as a guide.
Are there any bows, especially for beginners or children?
The answer to this question is simply yes. Many bows are awarded as beginner bows or children’s bows, but only smaller models have lower traction. In addition, these models are usually cheaper.
How expensive is a recurve?
Prices depend on the usual criteria. High-quality recurves are available from as low as 70 EUR. The price increases with higher traction and with the length of the bow. Also, the price differs depending on the model and brand. While a cheap bow is enough initially, with increasing experience, you should choose a bow that suits you well in your hand. Professional bow or not is more in the eye of the beholder.
Can I also borrow or rent a recurve?
In most cases, the archery clubs lend the first bows. This is because you first have to find out which bow suits you and whether you like the sport itself at all. It is not required that you appear at the first hour with your own bow device.
What types of arrows are there?
With all arrows, it is true that they should be as colorful as possible and should have large feathers. So that you do not have to look for them for a long time in the tall grass. Since the bow is unusable without arrows, the three arrow types are briefly presented below.
Arrows made of wood
Wooden arrows are a taboo for a recurve. They break faster and warp due to weather conditions. Therefore, these are not recommended.
Arrows made of aluminum
Arrows made of aluminum bend very quickly in case of improper treatment and then no longer fly straight. Since you, as a beginner, have to learn the right handling, aluminum arrows are discouraged at the beginning. However, the advantage of the arrows is that a metal detector finds them.
Arrows made of aluminum are not suitable for beginners. Arrows made of wood are fragile and are out of the question for recurve bows.
Arrows made of carbon
Arrows made of carbon are very resistant and do not bend. However, if the arrow crunches when bending, it is splintered. This should also be checked regularly carefully, as shooting with a splintered arrow can be very dangerous if, for example, it still breaks in the bow when loosening the tendon and splinters fly.
In addition, there are plastic arrows reinforced with glass fibers, the so-called fever glass arrows. These, like the other species, are suitable for use with arches.
What accessories do you need for archery?
Basically, only forearm protection, finger tabs, and possibly a quiver are necessary. For women, there is also a breast guard. Since the tendon of the bow always beats against the forearm, and this can lead to painful injuries and the direction of the arrow, thus warps strongly, forearm protection is mandatory. For beginners, an extended one is recommended since the turning in of the elbow is sometimes still disregarded.
Finger tabs also provide a straight trajectory and are very cheap to get.
Quiver or even an arrow stand is unnecessary because you can also put arrows in the ground, but they remain clean and do not use so quickly.
For women, breast protection, with proper technique, is also mandatory, as everything else leads to serious and painful injuries. It is impossible to list the accessories conclusively here, whether the variety, but everything else only becomes relevant with the increasing profession and strongly hinders the learning process.
It is important to wear the necessary protection so that injuries can be avoided.
What distinguishes a recurve from other arcs?
A recurve bow differs from classical bows in that the two throwing arms are bent away from the shooter. Hence the name “Recurve.”More force can be transferred to the arrow by bending the throwing arms, and the so-called “hand shock” is enormously reduced. In addition, the recurve, in contrast to old arches, has an arched window.
- Better energy transfer to the arrow
- The greatly reduced shock effect
- Cheaper than compound sheets
- Perfect bow for beginners
- Fewer cultivation opportunities
- High traction difficult to control
This is simply a large section in the centerpiece, which allows the arrow to shoot straight forward and not slightly left, or right past the bow. This makes aiming much easier.
However, a recurve is not technically comparable with a compound. With a compound, you have a higher pulling force, much better under control, and also a little more mounting options for accessories.
Decision: What types of recurves are there, and which one is right for you?
As an Olympic discipline, archery has become known to the wider public, and more and more manufacturers want to sell their models. On this page, you will be helped to decide on the right bow that suits you.
We will help you find the ideal bow for you. Basically, a recurve bow is much more suitable as an entry-level bow than its brothers. But also for the professionals, a recurve is suitable and not easy to master.
What is a Take-Down Recurve, and what are its advantages over traditional recurves?
Take Down bows refer to bows that consist of individual parts that are also replaceable. Traditional recurves, on the other hand, consist of only one piece.
Especially for beginners, takedowns are recommended, as increasing strength and practice throwing arms with higher tensile forces become useful. So you don’t have to buy a new bow every time. It also facilitates transportation. This should be borne in mind, especially since some arches measure more than 1.70 m.
The shock effect on the handpiece is also further reduced because the transition from the throwing arm to the middle part has a dampening effect.
By disassembling, the individual small parts can be transported more easily. And with a broken part, you can simply buy a new one. First, however, you have to assemble the bow before shooting each time. However, this succeeds after some time in less than 5 minutes.
Some shooters also encounter the screws and appearance negatively, but this is purely a matter of taste.
- Advantages summarized: Replaceable items
- Easier transport
- Lower shock effect
Purchase criteria: Based on these factors, you can compare and evaluate sheets
In the following, we will show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate recurve arches. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular piece of sports equipment is suitable for you or not.
In summary, the following points are
- Bow type
- Sheet size
- Pull weight
- Item weight
- Useful hand
- Suitability for children
- incl. arrows
- incl. arm protection
- incl. suitcase
- Cultivation possibilities
In the following paragraphs, you can read what the individual purchase criteria are all about and how you can classify them.
There are take-downs and one-pieces. A one-piece consists of one piece, whereas a take-down usually consists of three pieces: a centerpiece and two throwing arms to be attached to it.
Although the take-down has the disadvantage that it is usually a bit more expensive and has to be assembled before use, it also has many advantages.
When taking down, you have less hand shock, which makes shooting much more pleasant. In addition, the Transport is lighter and, especially as a beginner, you can replace the parts individually and thus increase the traction without having to buy a new complete sheet.
The size of your bow depends on your height.
If you are unsure, choose a slightly larger bow, as this error is more likely to forgive than a small bow. We have put together a table for orientation, which you can find above under “How big should my bow be?”.
The tensile weight determines the force required to span the arc completely.
The higher the pull weight, the more power you need, but the more power is also transferred to the arrow, which then flies further and straighter. But at the beginning, it is better to choose a lower pull weight, which you master to learn the technique properly.
We have put together a table for orientation, which you can find above under “What traction should your bow have?”.
The weight of a bow is significant, as the bow must be held with the arm outstretched for a long time.
Therefore, a lighter bow is almost always an advantage. However, as an advanced, it makes sense to use a heavier bow for training to build up strength and to be able to hold the bow longer in the event of a tournament without the arm starting to tremble.
The useful hand is the hand with which you pull the tendon. If you’re right-handed, you probably need a right-handed bow as well. Many people also determine their hand according to the dominant eye.
The hand then corresponds to the dominant eye. That is, if your right eye is dominant, you need a bow for right-handed people.
There is a simple and quick method to determine which eye is dominant. First, form a ring with your thumb and index finger as if you wanted to display “ok.” Now, look with both eyes through this ring at a distant, small object.
Now close first one eye and then the other. In one eye, the object remains within the circle. In the other, the circle shifts. The eye that is open when the object remains in the circle is the dominant eye. This variant is advantageous since you can better see the dominant eye and aim only with one eye.
- There are 4 types of materials for the throwing arms of the bow glass fiber
Glass fiber is almost always used on the surface of the throwing arms, as it provides the required elasticity. Elasticity is a fundamental property for the final velocity of the arc.
Even today, wood is usually still the core of an arch and gives the arches the structure, i.e., shape.
In some cases, plastic replaces the wood and makes it much lighter. In addition, the core is more uniform since plastic is not a natural product. However, plastic is not as suitable as wood because it becomes brittle much faster and emphases faster.
Carbon fibers are sometimes incorporated into the arch for reinforcement to increase stability and elasticity. A modern arch consists of 10 to 20 layers of different materials. The most common combinations are wood with glass fibers and plastics with carbon fibers.
With the color, you can pursue your own preferences.
However, you should look at certain colors, such as camouflage, that the arrows do not have the same color. Otherwise, you will find them very difficult. This is especially important in the forest or with tall grass.
Suitability for children
Arches suitable for children are usually smaller and have a lower pulling weight.
This makes the bow more manageable for the child and less dangerous, making sense for children to buy an excellent bow.
Since good arrows are usually not cheap, you are happy when the first ones are already there. You also save yourself the research for the right arrows for this bow.
However, you should see that they are perfect arrows. In addition, as already mentioned above, you should look for the color.
However, if the arrows are of good quality, just re-order them.
- arm protection
Arm protection is not a high cost, but it is more convenient to have arm protection directly. However, you should also pay attention to the quality here. For beginners, an armed guard is recommended, which also covers the elbow.
In addition, the arm guard should be made of a soft fabric and not hard or plastic because the arm guard itself then hits the arm and hard material deflects the arrow even more than the arm itself.
A well-padded bow case is costly. In addition, it must fit the bow.
Nevertheless, a suitcase for transport is handy. It is not only easy to transport but also protects the bow from damage, unlike simple pockets.
Before you buy a bow, you should also consider whether and how many additives you want to grow on your bow. These additives can be used as an example: water trolleys, visors, or stabilizers.
Some people also like to combine different visors, as different visors are suitable for different ranges. Depending on your goals with the bow, you should think about it beforehand.
How do I have to maintain my bow?
The top rule for all bows is that the tendon is never tensed and released without an inserted arrow. This causes the energy intended for an arrow to be transferred to the bow’s structure, making it brittle. This can lead to serious accidents.
In addition, as long as you do not use it, you must relax the bow and remove the tendon. The sheet should never be stored in a tense state. With a wooden arch, care must be taken to ensure that it does not get too wet. In addition, you can treat this from time to time with care oil.
Otherwise, a bow is relatively easy to maintain. It should be cleaned from time to time with a damp, not wet, rag. If the handle is enclosed with leather, it can be replaced if there is visible damage. The tendon should be waxed from time to time but is necessary for modern recurves once a year.
The tendon of the arch should be tense only if the bow is used.
Do I need a gun license for a bow?
The bow is not subject to the weapons law in Germany, as it is sports equipment, so no gun license or similar is necessary. However, this does not free from the special responsibility that a bow entails.
What is 3D archery?
3D archery refers to the hunt for detailed animal replicas or stuffed animals. These are usually hidden in the forest to recreate a real hunt. The hunting of real, live animals is prohibited in Germany!
What distinguishes a longbow from a recurve?
To master a longbow with the same pulling force, significantly more force is required, yet less energy is transferred to the arrow. Therefore, longbows are usually shot much higher.
As mentioned above, the longbow also shoots past the bow to the left or right, which makes aiming difficult for beginners.
What distinguishes a compound from a recurve?
A compound arch is a very modern bow; thanks to pulley technology, it can store much energy when pulled out. As a result, undressing is heavier than holding in the extended state. This makes aiming easier and allows greater tensile forces to be controlled.
In addition, there are plenty of accessories for compounds and several mounting options on the bow. The bow is ideal for hunting. You can walk with a stretched bow in the forest and loosen the tendon when discovering an animal.
This saves the time that would be needed for other bows to clamp. Therefore, one is not dependent on sneaking or hiding to kill an animal. However, one should also remember that assembling the recurve takes much more time than with other arches.