Choosing and buying the best compound bow is a pretty simple task… if you have unlimited budget. All you have to do is research the most trusted compound bow makers and then buy their most expensive models. It is easier than buying the most expensive car, because if you simply buy the most expensive car, you might end up with a cramped sports car when you really wanted something big and comfortable.
For compound bows, however, you can be sure that you’re getting the best if you go with a top manufacturer’s top-end bow. And if you’re a beginner, you might want to take a few professional lessons, which is no big deal for those with unlimited budget.
The only problem is that not all of us have unlimited budget. The whole point of this write-up is to find the best compound bow that also represents the best deal. The most crowded category of compound bows is the $300 to $500 range. The performance of a compound bow in this price range is much closer to the top-of-the-line model than the price difference would indicate. This is because compound bow manufacturers constantly take new technologies and lessons learned from the top models and reuse them in compound bows in this price range, which are their bread and butter since this is by far the top-selling category.
The best compound bow depends on what you will be using it for. To a lesser extent, your physical attributes and fitness may also come into play. As for skill level and ease of use, practice will make perfect, or close to perfect.
Let’s start off with a hunting bow. Bear Archery’s Cruzer is designed for hunting medium to large game. It is a 32” compound bow and weighs only 3.6 pounds.
Bear Archery’s MV cam system allows the draw length to be adjustable from 12” to 30” in half inch increments. This hunting bow would be handy in all situations. The draw weight is up to 70 pounds, also adjustable and in 5-pound increments. The rated IBO speed is 310 fps with 350-grain arrows at the top draw weight. These, of course, don’t tell the full story. It is the kinetic energy of the arrow that takes down game, and we find that, at shorter distances, the Bear Archery Cruzer is powerful enough to take down large game like black bear and elk.
The let-off is 75%. This is a measure of how much the cams help you hold the weight at full draw. 75% let-off means that at the maximum draw weight of 70 pounds you are really only holding 25% or 17.5 pounds. This is perfect for hunting since you’ll have to hold the full draw for minutes while waiting for the right aim and moment.
This is a ready-to-hunt package, fully factory-tuned with all accessories. The accessories are from Bear Archery’s Trophy Ridge range, including 4-pin sight, stabilizer, sling, 5-arrow quiver, and the excellent Whisker Biscuit arrow rest.
Although the company markets the Radical as the compound bow that bridges the gap between a kid’s bow and an adult bow, we find the Quest Radical to be the ultimate beginner’s bow for everybody. It is small at only 29.25” long and super light at just 3.25 pounds. This is a deadly compound bow that you can hunt deer and antelope with. If not, it is also quite excellent at target practice.
The draw weight is 15 to 70 pounds and the draw length is 17.5 to 30”. The rated speed is 295 fps, which is on the low side for 70-pound draw weight. This is because the brace height of the Quest Radical is 7.125”. It means that you don’t have to pull the string as far at full draw. This sacrifices speed and power in exchange for easier control, which is what you’d want in a beginner’s bow.
This one is also a package deal including everything you’ll need for hunting or shooting targets, except for arrows. It includes arrow rest, stabilizer, sling, string suppressor, quiver, 4-pin sight, and peep.
Infinite Edge Pro
As was the case with our top beginner compound bows, Diamond earns our top score for compound bows overall.
Diamond Archery has upgraded their very popular Infinite Edge compound bow to the Pro version. The updates are not exactly groundbreaking but noticeable enough to make the Infinite Edge Pro our best compound bow.
This Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro package includes 3-pin Tundra Sight, Tube Peep Sight, BCY string loop, 5” Octane Stabilizer, Hostage XL arrow rest, Comfort Wrist sling, and Deadlock Lite Octane quiver. These accessories are not cheap freebies. They’re all high-quality stuff. We particularly like the Octane Stabilizer that makes this bow stable and accurate in action for all levels of users. A mounting hole for a sight light is placed on the Tube Peep Sight has in case you wish to hunt in the dark.
The Infinite Edge Pro is infinitely adjustable. The draw length is 13 to 31” and the draw weight is 5 to 70 pounds. At the IBO speed rating of 310 fps, the arrow delivers a walloping 74.7 ft-lb. You can hunt big game with this bow, and at the same time, it can be adjusted for use by a boy or a small woman.
The let-off is 80% so it’s easy to draw and hold even at the 70-pound draw weight. There’s also an “infinite” setting on the cam that lets you fire quickly with almost no let-off. In this mode the Infinite Edge Pro can be used for bowfishing as well. There’s pretty much nothing that this compound bow can’t do.
The best compound bow in the market is the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Pro. It comes with high-quality accessories – you only need arrows to start shooting. The Infinite Edge Pro is infinitely configurable. It will excel at anything you ask it to do. This is a hunting bow that feels equally at home shooting targets and bowfishing.
The easiest-to-use high-quality bow is the Quest Radical. This compound bow is small and light. It is suitable for all users, including both sexes from young teenagers to adults.
Our best compound bow for hunting is the Bear Archery Cruzer. With a higher grain arrow, this bow can deliver over 90 ft-lb of kinetic energy to take down some of the largest game. It’s also light and very durable for long treks into the woods. We are also impressed by the appearance of the forked limbs and camo finishes.