What is compound bow and how to choose the best compound bow for the money? Bows have come to permeate and inform our cultural consciousness, and have come to be associated with heroes and virtue. It’s with a bow that Odysseus slays the suitors which plagued his wife Penelope, harassed his son Telemachus, and reclaimed his throne in Homer’s The Odyssey. Perhaps most famously, it’s with a bow that Robin Hood, Little John, Will Scarlet and the rest of the Merry Men took on the Sherriff of Nottingham and performed all the feats which even today stand out in the public memory as one of the quintessential exemplars of civil disobedience and roguish rebellion.
The incident in which Robin Hood splits an arrow to land squarely at the center of a bull’s-eye remains one of the most iconic images associated with both a character who’s made his name in large part by standing for truth and justice in the face of inequality and a weapon which has long stood as a great equalizer. This same ideology has been extended—for better or for worse—in the way in which Plains Indians have represented themselves and been represented on the whole in Western civilization. Most recently, the heroine of the popular young adult novel The Hunger Games, the heroine Katniss Everdeen likewise uses a bow and once again stands for the sort of virtuosity which it has come to symbolize.
This, in turn, has sparked newfound interest in bows and archery, and in compound bows in particular. Whether just starting out or looking to upgrade the bow you have, here’s a quick overview of what a compound bow is, how to choose the right one for you, and a look at five premium choices for beginners and experienced archers alike.