If you have spent a lot of money on your new recurve bow it makes sense that you will want to protect it and this means you should also buy a recurve bow case. Unless you're only ever going to use it on your own property, and on a particularly regular basis at that, then you're going to need a case for when you take it somewhere. This includes in your own vehicle as well as public transport.
Storage in your home or apartment will also go a lot better if you can put it away out of sight in its own bow case. As well as working out why a bow case is needed for a recurve bow we also take a brief look at the different styles of bows because this, too, will determine what type of bow case you can use.
We have also mixed together both hard and soft bow cases to ensure that all tastes and preferences are catered to.
Immediately below is a comparison list of the bow cases that have been included in our study. This will give you an opportunity to check them out against their peers and you will be able to identify the case type, the dimensions and the manufacturer's recommended selling price for each one.
Further down the page is a more extensive summary of the features of each case. This should be helpful in getting an even clearer idea of which one will be most suitable for your needs.
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Comparison List of Recurve Bow Cases
Make / Model
41" L x 15" W x 6" D
36" L x 10.45" W x 4" D
26.5" L x 10" W x 2" D
37" L x 11" W x 6" D
27" L x 11" W x 8" D
Black, Red, Green,
17" L x 9" W x 6" D
25" L x 11.2" W x 2.8" D
38" L x 10" W
Black & Gray
27" L x 11" W x 8"W
Descriptions of Recurve Bow Cases
Now that we have had a chance to get an idea of the dimensions and colors that are available with all of these recurve bow case options, not to mention whether they suit a strung bow or a takedown, it is now time to browse through some reviews of each product.
Read through the reviews that have been put together below to understand the features that make each case distinctive. From this you should be able to get a clear understanding about which one offers the best value for money and provides you with the functionality that you are after.
As can be seen from the selection of cases presented above there is a wide variety of choices available. From the strength and safety of the SKB hard bow case to the more basic but just as effective soft bow cases, your needs will dictate the one you choose. Of course, it doesn't matter whether you will be frequently taking your bow from one location or another, or you simply understand that it is important to protect an investment it quickly becomes apparent that you need something to store your recurve bow in.
Let's go into a bit more detail about some of the...
Reasons For Buying A Recurve Bow Case
Really, the reasons for buying any type of bow case whether it's for a recurve, a compound or a longbow are very similar. Although everyone's needs are different there will come a time when you will need to move your bow from one place to another and the simplest and safest way to do so is by placing it in a bow case.
Protect Your Investment
For a lot of people, the cost of a recurve bow is going to be a significant outlay and one that you don't want to have to make on a particularly regular basis. The aim, then, is to protect the bow from the factors that are likely going to damage it or affect its performance.
Breaking the bow down by unstringing it and placing it into a padded bow case is the best way to ensure your bow will remain protected when it is not in use. You won't want to leave your bow lying around your apartment or house where any curious guest or child might see it, pick it up and accidentally damage it.
If it is in a bow case it is out of sight and out of the minds of people who might otherwise want to pick it up and touch it. A good recurve bow case will be well padded and will ensure that the bow will not be affected by any unexpected knocks, dings or other incidental contact.
Transporting Your Bow
Unless you are in the very fortunate position of owning substantial land that allows you to set up a range as well as a significant 3D course you are going to need a bow case for transporting your bow to other locations.
No one is simply going to throw their bow over their shoulder and make their way to the next tournament. You're going to carefully place your bow into your well padded bow case that will also be capable of holding your accessories, strings and arrows.
Apart from making sense that you will walk in with your bow case packing all of your equipment, you will also look way more professional - you clearly mean business if you are well organized with everything in its spot and your bow is quick to hand as you set it up.
There is another reason why you should be using a bow case to store your recurve bow and all of its accompanying accessories and that is for the safety of others.
People who rarely come into contact with bows and arrows are inclined to be curious and want to pick them up and touch them. For starters, if you have broadheads on the end of your arrows, they are going to be dangerously sharp and are going to be cutting any flesh that touches them. If you bow is strung and ready to go, the chances are that someone is going to pick it up and "give her a go". We know the devastation that can come from dry firing a bow but the average Joe doesn't.
Your archery equipment deserves a home that is out of sight from prying and curious eyes. Putting them in a bow case is going to be a safer option in the long run.
Takedown and One-Piece Recurve Bows
Let's take a brief look at the types of recurve bows that are available on the market. The ycan largely be grouped into two types: takedown and one-piece recurve bows.
Takedown Recurve Bows
A takedown recurve bow is a bow that can be broken down into its component parts of riser and limbs and the string is removed. This should be done with all of these types of bows when they are not in use. If a recurve bow is stored strung, the potential energy that is stored in the limbs will place them under stress on the limbs and could affect their structural integrity.
The pictures of the SKB iSeries 4214 Recurve Bow Case and the Plano Bow Max Case both illustrate a dismantled takedown recurve bow.
One of the main reasons why people choose to use a takedown recurve bow is because transporting them is so much easier. When the limbs are removed from the riser it is possible to fit the bow into a short bow case, certainly much shorter than the bow case required for a one-piece recurve.
Even a 66” takedown recurve bow will fit into a bow case that measures only 27 inches in length (take the SAS Takedown Recurve Bow Case as a perfect example of this).
Takedown bows are the more popular style of recurve and that’s why we have provided considerably more bow case options that are designed for the takedown style.
One-Piece Recurve Bows
These bows are generally considered to be the traditional design of the recurve bow. They are usually made of wood and they represent some of the most elegant and highly prized bows available on the market today.
Options such as the Samick Sage, Fred Bear and Damon Howatt recurves are well crafted and are impressive instruments in their own right. It only makes sense that you would want to protect it the best way you possibly can.
The bow cases that you should look at for these types of recurve bows might be referred to as strung recurve bow cases. Although they’ve got the word “strung” in their name, you should still remove the bow string if you plan on storing the bow for a period of time.
Hard Bow Cases v Soft Bow Cases
One of the choices you will have to make is whether you need a hard bow case or a soft bow case. Some people will have a need to buy one of each because they have a legitimate reason for using both types. Let's take a closer look to determine the reasons for buying each type.
Soft bow cases are terrific option for the archer who expects to be staying relatively local.The cases available are usually padded and provide separate storage compartments for the various components and accessories. They are also a far cheaper option and if you can get a good quality soft bow case it will provide you with both the storage and protection that your bow needs.
The hard bow case is the option you need if you are going to be doing some longer distance travel. This is particularly the option to use if you are going to be traveling by plane. Because hard bow cases can be properly locked with TSA approved locks they are then said to be airline-approved and can be checked through.
But even if you're not going to be flying, a hard bow case provides you bow with a solid storage vessel. The foam used within keeps everything held tightly and securely and the tough exterior means that inadvertent bumps and knocks will not damage the bow.
On top of all of the benefits you might get from a hard recurve bow case, you should also expect to pay more or this option. Most people consider it money well spent.
More Bow Case Options
There are many options available to protect your bows and other archery equipment. We have provided you with a good starting guide for the recurve bows but we have also done some research on other types of bow cases too.
The type and size of recurve bow you shoot is going to play a part in the type of bow case you use, but the bottom line is that it makes a lot of sense to invest in a bow case. You want protection for your bow, you want to keep it out of sight from curious people and you want to ensure that it travels safely and securely.
It is a convenient way of keeping all of your archery equipment together in the one place and it will also help you look more professional (if that’s an important to you).Cheap or expensive, all of the recurve bow cases examined above will help you to lengthen the life expectancy of your bow and will also enhance your shooting experience.