If you’re interested in getting a compound bow for a youth, this may be a good option. It can be tuned for a young archer and can grow with them as they get bigger and stronger. With an adjustable draw weight of 19-45pds and adjustable draw length of 21″-29″, this bow is pretty versatile for a wide range of newer archers. It’s also very affordable at around $180 from BassPro in Vaughan. I purchased this bow for my son for Christmas and not only does he love it, but he’s become quite good with it.
Now keep in mind that this is a starter bow and as your young archer gets better, you will want to make some changes to it pretty quickly. First things to get changed was the arrow rest and the sights. The plastic is pretty cheap and before long the sight mount snapped due to the shock transferred to it from simply shooting the bow. The arrow rest isn’t the greatest either so changing that out to a proper capture style rest will improve both their accuracy and confidence when shooting.
The pack also came with a quiver and three aluminum arrows and the package itself can be used as a carry case. All pretty neat but also pretty useless. Don’t worry about the arrows being cheap ones because it won’t be long before your young archer loses or breaks them anyway. Until the new archer gets to a point where they are constantly shooting with some accuracy, it’s not worth buying expensive arrows, so stick to the cheap ones for now.
The neat thing about this bow though is that not only can it be adjusted as the youngster grows but that you can make those adjustments yourself without the need for a bow press. It uses a modular cam & pulley design so to change the draw length, you simply change out the modules in the cams. The package comes with all the modules needed for the whole range of settings as well as the tools to do the work. Same goes for adjusting the draw weight.
One thing this bow could really use is a peep ring in the string. Since it doesn’t come with one, it’s on the todo list for further modifications.
Now that all is said and done with all the mods though, this may not have been the best choice for my son. At $180 its a great price and an affordable way to start a new young archer off. Although, after the mods that I’ve installed on this bow, perhaps buying a slightly more expensive bow that already has the stuff on it that I added to this one would have been a better choice.
So it comes down to how sure are you that your young archer will really love archery. If you (and they) aren’t sure, this bow is a good option but know that in the long run it will cost you more as you add better equipment to it. However, if you are convinced that they will love archery for a long time, and that they aren’t just now interested in it thanks to Hollywood blockbusters and only a fad, then spending more money will save you money in the not too distant future. Perhaps something like the Bear Apprentice 2 would be a better option. Actually, if I could go back, I would have spent the extra $100 on the Apprentice 2.
Axle-To-Axle Length: 28-3/8″
Brace Height (in): 6-3/4″
Draw Weight: 19-45pds
Draw Length: 21″-27″
Weight: 2.0 lbs.
Product Color: RealTree APG Camo
Arrow Speed (fps): 175