Best Beginner Compound Bow

Updated on March 22, 2020
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Ben has been a geek all of his life, and as such, his expertise tends to fall into gaming and technology.

Getting a compound bow can be the best place to start your archery career, as long as you’re not planning on competing in the Olympics. These bows are so advanced that even average archers can learn to perform like a pro in a relatively short time.

This is why compound bows are not allowed IN some of the most prestigious competitions like the Summer Olympics, but that’s not to say that you can’t enter other competitions that were created for compound bows. It’s by far the deadliest bow for hunting purposes.

For beginners, things to consider before you buy may include performance, budget, draw length, size, and additional features. Let’s discover some of the best beginner compound bows and what makes them better or worse than others.

Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Bow Package

The Infinite Edge is a utility bow for both beginners and seasoned archers. The first thing that you’ll notice is that this is a package deal. It includes an extra-large arrow rest, octane quiver, tube peep sight and tundra sight, and octane stabilizer. As soon as you unpack it, you’ll be ready to use it (assuming you already have the arrows).

The bow is 39” long, pretty much standard for adult compound bows. Like all compound bows, the draw length and weight are adjustable. The bow has an extended draw length that can go up to 31.5”.

There’s also a sturdy back wall to support a full draw. You’ll have no problem positioning the anchor point and you’ll be able to execute precise and fast shots.


  • Bow + accessories
  • High maximum fps
  • Sturdy back wall
  • Solid draw length


  • Not the cheapest

Southland Archery Supply Rage

The Rage is a high-quality bow that comes from a trusted manufacturer. The compressed ABS limbs are strong and durable and support a maximum draw weight up to 70 lbs. If you want, you can decrease the draw weight by loosening the bolt. It can be adjusted in 5-lb. increments.

The pivoting limb pockets in the back keep limbs sturdy and in place. This can boost your precision by helping you to keep the bow and your hands still when drawn. At the maximum draw weight, you can fire an arrow up to 270 FPS, which means that you can only hunt small game with this bow. That’s to be expected considering the entry-level price point.

This is a perfect bow for beginners with a comfortable cut-out riser and a nice overall design.


  • Durable compressed ABS limbs
  • Adjustable draw weight
  • Affordable


  • Narrow draw weight range for a compound bow

Quest Radical Bow Package

This bow is packed with interesting features and has a very futuristic design. It’s a bit shorter than some other compound bows, which makes it lighter and perhaps more comfortable to hold and operate. Both the limbs and the riser are made of 6061 aluminum.

Since it’s a bit shorter, it may not be as easy to use if you set the draw length to the 30” maximum. However, the pulley system is extremely easy to adjust, and you don’t need tools like a bow press to bend the limbs or adjust the draw weight. The maximum arrow speed is almost 300 FPS.

This is a bow package that includes a head-lock quiver (holds six arrows), stabilizer, peep, string suppressor, and other accessories.


  • Easily adjustable
  • Packaged deal
  • 296 maximum FPS


  • Only available in 2 finishes

Bear Archery Cruzer

From getting your children involved in archery to hunting, you can do it all with this bow. The draw length of this bow can be adjusted to as low as 12”, which would be perfect for children. The maximum draw length is 27”, so this is definitely a bow that your child can grow with.

The riser feels comfortable and sure-handed. This provides ultimate precision while shooting and makes the bow extremely comfortable for beginners to operate. On top of that, the riser and limbs come in 8 attractive colors – from yellow to pink. So, if you plan to get one for your child, you can make them extra happy by letting them select their preferred color.

The bow comes with all the necessary accessories to go hunting with. The package contains a matching sight, quiver, stabilizer, peep, and even a nock loop. As soon as you’re done practicing, you can go straight to the woods and let it rip.

This is one of the best bows for youngsters to get their first taste in archery. On the other hand, it may be insufficient for an adult.


  • Very lightweight
  • Available in various colors
  • Full-featured
  • Perfect for younger archers


  • Limited use for adults

Leader Accessories Compound Bow

This is a budget-friendly compound bow that comes with everything a beginner archer needs to get started. The aluminum riser is stable and slip-resistant, and you also don’t need to use a bow press to adjust the string.

There’s an enclosed wrench for adjusting the blow to your preferences. You can customize the draw length to as short as 19” and as long as 29”. The arrow can travel up to 296 FPS.

The bow comes with all the necessary accessories such as optic sight and arrow rest. If you’re not sure if archery is for you, an all-inclusive highly affordable compound bow like this one could be a great place to start. However, it’s only available with a right-handed grip.


  • Affordable
  • Comes with everything including arrows
  • Manually adjustable


  • Right-handed only

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for the best beginner compound bow on a tight budget, the Leader Accessories Compound Bow should do the trick. However, if you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you might be better off with the Diamond Archery Infinite Edge, which can serve as a professional bow that you can grow into as you improve your skills.

If you’re buying one for you kid (or if you’re a sophisticated kid or young adult looking to buy one for yourself), the Bear Archery Cruzer or the Quest Radical might be your best bet.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Ben Martin


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