Here are four slick tra­di­tional bows, each with a dis­tinct de­sign

Outdoor Life - - HUNTING -

▶ The Satori is a re­curve sys­tem that in­cludes a choice of ma­chined alu­minum ris­ers (17-, 19-, and 21-inch mod­els), along with three limb lengths. It’s fast and shoots great, and its highly en­gi­neered de­sign means ex­cel­lent con­sis­tency in per­for­mance from bow to bow. Price: About $850 for the full SYS­TEM

▶ When tra­di­tion meets tech, you get some­thing like the RK1. New Breed Archery ma­chines the ris­ers, and Striker makes the limbs. The cool thing about this sys­tem is that you can use ei­ther a re­flex/de­flex set of long­bow limbs or snap on re­curve limbs. This bow is a sweet shooter. Price: $950

▶The Elite re­curve has been around since 1991 and is the epit­ome of a fully cus­tom­ized bow. The ar­ray of wood op­tions are as nu­mer­ous as they are gor­geous. You can choose from a one-piece or take­down ver­sion (as shown here), and you can choose from 62-, 64-, or 66-inch ver­sions. Price: $1,295

▶This is a cus­tom bow built by hand, but it’s avail­able in only a lim­ited num­ber of con­fig­u­ra­tions. So you get cus­tom per­for­mance in a more af­ford­able pack­age. The bow has trapped limbs, and the use of dense di­a­mond­wood in the riser adds more mass to it, which re­duces sound and shock. Price: $850

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