Best New Budget Compound Bows for 2019

Which of These Would You Purchase?

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Elite Valor

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1 | Elite Valor

Overall, this bow is solid. The Elite Valor is fast, quiet, smooth and tough. And, as mentioned, it also exhibits the adjustability and versatility you look for in a good bow. This is a high-quality model. It draws and feels great. Extremely smooth. It isn’t a loud bow when the arrow releases. In fact, it’s one of the quieter bows on the market, especially compared to those in its class. It has a very smooth draw. It boasts a deep valley that most shooters will love. All of these things and more translate to incredible shoot-ability. Summarized, the Valor is a workhorse that will live up to your standards.

Speed: 329 fps

Brace Height: 6.813 inches

Draw Length: 25-29.5 inches

Draw Weight: 50, 60 or 70 pounds

Bow Weight: 4.1 pounds

Axle-to-Axle: 28.75 inches

Let-Off: 75-90 percent

MSRP: $749

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

 

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Hoyt Nitrux

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2 | Hoyt Nitrux

Looking for a great bow that won’t break the bank? The Nitrux from Hoyt is extremely versatile and fits most bowhunters with draw lengths ranging from 24 to 30 inches. It hits that sweet spot with a 6.5-inch brace height and weighing 4.1 pounds. It’s a rugged, ready-to-hit-the-woods bow that shoots as well as (or better than) any budget bow out there. The draw-weight ranges are also extremely important to note, with options as low as 30 pounds and as high as 70.

Speed: 333 fps (ATA)

Bow Weight: 4.1 pounds

Brace Height: 6.5 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 31.5 inches

Draw Weight: 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 55-65 and 60-70 pounds

Draw Length: 24-27 and 27-30 inches

Let-Off: Unknown

MSRP: $949

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

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Mathews Tactic

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3 | Mathews Tactic

Mathews archery has been a leader of bow technology for years and the new Mathews Tactic packs tons of that technology into a budget-friendly bow. The Tactic is similar in feel and specs to the Mathews Chill which was a flagship bow from the Wisconsin bow maker a few years back. This bow uses modules to adjust draw length and also to change the type of draw-stop and the feel of the back-wall. The draw cycle is very smooth and forgiving while producing solid speeds. The Tactic is available in a wide array of draw lengths and weight and also comes in Realtree EDGE.

Speed: 335

Bow Weight: 4.24 pounds

Brace Height: 7 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 30.5 inches

Draw Weight: 50, 60 and 70 pounds

Draw Length: 23-30 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: $849

Learn more here.

—Tyler Ridenour

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Bear Kuma

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4 | Bear Kuma

The Kuma is another awesome offering by Bear this year. Like the Hoyt RX-3, it comes in three different variations: Kuma, Kuma LD and Kuma 30. Each of them offers slightly different specs for different shooters and preferences. Altogether, the Kuma is a fast bow, ranging from 330 to 345 fps. But the true spectacle is the price tag. The MSRP is a surprising (in a good way) $899. It’s basically a flagship-status bow for under $900.

Speed: 330 (Kuma LD) / 345 (Kuma and Kuma 30)

Bow Weight: 4.1 pounds (Kuma 30) / 4.3 pounds (Kuma and Kuma LD)

Brace Height: 6 inches (Kuma and Kuma 30) / 6.5 inches (Kuma LD)

Axle-to-Axle: 33 inches (Kuma) / 33.25 inches (Kuma LD) / 30 inches (Kuma 30)

Draw Weight: 45-60 and 55-70 pounds

Draw Length: 27-32 inches (Kuma LD) / 25.5-30 inches (Kuma and Kuma 30)

Let-Off: 75 percent (Kuma and Kuma 30) / 80 percent (Kuma LD)

MSRP: $899.99

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

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Prime Logic CT3 and CT5

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5 | Prime Logic CT3 and CT5

The Logic CT3 is 2 inches longer than last year’s Logic and produces solid speeds up to 335 fps. This bow is constructed using 82X aluminum for the riser material; this proprietary aluminum offers incredible strength and rigidity that reduces flex in the riser during the shot. The CT3 is powered by Prime’s TRM parallel cam system, the parallel cam technology reduces cam lean and helps to mitigate tuning issues. As with all of the Prime hunting bows, the CT3 is available in the Realtree EDGE finish. The Prime CT5 is the longest hunting bow in the Logic series at 35 inches axle-to-axle. Like its shorter counterparts, the CT5 is built on an 82X aluminum riser and uses the TRM parallel cam system that produces speeds up to 340 FPS. The longer stature of the CT5 makes for a very stable shooting platform and thanks to Prime’s center grip design, this bow is surprisingly maneuverable for a longer axle-to-axle hunting model. The CT5 is available in Realtree EDGE just as all hunting models in the Logic series.

Speed: 335 fps / 340 fps

Bow Weight: 4.4 pounds / 4.6 pounds

Brace Height: 6.5 inches / 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33 inches / 35 inches

Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5-30 inches

Let-Off:  80 percent

MSRP: $999

Learn more here.

— Tyler Ridenour

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Bear Divergent

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6 | Bear Divergent

The new Divergent from Bear is a solid bow. And to be honest, it’s one of the best budget bows available for 2019. It shoots and feels great and is a pretty fast (and quiet) bow for the money. The Divergent design helps eliminate riser flex and reduces weight while maintaining structural integrity. It’s also very light at 3.9 pounds and 28 inches axle-to-axle. If you’re looking for a bow under $700, this is a great way to go in 2019. Give the Divergent a try.

Speed: 338 fps

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds

Brace Height: 6.5 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 28 inches

Draw Weight: 45-60 and 55-70 pounds

Draw Length: 25.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 75 percent

MSRP: $699.99

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

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Quest Centec

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7 | Quest Centec

The Quest Centec is the new budget-minded offering from Quest Archery, backed by the same folks behind Prime Archery. The Centec packs premium features into an affordable package. This bow has a wide array of adjustability with modular draw length adjustment from 26 to 30 inches and draw weight adjustment of 45-60 pounds and 55-70 pounds. The Centec is available in Realtree EDGE and features center grip riser technology that is found on the premium Prime models.

Speed: Unknown

Bow Weight: Unknown

Brace Height: Unknown

Axle-to-Axle: Unknown

Draw Weight: 55-70 and 45-60 pounds

Draw Length: 26-30 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: Unknown

Learn more here.

— Tyler Ridenour

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Obsession FX30

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8 | Obsession FX30

Obsession is one of the best bows on the market for the money. The new FX30 from Obsession shoots like a dream. Those who love a shorter bow will like this model. It is perfect for those who hunt from treestands and ground blinds with its 30-inch axle-to-axle length. The OB Trax cam supports let-off percentages up to 85 percent. The best part? This thing is a scorcher when cranked all the way up, sending arrows at speeds as fast as 360 fps.

Speed: 360 fps

Bow Weight: 4 pounds

Brace Height: 6 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 30 inches

Draw Weight: 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 and 80 pounds

Draw Length: 24.5-30 inches

Let-Off: 85 percent

MSRP: $999

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

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Xpedition Mountaineer X

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9 | Xpedition Mountaineer X

The new Mountaineer X from Xpedition archery is a mid-price-point bow that offers specs and performance that rival many of today’s flagship bows. The Mountaineer X boasts speeds up to 340 fps out of a bow featuring a fully machined riser and a smooth draw cycle. This bow is available in Realtree EDGE and has a versatile platform of just over 33 inches axle-to-axle.

Speed: 340 fps

Bow Weight: 3.9 pounds

Brace Height: 7 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 33.25 inches

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

Draw Length: 26.5-30.5 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: $849

Learn more here.

— Tyler Ridenour

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Mission MXR

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10 | Mission MXR

Looking for a new bow that’s extremely adjustable and really affordable? The Mission MXR is a great option for 2019. It weighs has a draw weight range of 40-70 pounds (without changing any bow parts), has an adjustable draw length of 23.5-29.5 inches, and boasts a price tag of $499. It’s a great bow for kids, women or men. It’s that versatile. It comes in Realtree Original camo.

Speed: 324 fps

Bow Weight: 4.02 pounds

Brace Height: 7 inches

Axle-to-Axle: 30 inches

Draw Weight: 40-70 pounds

Draw Length: 23.5-29.5 inches

Let-Off: 80 percent

MSRP: $499

Learn more here.

— Josh Honeycutt

Editor's Note: This was originally published February 28, 2019. Updated April 19, 2019.

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