In the United States archery and bow-hunting is quickly growing as a favorite pastime. Now that archery has hit the mainstream a growing number of those interested are women. So how do you pick the best bow designed for use by a female?
The following article will guide you to the best specifications and models to look for.
How Do You Choose the Best Beginner Bow for Women?Women who are interested in archery make up one of the largest growing groups on the market today. In response to this more and more brands are producing compound bows with a woman in mind. But with more choices on the market everyday how do you pick the best beginner compound bows for women? The best place to start is with the following specifications:
- Common draw lengths for female archers – draw length is directly related to how tall you are, considering that women are, on average, shorter than men that means you’ll want a shorter draw length when searching for a women compound bow. The better compound bows designed for women will take this shorter draw length into account in their design already so look at models designed specifically for females to help in your selection.
- Total Weight – the total weight of the bow is the actual weight of the bow itself. For some models this may just include the actual bow while for others this will be the combined weight of the bow and any accessories that are attached to it. A heavier bow will require more strength to lift it up and maintain that position which may result in less accuracy as your arm tires.
The Best Beginner Bow for Women Review
With a grasp on the basic details listed above we can now look at some of the more popular bows designed for the female archer. These reviews represent some of the best available selections for female who are interested in women compound bows.
Diamond by Bowtech Infinite Edge
The Diamond is a great bow for the novice shooter or someone who is wetting their teeth on archery or bow-hunting. As a compound bow there is an ability to adjust the bow itself, this allows for the bow to grow with you. The bow allows for custom tuning so you can really dial in the accuracy, it also features an adjustable draw length with a minimum of 13’’ and a maximum of 30’’. The draw weight is also adjustable and ranges from 5-70 pounds.
All of the means the bow is extremely flexible for even new shooters while allowing for growth as you learn more about the hobby. For shooters who average in height around 5’3’’ to 5’6’’ this bow is the perfect choice, the draw length really accommodates that particular height range which in turn accommodates more women shooters.
Though an economical choice the bow is well made and it feels good in your hand, the grip is comfortable even if you have a smaller hand or shorter fingers. You should note that this bow is a right hand draw which is the only real drawback. The Diamond hangs in there even with the more “professional” models.
Overall the way this bow adapts is the bestselling feature. Since the bow is able to be adjusted you can even share it with other members of your family including teens and some children, everyone in the family can get involved with the Diamond by Bowtech Infinite Edge, and it is perhaps the best bow in its class when it comes to flexibility and cost.
The Quest Radical comes in a Right Hand Package and is really well suited for the female archer. This bow is lightweight yet well made for years of use. As part of the detailed package the bow comes with a quiver, an arrow rest, a suppressor, sling and other accessories. This makes it a great deal for the new archer or someone who may not yet have all the required accessories.
The accessories really make it a great buy for a new shooter and means you can have a complete beginning system right out of the box. For someone who isn’t sure they’ll get hooked on archery this may be the best selling point since it isn’t a large economical commitment to get started.
The bow has an amazing range of scope with an adjustable draw length from 17.5 to 30 inches. This adjustable draw allows for growth of the shooter as they move from the beginner to the experienced bow hunter.
The Quest Radical is a compound bow which also makes it easy for a woman to use, it is designed to be small, light and compact which also aids the female bow enthusiast and comes in handy for those hunting or trekking. The Quest Radical also has a four-pin sight and an adjustable cam system. These features mean you won’t need a bow press but it may take some usage to adjust to the shorter cam.
When you consider the accessories package and ease of use this bow is a great option for the woman archer in your life, it accommodates a new user as well as a more experienced archer.
Bear Archery Cruzer Ready to Hunt Compound Bow
The Bear Archery Cruzer is another fantastic option for the female archer. This is a bow that has a wide range and adjustable draw length which is a common feature among bows for women. It should be noted, however, that the one difference with this model is just how wide the range of that draw is – it goes from 12 to 30 inches.
What does that mean for the female shooter? It means that your accuracy can be controlled with precision and with very little effort into the draw. When you hear about someone “dialing it in” this is exactly what they mean in regards to the flexibility in their bow. Also contributing to the accuracy in this model is the four-pin sight that illuminates.
Manufactured by Bear the Cruzer model is made from aluminum which means it has a low total weight, it is great for long treks or hunting expeditions. With the “Ready to Hunt” package you get a complete set of accessories that allows you to start immediately. Everything you need comes in the box. Accessories in the box include a quiver, arrow rest and strap.
The lightweight aluminum bow also features a specialized grip that feels great in your hand, the grip is also designed to reduce the pressure felt in your arm due to torque. This feature means you can shoot longer without arm fatigue. All of these combined factors – accuracy, total weight and reduced fatigue – make it an excellent choice for the female hunter.
Out of the 3 compound bows reviewed above, we think that the best compound bow for women would have to be the Bear Archery Cruzer.
The Cruzer delivers an accurate, lightweight model with the female shooter in mind. It carries the quality associated with Bear bow kits as well as a great price for an out of the box shooting set. The flexibility found in this model rivaled the rest and gives you the ability to adjust your bow according to your skill level. One drawback to the Cruzer is the price point since it was the most expensive models that was reviewed however this is mitigated by the years of use you’ll get out of the adjustable settings.