5 Bows Under $700 for 2017

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

You Don't Have to Spend a Grand to Buy a Good Bow

Obsession Turmoil

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1 | Obsession Turmoil

I can’t say enough about the new Turmoil from Obsession. This company has it going. Plain and simple. Even their top-of-the-line bows are under $900. Simply incredible.

This bow offers the new Hybrid DE cams and features 80 percent let-off. And is that 350 fps rating not impressive? As for aesthetics, the anti-rust coating on this bow is very good. It’s virtually impossible to remove the camo finish on this bow. String options come in black/red, sage tan or dark brown. And it comes in Realtree Xtra Green. This is a great looking bow and my personal favorite on this list. When I shot it, it didn’t feel like a mid-grade bow. It felt as smooth as most top-end bows.

MSRP: $699

Speed: 350 fps

Brace Height: 6.5 inches

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds

Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65 and 70

Draw Length: 25 to 30.5 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33.188 inches

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Bear Legend Series LS-4

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2 | Bear Legend Series LS-4

The LS-4 from Bear is a great option. And if you don’t want to spend a bunch of money to get ready for the deer woods, this is a fantastic way to go.

This bow also features ES Hybrid Cams and 80 percent let-off and shoots pretty quick, rated at 330 fps. One neat feature this bow offers is top and bottom string suppressors. And did I mention it comes ready-to-hunt with a Whisker Biscuit, Trophy Ridge four-pin sight, five-arrow quiver, stabilizer, sling, peep sight and nock loop? Hard to beat that. Comes in Realtree Xtra Green.

MSRP: $649.99

Speed: 330 fps

Brace Height: 6.25 inches

Bow Weight: 4 pounds

Draw Weight: 60/70 peak weights

Draw Length: 25 to 30 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32.25 inches

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Bear Cruzer

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3 | Bear Cruzer

We can’t say enough about Bear. Their innovation is top notch and they’re truly making great strides in the bow industry. The Cruzer, another great option for 2017, offers incredible adjustability — making it a great option for kids who are growing. But don’t think adults can’t or shouldn’t use this bow. It’s great for men and women, too.

This bow has 75 percent let-off and comes with the MV Cam system — which is responsible for the unbelievable draw-length adjustability. This bow also comes ready-to-hunt with a Whisker Biscuit, Trophy Ridge four-pin sight, stabilizer, sling, five-arrow quiver, peep sight and nock loop. Comes in Realtree Xtra Green.

MSRP: $499.99

Speed: 310 fps

Brace Height: 6.5 inches

Bow Weight: 3.6 pounds

Draw Weight: 5 to 70 pounds

Draw Length: 12 to 30 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

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Bear Marshall

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4 | Bear Marshall

Here’s yet another great option for bowhunters. The Marshall is a continuation of a great line of Bear bows for 2017. It offers many of the same features as the LS-4, but is priced considerably less.

It has 80 percent let-off and the S7 Cams. It also has the Endurafiber Quad Limbs. This bow comes ready-to-hunt with a Whisker Biscuit, Trophy Ridge four-pin sight, stabilizer, sling, five-arrow quiver, peep sight and nock loop. Comes in Realtree Xtra Green.

MSRP: $499.99

Speed: 320 fps

Brace Height: 6.75 inches

Bow Weight: 4 pounds

Draw Weight: 50-60 or 60-70 pounds

Draw Length: 23 to 30 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 31.125 inches

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Quest AMP

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5 | Quest AMP

Like the G5 Prime bows, but don’t want to pay the full price? Look to Quest, their sister company. The new AMP from Quest is the real deal. It offers the Rotation Adjusting Draw Length (RAD) cams, which allows you to fine tune and adjust the draw length without a bow press. The speed for this bow is impressive, too. And if you don’t like the split-limb, this is the bow for you.

MSRP: $629.99

Speed: 340 fps

Brace Height: 7 inches

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds

Draw Weight: 40-70 pounds

Draw Length: 26.5 to 31 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 32 inches

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Not everyone can or wants to spend a thousand-plus dollars on a compound bow. And honestly, they shouldn’t have to. There should be options out there that offer a solid bow at lower price points. Luckily, there are. Bow manufacturers are recognizing this and responding accordingly. Here are five great 2017 bows for less than $700.