How to Select the Best Youth Bows For Your Child?

You only want the best for your child when it comes to archery equipment. Often, selecting the perfect youth bows can be difficult if you do not know how to go about it. Here is a step by step guide on what you need to check.

Measure draw length

You can easily estimate the draw length needed for your child by measuring their arm span's length. Then, once you have this measurement, simply convert it into inch format. This number will then need to be divided by 2.5 in order to arrive at the appropriate draw length for your child's youth bows.

Length of the bow

Next, you need to consider which is the best length of youth bows for your child. Most experts are of the opinion that any length between 31 to 41 inches is best suited for children. However, at the end of the day, it is your child who needs to feel comfortable with his or her youth bows and so measuring and trying out different lengths is advisable.

Estimating draw weight

You will also need to measure the draw weightage of your youth bows. The following estimate formula will help you measure this well. However, one aspect to remember is that all youth bows are not suited for the same child. Each child is unique and different in their own way, each having their own muscle mass and strength. If your child is between 55 to 70 pounds in weight then a draw weight of around 10 to 15 pounds should be fine. If your child weighs between 70 to 100 pounds then a draw weight of 15 to 25 pounds on the youth bows should be fine. If your child weighs between 100 to 130 pounds then a typical draw weight of 25 to 35 pounds is needed on the youth bows you plan on buying.

Twin cams are a good idea

If your child is just starting out with archery then it might be a good idea to opt for twin cam type youth bows. These offer more support and flexibility.

Brace height measurement

You will also need to measure the appropriate brace height of your youth bows. Usually, a brace height of 7 inches is the best choice. Brace height refers to the distance between the string to the center grip of the youth bows.

Estimating let off

Let off refers to the draw weight which your child will hold when at complete draw. Typically for youth bows, the best bet is to opt for a 75% drawing weight. However, it is a good idea to find out about the hunting laws in your state. In certain states of the US, only around 65% of let off is allowed. In some situations like trophy hunting, a lesser let off might be allowed in certain states. So, pick your youth bows after ascertaining these conditions.

Don't go by brand alone

Many parents considering to buy youth bows think only brand names matter the most. However, if you go by expert opinion then brands are not the only reason to go by. You need to consider aspects such as draw length, axle to other axle length, let off factors as well as brace height to come to a correct conclusion on which youth bows are perfect for your child. Many top brands may not have the proper brace height or let off that is applicable for your child or state laws.

Budget considerations

You will also need to zero in on your youth bows depending on the budget you have allocated. Typically, youth bows vary in price anywhere between 199 to even 800 dollars. So, while the higher end ones maybe fancier in features, you need to figure out how much you can afford.

By: Jenn Walterscheit

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