As far as hunting gear goes, women's options for hunting bows have increased exponentially in the past decade. We now have so many choices from all the top bow manufacturers that it can be brain-rattling, but finding the best hunting bows for your needs can be made easier with some suggestions. There are plenty of excellent options on the market, but some stand out for superior usability, durability, or customizability. Here are our picks for the best compound bows for women this year.
1. The Most Customizable Women's Bow
Diamond Edge SB-1 - Sportsman's Warehouse, $349.00+
The Diamond Edge SB-1 is a mid-range bow with wide customizability, good performance, and plenty of power. It is an excellent bow for beginners and seasoned archers, thanks to its wide range of adjustable draw weight and draw lengths. Diamond has built a reputation for delivering bows with excellent performance, accuracy, and some of the most adjustable features available. The binary cams provide decent performance while providing a smooth draw cycle. Plus, the SB-1 features 80% let-off, 7" brace height, and 31" AtA for maximum shooting comfort, precision, and versatility.
The optional accessory package for the Diamond Edge SB-1 includes an Apex 3 Pin Fiber Optic Sight, an Octane Hostage Arrow Rest, an Octane 5 Arrow Quiver, an Octane 5" Stabilizer, a D Loop, and a Comfort Wrist Sling. The Diamond Edge SB-1 is an upgrade to the previously-released Edge Pro. The chief difference between the two is the EZ Adjust Pocket, which allows the user to quickly tune the bow from seven to 70 pounds with a simple turn of the limb bolt. The Diamond Edge SB-1 starts at $350.
2. The Best Budget-Minded Bow Option
SAS Scorpii - Walmart, $179.85
Southland Archery's new SAS Scorpii is quickly becoming one of the hottest sellers on the market among women archers and bowhunters. That makes sense. The SAS Scorpii is a high-quality bow made with premium materials, skillfully designed, and affordably priced. This bow would be an excellent first choice for a young lady's compound bow.
The SAS Scorpii has excellent maneuverability, adjustability, and shooting comfort. The net weight of 3.3 pounds and compact frame of 28 inches axle to axle length aid the overall bow portability and usability for women. It's available in three colors; black, GC camo, and AC camo. Southland Archery makes this model for right-handed archers only and constructs it using magnesium-aluminum alloy. The draw length is adjustable from 19 to 29 inches and the draw weight is adjustable from 30 to 55 pounds. The SAS Scorpii retails between $179 and $199.
3. The Best Full-Package Bow for Women
Topoint Archery M1 For Women - Amazon, $269.00
The internet is full of good reviews for this bow, mentioning that it is well-designed, powerful, and highly customizable. The Topoint Archery M1 for Women is also lightweight, weighing only 3.3 pounds. It has a draw weight adjustment from 19 pounds up to 70 pounds, with a 7-inch brace height and 80% let-off. It is an excellent choice for beginners because they can adjust it as their skills grow.
The accessory package features a five-pin bow sight, six-piece arrow quiver, brush arrow rest, rubber stabilizer, bow release, bow sling, D-loop assembly, peep sight assembly, limb dampers, bow stand, arrow puller, bowstring wax, Allen key, and arrows. The Topoint Archery M1 retails between $269 and $399.
4. The Most Aesthetic Women's Bow
PSE Stinger X Stiletto
The PSE Stinger X Stiletto is both pretty and powerful. Or, like PSE says, "Don't let the girly appearance fool you. This bow is a ruthless killer." PSE spent years fine-tuning its offerings for female archers, and the Stinger X Stiletto is tangible proof. The Stinger X Stiletto is a slick bow - lightweight, fast, accurate, and no less lethal than its standard "male" counterparts. It features X-tech split limbs and an adjustable SX cam system for increased shooting comfort and smooth performance. It also has a 7-1/8" brace height and 32-1/2" AtA length. It is available in purple rain and the popular Muddy Girl finish.
The Ready to Shoot accessory package includes a Gemini sight, a Whisker Biscuit rest, a Shadow quiver, a Flexxtech 3 stabilizer, a PSE Neoprene sling, and a peep wheel and nock set. The PSE Stinger X Stiletto retails between $350 and $400.
5. The Best Signature Bow for Women
Bowtech Eva Shockey Gen 2 - Bowtech, $1,199.00
A list of women's bows is not complete without the signature bow from hunting trailblazer Eva Shockey and her GEn 2 bow from Bowtech. The recognizable name is certainly worth something, but this is a solid choice for women bow hunters. It has a short draw without decreasing speed or comfort, and uses Bowtech's special Deadlock cams for repeatable accuracy. It's pricey at $1,199 MSRP, but you should be able to find it for less than that at a dealer if you search. For arrow shooters ready to follow in Eva's footsteps, this is the new bow to go with.