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Compound bows use a complicated system of pulleys, cables, and strings attached to their stiff limbs. Regular bows don’t have stiff limbs; they have bent limbs instead, which don’t provide as much force as you’ll find in a compound bow. This creates a complexity in the compound bow that makes them an attractive and effective tool for everything from simple target practice up to hunting in the field.

Bus cables, control cables, and strings can all stretch out too much, releasing tension and not making your compound bow as effective. Your bow model will have a certain combination of these cables and strings, so when you’re shopping for replacements, pay specific attention to the manufacturer’s instructions.

With the proper materials and equipment, it will take you about 20 minutes or so to fully restring your compound bow. It’s not a difficult procedure, and the only word of warning is to make sure the bow is compressed enough while working with it.

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Restring like a king (or queen)

Ok, I have tried to break it down in some easy steps that you can follow to restring your bow.

1. Gather Your Equipment

To start, you’ll want to gather the tools that you’ll need: the new bus cable, control cable, and strings for your bow. There are many models of these available.

You will also want a bow press, which will hold the bow in place while you restring it. If you don’t have a bow press, have a partner help you compress the bow and hold it while you perform the cable restringing. It’s not advisable that you try to restring a bow either by yourself or without a partner to help. You can’t both compress the bow in one hand and restring it in another.

Okay, with those tools ready, it’s time to get started!

2. Positioning the Bow for Restringing

A bow press holds your bow steady throughout the entire restringing process, so first you want to insert your bow into the press. Having the bow in the press also takes tension off the strings, so that they hang slightly slack, with a little bit of movement.

Position it and tighten the vise grip so that your bow is upside down and facing towards you, with the cable slide in the center and perfectly vertical. The cables shouldn’t be slack enough that they don’t stay inside the cable slide, though.

3. Replacing the Bus Cable

You can start your restringing from either end. In this tutorial, we’ll move from left to right. Starting on the left-hand side of the bow on the bottom cam, take the bus cable off the top axle. Pull it gently towards you to remove it from the cable slide and then take it off the bottom cam on the right-hand side of the bow. Set the bus cable aside.

To put on the new bus cable, attach it to the same place on the top axle of the bottom cam located on the left-hand side of the bow. Pull it and attach it to the cable slide in the middle, then pull it towards the cam on the right-hand side. It might be shorter than the previous cable because it’s not as stretched out. Use the bow press to move the two cams closer together, and you might have to compress it quite a bit. Affix the end of the bus cable to the axle on the bottom of the other cam.

4. Replacing the Control Cable(s)

Depending on the cam setup, you might be using more than one control cable. On a single cam setup, you’ll have two control cables. You’d simply follow the instructions twice for replacing both cables.

Remove the control cable from the cam on the left-hand side of the bow, detach it from the cable slide, and remove it from the cam on the right-hand side of the bow. The control cable has a short serving on one end and a long serving on the other end. You’ll want to place the new control cable on the bow in the same position as the old one you removed it, with the ends lining up properly. Keep the short serving and long serving on the exact same sides that they were.

Hook the control cable’s serving end to the left-hand side of the bow, attach it to the cable slide in the middle, and then hook it into the cam on the other side. The cam setups vary depending on the bow model. You might also need to use the bow press (or the assistance) to help you compress the bow for this cable attaching process.

5. Replacing the String

With the cables replaced, now it’s time to do the same for the string, which is not attached to the cable slide. Starting on the left-hand side, gently unwind the string end from the cam to remove it. Then gently unwind the other end from the other cam. This is probably the easiest step, to get this string off.

Now, take your new string and locate which is the top of the string and which is the bottom. Some manufacturers include a tag for this purpose. The top is the one that’s going to go on the top cam, so we’ll be restringing starting with that cam.

Place the string into the cam and gently wind it in the same direction you unwound the previous string. Then pull it to the bottom cam and, using the press or a partner to help compress the bow, gently insert it into the cam and wind it. It should pop into place.

6. Final Adjustments

With the bus cable, control cable, and main string replacements in place, you’ll want to take an extra minute or two to just double check and make sure each cable and string are securely in their new proper locations.

With that final check over complete, your bow now has its new cables and string. You can remove it from the bow press, or have your partner release it from its compressed state.

The bow is now fully restrung and ready for both timing and tuning.

Compound bow sights are an immensely important tool for focusing your field of vision, improving your aim, and ensuring that your arrows are properly aligned and hitting the target each time. Bow sights act as a manual navigational tool. They come in several varieties and have useful features any archer would appreciate having.

However, there are many bow sight models. How do you pick the right one and, once you’ve selected it, how do you use it? In this article, we’ll talk you through step by step how to select a compound bow sight, how to mount it to your bow, how to use it, and how to adjust it.

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1. Decide Which Type of Bow Sight You’d Like

There are two kinds of sights that can fit on a compound bow: the basic 3 pin sight and the single pin movable sight. Both types of sights are usually made of either plastic or light aluminum, which makes them extremely lightweight to not add any extra pressure on the bow. They come with both windage and elevation adjustments as well. Sights can be purchased in either standard or youth sizes. They mount directly to the bow with their included mounting hardware, so you can use them, which will be discussed in the next step.

3-Pin Sight
The 3-pin sight is the most common sight to add to your compound bow. It is horizontally shaped, with a round hood that contains three fiber optic pins and a small bubble level. The bubble level helps you properly align your shots, and the hood is often accented with a bright or reflective color for better visibility. The pins have three different colors of red, green, or yellow. They ensure you can acquire your target without losing too much in terms of sight picture. The pins are usually made of brass. Make sure the sight has a reversible mount design, so that either left- or right-handed users can attach it to their bow. One extra benefit of a 3-pin compound bow sight is that they’re not that expensive. For less than $20, you can greatly improve your archery accuracy and hit that bullseye each and every time.

Single Pin Sight
The single pin sight looks similar to the 3-pin, with a horizontal round hood and a bubble level. Behind the level is positioned just one vertical pin in one fiber optic color, usually green. Some of these sights come with an adjustable brightness Rheostat light to shine right on the pin and illuminate it. Having just one pin creates a clear, unobstructed view of your target, as well as ultra-precise adjustments. Unlike the 3-pin sight, the single pin is purchased only in left hand or right-hand types. It’s not reversible. They tend to also be more expensive than 3-pin bow sights.

Peep Sight
In addition to selecting one of the pin sights, you’ll also want a rear round sight, called a peep sight; they’re sold separately. They function as an additional alignment tool, and they work in tandem along with either your 3-pin sight or the single pin sight. A peep sight is tied in to the strings in the rear of the bow. It creates a tunnel effect when you look through it, narrowing your field of vision and focusing your aim. So, that when you pull back, you can look through the peep sight to aim directly through the pin sight and at the target.

There are more than just these three types of sights, but these are basics to get you started using them with your compound bow. You can also find 4-pin or even 5-pin sights.

2. Mount the Pin Sights to the Bow

After you’ve purchased your particular type of bow sight and received it, it’s time to attach it to your compound bow. The following directions are for pin sights.

At the end of the bow sight, you’ll notice two sets of three side by side mounting holes. The bow sight comes with screws that fit into these holes and screw to your bow. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, remove these screws from the sight and set them aside for now.

Take your compound bow and turn it on its side, with the outside facing towards you. You’ll notice a black or metal mounting plate about halfway up on the bow. It’ll have two screw holes designed for a sight.

Place your sight’s mounting holes vertically over these two screw holes, with the sight facing upright and away from you. Take the Phillips head screwdriver and attach the sight to the bow using the included screws. Make sure the sight is level by using the bubble level as your guide.

3. Using the Sight

With your 3-pin sight mounted, it’s time to use the sight. Each pin represents a specific yardage. The top pin is for the closest distance, the middle pin is for the middle distance, and the lowest pin is for the farthest distance. Some possible pin adjustment yardages include:

  • 15 – 20 – 25 yards
  • 15 – 30 – 45 yards
  • 20 – 30 – 40 yards

With a single pin sight, you manually adjust the yardage yourself with the included yardage selector. You can only choose one yardage at a time. It is much easier to adjust a single pin sight, and you can do it quicker without using a wrench or screwdriver.

Place an arrow in the bow and hold it there without drawing it back. Then, bring the bow up to your eye. Look through the peep sight and through the pin sight towards the tip of the arrow. You line up the tip of the arrow to one of the color-coded pin heads, whichever distance yardage you’re aiming for.

Stand facing the target. Draw back the bow, use the peep sight and the pin sight to line up the tip of the arrow to the appropriate pin for that yardage, and shoot.

4. Adjusting the Bow Sight

If you are experiencing a lot of misses outside the bullseye of the target, then you’ll want to adjust the sight. You want to adjust it in the direction of the arrows that you’re missing. For example, if you’re missing down and to the left of the bullseye, you want to adjust the sight down and to the left. If you’re hitting too high, move the sight higher. You’re not correcting in the opposite direction.

To adjust the sight, you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver. On the sight itself while it’s mounted, locate both the horizontal and vertical screws. If you’re hitting the target too high or low, you’ll want to adjust the vertical screw. If you’re hitting your target too far to the right or left, you’ll want to adjust the horizontal screw.

Use the screwdriver to slightly unscrew that adjustment screw, then slide the whole sight to adjust it. Then tighten the adjustment screw. When you’re doing this, make sure your adjustments are small. Keep checking it and looking through the peep sight at the pins. It takes a bit of patience to get this step right, so expect to go through an adjustment period before you become really proficient.

Once your arrows start hitting the bullseye, that’s when you know that both the peep sight and your pin sight are properly in place and being used to their best advantage.

5. Practice and Correct Problems

Now that you’ve learned about compound bow sights and the basics of how to use each type, it’s up to you to become proficient in your archery. For that, you’ll want to practice using the bow sight with your target distances. It might take some getting used to, since your field of vision is focused on the pins. That’s why they’re fiber optic and color coded. They improve your accuracy immensely.

Having difficulty with your bow sight? Try replacing the included screws with better ones made of steel. Some bow users suggest using wax on the screws as well. Also, check where your peep sight is located, tied to the strings. It might be too high or too low. You might also have to raise your anchor points or shortening the bow draw length to about half an inch. That also, in turn, lowers the peep sight and changes the point of impact. Or, you can change the peep sight location manually. It’s not advised that you move the nocking point, which would impact the tune. A draw length that is too long would make it seem like the pin sight is the problem and you’re shooting way too high or too low.

Once you’ve become proficient in a 3-pin bow sight, the most common type of bow sight, then try the single pin sight.

You can use your compound bow sight for regular target practice or hunting. Using compound bow sights is basically all about choosing the type of sight that is best for you, taking the proper steps to mount or tie them correctly to your bow, and then performing small incremental manual adjustments until you’re hitting the target each and every time.

Long gone are the days of Robin Hood with his leather arrow quiver on his back. Nowadays, your compound bow comes outfitted with professional mounting holes designed for not just bow sights, but also mounting quivers.

Quivers come in two varieties: the one-piece or the two-piece. One-piece quivers are common and can easily attach to a bow sight. Two-piece quivers, also called permanent quivers, can be mounted directly onto the bow riser.

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I use the Trophy Ridge Lite-1 5 Arrow Quiver and I love it. It is super robust but fairly light and I could not be more happy with it.

My wife Melissa use the Tight Spot 5-Arrow Bow Quiver Polymer because it is a bit lighter. But it is a robust quiver and one of the most sold quivers on the market right now.

You can not go wrong with either one of them!

In this article, we’ll go over selecting a quiver and mounting either type you choose. It’s relatively quick, and you only need an Allen wrench and about 10 or 15 minutes of your time.

Selecting a Quiver
Before you attach the quiver to the compound bow, you want to make sure you have the right type of quiver that fits the arrows that you’re shooting. Not all quivers are alike, which is a common misconception that many novice archers have. You don’t want to just buy one, only to discover it doesn’t work for you.

So, there are a few points to consider when selecting a quiver. To start, if you’re using expandable arrows, you’ll want a quiver that has two points of contact for securing the arrows. You’ll also want to modify the quiver by removing the foam from the quiver hood. Then, after you’ve placed the arrows in the quiver, you can simply slide them up and keep them open and loose within the hood. The hood covers all the blades without deploying them. For fixed-blade broadhead arrows and other types, you can keep the foam in the hood and they’d fit nicely with just one point of contact, rather than the two.

Quivers also come with different accessories, including hooks for wall or tree hanging. That’s because, especially during hunting in the field, you wouldn’t necessarily shoot the arrows with the quiver attached to the bow. You’d want to detach it and, rather than having it rest in the grass, it hangs on a tree. Quivers also come in a non-removable model.

With those differences explained and your selected quiver model, it’s time to attach it to your bow.

Before Attaching the Quiver
Before attaching the quiver, first determine what type of mounts your quiver has. Some have just one fixed mount that keeps it securely in place on the bow, while others are adjustable to move up and down the bow.

Also, you’ll want to make sure that, when the quiver is eventually attached, the hood of your quiver is even with the top limb of your bow; you don’t want the bottoms of the arrows hanging down beyond the lower bow limb because you’d run the risk of damaging or snapping arrows. Another point to keep in mind is that when resting the bow on the ground, your nocks would have the potential to become dirty or snag on other natural materials. That would create shooting problems. To prevent that, keep the quiver nice and high, with the bottom of the hood parallel to the top limb.

Attaching a Quiver to the Bow Sight
The one-piece detachable style quivers typically mount to the bow sight (looking for 3-pin bow sight or single pin bow sight?) , although some might also mount to the bow riser just like two-piece permanent quivers. These quivers only have one point of contact. These are the most common, so they’re easy to find and simple to mount as well. You will need an Allen wrench to attach it.


  1. Remove the mounting bracket from the quiver and place it over the mounting holes on the bow sight.
  2. Using an Allen wrench and the two included quiver screws, screw the mounting bracket to the bow sight. Make sure the screws are lined up and snug.
  3. With the quiver upright and lined up with the bow limb, slide it into the mounting bracket and tighten the locking bolt.
  4. The hood should be lined up with the limb and the quiver should be securely attached to the bow sight.

Attaching a Quiver to the Bow Riser
Not all two-piece quivers attach to every compound bow, so double check and make sure before purchasing. When you mount your two-piece quiver to the bow riser, that adds strength, durability, and stability for the quiver to stay in place. There’s two anchor points and it even helps your shooting by reducing vibrations.

The bow risers themselves have the accessory holes to mount your quiver. They could be either a round or triangular shape. Your two-piece quiver will come with its own fittings that go on both the front and back of the bow riser. It might also come with instructions for specific mounting. The following steps can help clarify the procedure.


  1. Start with the bottom of the 2-piece quiver. Holding your bow upright (or having a partner hold it), affix the hood to the top bow riser mounting hole. Use an Allen wrench to screw in the bolt. Place the other fitting on the other side of the bow riser and screw together. Tighten the bolt with the Allen wrench.
  2. Move to the bottom bow riser and locate the mounting hole for the second piece of the quiver. Place the mounting end into the mounting hole and, using the Allen wrench, screw the bolt in through the other side to hold it securely in place.
  3. Put the quiver on the mounting end and make sure it’s lined up with the hood on the top riser. Use the wrench to screw the bolt and attach the quiver in place.
  4. Insert an arrow into the hood and lay against the bottom to make sure both pieces of the quiver are lined up correctly and mounted correctly.

Now that your quiver of choice is attached, it’s time to fill it with arrows. Then, you’re ready to take your bow out to target practice or out on the trail.

Learn more

Please consider to read more articles on this site to learn more about compound bows in articles like: best arrows for a 70 lb compound bow, a great beginner bow set for adults, and learn to aim without sights.

Looks like you’ve decided to test your luck in the sport of archery. Whether watching countless hours of Robin Hood movies led you to this craft, or just pure desire, you are at the right place.

This article will provide you with a review of the best beginner compound bow on the market, complete with information about compound bows in general that would be useful to those on the market for such a bow.

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Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 Compound Bow Review

There are several key features that make a compound bow more or less suitable for beginner archers.

What’s important to know, if you are a novice who is about to pick up the bow for the first time, is that speed matters. The speed of the arrow is measured in FPS, or feet per second. It represents one of the main reasons why a certain bow is harder to shoot than others.

To achieve higher FPS, you will have to set the draw weight higher, which makes it harder to draw your bow. Yes, the bow will fire fast and powerful shots, but for a beginner, it might be impossible to draw the bow and fire accurately.

The good news is that all compound bows feature adjustable draw weight. As a novice archer, your focus should be on proper technique and fundamentals.

The Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 can fire arrows up to 318 FPS. The draw weight is very adjustable (it can go from 7 to 70 lbs.), which makes it a good choice not only for men but for also women and young archers.

As hinted, you will only get the top speed if you set the draw weight to the highest, in this case 70 lbs. But you don’t have to; you can set it to as low as 7 lbs. and build up from there.

The Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 uses the binary cam system, which makes tuning easier by slaving the cams together. Your timing will also be more consistent as a result. This means that you will be able to spend more time on the field working on your shots and having fun.

If purchased as a package, the bow comes with a quiver, sight, D-loop, peep, stabilizer (which will be pre-mounted), rest, and sling.

Also, the Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 features adjustable draw length (15” to 30”) which you can adjust in a matter of seconds; all that you need is an Allen wrench.

Another factor that makes the bow beginner-friendly is the very light weight (3.6 pounds). Hence, it won’t hurt your arms or tire you out that quickly. It will be much easier for a beginner to aim with a lighter bow than a heavier bow, and you’ll have better control as well, so use it to master the fundamentals and sharpen your skills.

The axle-to-axle length is 31 inches. Again, not too much for beginners. (Don’t worry, all the specs will be explained in more detail later on.)

The Edge SB-1 comes in almost every color (camo, purple, black, etc.) so you can choose whatever fits your personality or style. The silver-and-black Diamond logo is located on the grip.

The grip is another important consideration, as it’s one of the things that determine how comfortable the bow is.

The Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 is a comfortable compound bow because its grip fits almost perfectly in the hand. That will allow you to aim faster and fire more accurate shots.

While looking for a compound bow, durability should also play a vital role. The truth is that this Diamond Archery model is proven in that department. The answer is in the limbs. The Edge SB-1’s solid carbon composite limbs should guarantee that it lasts for a long time.

The only thing that may be considered a downside is the noise that the bow produces. You see, noise plays a huge role in hunting – the stealthier you and your equipment are, the better your chances.

The Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 might be the best beginner compound bow, but it’s not a rifle that shoots at 3,000 FPS. Many people prefer bow hunting over firearms precisely because it’s more challenging.

Just so you know. The compound bow is the most advanced bow for hunting and target practice, so advanced that you’re not allowed to use one in most major archery competitions. Doesn’t it make you want one even more badly?

Now let’s find out everything you need to know before starting your archery journey.

Everything You Need to Know About Compound Bows

This section includes everything you need to know about compound bows and archery in general.

There are a few important factors that determine just how good a certain compound bow is. Let’s break down and explain them.

Axle-to-Axle Length

Compound bows are equipped with axles, at least one at the end of each limb. The axles are the parts that attach the bow to the rotating system (consisting of cams or idler wheels) which gives power to the bow and does the heavy lifting for the user (a major reason why compound bows are not allowed in Olympic archery events).

The axle-to-axle length is now pretty self-explanatory, as it represents the length between the two axles. This length determines what type of shooting the bow is made for. For instance, if you own a shorter bow (from 30 to 32 inches), it is perfect for hunting. If you need a bow for target shooting or just regular practice, you should aim to get your hands on a longer bow.

The axle-to-axle length also impacts the bow’s stability. Just ask any experienced archer and they will know the difference.

With all else equal, longer bows would provide more stability. What that means is that you will be able to get a better hold of the bow while aiming. The draw weight and length and other things would play a part as well, which is why we stressed “with all else equal.”

Although the axle-to-axle length impacts the stability, that doesn’t necessarily mean that shorter bows aren’t accurate. There are many other elements that can affect accuracy.

At the end of the day, as long as you are comfortable with the bow, you will be able to hit targets with it after enough practice. However, beginners should pick their first bow carefully and always have their goals in mind.

Draw Weight

By virtue of their design, the draw weight of all compound bows is adjustable. High-level archery not only requires skill but also a strong body. To be exact, your back muscles will need to be pretty strong as they will be under the most pressure.

If you are really that into this sport, you must have heard of Brady Ellison, the top American Olympic archer. Ellison can draw up to around 53 pounds without affecting his accuracy. Of course, we’re not comparing apples to apples here as Ellison uses a recurve bow in competitions. But the point is the same.

What’s important here is that you carefully choose your bow’s draw weight so that it matches your strength. This goes especially so for hunters.

Let’s say that you’re a hunter. You are on the field right now waiting patiently for your prey, when suddenly you hear a noise in the nearby bush. This could be the moment you have been waiting for. Naturally, you would fully draw your bow and wait for the perfect shot. The wait here usually lasts no more than a couple of minutes, but those minutes will feel like hours.

If your bow’s draw weight so too much for you to handle, then you either need to hit the gym or choose a different bow for hunting purposes. You wouldn’t want to fire a shot when your arms are tired? In other words, the draw weight is the maximum weight that you pull before let-off.

So, how do you know if the draw weight matches your strength? It’s quite simple. While you are browsing for a perfect bow, pull the string and check if you can hold that position for about 30 seconds. If you are able to do that, then the draw weight is probably suitable for you.

Draw weight doesn’t only have an impact on your strength. It also affects your aim and the bow’s accuracy. It is obvious that having a bow that is easy to draw and hold makes your accuracy better and your overall shot steadier. The cool thing about compound bows is that the cams do most of the work for you, so you don’t have to hold the full draw weight.

Draw Length

Do you know your bow’s draw length? You should!

Basically, draw length determines how much your bow can be drawn back. This distance is completely controlled by your bow’s mechanical system. However, your physical size needs to match your bow’s mechanical settings. This is why you need to determine your proper draw length.

The truth is that there is not an exact formula for any given archer. If you are completely comfortable with a selected draw length, then it is quite simple – that’s your number!

Although comfort is the logical consideration, beginner archers may have problems in determining what their proper draw length is.

There is a solution to that as well and it’s called the “arm span method.” The method is actually quite easy. Simply measure your arm span (in inches) and divide that number by 2.5. The result is the draw length in inches that matches your size.

When measuring your arm span, make sure to stand still and measure from the tip of your left or right middle finger to the tip of the other one.

However, it’s only a rule of thumb so you shouldn’t be carried away with numbers. Remember, comfort matters! Also, most compound bows feature adjustable draw length.


The let-off is one of the things that makes the compound bow the most advanced bow in existence.

First, we need to start from the draw weight.

As you already know, the draw weight is the force that you need to exert when drawing the string back. And as mentioned, the design of the compound bow does most of the work for you. And the percentage of that work done for you is called the let-off.

For an example, if a bow is set at a draw weight of 70 pounds and the let-off is specified at 80%, then you actually only have to hold a 14-pound full draw weight when using that bow (80% or 56 pounds of the weight is done for you).

In comparison, recurve bow archers would theoretically need to hold all 70 pounds at full draw. It’s for illustration purposes only because 70-lb. compound bows don’t exist and it would be too heavy for most people anyway. In comparison, there are many compound bows with 70lbs or higher draw weight.

By the way, the Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 is rated at 80% let-off.

The Difference Between Compound and Traditional Bows

Would a modern day Robin Hood choose a compound or a traditional bow? Let’s figure out what we already know.

Traditional Bows

Traditional bows are now considered old equipment. But does that necessarily mean that they don’t perform as well as compound bows? Short answer – nope!

There are two categories of traditional bows: the longbow and the recurve bow.

Right off the bat, what separates the longbow from the recurve bow is its shape. The longbow has the shape of a half-moon. Its grip is completely straight.

Longbows are harder to shoot as they have thicker depths. That means that your form has to be impeccable in order to shoot a straight-flying arrow.

The recurve bow is a more efficient version of the longbow. The riser replaced the traditional grip and the two limbs are curved back in the other direction at the end (i.e. recurve), which would also require more advanced materials.

The result is a bow that can shoot with more power and therefore faster arrows. In this case, the bow’s draw length is very important. Even more important than in the previous case.

You see, longbows can be drawn back as far as your strength allows you to. Recurve bows have a set draw length.


Although much longer, traditional bows are also slimmer and easier to carry around. That alone is a serious advantage as it allows you to move faster and even hunt from tighter spots.


On the other hand, traditional bows are harder to shoot as they require good technique and strength, and not technology-driven like compound bows. So you will need more force to draw them. Without the assist of the cams, traditional bows also don’t shoot nearly as fast or far as compound bows. In order to get a good shot, you will need to be closer to your target.

If you do decide that a traditional bow is the right one for you, you will need to practice more frequently.

Compound Bow

Compound bows are modern bows that are capable of more power and accuracy. Just because the compound bow has the technology that can immensely help you, it doesn’t mean that it won’t require practice.


The compound bow doesn’t entirely rely on your strength. Its mechanical systems are designed to make your hunting easier. In the hands of an archer, compound bows offer more power, accuracy, greater distance, and customization.


Compound bows are wider and heavier than traditional bows, which means moving around with them won’t be as easy as you might have thought. You might have to sacrifice the speed of your movement.

Also, compound bows need more maintenance.

Which Is the Right One for You?

If you are aren’t that interested in technology and want to do things the old-fashioned way, then a traditional bow will be a better choice for you.

In general, if you go for compound bows, you will be able to make faster progress. If you’re looking to hunt larger game, you should choose a good compound bow.

On the other hand, if you plan on becoming a competitive archer, you may have to pick up a traditional bow, unless you’re willing to settle for lower-level competitions. As mentioned, compound bows are not allowed in most major archery competitions.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing to stop you from choosing both. Just figure out what you want from the sport and you will realize what bow you should start with.

What are the Parts of the Compound Bow?

The very next thing you should know about compound bows is the anatomy. Let’s take apart the compound bow and check out every part.


The riser is the middle of the bow that contains the grip. Risers are usually made of aluminum, but better compound bows may come with carbon fiber risers. You see, carbon fiber decreases the bow’s weight.

There are other components mounted to the riser. They include the arrow rest, sight, stabilizer, and quiver. All of the mounting holes are universal.


The limbs are attached to the riser to form the top and bottom parts of the compound bow. They are made of flexible fiberglass planks.

They are parts of the bow that absorb and store the energy that’s generated when you pull the bowstring. You will find that the limbs are equipped with cams.

There are different types of limbs.

Solid limbs

Solid limbs are made of one piece of fiberglass.

Split limbs

Split limbs consist of two limbs that “meet” each other at the riser. This type of limbs makes the bow more durable. It also makes the bow produce less of a hand shock.

Parallel limbs

Parallel limbs are found on most compound bows nowadays. The name basically says it all: The top and bottom limbs are parallel to each other. Parallel limbs reduce the bow’s noise and recoil when shooting.


The cams are attached to the end of the limbs and look like round disks. These cams are the innovative technology that separates compound bows from traditional bows.

It is the cams that manipulate the draw weight through their mechanic systems. So, when you pull the string back, after a specific point, the string will catch on the cams and it will become easier to continue pulling.

There are also different types of cams as well.

  • Round wheels – the arrow speed is lower but the accuracy is better
  • Soft cams
  • Single cams – also called “solo” cams
  • Hard cams – faster arrow speed but hard to keep in tune
  • 5 hybrid cams

Cam System

Let’s see how the cams work together.

There are four types of cam systems, which include:

  • Binary cams
  • Twin cams
  • Single cam
  • Hybrid cams

The most popular bows on the market today actually use the single cam system. This type is easier to maintain. It makes less noise, which is very important for hunters.

The system basically includes a round idler wheel on the upper limb and a power cam on the bottom limb.

The second most used cam system is the twin cams, otherwise known as the dual cam system. It consists of two identical cams (top and bottom).


The arrow is launched by the bowstring. The key is that bowstrings should be made of materials that don’t stretch or lose tension over time. In order to make sure that your bow performs as well as it performed when you first bought it, you should replace the bowstring every 2 to 3 years.

String Silencer

While we are talking about the bowstring, it is a good time to mention every hunter’s best friend, the string silencer.

Although technically you don’t need them as a beginner, it might be a good idea to get used to them from the start; they might become one of the most important accessories later.

This piece of equipment totally relies on physics. When your bow is at full draw, it is tense with potential energy. The limbs are bent due to the pulling force, and naturally, they want to return to their starting position.

When released, the potential energy in the limbs is converted into kinetic energy which sends the arrow flying.

Since energy conversion is never 100% efficient, a portion of the energy doesn’t get transferred to the arrow but ripples through the bow instead. That’s why your compound bow is vibrating and making noise while shooting. The string silencer is used to reduce the vibrations, therefore reducing the noise.

Cable Guard

There are cables that move the cams or pulley system when pulling back the bowstring. Cable guards are used to keep the cable away from the bow’s center. They are made of fiberglass.

Cable Slide

The cable slide works alongside the cable guard to make sure that the cables don’t get in the arrow’s path. They are small plastic pieces attached to the cable guard.


If you’ve ever played first-person shooter games, you already know what sights are. They are used to help you with your aim and there are quite a few sights available.

The most popular, the fixed pin sight, usually has three pins in the sight circle. You will use those pins for distances. In order to fully take advantage of the pins, you will need to know how far away your target is. You can use a rangefinder (purchased separately) to figure out the distance.

Arrow Rest

The arrow rest is used for holding the arrow before releasing it. With an arrow rest, you can fully focus on your target and not have to worry about where your arrow is.


You can shoot with or without a stabilizer, as it’s totally optional. It’s used to, well, stabilize your weapon when you are shooting. Attached to the front of the bow, It reduces vibrations and noise.

How to Keep Your Compound Bow in Good Shape

Let’s say you’ve just got yourself a new compound bow. It is beautiful! You find it very comfortable and easy to shoot with. You don’t want that to change, right?

Here are a few things that you can do to increase your compound bow’s durability.

Always Have Your Bow Tuned

It is of the essence that archers make sure that their bows are being fired in a straight line. That’s exactly what bow tuning is. With that being said, you should always check if your bow is properly tuned. Here are a couple of things to have in mind:

  • Pick the proper arrows
  • Adjust the draw length
  • Time the cams
  • Adjust the sight

Inspect Your Weapon Every Now and Then

Inspecting your weapon’s performance is a good thing to do from time to time. Remember how the compound bow performed at its peak (when you first bought it) and compare the results.

Check if Your Components are Correctly Installed

If your components aren’t installed correctly, your bow won’t be as accurate and you might even risk injuring yourself or others. One of the key points to look at is the riser as that’s where most of your components are located. The components need to be tightly attached to the riser.

Take Good Care of Your Bowstring

A good way to take care of the bowstring is to use wax. Simply apply wax by rubbing it directly along the full length of the bowstring. Once you’ve done that, use your fingers to massage it further into the string. Make sure to cover all spots as strings are made out of multiple strands. The goal here is for the wax to melt inside all the gaps.

The recommendations on how frequently you should apply this method vary. As a rule, waxing the string once a week should be all that it takes to keep your bowstring safe.

Why are Some Compound Bows Faster?

So, what makes one compound bow faster than the other?

The first factor that impacts the compound bow’s FPS is the brace height. This controls how much you need to pull in order to get to full draw. In other words, it controls the draw stroke. If a bow has a short brace height, you can expect a longer draw stroke. But what exactly is the brace height? The brace height is the distance between your bow’s grip throat and bowstring.

The second factor is the draw length. The reason for that is quite simple. If your bow has longer draw length. it will be able to shoot the arrow with more power, and as such, faster.

Aside from these two factors, the cam design and limbs must also be considered if your goal is speed.

The cams don’t store any energy but assist you to store energy on the bow’s limbs, and depending on the bow, they can do it for better or worse. When you release the arrow, the energy stored on the limbs converts to kinetic energy that propels the arrow.

When you’re shopping for a fast bow, look at the specs supplied by the manufacturer.

Alternative Starter Bows for Beginners

Since you now know what to look for in a compound bow, let’s check out a couple of alternative best compound bows for beginners.

Bear Archery Authority

The first honorable mention is the Bear Archery Authority compound bow. It is inexpensive and an excellent choice for any beginner archer. This compound bow can fire arrows up to 315 FPS. It is available in three max draw weights: up to 50, 60, or 70 lbs. The draw length can go from 24.5’’ to 31.5’’.

SAS Rage

The second alternative best beginner compound bow is as affordable as they come. The compressed ABS limbs make it a high durable inexpensive compound bow. The draw weight can be adjusted from 55 to 70 pounds at 70% let-off. The draw length can go from 25 to 31 inches.

When it comes to speed, this compound bow can shoot arrows up to 270 FPS.

Final Words

Now that everything is said and done, it is easy to see why the Diamond Archery Edge SB-1 is one of the best compound bows for beginners. The bow is very adjustable, capable of letting arrows fly at a high FPS (for a serious entry-level bow), and incredibly easy to use.

Of course, as mentioned before, the bow is suitable for advanced archers as well, so you can grow with it as you get better and more experienced.

Choosing the right bow sight can make a world of difference for your archery or hunting experience. After all, it is the piece of the equipment that determines how accurate your aim is. But with so many different options, how do you find the perfect one for yourself?

In this article, we will focus on one type of these devices – the single pin bow sight. We will tell you about some of the best single pin bow sights and explain why each of them could be a good choice for you.

And to make your search easier, we have also included a buyer’s guide in which we will give you all the information you need to find the best bow sight for yourself.

So, without further ado, let’s start with our top picks for the best single pin bow sight on the market.

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Trophy Ridge Drive Slider Bow Sight

The first item on our list comes from Trophy Ridge, a company well-known for making a wide range of quality archery equipment. This bow sight is no exception since it has all kinds of features that landed it on our list of the best single pin bow sights.


  • .029” vertical fiber optic pin
  • Rheostat light
  • Pre-installed bubble level
  • Glow-in-the-dark ring


  • Great value for money
  • No tools required for adjustment
  • Large, highly visible fiber optic pin
  • Easy to set up


  • Inconvenient for left-handed use
  • Not suitable for longer distances


For a budget-friendly product, this bow sight is packed with features. It’s well-built, easy to use, and provides great accuracy thanks to the large fiber optic pin.

Build Quality
The mounting bracket of this sight is made of aluminum, making it very solid and lightweight at the same time. Some parts are plastic, which is prone to breaking, but there is no doubt this bow is durable enough to withstand average use.

It also features nylon bushings that ensure quiet movement by eliminating metal-to-metal contact, which is especially useful in hunting.

Thanks to the .029 inch wide fiber optic pin, this sight is a great option for all kinds of bow hunting adventures. This is one of the biggest pin sizes available, and it is very bright so rest assured hunting in low-light conditions won’t be an issue. There is a downside to this, though. A larger pin blocks more of your sight, so it might be a bit inconvenient for smaller and farther targets.

For improved visibility, the ring glows in the dark, and there is also a rheostat light that adds enough light to see the pin clearly.

As if that’s not enough, there is also a bubble level installed on the bottom of the ring, so you can align your bow correctly.

Another reason why this is one of the best single pin bow sights available is the ease of use. Adjustment is quick and easy and requires no separate tools. If you’re a bit experienced in using bow sights, adjusting this one will be easy. If you’re not, you’ll get used to it pretty quickly.

Right-Handed Use
This device is built for right-handed use. It is possible to use it if you shoot with your left hand, but you’re going to have to make some alterations.

The way to do this is to remove the four bolts at the top of the sight and then rotate it 180 degrees. Put the bolts back in and you should be good to go. The only thing to keep in mind is that this way, the level will be at the top of the ring. If that’s something that won’t be a problem for you, you can use it the same way you would if you were right handed.

There are also a couple of other things you should keep in mind. First of all, the sight doesn’t come pre-marked, so you have to mark the yardages yourself. Be sure to do this carefully, in order to avoid confusion.

Also, some of the features and adjustments can be a bit confusing to beginners. Don’t worry about this, because after you’ve used it a couple of times, it will become easier as you go.
Overall, this bow sight is definitely worth considering. You get a ton of useful features at a very low price. In case your hunting adventures don’t require a top-notch sight that does everything, this could be a good choice.

Fuse Helix Slider Single Pin Sight

The next product on our list of the best single pin bow sights is a mid-range device by Fuse Archery. This bow sight has great build quality and it’s versatile and easily adjustable.


  • .019 inch steel fiber optic pin
  • Stealth Band technology
  • Rheostat light
  • Right and left hand compatibility


  • Low noise and vibration levels
  • High build quality
  • Easily adjustable


  • A bit expensive
  • The exposed fiber optic could be better protected


If you’re willing to spend a bit more on a bow sight, this could be your choice. Despite a couple of drawbacks, it’s still a great bow sight that can make your shooting a lot more precise and convenient.

The Pin
This bow sight’s pin is .019 inches wide, which may not be the widest out there, but it’s definitely bright enough to provide great visibility. There is also a sight light for improved visibility and precision. Another good thing about the pin is that it’s made from stainless steel, so durability won’t be an issue. You can rest assured it will survive all kinds of adventures.

The only thing that might be a problem in some situations is that the fiber optic is wrapped around the housing. This means it’s exposed to the elements. The designers have chosen to make the sight easy to locate in favor of a bit more protection that would make it more reliable.

There are a couple of features that make this device one of the best single pin bow sights on the market right now. The first is the simplicity of installation and use. The sight is ready for mounting out of the box. Just attach it to your bow’s riser with a couple of bolts and you’re good to go.

Setting it up to fit your bow may take some time, but it’s not hard even if you’ve never used one before.
Another thing that makes this bow sight convenient is the Stealth Band technology. This is used to effectively minimize noise and vibration. This is more important for hunters than archers, since you can use it quietly without the fear of your target running away.

The design of this sight allows for both right and left-handed use. If you’re left-handed, you can simply mount it on the other side of your bow, without having to make any adjustments.

Windage and elevation adjustments are also pretty simple, but it requires the use of an Allen wrench, which is not included in the package.

As you can see, this devise is worth thinking about. If you’re able to spend a couple more bucks on a sight bow, this one could be a great option.

Axcel Accutouch HD .019 Sight

The last item on our list of the best single pin bow sights is a premium solution from Axcel. It’s a high-quality product that’s packed with all kinds of features that will make sure your hunting is as simple and accurate as it can be.


  • Accu-Click system
  • .019” fiber optic pin
  • Three-axis leveling capabilities
  • 45-degree sight scale
  • Windage Dovetail Guide system
  • Elevation tension lever


  • High build quality
  • High accuracy and precision
  • Great adjustment capabilities
  • Convenient and simple to use


  • Expensive


Axcel is known in the archery community as an innovative company. This device is a perfect example of that, which makes it one of the best single pin bow sights for everyone that wants nothing but a top-notch sight.

One of the strongest points of this bow sight is its adjustment capabilities. The first feature worth mentioning is the Accu-Click technology that makes this device comparable to some high-end multi-pin bow sights. Basically, it lets you set it at a specific distance, making it a lot easier to lock your target in.

Sliding the sight along the elevation bar can sometimes be tricky. But thanks to the Elevation Tension Lever, you get to choose the amount of force you need to apply for this.

Windage and elevation adjustments require no other tool, and you can dial them in in a matter of minutes. Pair this with the all-axis leveling capabilities and you get one of the most versatile sights available. There is also a windage lock button, which stops the windage knob from turning when you don’t want it to. Thanks to the Windage Dovetail Guide feature, you can let your arrows fly with zero backlash.

The Pin
Here we have a standard .019 inch fiber optic pin that remains brightness in all conditions. The field of view is also wide enough to ensure visibility without distractions. The 45-degree sight scale lets you see where the sight pointer is set clearly, making your aiming a lot easier.

As you might’ve expected, all these features come at a high price. If you’re not willing to settle for anything less than a top-shelf bow sight, and don’t mind paying for it, this might be the best single pin bow sight for you. But in case you’re a beginner, or a casual archer, this one might be a bit of an overkill. You can definitely find a good sight for a lot less than this, so just ask yourself what kind of features you really need.

The Verdict

Now that we’ve shown you some of the best single pin bow sights that the market has to offer, it’s time to announce our winner. Although we believe you can’t go wrong with any of these devices, our favorite one has to be the Trophy Ridge Drive Slider Bow Sight. There are multiple reasons for this.

First of all, the price makes it easily accessible to pretty much everyone. It’s proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a bow sight that does a great job of letting you hit the center of the target in all kinds of situations.
It looks and feels sturdy and durable, thanks to the aluminum housing. You can rest assured it will serve you for quite some time.

The feature we probably like the most about this device is the pin itself. It’s the widest one out of all the products we’ve reviewed in this article, and it stays brightness no matter the circumstances.

If this bow sight piqued your interest, click here to find out more about it.

Of course, if you think this one won’t fit your needs, and you have a bigger budget to spend on a bow sight, our other picks might be suitable for you, especially the Axcel Accutouch HD. There’s pretty much nothing this one can’t do, so it might be a perfect addition to your archery equipment.

Bow Sight Buyer’s Guide

When looking for the best single pin bow sight for your bow, you have to take into account multiple factors. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll go over each of them and help you make a good decision. We’ll also give you some useful tips on how to get the best out of your bow sight and be at the top of your hunting game.

Single vs. Multi-Pin
Single pin bow sights have a number of advantages over the multi-pin ones. Of course, there are also some drawbacks, so choosing the right type is mostly a matter of personal preference. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself before making the final decision:

What do you need it for?
If you’re an archer, a single pin bow sight can be suitable for you. Shooting fixed targets at known ranges is very simple with this type of sights.

But in case you’re a bow hunter, it might take quite a bit of practice to get used to using a single pin sight. More often than not, your hunting will be unpredictable. Unless you’re a very experienced hunter, the changes will happen too fast for you to adjust yardages accordingly. So, if you’ve been using multiple pins for a long time, switching to a single pin sight will be a bit tough at first, but it should become easier after some practice.

How good is your focus?
In the debate of whether you should use a single or a multi-pin sight, one of the biggest arguments in favor of single pin is the clutter that multiple pins make. Having three or five pins creates a lot of blind spots that can make aiming significantly harder. It’s also too easy to switch up pins, so the main advantage of the single pin sight is the simplicity. Since there is only one focal point, there is no confusion, and you get a much clearer view of your target.

Why Go for a Single Pin Sight?

As mentioned, the main reason people decide to use a single pin bow sight is the simplicity it offers. Your shot sequence simplifies by a lot with this type of sights. There’s no mistaking the pin or clutter, no thinking too much. Just draw, take a look at the pin, and shoot.

It’s also great for everyone using a bow for the first time and looking to start practicing. The best option would be a sight with a vertical pin and a large aperture. This will allow for a wide viewing range, and it’s especially useful in low-light conditions.

What to Look For?

There is a couple of features you need to consider if you want to find the best single pin bow sight for yourself. Let’s go over the most important ones:

Pin Size
The most common pin sizes are .010 (10 thousandths of an inch), .019, and .029 inch pins. There are also .015, .040, .060 and .125 inch pins, but these are pretty rare.

The fiber optic pins are pretty simple in terms of how they work. The fibers gather ambient light, which makes the end glow. If we assume all fibers are the same length, the bigger the pin, the brighter it is. Larger pins are especially useful for hunters and 3-D archers who might face a lot of low-light situations.

The advantage of smaller pins is that they provide better visibility, but some pins like the .010 inch ones might be a bit too hard to see for most people.

Weight and Durability
The bow itself can be pretty heavy so you wouldn’t want an accessory that adds to the weight too much. You need to find a sight that’s lightweight, but at the same time durable enough to withstand different situations. Aluminum seems to be the most popular choice. It doesn’t add too much to the bow’s weight, and it’s sturdy enough to ensure longevity.

Although some parts of most sights are plastic, it’s probably not a very good idea to buy one with full plastic housing. They may appear cheaper, but they’re prone to breaking so you’ll end up losing money in the long run.

Sight Lights
These lights are a very useful feature if you have problems with seeing your pin. They are battery-powered, and they illuminate the pins enough for you to see them clearly. Although most sights come with these lights included, they are easy to find in most archery equipment stores in case you don’t have one.

Bubble Level
This is another feature that comes in handy if you’re using a compound bow. Tilting your bow just a little bit can make the shot a lot less accurate. A bubble level ensures a straight shot and significantly improves accuracy. It’s usually filed with antifreeze or some type of alcohol, so you can use it in the winter.

The best single pin bow sight should be easily adjustable without the need for a whole bunch of tools. Luckily, there are a lot of affordable devices that make this happen. Try to look for the ones that have simple and tool-less windage and elevation adjustments, so you don’t waste a lot of time and energy.

This is especially important for hunters. No matter how much hunting experience you have, there’s always a situation that might surprise you and that requires a quick reaction. Sometimes you won’t have enough time to deal with all kinds of levers and dials, so finding an easily adjustable sight is very important.

The Price
In our review, we have shown that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good bow sight. There are a lot of affordable options out there that do a good job of helping you aim more precisely. If you’re a beginner, or a casual archer, try not to spend too much money on an accessory unless it’s necessary. Try out different devices until you find the one that works the best for you.

And in case you’re really passionate about hunting or archery, there’s a wide range of premium bow sights for you to choose from. Take into account all the features you need, the quality and durability, and you should be able to find a bow sight that will be a good investment.

You can find them in your local sporting goods or archery equipment shop, but we believe it would be better to go online and find the right one for you. You’ll probably get a better deal, and you can find more information about it.

How to Use a Single Pin Bow Sight

Having the best single pin bow sight doesn’t mean a lot if you don’t know how to use it correctly. That’s why we decided to include some tips on how to get the most out of this device.

Mounting the Sight
Most manufacturers include all the necessary instructions on how to set up you bow sight correctly. Always make sure to follow them closely to avoid damaging the sight or the bow. In most cases, this process isn’t that complicated. You just attach the sight to the riser of your bow, secure it with the bolts, and you’re good to go.

Always make sure not to overtighten the bolts, as this can cause damage to your bow. After you’re done, lay it down for a while and check if everything is in place after some time. Depending on the material, you might have to tighten the sight further after it’s settled.

Aligning the Pin
You need to set your pin to the mid-point in order to be able to adjust it in any direction you need. If your bow sight doesn’t feature tool-less adjustment, you might need an Allen wrench for this. Make sure to do it carefully, as it can be a bit tricky if you don’t have a lot of experience, so take your time and do it right.

Marking the Ranges
This is an important step that is necessary for sighting in your bow sight properly. First of all, find a suitable target that you can fire a lot of arrows into. After you’ve done this, you can start marking your ranges. Start by walking away from the target and mark every 10 yards. If you need help with this, a rangefinder might come in handy.

Sighting in the Sight
This will probably take some trial and error, and you’re going to have to practice a lot before you can do this easily. But don’t worry, once you’ve done this a couple of times, it will come naturally.

Once you’ve marked your ranges, start by standing at the closest marked distance from your target (10 yards away). Draw, look at the pin, and shoot. Compare the sight to where the arrow hits. Make necessary adjustments and do it again.

When you’re satisfied with the result, move away 10 more yards, adjust the pin, and repeat. Do this for every marked distance up to 30-40 yards.

If all this sounds too complicated, don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly, and after a couple of days you’ll notice your accuracy improving with every shot.


We hope you found this article helpful, and that we have answered all your questions. You now know everything you should to find the best single pin bow sight for your bow. There’s a wide variety of them on the market, and the sights we showed you are just some of our favorite ones for different reasons. If you take into account all the features we talked about here, arriving at your final decision should be so straightforward that it might even come naturally.

Like most things in life, becoming a good archer or bow hunter is all about absorbing advice and practice a lot.

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Every archery enthusiast should understand the importance of having a good bow sight. This vital accessory lets you have a clear view of where the arrow is pointing. It significantly improves your aim and shooting accuracy.

There are all kinds of bow sights to choose from; since they all have different features, finding the one that suits you the best can be confusing.

Today we will talk about multi-pin bow sights, or more specifically, 3-pin slider bow sights. You can adjust these sights to your bow and the shooting range, which gives you a much better chance of hitting the center of your target.

We went online to see what the market has to offer and chose our top picks for the best 3 pin slider bow sights. We’ll show you what they are, explain how they work, and help you decide which one you should consider buying.

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Trophy Ridge Cypher 3 Bow Sight

One of the great things about archery is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get good equipment. The Trophy Ridge Cypher 3 Bow Sight is an example of that. This affordable 3-pin slider bow sight offers just the right amount of everything. It’s versatile, simple to use, and ensures high precision and accuracy.


  • .019 fiber optic pins
  • Ballistix CoPolymer system
  • Rheostat light
  • Bubble level for higher precision
  • Reversible mount design


  • Left and right-handed use
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Easy to set up and handle
  • Lightweight
  • Low price


  • Not very durable
  • Plastic pieces


Trophy Ridge is a well-known company in the archery community. They’re respected for their ability to produce quality products that are the choice of many archers and hunters. The Cypher 3 is among the most affordable bow sights on the market right now. If you’re looking for a 3-pin slider bow sight that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, this one might be your choice.

The Weight
The first good thing about this bow sight is how lightweight it is. Thanks to the Ballistix CoPolymer construction, this sight has the strength of aluminum while being significantly lighter. At just 7.2 ounces, it won’t weigh your bow down. The Ballistix coating also reduces vibration, which provides comfortable use.

Obviously the most important thing that a bow sight has to do is improve visibility and precision. The Cypher 3 has a lot of features that make this happen easily. The horizontal fiber optic pins are very bright and make narrowing in on your target simple and quick. At .019 inches, they’re medium-sized and let through enough light, while at the same time they’re small enough to ensure precision.

In case the pins aren’t big enough for you, there is a rheostat light that will help you adjust the brightness to meet different visibility conditions. This is especially useful if you go hunting at night or low light situations. The ring also glows in the dark, so rest assured that you will have no trouble using it during the night.

If you need more ways to ensure precision, there is also a bubble level installed to help you align the bow.

One of the reasons we chose this as one of the best 3 pin slider bow sights available is because of its versatility. The design allows for both left- and right-handed use, so you don’t have to worry about it not being right for you. If you’re left-handed, simply turn the housing around and you’re good to go.

This bow sight is also easy to adjust. Windage and elevation adjustments are simple thanks to the mechanisms that require no separate tools. Just use the in-built screw and dial and you’ll have your target locked in in no time.

Build Quality
Probably the biggest drawback of this device is the build quality. Some users have complained about the pieces breaking or falling apart, which definitely isn’t something you would like to happen on your hunting trip. Although it doesn’t happen very often, it’s still something to take into account while deciding if this is the right bow sight for you.

Another issue is that the ring is plastic, which doesn’t do a good job at damping the sound of the vibrating fiber optics.

In all fairness, at a price as low as this one, you can’t really expect premium quality materials, and there is no doubt that this 3-pin slider bow sight is worth considering. If you want to learn more about it, you can click here for more information.

Truglo TSX Pro Series 3-Pin Sight

This is another mid-range 3-pin slider bow sight that might fit the needs of most hunters and archers. It’s very well-built and durable, so rest assured it will survive many hunting trips and adventures. It’s also comfortable to use, so even if you’re not an experienced archer, this one could be a good option.


  • CNC-machined construction
  • Tru-Touch coating
  • 2-inch aperture diameter
  • Three .019 pins
  • Illuminated level


  • High build quality
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Wide field of view


  • Possible light malfunctions
  • Bubble level outside the housing
  • No tool-less adjustment


Truglo is best known for durable and long-lasting bow sights. You won’t have to worry about them not being able to withstand heavy use and different conditions. This sight bow is made of heavy-duty aluminum, so it’s very durable and sturdy. That does add some weight, though, but at 8 ounces it’s still lightweight enough to ensure comfortable use.

As an added bonus, the aluminum parts are covered in Tru-Touch coating, which gives this bow sight a soft feel. You wouldn’t even notice it was made out of a tough material.

The Pins
This bow sight features three .019 pins of stainless steel tubes, so they should be durable enough for different situations. The actual fibers are pretty long and wrapped around the housing. The pins are very bright, so you don’t have to worry about not seeing them well. There is also a rheostat light in case you need to use one.

A pretty big drawback of this 3-pin slider bow sight is that the adjustment requires the use of different tools, which can be quite inconvenient. The good thing is that it’s not hard to do. There are three steps for windage adjustment:

  • Loosen the windage lock
  • Adjust the pins
  • Retighten the lock, but make sure to not over-tighten it

As for the elevation adjustment, follow these steps:

  • Loosen the elevation lock
  • Adjust the pins
  • Retighten the lock
  • Make sure there is enough space between the sight and the arrow

The same goes for the pin adjustment; just loosen the pin lock, move them up or down, and retighten the lock.

Despite a couple of downsides, this 3-pin slider bow sight can be a good option for everyone that likes affordable equipment that does the job right at close to medium ranges. For more information about this sight, click here.

Black Gold Ascent Verdict 3 Pin Sight

If you’re very passionate about archery or hunting, and you’re not willing to settle for anything less than a high-end bow sight, Black Gold has just the device or you. It’s fully adjustable, offers extreme brightness, and the quality is so good that Black Gold offers an unconditional lifetime warranty.


  • SkyCoil for up to 300% more light
  • ‘Dial of Death’ system
  • PhotoChromatic technology
  • 45° faceplate
  • 54 sight tapes


  • High build quality
  • Easily adjustable
  • High brightness level
  • Suitable for long distance shooting


  • Expensive


Black Gold is the proud maker of some of the best bow sights on the market. They’re so confident in their products that they promise to repair or replace the product for free, no questions asked. So, in case money isn’t an issue, and you’re willing to pay a pretty high price for this piece of equipment, rest assured it can be a good investment.

The first important feature of this 3-pin slider bow sight is the SkyCoil mounted at the top that gathers up to 300% more light. Pair that with very bright pins, thanks to the PhotoChromatic Shell, and you get an impressive bow sight for low-light situations.

‘Dial of Death’
This system lets you easily adjust your aim out to very long distances. For yardage adjustments, you just stick the correct sight tape to the 45° faceplate. This device comes with 54 different tapes that cover different speeds of bows, so choosing the right one for your rig should be easy. Once you’ve done this, just undo the locking screw, dial the needle to the correct distance, and lock the screw.

This sight is adjustable in pretty much every way. Adjusting the levels can sometimes be tricky, but Black Gold wants to make this as simple as possible. The sight ring has a pre-installed level that is very simple to adjust, and you can fit it onto the top of the ring.

This kind of versatility lets you precisely shoot out to a distance of 100 yards, for which you will use the bottom pin for greater accuracy.

Of course, all these features come at a price, and it’s a pretty high one. You can definitely find something a lot more affordable, but if you demand a premium 3 pin slider bow sight, this can be the perfect choice. Keep in mind that, although it’s simple, this one is more suitable for the experienced archers that need a high-end device for heavy use.
If this sight piqued your interest, you can get more information about it here.

The Final Word

As you can see, each of these 3-pin slider bow sights has something that sets it apart from the competition. When choosing the right one for you, take into account factors such as the weight, ease of use, and adjustability. There are a lot of them out there, and these are the ones that grabbed out attention for different reasons.

If you decide to go with any of our top picks, we are confident it will be a great addition to your archery or hunting equipment.

Finding the perfect bow can be daunting because there are so many factors to consider, and a ton of research to conduct.

However, the best compound bow for women is not out of reach. This article reviews 3 of the best bows on the market. And, important factors such as draw weight, length, and weight are taken into consideration.

Lastly, keep reading to find out the best compound bow for women. Whether it’s for yourself or a gift, you may find the perfect one for you. So, let’s get started.

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Bear Archery Cruzer Lite Compound Bow

Bear Archery is a leader in hunting and archery bows and the Cruzer Lite compound bow is another great entry in the world of archery. This bow is geared towards youths, but women can also take advantage of the smaller compound bow.


Like all compound bows, the Cruzer Lite has adjustable draw lengths and weights, but what’s great about this one is that the adjustable ranges are higher than most adult bows. An adjustable length allows you to change the draw length without having to visit a local shop. You can adjust it with an Allen wrench. But, it’s easy to strip the bolt heads.

The draw length range is from 12 inches to 27 inches. But, for women you may find you are adjusting it towards the maximum length, especially since this bow is advertised for youth use.

Additionally, an adjustable draw weight can grow with you as you get stronger. It has 5- to 45-lbs. draw weight. So, it starts off very easy, but, you can adjust it as your skill and strength improves.

The length and weight may be too small for some women. This bow is suitable for very petite women, or beginners, especially for women who don’t have much strength.

Next, the Cruzer Lite features an advanced grip design. The design helps increase accuracy by decreasing hand torque. The bow is available for left or right-hand grip. And, you can get it in a variety of colors.

It also features an offset string suppressor by Rockstops. This helps limit cable and string vibration. If you want a quieter bow, the included suppressor is a great perk.

This bow comes ready to use with all the accessories you need for a successful hunt. The Cruzer Lite includes sight, stabilizer, quiver, nock loop, and whisker biscuit. And, the overall weight is 3.2 pounds.

Lastly, this bow can shoot up to 290 fps. It is fairly powerful for a light bow. And, your fps can grow with you as your strength increases.


  • Adjustable draw length
  • Adjustable draw weight
  • 5 accessories included for use right away
  • Shoots up to 290 fps
  • Lightweight
  • Available in 9 different colors
  • Left or right hand


  • May be too small or light for some women
  • Easy to strip the bolt headst
  • The most expensive on this list

Bottom Line

This may be the best compound bow for women if you have a generous budget. It comes equipped with 5 Trophy Ridge accessories so that you are ready to use it out of the box (just need arrows). Another added benefit is being able to adjust the draw length and weight from the comfort of your home.

Since this compound bow is geared towards youths, you may find it too small. However, petite women or beginners may find this bow perfect, especially since it is adjustable; it can grow with your skill and strength.

Lastly, practical options like hand orientation and color options make this more appealing than other bows that offer the similar stats.

SAS Rage 70 Lbs. 30” Compound Bow

If you are looking for an economical compound bow, Southland Archery Supply may have a bow for you. The SAS Rage 70 Lbs. 30” compound bow is a durable option for women. And, it’s a great bow for practice.

This bow features an adjustable draw length of 25 inches to 31 inches. You can take it to your local shop to have it adjusted to your individual needs. Unfortunately, you cannot adjust this one at home.
The draw weight is between 55 and 70 pounds. The compound bow has layered limbs for slight adjustments to the draw weight. If you tighten the bolt it will increase the draw by 5 pounds. Otherwise, loosening it will drop the draw weight by 5 pounds.

For bigger adjustments, you need to visit a pro shop. But, the draw weights for this 70-lb. bow are a little higher than other on this list. And, it may be more appropriate for strong women.
Next, from axle to axle this compound bow is 35 inches. Make sure you know your measurements before buying the bow. If it’s too short for you it will be more difficult to use.

The total weight is 4.4 pounds. And, though you can’t choose from many colors, it does have curb appeal. It has a waffle look because of the cut-outs in the riser.

Lastly, the arrow speed is 270 fps maximum. This is a decent speed, especially for such an affordable compound bow. And, it is more than enough for field target, 3D archery, and some bow hunting.

Please note that this compound bow does not come with bow accessories such as stabilizer, suppressor, D-loops, arrow release, sight, or arrow rest. You can purchase packages that come with this gear, but, you may also want to source out your own pieces individually.


  • Can make slight draw weight adjustments at home
  • High fps for a budget bow
  • Inexpensive
  • Relatively lightweight


  • Does not come with accessories (basic bow)
  • Need to take to pro shop for adjustments
  • Vibration may loosen screws

Bottom Line

This is a great option for your first compound bow. It is economical and suitable for various purposes. However, you can’t use it out of the box. And, the savings for this bow may be cancelled out because of the additional accessories you need to purchase to use it.

This may be the best compound bow for women on a budget, or just looking for something to practice on. Lastly, remember that for most installations and adjustments you need to have access to a pro shop. If this may be a problem for you, you may want to pass.

Leader Accessories Compound Bow

Looking for a mid-range compound bow for women? Leader Accessories has a great option for you. This right-handed option has everything you need for archery.

The draw weight for this compound bow is 30 to 55 pounds; this is perfect for most women. Your draw weight will depend on your individual needs.

You can easily adjust the draw weight with an Allen key. Simply turn the bolts clockwise to make it heavier. Or, counter-clockwise to decrease the weight. And, as you may already know, you need to adjust both limbs equally.

Additionally, you can also adjust the draw length. The draw length range is 19 to 29 inches. You can also use the Allen key to change the length as needed.

To do this, free the module by loosening the bolt in the cam. Next, replace the bolt in the hole of your desired draw length. Lastly, tighten the bolt again.

Adjusting the draw length and weight yourself can free up your time to do other things as you don’t need to make an extra trip to the pro shop. This is convenient, but you need to know the basics for correct length and weight.

Next, this compound bow is fairly compact. It is 28 inches axle to axle. And, it’s only 3.3 pounds. The let-off is 70%, which is the average for all the bows on this list.

The FPS is decent as well, at 296. It is more than enough speed for target practice. And, it’s suitable for some types of bow hunting.

This compact bow comes with some accessories if you buy the kit. This includes: a drop-away arrow rest, fiber optic sight, release aid, D string loop, and peep sight. It also comes with wax and two 30” aluminum arrows.

However, if you prefer your bow naked. You can also just buy the bow for a slightly reduced price. You will have to spend extra money to buy the needed accessories, though.


  • Adjustable draw length and weight
  • Light and compact
  • Fast maximum fps


  • Accessories not included with basic bow
  • Peep sight may be unstables
  • String frays easily

Bottom Line

This is a decent mid-price range bow. It’s good as an introductory bow. But, you may find that you quickly outgrow this bow.

However, it’s small and quick. And, the user adjustable draw length and weight is a bonus if you don’t have time for constant pro adjustments.

Lastly, despite the inexpensive price, the kit accessories are a bit cheap. Not bad for beginners, but you will want to replace them with better pieces as your skill level increases.

Compound Bow Considerations

If you are looking for the best compound bow for women, here are a few points to consider. Buying a bow for women isn’t much different than for men. But, there may be a few differences.

Axle Length
This is the total length of the bow. Many of the compound bows you look at may be youth bows because the shorter length may be easier for a woman to yield, especially if you are petite.

A shorter bow is easy to maneuver. But, they require more practice and are harder to shoot. Whereas a bow with a longer axle is more forgiving.

The axle length will be relative to your own size. Remember that just because it is a “smaller” or “youth” bow doesn’t mean that it is automatically a short bow. It really depends on your own stature.

Draw Length
Next, you may find that many of the compound bows you look at have an adjustable length. Unless you are still growing, though, you may not use this feature very much.

Typically, you can find out your own draw length by measuring your arm length, or “wing span,” and dividing it by 2.5; this is the most reliable way to figure out your draw length. But, you can also go to a pro shop and have them adjust the length for you.

You may also find that you don’t really need an adjustable draw length after the initial adjustment. Especially if you are an adult. This is because you are not growing anymore. So, your arm length may not change.

Lastly, the adjustable feature is most useful for youths. But, you may also find you need this feature as your skill grows and you need to make micro adjustments.

Draw Weight
The draw weight is the amount of strength you need to exert to get a full draw on a compound bow; this is expressed in pounds. The draw weight depends on the individual, and, it is not necessarily indicative of your skill level.

To get the correct draw weight for you, you need to figure out the point that you can pull back slowly and smoothly. Remember, you don’t want to fight your bow. And, if you have too much weight for your draw weight you will not be able to hold a draw for very long.

Additionally, all compound bows come with adjustable draw weight. It’s just a matter of the top draw weight and the range. This feature is very useful because your capacity can change, unlike your draw length. The draw weight correlates to your level of strength.

As you continue to use your bow, you may find that your strength increases. Having an adjustable feature is convenient. And, reduces your need to stop at the pro shop.

Overall Bow Weight
Lastly, your overall bow weight may be more important if you are planning to use it for hunting. However, you may not see as much impact if you will only use the bow for targets. Why?

When you are hunting, you will lug this compound bow through the woods; sometimes for hours. A lighter bow can be easier to carry for long periods of time. But, it may be louder. And, the string vibration may scare game away.

On the other hand, heavier bows are quieter. But, you may find it tiresome to carry for hours on end. Also, bow heaviness is relative. So, what may be heavy or light for some may not be the same for others.

Additional Considerations

A compound bow with all the bells and whistles may be tempting to you. But, if you are a beginner you don’t need all that – yet. What you do need is a basic bow that is matched to your body’s proportions and strength.

The best bow for a woman is one that is as simple as possible as you learn. And, know that you can get all the fancy extras later down the road as your skill increases.

Realistic about your strength
Think you need a compound bow with the fastest fps? Not really. Especially if you are just starting out. You will probably be shooting at field targets more than you will be hunting live game.

So, you need to be able to comfortably pull the bowstring back. And, it needs to happen consistently. To hit 300 fps takes a lot of strength and your strength level may not be there yet.

That’s okay, though. It’s better to work up to that point. You will have more fun working with a weight you can handle, rather than overexerting yourself and fighting your bow.

Lots of options
Compound bows have different features to choose from. Some are standard across the market. And, some are unique. The most important thing is to consider is what you really need for accuracy and performance.

Types of Compound Bows

There are many types of compound bows available on the market. Are you familiar with your choices? Here are a few of the most popular types:

Single Cam
The single cam bow has an idler wheel at the top. On the bottom, you will typically see an elliptical power cam. These types of compound bows are easy to use.

Consequently, many of the compound bows you look at will be this type. It’s also relatively quiet. But, it’s harder to tune.

Hybrid Cam
Like the single cam, the hybrid has a power cam on the bottom. But, it has a control cam on the top. Not an idler wheel.

This type of cam reduces the nock travel. But, it may be appealing because it is easy to tune. And it doesn’t require as much maintenance as the other types.

Twin Cams
Next, the twin cams type is a more sophisticated bow. It uses two round or elliptical cams on each end. This type of bow is known for its precision and accuracy.

But, the twin cams bow requires more maintenance and tuning. And, that translates to frequent trips to a pro shop. You may not need a complex bow like this if you are just starting out.

Binary Cams
Lastly, you may be hard pressed to find this type of bow. But, it works like the twin cams type. The difference is rather than being slaved to the limbs, the cams are slaved to each other.

This type of bow requires a lot of maintenance and tuning. But, the trade-off is straight nock travel. And, it is one of the highest velocity bows available.

Additional Accessories

Some accessories are essential for beginners. But, some are just for convenience. Here are a few essential accessories that attach to your bow’s riser:

When you are using a compound bow, getting the correct sight is invaluable. But, there are so many to choose from. One type is the multi-pin bow sight.

A multi-pin sight has 3, 5, or 7 pins. These are visible when you look through the sight aperture. You can use these pins to measure distance for different types of archery targets.

Next, you may also see pendulum sights. You would only need this type if you are sighting on uneven ground or from a tree stand. As your bow tilts the sight will remain even with the ground to give you good sight while performing downward shots.

Additionally, you may also see magnifying bow sights. But, this type of sight is rare. And, you may not even need it depending on your own eyesight.

Lastly, the peep sight is the most common type of sight you will see. But, you typically can’t use them in archery competitions. The peep sight helps you align the string to your target and the foresight. This can help with accuracy, but you don’t necessarily need it.

Next, quivers are where you keep the bows. They can range in placement; some go directly on the compound bow and attach to your riser. Otherwise, you may have a back or side quiver that you wear on your body.

As you may imagine, quivers are not essential but, they are definitely convenient. The last thing you want to do is grope around for your arrows.

However, there is no “right” way to place your quiver. This is all personal preference. For example, if you are a hunter you may want the quiver attached to your bow for easy access. But, if you are doing field or 3D target archery, body quivers may be more to your liking.

If you are serious about archery, you may as well get stabilizers as soon as possible. You will rarely see a serious archer without one. Why is it essential?

Stabilizers help steady your shots when you are aiming. They also reduce vibration and noise, and they help with torque.

These are usually an additional accessory that you can purchase for your compound bow. But, it is worth the investment. And, there are many types available on the market to suit your individual needs.

Arrow Rests
Additionally, you will need an arrow rest for your compound bow. But, the right arrow rest depends on what you plan on doing with your bow. There are two main types of arrow rests. They are the fall/drop away and the whisker biscuit.

The fall/drop away arrow rest has no contact with the fletching on the arrow and the rest. It is designed to hold the shaft of the arrow. But, it drops or falls away after you release your shot.

A whisker biscuit, on the other hand, totally encloses the arrow. It supports the arrow in all directions and does not fall away. When you release your shot, the fletching travels through the whiskers of this arrow rest.

Finally, fall/drop away rests are a little faster and more accurate. But, they are not as sturdy as whisker biscuits.
Typically, field and 3D archers may prefer fall- or drop-away rests, while hunters may gravitate towards whisker biscuits.

This is not a hard and fast rule, though. There are many types of arrow rests on the market. And, many of them have unique features that may be appealing for different types of archery.

Wrist Slings
Whether or not you need a wrist sling is strictly a personal preference, but the reason you would need one is so that your compound bow doesn’t hit the floor after a shot.

In the past, you may have needed one to prevent your bow from jumping from your hand. But, modern compound bow designs have reduced this.

If you will be hunting, however, you may want to consider buying one. Especially if you will be shooting angled shots from any height. Consider, for example, shooting from a tree stand.

When you are in a tree stand and your bow jumps out of your hand. It will land on the ground. Sometimes 15 or 20 feet below you. And, not only will you have to go down to get it. It may get damaged in the fall.

However, if you only plan on shooting field targets this may not be a necessity. Even if you lose your grip after a shot, you may be able to catch it before it falls to the ground.

Final Thoughts

The best compound bow for women is the Bear Archery Cruzer Lite Compound Bow. It is perfect for beginners or petite women. And, it comes with high-end accessories.

Being able to choose hand orientation and bow color is also appealing, but, it is expensive for a beginner’s bow.
If you want one that is a bit cheaper, the SAS Rage 70 Lbs. 30” Compound Bow may be appropriate for you. The draw weight range is quite a bit heavier. So, it may be more suitable for women with some strength. Plus, it allows for ample room to grow.

And, if you want a smaller and lighter compound bow option, you may want to look into the Leader Accessories Compound Bow. The basic bow is decent for someone who is just getting into archery. But, you may want to invest in buying your accessories separately for better quality.

Lastly, your archery needs are very individual. Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean that any old compound bow will do. Invest in the right one for you.

Find one that fits your own body stature and strength. The best compound bow for you will be the one that fits your own specific needs. And, when you get the right one you will find that practice time is much more enjoyable.