February 26th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Looking for adjustable youth bow???
I am looking for a nicer youth bow with room for adjustablility both in draw length and draw weight. It is for a 4th grader that is just starting out. We are just trying to find something to get him shooting because he has shown a lot of interest! Not really wanting to go over $200 and the more accessories the better!
Those of you that have little ones, what bow do you recommend?? Thanks!
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February 26th, 2008, 02:46 PM
The $200 price is tough if you want the bow to grow with him. The Diamond Edge in my opinion is the best deal (appx $300). You can can upgrade limbs as he grows stronger. I also believe that the Parker Buckshot (appx. $320) offers this type of program. It used to be $50 and the limbs, send that in and get the next weight class for both bows if I'm not mistaken. Both bows come as a package-sights,rest,quiver. There may be other brands but these are the two that I would consider. Good luck
February 26th, 2008, 03:05 PM
I'm planning on looking at the Whisper Creek Phantom for my kids.
Has a bunch of adjustability and MSRP is $199
I just talked to a guy at Whisper Creek about this bow and he was VERY helpful and answered all my questions. He also told me you can call Whisper Creek and order direct from him, or order online at the Doc's Deer Scents website... pretty cool!
After that, depending on draw weight, look at a PSE Spyder, PSE Nova or other bow in the used market (or 2007 clearance rack) as $200 won't get you much in the new market.
Last edited by Illustrator; February 26th, 2008 at 03:08 PM.
February 26th, 2008, 03:58 PM
I bought my son his first "real bow" last year when he was 6 (1st grade). We looked at quite a few and settled on the Darton Ranger 2... It has been an excellent bow.
The reviews are very good on it, it comes with modules to adjust draw length from 17-25 inches and poundage is adjustable from 15-45 pounds!
LINK: Darton Ranger II
I believe I paid around $230 or $240 for it...
It's been a good one for us so far, and at least worth looking at. The Diamond Youth bow is sweet... I just didn't want to spend that much and I liked the adjustability of the Darton.
p.s. I just took a look at the Whisper Creek youth bows that Illustrator recommended... good looking bows for the $$$ and I'd definitely check them out also....
Last edited by ascmtn; February 26th, 2008 at 04:01 PM.
February 26th, 2008, 04:15 PM
Yeah, I was looking at the Genesis, but a Genesis package is more, and doesn't come with a site or rest. I want my kids shooting a bow that will transition them to a larger hunting bow, not have to learn a whole new skill set.
Originally Posted by ascmtn
February 26th, 2008, 04:25 PM
The Genesis mini and regular genesis does come with a rest.The Genesis pro
Originally Posted by Illustrator
does not come with a rest.They are all drilled and tapped for sight mounting.
My daughter has the regular genesis and my wife has the Pro.Nice bows for
the money imo. Obsession archery has them online for $145.00.
February 26th, 2008, 04:44 PM
If I had a youngster I would get a Whisper Creek Phantom too. They could use it for a long time without replacing any components. Great kids bow.
February 26th, 2008, 04:52 PM
Well, then you still have to buy a site. Yes, they are nice bows, but they are more expensive.... over $200 by the time you get everything, typically, especially when you are talking about the pro. The Phantom is comparable in features, but a lot less, and meets the OPs budget, imo.
Originally Posted by Texoma
February 26th, 2008, 05:05 PM
I bought my son his first hunting bow when he was 11. It is an Alpine Impact Extreme. The draw lenght adjust from 23 to 30 inches without needing a bow press. Just back 2 allen set screws out of the stalker cams and move them to the next position. 1/2 inch adjustments. It was a package deal. The draw weight goes to 60 pounds. One thing I did not realize when we purchased it- the peak weight of 60 pounds is when it is at 30 inch draw. For example, when he is younger and his draw lenth is 24 inches, the peak weight may be 35 pounds. (not sure of exact numbers).
He took a 4 point his 2nd year. He is 15 now, and when he is done growing, we will make a bigger investment. I imagine you can find a used one relatively cheap.
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February 26th, 2008, 06:02 PM
I bought my 9 year old a Bear Odyssey II package for Christmas. He has sort of lost interest but his 7 year old brother is shooting the bow all the time. Funny thing is my wife comes down and says 'can I try it'. Now the two of us (9 year old and me) who shot the most in the basement , now shoot the least. The bow was more money than you are planning on spending (as was I) but after seeing it get used here I am not as worried about it.
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November 10th, 2010, 09:53 AM
Get an Athens protege they are slot more expenxive but they are the absolute best youth bows by far!
November 10th, 2010, 10:11 AM
I bought my son a Whisper Creek Panther youth bow, which I think is the step up from a phantom. I really like that bow...goes from 20-50 and 21-28" draw I think..He out grew his lil black Bear bow and this one fits him perfect..set at 22 lbs..min draw length. perfect fit. Has a nice sight, quiver, but I put a whisker biscuit I got from AT on it..shoots great...Really nice bow. Btw he is a first grader if that helps anything..
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November 10th, 2010, 10:14 AM
How about the Mission Menace? Does anyone have any experience with this bow? Specs look good...
November 10th, 2010, 10:31 AM
If you can find a used Browning Micro Midas, grab it!
November 10th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Athens protege..hands down the best on the market...pricy but you are buying a very well made bow.
My girls are both getting protege's for christmas..
November 17th, 2010, 09:33 PM
I would continue to look through classifieds here and google archery forums some others may have a classified as well. Second check with all of the proshops in your area quite often they will have used youth bows very reasonably priced. Third check out the local 4H program if they have a archery programs there will likely be kids that are ready to move up in bow size. Find out where they hold their practice and ask the coachs.
November 17th, 2010, 09:38 PM
I got my son and Alpine Micro last year when he was in the 4th grade and he has grown into it very well. Easily adjustable and easy to set up.
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November 17th, 2010, 09:47 PM
10" of DL adjustment, you can trade in the limbs for higher poundage for $50(I think...something around that anyway)
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November 17th, 2010, 10:03 PM
Excellent little bow and a very good company to work with.
Originally Posted by redruff
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November 17th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Browning Micro Midas or Bear Apprentice. I just bought my wife the Bear Apprentice a few months ago and it is an awesome bow. Short, light , accurate and whisper quiet. Draw length and draw weight have a very wide range of adjustibility also.
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