I just recently bought a new bow, and want to share how I went about doing it. I’m very new to archery, so I did a ton of research to make sure that I was getting everything I wanted/needed. At first it can seem a little overwhelming because there is so much that goes into it. I still have a lot to learn but now that I’ve been through the buying process, I think I’ve got that part down.
The Bow – Mathews Chill R
For my first bow, I decided on the Mathews Chill R. I knew that I wanted to get a top of the line bow, and my reason for this is I want something that’s going to last a long time and you usually get what you pay for. Also, the higher end bows shoot great, therefore if my shots are way off, I can pretty much be sure it’s something I’m doing wrong and not the equipment.
So, I went to a few different bow shops and shot. I shot all of the top of the line bows from Hoyt, PSE, Bowtech, Mathews, and Bear. It was a little weird showing up, having never shot a bow before, asking if I can shoot something. I found one bow shop that was amazing. They took the time to explain everything to me.
*TIP* Find a bow shop that will take the time to help you out, and not just sell you a bow. This is going to make it a much better experience. If you’re in San Diego, check out Performance Archery off of Miramar Rd, between the Air Station and La Jolla. That’s where I went and those guys are badass!
I shot many different bows and that’s how I decided on the Mathews Chill R. That bow just felt the best in my hand and everything about shooting it was just perfect for me. This is why it’s important to shoot a bunch of different bows. At first, I read a bunch of reviews and found a Hoyt and a PSE that I really liked. After shooting them, the PSE absolutely was NOT for me, and the Hoyt was alright, but not as good as the Mathews. Had I not shot all of them I would have never known that.
Everything else that goes with the bow is just going to be personal preference. Your bow shop will let you try things on, shoot, and see if it’s what you want to keep. If they don’t, then they shouldn’t get your business. When I was buying, I was able to try multiple releases, stabilizers, and everything else. Now my bow is set up exactly the way I want it, and if I’m going to spend as much money as I did, it should be set up the way I want it.
One thing I bought is a good case. SKB makes tough damn cases. I figured that if I was going to buy a good bow, it’s probably in my best interest to buy a good case to take care of it.
That’s basically it. The big thing if you’re new like me is just finding a good bow shop that will take care of you, and let you shoot. Find the bow that just feels right for you, trust me you’ll know when you’ve found the right one!
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