Our top option comes from Southwest Archery and may look familiar. The Spyder recurve takedown bow was designed from the same minds that produced the Samick Sage, and it’s an ideal choice for beginners looking for their first bow. Like all good recurve bows, the Spyder has a layered look. The company used a blend […]
Our top option comes from Southwest Archery and may look familiar. The Spyder recurve takedown bow was designed from the same minds that produced the Samick Sage, and it’s an ideal choice for beginners looking for their first bow.
Like all good recurve bows, the Spyder has a layered look. The company used a blend of four woods in the riser which is topped off with red wood. It has a nice smooth laminated finish. It looks good and feels good in the hand as well with rounded edges. If you’re used to the Sage, you may find this one to be a bit more comfortable. Users of the bow seem split down the middle, but most feel its an improvement.
The riser has a series of threaded bushings, so you can slap a stabilizer on the Spyder in seconds or set up your favorite biscuit rest. If you want to shoot off the shelf, that’s an option as soon as you crack open the box although they’ve included a stick-on solution as well.
As or the limbs, they are maple and sit inside limb pockets on the riser. Fiberglass reinforcement provides the flex, and the tips are reinforced. You can use both Flemish and Fast Flight strings on the Spyder, and we like the fact the hex bolts are almost flush with the surface. The limbs are 100% interchangeable with other risers from Southwest Archery aside from the Little Tiger.
What about the draw weight?
One reason we feel the SA Spyder Takedown is perfect for beginners are the draw weights. While a variety of weights are common, this one runs from 20 to 60 pounds which covers men, women, and teenagers. You can start out with a low weight set of limbs for practice, and quickly switch to a heavier weight for hunting without breaking the bank.
It’s also highly accurate, but don’t take our word for it…
While we love this bow, you'll want to pay close attention to the model you choose if this is your first one. Unless you pick a bow packaged with a stringer tool, you’ll need to have one to get started although we’re pleased to say there is a detailed guide included.
The Spyder has a 1-year warranty, is available for both lefties and righties, and comes with stick-on arrow rest, hex wrench, and a 14-strand Dacron string.
If you’re interested in the model, it was “modeled” after the original Samick Sage.