What’s the Best Recurve Bow in 2017?

It’s difficult to say definitively which is the best recurve bow for 2017 or for any year for that matter, different people want different things, depending on whether you want the bow for hunting, field, 3D, target, flight, clout or even mounted archery your requirements will be different. Are you traditional? Do you need sights, stabilisers, upgradeable limbs? Should you bow be takedown or one piece? How much do you want to pay? All these things have an impact on your decision.

​We’re happy recommending bows for particular uses such as The Best Beginner Recurve Bow 2017 but the best overall is a tough call, and we’ve by no means reviewed all the bows available in the market today, only a small cross-section.

​So with these things in mind, find your draw weight, your ideal bow length, your handedness and then... here's all our data, we'd rather you take a look and make your own decision with all the facts in front of you.

Recurve Bow Specifications/Features Comparison

This table shows you all the top level specification data about all the bows we've reviewed, once you know what you are looking for in terms of AMO length, takedown, handedness, finish, draw weight etc, this table should allow you to narrow down your choice quickly.

Model Name

Hands

Weight
(lbs)

AMO
Length
(inches)

Riser
Finish

Min
Draw
(lbs)

Max
Draw
(lbs)

Takedown

Price
Range

Southwest Spyder

L&R

2.3

62

Wood

20

60

Yes

Low

Southwest Spyder XL

L&R

2.3

64

Wood

20

60

Yes

Low

PSE Razorback

L&R

2.5

62

Wood

20

35

Yes (tool free)

Low

Samick Sage

L&R

3.4

64

Wood

25

60

Yes (tool free)

Low

Samick Journey

L&R

3.4

60

Wood

30

60

Yes (tool free)

Low

SAS Courage

L&R

3

60

Wood

35

60

Yes

Low

Martin Jaguar

R

2.6

60

Metal

29

55

Yes

Low

Martin Saber

R

3.5

64

Metal

29

55

Yes

Low

Bear Grizzly

L&R

3.5

58

Wood

30

60

No

Low/Med

Recurve Bow Specifications/Features Comparison

Here we give you all our review scores for the same bows as above, it would be nice to put this all in one table, but unfortunately it would just be too big!

Our scores are given out of a maximum of 5,  and you should note that certain categories such as shooting and styling can be subjective so please don't take everything exactly the way we say it. Take a look at the detailed reviews for bows you are interested in and make your own decision.

Model Name

Riser

Limbs

Assembly

Accessories

Shooting

Styling

Overall

Verdict

Southwest Spyder

4.5

4

4.5

4

4

5

4.3

Read Our Review

Southwest Spyder XL

4.5

4

4.5

4

4

5

4.3

Read Our Review

PSE Razorback

4.5

4

4.5

3

4

5

4.2

Read Our Review

Samick Sage

4.5

4

4.5

4

4

5

4.3

Read Our Review

Samick Journey

4.5

4

4.5

4

4

5

4.3

Read Our Review

SAS Courage

4

4

4

3.5

4

4

3.9

Read Our Review

Martin Jaguar

4.5

4.5

3.5

3

4

4

3.9

Read Our Review

Martin Saber

4.5

4

3.5

3

4

5

4

Read Our Review

Bear Grizzly

4.5

4

n/a

3

5

5

4.3

Read Our Review

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