Shopping for a new bow has got to be the most fun yet miserable process imaginable. I'm enjoying the fact that I get to shoot a lot of really nice bows, learn a bit while I'm at it, and spend some time with the fellas at the Archer's Den. That being said, making the decision is maddening. I'm not yet ready to buy, as there are one or two bows that I haven't tried yet, but I'm working through the winnowing process.
Yesterday I shot three bows that I liked, but all have different strengths. My quandry is what factors to prioritize. Should smoothness be the primary factor? Speed? Noise? Yes, I know that it'll come down to a combination of all of these, but with a few bows that I like, which factors should rise to the top? I've asked this of Paul at the Archer's Den, but I'd like feedback from others as well.
Bow #1 - Pros - smoothest draw cycle and release of the three, quietest, smallest (32")
Cons - slowest of the three, heaviest (both not by much, but noticable)
Bow #2 - Pros - fastest of the three (noticably so)
Cons - Tough draw cycle (let-off very abrupt right at end), a bit more shock and noise on release, 2" longer (technically, though it appears more like 3-4" to me)
Bow #3 - Pros - faster than #1, smoother than #2
Cons - slower than #2, louder than #1, longest bow of the three
Again, I'm still looking to shoot a few more, and there's one that really intrigues me on paper and from reviews I've read. Still, what are your priorities? If you can't have everything perfect, do you pick speed over smoothness or vice versa? Weight and size over forgiveness? Yeesh....too many good options. It's almost harder to pick a bow when they're all so nice.