Finding the perfect bowstring is a complicated task. You have to take into consideration a lot of factors – from the craftsmanship, the manner by which it will be used, the type of bowstrings, the materials, and a lot more.
And you can’t just get a bowstring without taking these factors into consideration. Getting the wrong ones may make it not effective for the task at hand. It can even physically hurt you in the long run.
This is the reason why we’re here. We have created a list of our top picks to help you out in finding the best bowstrings for you.
Read on and find out.
Our Best Bowstrings Reviews
Today, we give you the 10 bowstrings that we love, and we’ll also tell you why. We’ll also answer some of your questions. So, hold on tight. Here goes.
1. Keshes Dacron Bowstring – 12, 14, 16 Strands – Sizes from 44-70
First on our list is one of the most recent releases in the market today. Just by looking at this bowstring alone, you would see that it has a lot of obvious advantages as compared to its predecessors. These advantages are perhaps the main reasons for this bowstring’s popularity among archers.
One of these obvious advantages is that the bowstring returns to its original length even after you leave the stretch. No matter the stretch, the bowstring remains intact. The reason, perhaps, is because of its material. This is made of 100% polyester, which accounts for its durability and quality.
Its material is also the reason why this bowstring would last longer than the ordinary brands. When ordinary brands tend to stretch over a few months of continued use, the one from Keshes will last you longer.
What we love about this is that it comes in varying strengths and string counts. This, thus, makes it ideal for any bow, any archer. For example, this bowstring’s 12-string option is good for up to 40lbs. The 14-string option can support up to 50lbs, while the 16-string option can support up to 65lbs.
The bowstring is also compatible with different kinds of bows. It is never exclusive to any bow – whether the bow is a compound, a longbow, or a recurve bow – you are not going to have any compatibility issues at all. And it is also available in lengths that range from 44 inches to 70 inches.
With all of the features we’ve mentioned, plus the quality of this bow, this is, without a doubt, one of the best bow strings available in the market today. We think this would be a good enough addition to your arsenal.
- Made of 100% polyester for durability
- Comes in many lengths for different weight loads
- Compatible with different bows
- Remains intact despite of numerous stretches
2. Keshes Archery Recurve Bow Stringer Tool
First of all, a stringer tool is being used so you can properly and safely string and assemble a recurve bow. This is also being used to avoid causing damage to the bow.
With the archery recurve bow stringer tool, stringing your Dacron string is made effortless, painless, and easy. Doing the task is a breeze. What we like most about this is that the tool can be used in stringing and unstringing jobs. The tool would also be compatible with recurves as much as it is with traditional bows.
What sets this apart from the others is that it is able to easily pull the string from one end to the other. This results in a stringing that requires less effort from you. With the other brands, you would need to use all your energy to complete the stringing process.
The manufacturers are so confident you would easily fall in love with this tool. If there is one thing that you need to know, though, it is that this may not be as durable as the other brands. This makes stringing easier, alright, but some brands last longer than this one.
Also, you have to know that in some cases, the tips of bows would be too shallow, resulting in the stringer cups to cover the string notches. Check your bow first before your purchase. If you don’t mind these very minor concerns, this is a pretty decent choice.
- Easy stringing of your Dacron strings
- Compatible with recurves and traditional bows
- Can properly and safely string and avoid damage to the bow
- Affordable price
3. Topoint 100 ft Compound Bow D Loop
Considered as one of the best options available in the market today, our next entry is the one to beat. Archers and hunters alike love this brand and have been verywell satisfied with its performance ever since. Also, the bowstring can be used for other purposes aside from being used in a bow. This is an added advantage.
For a start, one of the major concerns with people in archery is their ability to make a good D-loop. This concern is being addressed by this compound bowstring. The bowstring makes for an excellent choice as it burns well enough, giving you the greatest satisfaction.
We said it before, and we will say it again. This is one of the best options for you. In fact, the compound bowstring is ideal, not just for individuals who take up archery as a hobby. The bowstring is perfect for individuals who are beyond serious with the sport.
And the bowstring is durable, and it can last you for a long time. This is one of the most durable brands we know of. If you are on the lookout for a bowstring that can last you for many years, purchasing this is one of the wisest decisions you would ever make.
One thing this needs to improve, though, is its core. The core of the bowstring may not be as strong when burnt. Everything else is good, except for this very minor concern.
Overall, this compound bowstring allows you to enjoy archery. It is one of the most durable brands in the market and would be able to deliver well in terms of performance. Plus, with this compound bowstring, you would be able to make a good D-loop, which is reason enough to get this.
- Great with D-loops
- Durable and burns well
- Stays tight and does not fray
- Enough strings to last you for many cuts
4. Cobra Crossbow String for 80lb Crossbows – Black
Made of nylon material, this bowstring is an ideal piece for when you need a replacement for your bow. Ideal for an 80-lb crossbow, this bowstring is manufactured with great quality in mind. It is brimming with good quality that we consider this as one of the best there is in the market today.
The most common problem with a bow purchase is with the bowstring that comes with the pistol. Most bow pistols would come with a scary-looking string. It would be common to find broken fibers sticking out all over. And this is even before you start using it.
Give it a few tugs, and it feels like it’s going to snap already, even if you wax it well enough. What is good about this bowstring is that this provides for a high-quality replacement for those scary-looking strings we were talking about.
It lets you breathe easy knowing that the replacement will not snap in a jiffy and would eventually last you for months of regular use. And for a fair enough price, this is a wise arsenal-related investment. It is also highly suggested that you regularly wax this bowstring.
Doing so would ensure that the bowstring would be in use for a very long time. The tip of this bowstring is quite similar to the original that comes along with the bow pistol. This puts the brand at a great advantage over the others. You have to know, however, that this is compatible only to 80-lb bow pistols.
Better check your bows first before the purchase. If you are in need of a replacement bowstring for your 80-lb bow, this is a very great buy you should not miss.
- Ideal for an 80lb bow
- Great replacement bowstring
- Nylon Material for great quality
5. Legend Propel Recurve Bow String, Dacron B-55
If you are on the lookout for a bowstring that would provide you with smoother shots in lesser efforts, look no further than this brand from Legend.
Considered to be one of the best options when it comes to recurve bowstrings, what this brand does is to mix expertise in craftsmanship with the latest technology to give you a string that is unlike any other in the market. What this does is to give you access to more powerful and consistent shots.
The string also comes in a variety of lengths. This would ensure that the brand is able to address demands, no matter the size and weight capacity of the bow you have. The string can also be easily installed without the need for any tool, thanks to its endless braided loop design.
What we like most about this is that the string has the capability to go back to its original state every after shot. This is one of the characteristics that you should look out for when “hunting” for the right bowstring.
And because this is made from bonded polyester, you are assured of a string that has fewer abrasions and more tensile strength. With these, you can be confident that you have a bowstring that would last you for many years. We know how hard it is to constantly replace a bowstring. This, at least, solves that problem.
Overall, the bowstring is an amazing choice because it can cater to different sizes. It can give you powerful and consistent shots. The bowstring can easily be installed. Plus, it is durable, which makes it possible for you to have the bowstring for years.
Whether you are an amateur or you do archery professionally, we know you would certainly love this bowstring for the many features we have mentioned.
- Comes in a variety of lengths
- Can be installed without any special tool
- Made of bonded polyester
- Goes back to original strength after every shot
6. Linkboy Archery Bowstring Serving Thread
The next entry on our list is made of a material that provides for high-quality in terms of strength. Made from polyethylene fiber, this entry from Linkboy equates to power and durability. It is tough as tough can be. The whole thing measures 360 feet. This should be about 110 meters, with a weight of about 2.7 ounces.
Despite its strength, it is also lightweight and is easy to carry. Its packaging is made in such a way that the string is winded into a compact roll. This results in an easy way that you can carry the string wherever you may go.
Add to the hassle-free way by which you can carry the roll is the ease by which you can store this string. It does not take up so much space in your storage area. Nor will it have the tendency to expire and become unusable anytime soon.
Whenever we talk of this brand, we are always reminded of the tough material which can be made into compound or recurve bowstring, your pick. Its material makes sure that the bowstring is resistant to abrasion. As such, this should be able to last you for many years.
Aside from this being used for the bowstring, this is also versatile and can help you with other things. For a start, this is a good serving thread for tying in a peep. This is also ideal for tying in the drop cord on the arrow rest.
This material brings with it durability and versatility. It is something you can purchase once and use for many years to come. Plus, as it can be used for a lot of things other than being made into bowstrings, we know this material is something you don’t mind added to your artillery.
- Made from polyethylene fiber
- Easy to store
- Resistant to abrasion
7. Southwest Archery Replacement Bowstring for Traditional Recurve Bows
We must admit, out of the many options so far, this is one of our personal favorites. The reason is that this has remained simple and, at the same time, secure.
With the bowstring made from 100% polyester, this gives you durability beyond compare. And just like any other high-quality bowstrings, the quality is as good as new even after many years of regular use.
The bowstring just allows the most minimal of stretches. Ordinary brands have the tendency to stretch out a bit after a few months of regular use, therefore diminishing its effectiveness.
By then, you would need to purchase another bowstring. With this brand, it is a totally different story.
Not only is this bowstring simple, but it also keeps you safe from any injury. There will be fewer chances of you exerting so much effort. This also keeps your limbs safe. You can have this used in longbow, recurve bows, and even compound bows.
This is also easy to install! And the great thing about this is that it has a great feel to it. Imagine that smooth and great feel without being too abrasive to your fingers. It is that kind of feeling.
Once in awhile, we’d encounter about one or two feedbacks on the bowstring’s durability, but we think these are isolated cases. We still believe this is as durable as durable gets.
Overall, we love this brand. It is one of the best there is in the market today. This is one great bowstring. With minimum strength, you would be able to exude so much power. Plus, this is one of the safest in the market that we can find.
- Made from 100% polyester for durability
- Does not stretch easily
- Easy to install
- Compatible with longbow, recurve and compound bows
8. SinoArt Leather Recurve Bow Stringer
Compatible for recurve bows and longbows, this bow stringer is made of soft leather. It measures 83 inches and is designed with quality and support in mind. This bow stringer makes sure to prevent incidents of lower limb twists, which could injure you in the long run.
The leather is soft and easy to use. It is also equipped with a paracord that can be adjusted, depending on the length of your bow. In this sport, there are bows that require much shorter bowstrings. Should that be the case, the easy fix would be to just shorten this bowstring to fit your bow.
And the leather is also heavy and is very well stitched. The cord is solid; the assembly is firmly made. We also like how compact this is and how it can roll up for storage. While this may not apply to all, some users would contend that a bowstring like this is never a good option for recurve bows.
According to some, this kind of bowstring has a tendency to slide down way too far, especially when you start putting a load on it. When this happens, you may want to keep a hold of it while pulling, which makes it difficult for the user.
We can’t blame you, though. While we think this bowstring is great as a whole, there would always be some who will never get used to this kind. But if you have a recurve and you think you can manage just fine with this, this is actually a great choice.
- Made of soft leather
- Adjustable paracord
- Prevents incidents of lower limb twists
- Assembly is wellmade
9. Trad Gear TriColor CAMO B-50 Dacron Recurve Bowstring
Most users come happy and satisfied with this next entry because of its durability, its aesthetics, and its overall performance.
For a start, this is a tricolored bowstring. Aesthetically, this is already a great addition to your artillery, especially if you are looking for something that could easily have you stand out. This bowstring comes in 16 strands.
And this is another reason why we love this as much as the customers. It is because 16 strands can easily handle any amount of weight. Being able to handle any amount of weight makes this ideal for the outdoors.
It also fits perfectly well with any bow. The bowstring has a tight grip, which is really useful. Plus, the fact that it already comes with served end loops is something that sets this apart from the others.
If there is something we would like to suggest, it is that they improve the D-loop construction. Currently, the make-up of the D-loop is not at par with the others n the market. It has a tendency to become loose. Should that happen, you will not be able to use this properly as it affects the tightness and release of the bowstring.
Aside from that minor concern, all is well with this bowstring. It can serve you with everything that you need from a bowstring and more. This stays quick and smooth; it is durable, which could last you for a long time. Just like most users of this bowstring, we highly recommend this brand.
- Tricolored and looks great
- 16 strands and can support any amount of weight
- Tight grip
- Comes with served end loops
10. Trad Gear 58” Actual Length 3-Ply Replacement Recurve Bowstring
And last but not least, we have an entry from Trad Gear. This bowstring is made of premium-quality materials, well braided, and also a great choice for a replacement bowstring. Its 3-ply braid is available in 18 strands and can support recurve bows of up to 70 lbs in weight.
Also, it is available in 6 unique colors and delivers optimum performance. We really love this string. Its red and black matched up colors are aesthetically-fitting for any recurve bows you have at home. The quality is awesome and could last you for many years of regular use.
At such an affordable price, we think this is a great value for your money. It’s also amazing how this can be quieter than the others. As compared to Dacron that came with the bow, this is quieter. Add a silencer, and this should be way, way better than anything else you’ve laid your hands on.
Upon purchase, however, we think this is a bit of heavily waxed. If you are installing beaver balls or something that is similar, they have the tendency to get clumpy. This may be because of the wax. But this is a minor concern. Some little cleaning would do the trick.
The string is also as long as it is supposed to be. When you decide to purchase, make sure to order the exact string length and not the AMO length. This means that you have to order a length that is 4 inches shorter than the AMO for it to fit your bow perfectly well.
Overall, this is a very great choice. When you’re shooting Dacron, this is a very wise option for you to take.
- Well-braided materials
- Available in 18 strands
- Options of 6 colors
- Quieter than the others
Things to Consider before Buying Bow Strings
You may already be excited to make that purchase and get your next bowstring, but before you do so, here are a few things to consider. Here they are.
Finalize Your Budget
One of the first things that you have to consider is to finalize your budget. How much are you willing to shell out?
While the budget may not be an issue to some, for others, it is. If you are one who minds how much is spent on things, it would be best for you to finalize your budget.
This would help you stay on track. By looking at the budget and other considerations, you would be able to find the bowstring that would give you the best price to performance ratio.
What’s more, is that it won’t hurt your wallet.
Create a List
There are options and a lot more other choices. When you have already identified how much you are willing to shell out for the bowstring, it would be wise to create a list of your options. This would make sure that you do not veer away from what you really need.
Identify Your Bow
Some bowstrings are compatible with any kind of bow. There are some others that are made only for recurve. Other bowstrings are compatible with compound bows.
You should also be able to identify already the bowstring’s specifications. What is your bow’s weight? This is another thing you have to know. Knowing your numbers would play an important role in the decision-making process.
Before your purchase, make sure you know what you’re getting. It would save you from purchasing the wrong product.
One of the most important details that you have to know before your purchase is the length of the bowstring you would need. Having the perfect length of bowstring gives you more comfort, especially when you are using them.
If you are serious about archery, you would already be able to know how important it is for you to make loops. An experienced archer would be able to easily make loops before the bowstring is used.
The length should be enough for you to already make loops but still be able to perfectly fit the bowstring with ease.
In archery, one important detail you need to know is the strands of your bowstring. This detail is important as it is equated to the weight of the load you use it for.
Being able to determine the amount of load will help you determine the number of strands in a bowstring you need to use.
We all know there are hundreds of companies out there that produce best bowstrings for all types of bows. This is something you have to be careful about. Just because they’re saying they’re the best doesn’t mean they really are.
You may want to check the strings first. Go for that which suits your specifications. Choose the bowstring that you would be comfortable with. Purchase the one that you think is a great value for your money.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Now that you are well aware of the specifications to look for in a bowstring, we are here to answer your other questions.
1. How can I make my strings last longer?
Waxing is something that you can do to keep your bowstrings at their optimum quality. It would be able to help your strings last longer.
2. Can I use candle wax for my bowstring?
Yes, you can. And yes, this will help you increase the lifespan of your strings.
3. Will twisting help to minimize creeping?
Materials that are made of polyethylene fibers tend to creep up after months of regular use. While twisting would be able to minimize creeps, it will not be able to stop it.
4. How much can you twist a bowstring?
In a compound bow, normally, it would have to be about 0.5 to 0.75 twists per inch.
5. How often do I need to replace my strings?
Normally, a string would be able to last you for at least a couple of years. If you don’t take care of it as much, it would be less.
Your bow will never be complete without a bowstring.
For your bow to perfectly work, you need to choose the best bowstrings in the market.
We hope that through this guide, we were able to help you out in narrowing down your options. Good luck!
Related article: Top-rated Pressureless Tennis Balls Reviews