Review of Three Recurves from Bear Archery Products
Submitted by C. Moffat - September 2014
First Up: The Bear Grizzly Vs Bear Super Grizzly
The Bear Grizzly is considered to be one of the best single piece recurves available out there - and according to some it is THE BEST. The bow has changed little over the decades since it was first marketed by Fred Bear in 1950. Fred Bear used the bow himself on many hunting trips. The bow was also used by Jon Voight in the 1972 film "Deliverance", during which the bow is broken during the film - because the plot called for it - but under normal circumstances a Bear Grizzly recurve doesn't break so easily.
Below: Burt Reynolds being trained how to shoot with a Bear Grizzly.
So then you ask, what about the Super Grizzly? Isn't it better than the normal Grizzly?
The Super Grizzly first hit the market in the mid 1970s - not long after the 1972 film "Deliverance" made the Bear Grizzly famous.
And you might wonder, what is the difference - asides from the colour - between the two bows? Well, the limbs are both backed and faced with high strength black fiberglass and asides from the riser, they're basically the exact same bow. The Super Grizzly however has a two piece riser, is made of some different materials and comes with a Dynaflight 97 Flemish String instead of a mere Dacron Flemish String.
I give both bows 5 stars out of 5.
Value for Price - The Bear Grizzly is $359 and the Super Grizzly is $459. Being one of the best bows in the world, the Grizzly is great value for price. The Super Grizzly is equally as good, you are really just paying an extra $100 for the two piece riser and the nicer bow string.
Shoots Straight - Excellent for both.
Durability - Excellent for both.
Beauty - Excellent, but given the choice I think the Grizzly is actually better looking. They really should make the Super Grizzly available in other colours.
Warranty - Bear Archery has an amazing reputation for their archery products. They almost never break (the compounds sometimes do, but usually due to user error - not usually due to a problem with the manufacturing process) and even if it does break Bear will repair or even replace the bow. For free if it is manufacturing defect, for a fee if you made the error. This gives Bear an amazing reputation when it comes to their warranty and their ability to stand behind the quality of their products. If you have an old Bear bow that is in need of repairs contact them to find out the level of service they put into maintaining their great reputation.