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Kaya Korean Horse Bow
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Accurate (16)
  • Easy to draw (14)
  • Easy to handle (13)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practice (19)
  • Hunting (13)
  • Competition (12)
  • All weather (9)
  • Good weather (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (12), Beginner (5), Expert archer (4), Competitive archer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Reviewed by 24 customers

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5.0

Way too fun

By 

from Kalifornia

About Me Recreational Archer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • A String Guide Fell Off

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

After years and decades of hunting weight bows only, I wanted to change up. Also have developed some bad release habits. So I bought this little 35 pounder. With this bow, I shoot right and left handed, 3 finger and thumb release, all four ways, all one session. It is so much fun, and so much easier to shoot that I am retraining myself to shoot with a more controlled release again. Don't underestimate this bow. It is really kool!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

get the whole line

By 

from Central Texas

About Me Expert Archer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Durable
  • Easy To Adjust
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Competition

    Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

    Shooting Asian thumb ring style since living in Japan and learning Kyudo. Took to Korean bows when I found an old one and was amazed at the construction and technology of it. Been making my own thumb rings and arrows for Asian Manchu and Mongolian horsebows too. The Kaya is a really nice, hot and good looking Korean bow. I plan on buying another. It would be great if Rivers carried all the Kaya line.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a bow that is as beautiful as it shoots

    By 

    from Livonia NY

    About Me Recreational Archer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • A Real Beauty
    • Durable
    • Easy To Adjust
    • Easy To Draw
    • Easy To Handle
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Weather
      • Competition
      • Good Weather
      • Hunting
      • Practice
      • Reenactment

      Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

      One of my earliest archery experiences was in Korea, so about 10 years ago I got my first Korean Traditional Bow (KTB); a Samick SKB. Until I purchased the Kaya, it has been my favorite bow, and a fovorite for most of my students in Ancient Technology. While I would never denigrate the Samick, the Kaya is in an entierly different world. It is smaller, lighter, faster, and more powerful. It also is beautifully crafted. Every piece is beautiful and functional. It is fabric backed, with twine and leather lashings, and the belly is laquered. It is so good to look at that it almost is to good to use. But use it, and you'll not regret it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little bow!

      By 

      from Cranbrook, BC Canada

      About Me Recreational Archer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy To Draw
      • Easy To Handle
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Weather
        • Competition
        • Hunting
        • Practice

        Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

        I got this bow for Christmas and absolutely love it. I have just recently started to focus all my attention to it and am seeing great results. I have a 65lb recurve as well and this little bow @50# is way faster and has at least as much power as my big one. Speedwise I am sure I am keeping up with some of the lower poundage compounds out there. As someone else posted I get some giggles when guys first see it but they sure shut up quick once I loose an arrow, then the questions about it start.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great and beautiful bow

        By 

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Durable
        • Easy To Adjust
        • Easy To Draw
        • Easy To Handle
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Good Weather
          • Hunting
          • Practice

          Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

          The Kaya KTB is beautiful and shoots fast. Contrary to what I expected, the bow was very easy to string considering it has a fifty pound draw weight. I've already shot many arrows with it and was surprised by its power. Couldn't really notice any stacking, although I didn't really pull further than 28''. The bow feels very smooth upon release and noise is nearly nonexistent. The loudest part about shooting this bow is when the arrow hits the field target. I would recommend using a thumb ring for anything higher than a 45 pound draw weight, and I speak from experience. The leather thumb glove starts to wear on your thumb after a few dozen shots. Good thumb rings aren't easy to come by however. I made a custom leather laminated thumb ring and it works well. I also recommend using arrows that use real feathers, since fake ones can cut your hand... I speak from experience. Well, that's all I can think of right now. Cheers

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was prompt and came in good condition. (box seemed beat up and torn at some parts, but didn't seem to affect anything inside)

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great bow

          By 

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Beginner

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Hunting
              • Practice
              • Reenactment

              Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

              I am a complete beginner, and I'm starting with a 50# draw weight. It was actually pretty easy for me to string (following the directions), despite what others have said... I'm using this exclusively to practice the thumb release, and it's quite challenging. If your form isn't perfect, it shows. Definitely would need lessons or just a whole lot of practice and research. Proper guidance would definitely help. The bow is very strong, so if you practice form, (which I recommend with a lower draw weight around 30#) you can really have powerful dead eye shots with higher draw weights... But all in all this bow is beautiful and all that I hoped for. Once again, for beginners I recommend the lower draw weights for this bow. I am going to buy or rent another bow at a lower draw weight to practice exclusively my form. I'm still keeping this one though, cause I love it.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              KTB Efficienty Test

              By 

              from Bountiful, UT

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

                    Just got back from a local archery shop where we tested this bow for performance.

                    Arrow weight = 719.4 gr (I prefer heavy arrows).
                    measured weight @ 28" = 54 lbs (this bow is 55lbs)
                    brace height 7"
                    draw length = 21"

                    We marked an arrow at 28" and shot it through the chronograph several times. Speed = 153ft/sec average with less than 1 ft/sec variation.

                    . . . . . . .energy out . 37.39 ft*lbs
                    Efficiency = ---------- = ------------ = 79.1%
                    . . . . . . energy in . 47.25 ft*lbs

                    I am new to archery, but have been reading a lot. 79.1% is very efficient for a traditional wood bow. This bow also includes carbon which probably helps increase efficiency. Also this shape of this bow is known as being very efficient. Just as the recurve bow is superior to a straight bow. This bow when unstrung is C shaped. This is a superior shape compared to the traditional American otherwise straight recurve bows. This bow almost looks like a toy, but it is a very serious bow.

                    Since this bow is rated at 31", I was expecting my 55# bow to have a draw weight of about 48# @ 28", but at 28", its draw weight is 54lbs
                    .
                    I am unable to string this myself. I put the handle on my knee and pull back on the ends and my kids or wife then strings it. This takes practice to do right.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Kaya KTB Bow is Awesome! Best value bow!

                    By 

                    from New York

                    About Me Recreational Archer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Easy To Adjust
                    • Easy To Draw
                    • Easy To Handle
                    • Hand Made Light Weight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Competition
                      • Good Weather
                      • Hunting
                      • Practice
                      • Reenactment

                      Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

                      Wow! Smooth drawing bow! Feels lighter at the draw than stated poundage, Hits Hard and Fast! This is my first traditional bow after shooting compounds for years, going to take it hunting for the first time, definitely a great value, and so much fun to shoot! If you ever wanted to try thumbring shooting this is the bow to buy!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great little bow!

                      By 

                      from Firestone, CO

                      About Me Recreational Archer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Easy To Draw
                      • Easy To Handle
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Competition
                        • Hunting
                        • Practice

                        Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

                        I was looking forward to receiving the Kaya after so many good reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I shoot a 55# long bow and was amazed that this little Korean bow could sink arrows just as deeply without as much effort. It looks like a toy, but really packs a punch. If you're looking for fun, this is it!! I didn't give it 5 stars because the string guides broke off the first time I strung it-I glued them back and all is good.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        great bow at a reasonable price

                        By 

                        from columbia,sc

                        About Me Expert Archer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Easy To Draw
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • No instructions with bow

                        Best Uses

                        • Hunting
                        • Practice

                        Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

                        I bought this bow because it was different from any of the other bows I own and shoot. The bow came without instructions as to stringing and brace distance but I called 3R and my questions were answered. You need to use a cushion stringer or get a helper when stringing to avoid twisting the limbs.
                        The bow I ordered was only 40 pounds but the bow is so fast I am having to shoot a stiffer arrow than I thought would be needed. I added a trimmed brush rest under the leather wrap where a rest would normally go. 40# is on the light side for deer but for turkeys and small game, it should be excellent.The bow appears to be a toy until you shoot it and it is very quiet. I am experimenting
                        to find the best arrow combination but the Heritage 150 flies very well cut to 29". I like the bow and would recommend it to experienced archers but not for a beginner unless he has a good mentor.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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