Top 10 Best Rated Bows 2021

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For obvious reasons, you’ll find that the most appreciated and scrutinized equipment in archery is the bow. Recently, there has been a push away from features and functionality to affordability when rating bows. Manufacturers are thus, now learning to better incorporate high-end technology into a smaller profile, budget bows. If you are in the market for a bow this year though, with killer models dropping every week you’re in for a tough time.

The ATA (Archery Trade Association) has a show where different bow manufacturers can show off their designs. We have compiled data from various  sources to make a comprehensive review of top-ten bows. Depending on which feature you rate the highest in your bows, anyone from number one to ten will suit you.

Best Bow 2021

1. D&Q 56″ Takedown Recurve Bow

There’s a lot we can say about what D&Q did with this bow and we still wouldn’t have said enough. The bow is sturdy and exceptionally durable with a large and varying draw weight, and a righthand orientation. Its pure aluminum allows for durability and functions well for both beginner archers and professionals.

Features

  • Bow sight, finger guard, arrow rest, arm guard, quiver, and arrows
  • Aluminum alloy and maple wood
  • 30” draw length
  • 56” axle-to-axle
  • Black camouflage color

Pros

  • Comes with everything you need to use the bow
  • Impressive price tag
  • Offers aluminum and fiber-glass arrows
  • Carbon steel arrowheads
  • Lightweight and durable with an impressive draw
  • Ideal for both pros and beginners

Cons

  • Manual is not English
  • The extras are not ideal for professional use

Price: View on Amazon

2. Diamond Archery

With an adjustable draw weight of five pounds to as high as 55lbs, this archery compound bow is unbelievable. It offers a rotating module with adjustments of up to 12” and arrow speeds of over 295ft/s with every shot.

Features

  • 18 to 30” draw length
  • 80% let-off
  • 31” bow length
  • 295ft/s max arrow speeds
  • Five to 30lbs draw weight

Pros

  • Powerful speeds and quality build
  • Offers extreme adjustments
  • Compound bow
  • Steady and comfortable shooting

Cons

  • No extras
  • High price
  • Lacks Diamond Archery’s adjust pocket technology

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3. PSE RTS MINIBURNER

This PSE archery bow offers you absolutely everything you need to make consistent, fast, and accurate shots on the go. A powerful grip, both hand orientation, extras, and ultra-adjustability are all just one of the many advantages it offers.

Features

  • 30lbs draw weight
  • 65% let-off
  • 6.8” brace
  • 26” bow length
  • 16 to 26.5” draw length
  • FC cam system

Pros

  • Reasonable price and easy to use
  • Can operate comfortably with both right and left hands
  • Includes arrows, stabilizers, and many others
  • Ultra-adjustable
  • For both amateurs and seniors
  • Stable and lightweight with powerful shots

Cons

  • Offers medium-range draw length and weight
  • Not easy to assemble

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4. PSE Archery Pro Max Shooting Bow Set

Unlike most modern bows, PSE Archery Pro Max recreates a traditional recurve bow looks. It’s durable, easy-to-handle, lightweight, and also comes at a great price.

Features

  • 15 to 35lbs draw weight
  • Finger savers and recurve stringers
  • One pound in weight
  • 1 x 1 x 1”
  • Right and left-hand orientation

Pros

  • Incredible price
  • Durable with a sleek simplicity
  • Offers adjustable sights and arrows, among others
  • Easy handling with powerful shots
  • Easily operated

Cons

  • Low adjustability
  • Ideal for beginners

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5. D&Q Takedown Recurve Straight Bow

It’s another cheap D&Q product that comes with a veritable army of extras. The bow is a simple longbow design with a 30 to 40lbs draw weight and a 28” draw length. While its shooting power isn’t the best available, its easy assembly and incredible stability are ideal.

Features

  • Bow bag, arm guards, targets, arrows, and finger guard
  • 50” bow length
  • Hunting longbow
  • Fibreglass and aluminum body
  • Nylon string
  • 30 to 40lbs draw weight
  • Righthand orientation

Pros

  • Extremely cheap
  • Precise and stable shooting
  • Ideal for beginners and seniors
  • Convenient and portable
  • Easy maintenance with an impressive shooting speed

Cons

  • Can’t shoot too long distances
  • Substandard string

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6. Bear Perception

Perception is very innovative and carries the new shoot-through riser design. Even with the wide cage riser, this bow weighs just 4.4-pounds and promises shooting speed of 350fps.

Specs

  • 350 fps
  • 6-inch brace height and 45 to 60-pounds draw weight
  • 5 to 30-inches axle to axle
  • 33-inches between
  • Max Preload Quad Limbs

Pros

  • Reasonable size
  • Adjustable size for lager archers
  • Shoot-through riser design
  • Innovative

Cons

  • Not easy to use
  • Can be too small for some

Price: View on Amazon

7. Bear Divergent

Cheap, Accurate, Beautiful, and high-performance, what is there not to like. For as little as $700, Bear Divergent makes this list based on beautiful design. It is a lightweight, smooth and highly maneuverable.

Specs

  • Brace Height is 6.5-inches
  • Weight is 3.9-pounds
  • It is 28-inches from Axle to Axle
  • Draw length is 25.5 to 30-inches

Pros

  • Smooth and light
  • Impressive Draw cycle
  • Extremely quiet and versatile
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Short span
  • A little average in variability

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8. PSE Evoke 35

There’s a lot that sticks out with Evoke 35 from PSE ranging from its longer axle to axle width and greater weight. The let-off is 90%; a unique value.

Specs

  • 5-pounds weight
  • 50, 60, 65, and 70-pounds draw weight
  • 75-inches brace height
  • 335fps
  • 25 to 30.5-inches draw length

Pros

  • Greater than average let-off
  • Forgiving accuracy
  • Ergonomic handling
  • Long axle-to-axle width

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Complicated operation

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9. Obsession FX30

The FX30 is light, compact, and shoots excellently. It is excellent at absorbing vibrations and performs fairly well at noise reduction. It is slightly disappointing because although it was advertised to be able to reach 360 fps, it could only make 333 fps.

Specs

  • 333 fps
  • 6-inches Brace Height
  • 30-inches axle to axle
  • Draw length is 24.5 to 30-inches
  • Draw weights are 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80-pounds
  • 0 pounds in weight

Pros

  • Accurate and smooth
  • Cheap
  • Excellent vibration handling and finish
  • Superior noise reduction

Cons

  • The not good draw cycle
  • Manufacturer lied about speed

10. Xpedition Archery Mako X

Although its speed was below advertised, it was still one of the fastest bows here, clocking 343 fps. It is light at 3.9 pounds, with a deep draw cycle.

Specs

  • 343 fps
  • 9-pounds of weight
  • 31-inches axle to axle
  • 40, 50, 60, 65, and 70-pounds of draw weight

Pros

  • Smooth
  • Fast and accurate
  • Forgiving and maneuverable
  • Low vibration

Cons

  • The draw cycle is not okay
  • Old model

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