What’s the Best Crossbow for Women in 2021?

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It is not lost on crossbow manufacturer’s that more and more women are taking up target shooting and hunting so it begs the question, is there a marketplace just for them or do females have to rely on using crossbow products which are essentially designed by men, built by men and shot by men? In this article we’re going to roundup the best women’s crossbows on the market today.

It is probably fair to say that depending on height and stature, female shooters may want a smaller bow and one that is lighter. Rather than palm them off with a bottom of the range model or something designed for a teenager, smart bow manufacturers are now starting to cater for the specific needs of the female shooter. So what are the key features that you should be looking for in a crossbow as a female archer?

Our roundup of crossbows for women

Best Crossbow for Women – Our Picks

Note: Our individual reviews are below, but you can also click any of the links above to check current prices on Amazon and other retailers

Draw Weights / Speed

The draw weight of a crossbow affects the speed and release of the bolt, this is effectively the level of resistance the bow exerts on the bolt. Draw weight will determine how difficult a bow is to load (or cock), how fast the bolt will fly and how much power it will strike with. 

If you’re a hunter, there are legal requirements for minimum draw weights when crossbow hunting and these requirements vary by state, so make sure you know your minimum before you make a choice. What you’re effective to hunt with a crossbow comes down to the power of the bolt. That power is determined by the speed rating of the bow AND the weight/mass of the bolt.

We go into greater depth on this here, but the state minimums are a great place to start as that’s what they were designed for…. ensuring your weapon is effective when hunting.

Recurve vs Compound Crossbows

Recurve crossbows are quiet and generally lighter than compounds. Less moving parts makes for less noise and less weight.

Compound crossbows are more powerful than recurves. For any given draw weight, a compound will shoot a higher arrow speed than a recurve. If you need a recurve that shoots at an arrow speed comparable to a high end compound, you’ll need to make sure you have the strength to cock it because the draw weight will be higher.

A compound will be narrower than a recurve crossbow, so getting through thigh bush or aiming around a tree for example will be easier.

Most of the crossbow models we’ve recommended for women are the compound variety. The main reason for this being the better draw weight to power ratio of a compound.

Cocking Devices

A cocking device can reduce the draw weight (the weight you’re going to have to pull back to load it) of a particular bow by up to fifty percent.

A simple rope cocker is made of rope with two pulleys; it literally makes the crossbow easier to draw. You hold the bow down with your foot and pull on the rope handles instead of the string itself. This gives you a mechanical advantage over the bow that can make the difference between being able to load the bow or not. For a 130lbs draw crossbow the weight you’d need to pull would be reduced to just 65lbs. MUCH more bearable. Rope cockers are small, cheap and easily pocketable. Unless you’re going to purchase a very low weight bow, they’re an essential.

Cocking devices don’t have to be rope, there is also the option of a crank cocking device which is mechanical and permanently fitted to the bow, making the draw even easier. These are crank handles that allow you to wind back the string and give an even greater advantage over the rope cocker. Crank cockers will add weight to your bow, but they’re ideal if you need a high power bow and don’t have a high power body or are recovering from injury.

Styling

As I’ve already stated, more and more women shoot. Both hunting and recreational target shooting. There’s more and more gear becoming available by the year that’s ‘geared’ (no pun intended) towards the female market. Playing to that market, some manufacturers are now opting for the pink look among their camouflage colours.

The non-issue with pink…

To some people the first thing you’d think there is that pink camo is surely going to be more visible than regular camo when you’re out in the field deer hunting? Won’t pink make you MORE visible to your targets? The upshot is that deer and many other animals on only see largely in grey so your little bit of pink indulgence will not be visible to them anyway. It’s the patterning that matters more than the coloration.

Our Top Picks In Detail

CenterPoint Sniper 370

Wow! If you are a women hunter looking for a crossbow that has all the special features you could ever want, then the CenterPoint Sniper 370 will blow you away. Whilst it isn’t pink, branded or specifically designed as a crossbow for women, it’s just a top notch crossbow that is well received and highly rated among all hunters including women and beginners.

This crossbow is constructed from aluminum and composite making it extremely durable and lightweight. It is easy to carry and easy to maneuver in the field. This is a high-performance crossbow with 185-pounds of draw weight and a rated shooting speed of 370 FPS.

Not only is this a high-performance crossbow, but it is also an elegant and well-designed crossbow. The quad limbs and machined cam system deliver power and accuracy on every shot, but it also just simply looks good. 

The stock and foregrip are fully adjustable allowing you to customize the fit of the crossbow to your shoulder. Also, it does not matter if you are right or left-handed, this is an ambidextrous crossbow. 

For safety, there is an anti-dry fire fail safe mechanism along with the option of having a custom fitted crank added to the crossbow to make cocking extremely safe and easy. Overall, this is the best crossbow for a woman on the market in this price range. 

What we liked:

  • Elegant and sleek design.
  • High performance with a 370 rated FPS and 185-pound draw weight.
  • Quad limbs and machined cams system deliver power and accuracy on each shot.
  • Contains integrated string suppressors for quiet and vibration free shots. 
  • Ambidextrous design for both right and left-handed shooters. 
  • Includes three 20-inch carbon bolts, a quiver, a 4 x 32 mm scope, and a rope cocker.
  • Has the option to add a custom fitted crank. 
  • Covered by a limited 5-year warranty.

What we didn’t:

  • Not much to dislike!
A detailed review and overview of the CenterPoint Sniper 370

Barnett XP 380 with Crank

If you are a woman hunter and you are looking for the perfect crossbow, then look at no other crossbows except for the Barnett XP 380. 

This crossbow is the highest performing and one of the most powerful crossbows that will last years. It is extremely easy to use and ultra-light weighing a mere 6-pounds.

The Barnet XP 380 shoots at an incredible speed of 380 FPS with 122-feet-pounds of Kinetic Energy. Perfect for large game animals. The butt stock and cheek rest are adjustable to provide a comfortable and custom fit. This crossbow is super easy to assemble with its single-bolt assembly.

Included with this crossbow package is a 4 x 32 mm MR scope, a side mount quiver, two 20” carbon arrows, a tension-reducing crank cocker device for the 185-pounds of draw weight, and some lubrication wax.  

What we liked:

  • Incredible power with an FPS of 380.
  • Butt stock and cheek rest are adjustable for a custom fit.
  • Contains Anti-Dry Fire Trigger System Technology.
  • Single-bolt assembly for quick set up.
  • Also comes with a 4 x 32 mm MY scope, a side mounted quiver, two 20” carbon arrows, a cocking device, and lubrication wax. 
  • Makes an excellent youth or beginner crossbow at an affordable price.

What we didn’t:

  • May be too powerful for certain types of game.