Newcomers to the art of archery may be a little daunted by the prospect of shelling out huge sums of money without really knowing what they truly need in the way of equipment.

This is certainly true when it comes to the compound bow.

The big name bows from each manufacturer are generally the flagship bows, the bow with all of the bells and whistles, the speed and *gulp* the price tag.

But there is a bow in just about every bow manufacturer’s line up designed to provide the newcomer with the best chance of getting a good introduction to the sport.

These compound bows are generally referred to as entry level compound bows.

They usually have a wide draw length and draw weight range, making it easy to adjust to the owner.

They often have a longer brace height which, all things being equal, makes it easier to shoot accurately. And many come as part of package containing a range of archery accessories giving you a chance to equip yourself.

Finally, a good entry level compound bow is available at a very reasonable price, reducing the fear of potentially throwing away cash on a product you rarely use.

8 of the Best Entry Level Compound Bows Released for the 2021 Season

Bear Legit

The Legit is new for the 2021 season and has been released as a versatile compound bow that will meet the needs of all age and skill levels.

It has a wide draw weight range from 10 to 70 pounds as well as draw length adjustability from 14” to 30”.

The adjustments can be made using an Allen wrench meaning a bow press is not required.

It features a new dual cam system and this lightweight bow has a top end speed approaching 315 fps making it suitable for all levels of shooting.

The bow is available in Shadow, True Timber Strata, Realtree Edge, Fred Bear camo, Wildfire, Toxic, Muddy, Undertow and Veil Stoke finishes.

It comes with a Ready To Hunt kit comprising Trophy Ridge accessories – a Joker 4-pin sight, 5-Spot quiver, Whisker Biscuit, No-tie peep sight & D loop.

This is one of the most affordable bows in the range, released with an MSRP of $419.99.

You can see all of the 2021 Bear Archery compound bows here.

Legit Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

14 - 30"

10-70 lbs

30"

3.6lbs

6"

75%

315 fps

Bowtech Amplify

The Amplify is the highly adjustable, extremely forgiving compound bow that is perfect for the beginner looking for a powerful, yet inexpensive bow.

It is equipped with dual synchronized binary cams for a smooth draw cycle and a high level of consistency from one draw to the next.

The big point about the bow that marks it as a great bow for the newcomer is the extent of its adjustability. It can be ramped up as your strength, experience and ability improves.

The draw length ranges from 21” to 30” and the draw weight starts at a low of 8 lbs and adjusts out to 70 lbs.

The versatility extends to the inclusion of the Powershift Technology to adjust the draw cycle to suit the shooting style.

At its peak draw weight and length the bow has an impressive max IBO rating of 335 fps.

The bow is available in finishes such as Black, Smoke Grey, OD Green and Mossy Oak Breakup Country.

It has an MSRP of $649.00.

You can see all of the 2021 Bowtech Archery compound bows here.

Amplify Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

21 - 30"

8-70 lbs

31.5"

4.0 lbs

6"

n.a.

335 fps

Hoyt Torrex

The Torrex provides high-end features that support serious hunting bow requirements, plus an accessory package all offered at a great value price.

The bow is built around the TEC-Lite riser and the Cam and half system. Along with wide-stance split limbs for greater stability and strength it also has Limb Shocks and a StealthShot String Suppressor.

The Torrex has also been fitted with the X-Act Grip which is the one used on the Axius bows and the grip design encourages a neutral wrist position for greater comfort and improved consistency.

The draw weight options opens the bow up to all levels of shooters starting with 30-40#, 40-50#, 50-60# and 60-70#.

The bow measures 30.75 inches from axle to axle and has a longer brace height of 7 inches.

The IBO rating is 327 fps and suits the majority of bowhunters looking for a great value bow.

It comes with a full accessory package that includes a Fuse Maxxis 4-arrow quiver, a QAD Hunter Drop Away Rest or a Whisker Biscuit rest, a Fuse Profire 5-pin sight, a Hoyt wrist strap and a Fuse Flextorch 5” stabilizer.

It has an MSRP of $599.00.

You can see all of the 2021 Hoyt Archery compound bows here.

Torrex Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

26 - 30"

30-70 lbs

30.75"

3.8 lbs

7"

n.a.

327 fps

Elite Ember

Everything about the Ember screams entry level hunting bow from the wide, wide draw length and weight ranges to the great value Ready To Shoot package.

The draw length ranges from 15” to 29” and it has a wide draw weight spread from a low of 10 pounds out to 60 pounds making it incredibly versatile.

The bow has a very smooth draw cycle and a solid back wall courtesy of the integrated limb stops. This sets the bow apart from similar bows on the market and makes it one of the more sought after entry level bows available.

Elite has added a Ready To Shoot package lumped into the bow to vastly increase the value for money level. The RTS package includes CBE components such as the Arrow Mane full containment rest, Tactic 3-pin adjustable sight, Affect carbon stabilizer and Tactic 5 ultra-light quiver.

It is available in riser finishes such as Ninja Black, Outdoor Green, Cobalt Blue and Laguna Teal.

It has an MSRP of only $599.99.

You can see all of the 2021 Elite Archery compound bows here.

Ember Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

15 - 29"

10-60 lbs

31.25"

3.6 lbs

6.25"

80%

310 fps

Diamond Edge 320

The Diamond Edge series of compound bows all provide the adjustability and smooth performance that is perfect for someone just taking up the sport.

The Edge 320 exhibits that same smoothness and performance but also provides the extra oomph of a 320 fps top end speed.

It is furnished with a Synchronized Binary Cam System and this helps to make tuning easy while also providing plenty of power.

The adjustment range is impressive with the draw length ranging from 15 to 31 inches and the draw weight from 7 to 70 pounds.

To top it off, the bow has a long brace height of 7.25 inches which is perfect for someone learning the art of shooting a bow.

If you wish to deck yourself out with a complete package you have the option of taking the Ready Aim Kill package consisting of a Stryker 3-pin sight, Octagon brush arrow rest, Furnace quiver, Boost stabilizer, string loop, and comfort wrist strap.

The bow is available in Black, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country or Purple Blaze finishes.

The bow has an MSRP of $459.99 as the bare bow or $499.99 when including the R.A.K. accessory package.

You can see all of the 2021 Diamond Archery compound bows here.

Diamond Edge 320 Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

14 - 30"

10-70 lbs

30"

3.6 lbs

6"

75%

315 fps

PSE Stinger Max

The Stinger Max has been one of the most popular value for money hunting bows on the market for some years now.

In more recent times it has been slightly redesigned with shorter limbs and a larger cam system. The SS cam system means that the bow is smoother to draw and offers up to 80% let off.

It has a 7 inch brace height while still maintaining an IBO rating of 304-312 fps.

The draw length range is generous from 21.5” to 30” and is available with peak draw weights of 55 or 70 pounds.

PSE is also offering the Stinger MAX in two ready-to-shoot packages that include an arrow rest, 5-pin bow sight, sight light, peep sight, 5-arrow quiver and a stabilizer.

The bow is available in a range of finish choices from Mossy Oak Country, TrueTimber Strata, Black, Charcoal, Muddy Girl, Purple and White.

It has an MSRP of $499.00.

You can see all of the 2021 PSE Archery compound bows here.

Stinger Max Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

21.5 - 30"

55,70 lbs

30"

3.8 lbs

7"

80%

312 fps

PSE Uprising

The Uprising has been around for a couple of years now and is proving to be a popular bow as an entry level hunting bow. This bow is more suited to younger archers.

The bow has a wide draw length range that spans 14 inches to 30 inches which makes it ideal for the young shooter who will go through a growth stage and will need their bow to grow with them.

The draw weight is fixed at 50 lbs.

The bow is compact and light weight and will give the shooter every opportunity to learn and develop their skills with a proper hunting bow. It has a speed rating that reaches up to 310 fps.

It comes with an accessory package that includes a 3-pin bow sight, arrow rest, 5-arrow quiver and a 6” stabilizer.

The bow is available in Mossy Oak Country, Black or Muddy Girl finishes and has an MSRP of only $319.99.

You can see all of the 2021 PSE Archery compound bows here.

Uprising Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

14 - 30"

50 lbs

30"

3.2 lbs

6.625"

70%

310 fps

Mathews Tactic

The Tactic is a lightweight bow with a lower price point suits the newcomer to the archery scene.

The bow measures 30.5” from axle to axle and it weighs 4.24 pounds. It is a hunting bow that is both lightweight and manoeuvrable. It also has a 7 inch brace height making it a more forgiving bow compared to some of the other new bows in the range.

The AVS DYAD Cam system powers the bow and the draw length has a 7 inch range starting at 23 inches and extending up to 30 inches. The IBO rating for the bow is a healthy 335 fps.

This is a great introductory bow that has a smooth draw cycle, let-off of up to 80% and a healthy top end speed.

It is available in a choice of either Black or Realtree Edge finishes.

The bow has an MSRP of $849.

You can see all of the 2021 Mathews Bows compound bows here.

Tactic Specs

Draw
Length

Draw
Weight

Axle-to-
Axle

Weight

Brace
Height

Let Off

Speed
(IBO)

23 - 30"

50,70 lbs

30.5"

4.24 lbs

7"

80%

335 fps

So…which one is the best?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. There’s no such thing as a “best bow”. Anyone who tells you differently is yanking your chain.

They’re all very good and they’re all made by high quality, well respected manufacturers with many years of experience behind them.

Depending on what you want to get out of your bow, your own personal physiology, the hunting conditions you plan to go out in, any of these compound bows could be considered “the best”.


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