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We’re thoroughly convinced that the Samick Sage is by far the best beginners recurve model on the market, and it’s not even that close. For those of you who are looking for your first bow – look no further. It’s clear that the Sage was designed specifically to be tailored towards the beginner, and it shows – there are just so many design aspects to the Sage that make sense for a inexperienced archer. It’s also very affordable, which is also a huge strength for a first bow – you don’t need to invest that much upfront to get a very functional, solid bow, and the great thing about the Sage is that it is relatively easy to upgrade if you decide to further pursue traditional archery as a hobby.
Bow Length: 62″
Draw Weight: 25-60lbs
Bow Weight: 3.4lbs
The Sage is just a fantastic piece of equipment. It’s a takedown recurve that is relatively simple to put together, and it just performs at a level that we wouldn’t really expect from a budget recurve bow. The grip feels great, and we liked the ergonomics a lot – although we think that the grip will probably be more comfortable for those with average hand size (or lower) as it’s not that large. The grip lacks any kind of padding, but we still thought that it was reasonably easy to grip and we didn’t feel any discomfort or pain doing so.
The bow shoots remarkably well for such an affordable option. Frankly, we were expecting much worse – it’s not often that we are impressed with how a sub $200 bow shoots. Obviously, it’s not the best performer in absolute terms – the Buffalo for example, shoots better than the Sage in our opinion – however, if we’re comparing on a value for money basis, the Sage is near unbeatable – you just don’t normally get this kind of shooting experience for such a good price. The bow is quiet, with only a little hand shock, and pretty decent power and accuracy.
Another thing that makes the Sage great for beginners is it accepts sights and other accessories – many higher end bows skew more traditional and don’t allow for these aids. We feel like having a sight and a stabilizer can help a first timer or inexperienced shooter focus on the actual technique of his/her draw, which is helpful and can aid the speed of progress in terms of shooting accurately with the required force.
Also, the fact that the Sage is a takedown is tremondously useful for inexperienced archers, because as they develop they have the freedom to upgrade their bows without shelling out for an entirely new model. For example, if you want to slowly develop your ability to handle higher and higher draw weights, that’s very possible with the sage, and not as easy to do with some other recurves – and it’s basically impossible with a one-piece bow.
One thing to note about the Sage is that it is heavier than the average recurve – 3.4lbs is by no means heavy, but if you’re carrying your now around for extended periods of time, every little bit of weight has an effect. Not a huge deal, but just something to keep in mind. Also, the 62″ is a tad longer than average, so those who are of below average height or arm length may want to find a 60″ or smaller bow instead.
- Near unbeatable value for money
- Powerful and accurate for the price
- Takedown function allows for upgrades and part replacements
- Option to attach various aids helps beginners focus on fundamental of technique
- Quiet with little vibration, especially for the price
- Pretty solid ergonomics for such an affordable option
- Bigger than average – smaller users may want to opt for 60″ or less
- A little above average in terms of weight
- Grip doesn’t come with padding
If you’re a first timer or you just went to a range for the first time and you want to get into archery as a hobby, then this is absolutely the bow for you. It doesn’t cost that much, and for the price, the performance is pretty much unmatched – we reckon on a purely value-for-money scale, the Sage is very near the top. More experienced (and people with more expendable income) may prefer something a bit higher end to potentially get better absolute performance. Also, the Sage might be a little large for those of smaller stature. Still, if you’re just getting into archery and you want a recurve bow, the Sage is probably your best bet by some margin.