My 10-year-old son, Ethan, had been begging me for a recurve bow for several months. So, when the package containing two Easton 2014 Beginner Bows arrived on my door steps, I literally had to push him, as well as his curious siblings, back as I pulled the bows out of the box.
I assumed I’d have to do some heavy-duty assembly, which is usually the case when it comes to items i get for my kids. But, I was pleasantly surprised to discover all I had to do was screw in the sight and attach the stick-on arrow rest – two simple steps that even I could handle.
From the moment Ethan first fired an arrow from his new Easton Beginner Bow, he was hooked. In fact, he now practices shooting his bow every evening – without any prompting from me. This is the first time Ethan has willingly practiced anything on a regular basis without a little parental pushing. It’s a nice feeling for both of us.
Ethan is the oldest of my four kids, and while they are quite a bit younger, his three siblings are enjoying the bows as well. With a draw weight range of only 10-20 pounds, the bow is easy to pull, even for Ransom, my 6-year-old. So far, he's only managed to hit the target a time or two without assistance, but he’s getting there.
My 4-year-old twin girls have even had fun shooting the bows—of course with my help. They especially love prancing around with the quivers slung over their shoulders while pretending to be Princess Merida from Disney’s movie Brave.
One of the best qualities about this beginner bow is it's price. You can purchase the Black Bow Kit, complete with a black quiver and arrows or the Pink Bow Kit, which comes with a pink quiver and arrows, for just $99.99, or you can purchase just the bow for $69.99. I've had to learn the hard way that its never a good idea to invest a lot of money in gear or equipment for your kid until you're sure he or she is going to pursue that hobby or sport.
Although it is inexpensive and designed with children and beginners in mind, it is still quality made with a polymer technology riser and durable glass-reinforced limbs. Measuring 52 inches, the ambidextrous bow is smooth-shooting and easy to handle for beginners who want to learn correct form and technique, and its 1.3-pound weight and slim design make it ideal for small hands.
Ethan has a ways to go before he’s shooting tight groups, but he’s getting there. I’m pleased with this beginner bow’s performance and with the fact that Ethan has found something that he enjoys enough to pull him away from the TV and video games and into the outdoors. Anything that can do that is a winner to me.
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Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.