After investing in a compound bow it’s important to find a case that will keep your bow well protected. With any bow, it’s important to keep it safe and secure when not in use or while in transit to your next hunting or recreational excursion.
This article will outline the features to consider when buying a compound bow case, and give product reviews of the best compound bow cases on the market.
Factors to Consider
Before buying any bow case, it’s important to evaluate its features to find the case that will be the most suitable for you.
1. Level of Protection
There are two types of compound bow cases available: hard and soft.
Hard cases give your bow more protection because they act as a sturdy protective shield. The hard exterior ensures that your bow will not get crushed or water damaged while inside. Hard cases are ideal for vehicle transport or long-term storage. Compared to soft cases, they’re heavier and bulkier. And, with some hard cases, you may find that you need to take your bow apart to make it fit properly inside.
Soft cases are generally lightweight, dust proof and weather resistant. They offer less protection than hard cases, but most bows can fit inside with their stabilizer, quivers and other extra features still attached. Soft cases are well-padded, but will not offer the same degree of protection that hard cases will. Soft cases are ideal for people who don’t want to detach their bow each time they place it in a case, or those traveling long distances on foot with their bow.
2. Extra Space
Some compound bow cases have extra room and compartments for arrows or other gear you want to bring along on trips. Having a bigger case with compartments will add weight and bulk, but it ensures that all your gear will be safe and secure in one case. However, if you’re looking for a case strictly for your compound bow, it’s best to find a case that will house your bow snug and sound.
If you will be carrying your bow for longer distances, a soft case will be more convenient and easier to carry. A hard case is ideal for keeping your bow in storage, transporting in vehicles, or for situations where the weight of the case will not be an issue. Overall, it’s important to assess your intended purpose with your bow and carrying case to find the case more suitable for your needs.
Now, it’s time to take a look at 7 of the best compound bow cases you will find on the market.
Plano 10630 Bow Guard SE Bow Case
Plano’s Bow Guard SE hard bow case is made with a high-density foam interior to hold your bow securely in place. The holding straps for the strings and limbs ensure that the bow will not shift while being transported. It allows for fully loaded in-line or offset quiver storage, but you will need to purchase a mounting bracket separately. The case can hold 12 arrows with its angle-locking foam arrow retainers. The exterior of the case is made with padlock tabs for security or easy tie-down. The exterior of the case measures 44.6″ long x 20.4″ wide x 8.7″ high, while the interior measures 43.09″ long x 15.3″ wide x 8″ high. The case provides you ample amount of room for your bow and accessories and weighs a total of 128 ounces.
Plano 108115 AW Bow Case
Plano’s AW hard bow case is designed to be fully weatherproof and crush resistant. This case is made with a thick-walled construction with a rubberized Dri-Loc seal to ensure that water, air or dust will not get inside. The interior of the case features holding straps to keep the strings and limbs in place. It also features elastomeric arrow storage that can fit standard or carbon fiber arrows. The latches are lockable with padlock tabs to keep your bow safe and secure. The PillarLock system is approved for airline travel. Also, included is a tie-down strap. The exterior measures 48″ long x 20.75″ wide x 7.5″ high and the interior measures 46.5″ long x 16″ wide x 6.75″ high. The case weighs 352 ounces.
Plano Protector Compact Bow Case
This hard compact bow case features the patented PillarLock System to give your bow and archery equipment extra protection. The interior is made out of a high-density foam with straps to keep your bow secure. There is enough room for your quiver, and under the lid, you can store your arrows. The Plano Protector Compact case is lockable and can be used for airline travel. The case measures 43.2” long x 19” wide x 6.8” high.
Allen Gear Fit X Compund Bow Case
The Fit X is a soft compound bow case that can fit bows up to 38”, axle to axle. The interior is made with a soft, tricot lining and comes with tie-down straps that keep your bow securely in place. This compound case is designed with 10 accessory pockets to ensure that all your gear can fit into one bag. The exterior is abrasion resistant, and the rubber carry handle is rugged enough for any excursion. The Fit X also comes with a removable, padded shoulder strap for easy carrying. The case weighs only 15.8 ounces.
Allen Gear Fit Pro Compound Bow Case
Allen Gear’s Fit Pro soft case is ideal for smaller bows that are no bigger than 35”, axle to axle. It’s made with zipper pulls that are easy to grab to ensure that you can access your gear quickly. The carry handle and shoulder strap are padded for your carrying convenience. The case features 7 pockets that are specially designed to fit all of your gear. In addition to your bow, the case is large enough to store arrows, broadheads, box wax, targets and other personal items.
Primos Mossy Oak New Break-up Bow Case
Primos designs high-quality gear that is built to perform in the toughest situations and environments. Their Mossy Oak New Break-Up soft case is made of a heavy-duty 600-D polyester fabric and a weather resistant coating. The large front pocket can be used to store arrows. The case is padded, but not well enough for transporting for hunting trips. The case measures 40” long x 9.5” wide x 9.5” high and weighs 67.2 ounces.
SAS Deluxe Compound Bow Case
The SAS Deluxe soft compound bow case features one inside net pocket, one outside arrow case holder, three outside pouches for broadheads, nocks, bow squares and releases, and bow tie downs. In the main compartment, there are Velcro straps to keep the bow secure while in transit. The case is big enough to even fit your clothing that you want to pack on a hunting trip. The SAS Deluxe measures 40” long x 16” wide x 2” high and weighs only 48 ounces.
When looking to buy a compound bow case, it’s important to think about your intended purpose for the case. Thoroughly research bow cases to ensure you find the size and case material that’s suitable for your hunting or recreational needs.