So your looking at purchasing your first bow, or even a new bow. You walk into the store with really no idea as to what you’re getting or what to even look for. Naturally you walk over to the archery section and head for the section of bows. You get up to the isle and notice that there are dozens of different bows from different companies. You start picking up different bows that appeal to you and you look down at the prices and you just can’t help getting a sense of helplessness as to what to buy.
Just as you place a bow back on the rack, from around the corner the salesperson comes strolling up to you and starts trying to work his magic. An hour goes by and the next thing you know your walking out of the store with your new bow and all the accessories to that go along with it, still not knowing completely what you just bought or how to use it.
If this has happened to you then your not alone, but after reading this article you should have a better knowledge about what to look for when purchasing a bow. The first thing that I want you to know is that although the old saying “You get what you pay for” still stands it is not always true. You’ll notice that with big names just as any other product you’re paying for that name.
To help with this there are a couple of things you can do. The first would be to look at forums and customer reviews of the different bows out there, to gain a general knowledge of what companies to go with and which ones to stay away from, the more you know about bows the less of a chance your going to buy one that is unreliable. The second thing you can do and should not even think twice about it is to try the bow before you buy it. This will give you a feel for the bow and it will also let you know how it shoots.
I cannot stress this second point enough “BOWS ARE NOT A ONE SIZE FITS ALL”. I have seen it way too many times where a person will go into a store and he/she will be sold a bow and the bow will be way too short or way too long for them and they are unable to remain consistent or even hurt themselves.
Before purchasing any bow, you need to find out your true draw-length and your bow has to have a draw-length of 1″ less than your true draw. If you have purchased a bow that is too short or too long, most bows have modules that will govern the draw-length of the bow. They are not usually very expensive and you can usually get them from anyone that owns a archery store, or deals in archery equipment.
Within the last couple of years the world of bows has taken a turn towards a new system called vertical limb technology. What this means is that the limbs of the bow are on more of a horizontal plane in relation to the riser of the bow. Why is this important when buying a bow, well this new technology stops the bow from wanting to jump forward after being shot. This in turn reduces the amount of vibration and movement in the bow, giving you a smoother more comfortable shot.
The reason this works is because the older bows have limbs that are more upright when the bow is drawn the limbs bend back and upon release the limbs shoot back forward causing a forward jump of the bow. This new technology when released instead of both limbs being thrown forward, both limbs are thrown in opposite directions therefore the energy cancels each other out; eliminating the jump.
If you’re a hunter than another feature to look for is let-off. This is the amount of weight that is taken off the pull of the bow at full draw expressed as a percentage. So lets say you have a 60lb bow that has 85% let-off, at full draw you would be holding a total of 9lbs of weight. This feature is definitely nice to have when your sitting there in the cold with your bow drawn back waiting for that desired shot on the animal.
Generally speaking the best tip of advice is to simply do your homework before buying a bow. Bows are fairly expensive and the last thing you want is to purchase something that you can’t even effectively use.