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Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow
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Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to handle (11)
  • Accurate (10)
  • Easy to draw (10)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hunting (11)
    • All weather (8)
    • Practice (7)
    • Competition (4)
    • Good weather (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Expert archer (5), Casual/ recreational (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Winner from Bear.

    I've been collecting and buying vintage Bear bows for some time, and have a '59 Kodiak. When this bow came out in the Bear catalog, I checked 3-Rivers site several times a...Read complete review

    I've been collecting and buying vintage Bear bows for some time, and have a '59 Kodiak. When this bow came out in the Bear catalog, I checked 3-Rivers site several times a day until they listed it and I immediately placed an order. In less than a week I had my bow. My first impression was that it was lighter and more sleek than the orginal but very well balanced. The craftsmanship is outstanding. From tip to tip this is a well finished product. The wood leather-covered grip felt like it was sculpted to fit my hand and the light weight and balance of the strung bow was noteworthy. I'm currently shooting Black Widow and Tomahawk longbows and this Kodiak will hang with them both in terms of looks and smooth shooting. The only negative was the string noise before I got it tuned out. It appears to like arrows in the 10 grain per pound range for quietness. I was shooting 400 gr. 500 spine carbon shafts at about 44lb at 29.5 inches and it quieted down when I switched to a 1916 heavier aluminum. I was using beaver strip silencers, which I suspect need to be changed to a different type. The bow was so accurate that I was not worried about getting more of the sound out for now. For some unexplained reason, I like shooting this bow more than my more expensive ones. I am planning on making it my #1 bow for 3-D competitions this Spring. This review was more about how the bow feels in hand and I'm sure someone will post a more technical report soon. This bow works perfect for me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    High expectations not fully realized

    I purchased this bow as a gift. It is a nice bow with great history but the workmanship is sorely lacking. The brown glass has visible imperfections and the leather handle wrap looks like...Read complete review

    I purchased this bow as a gift. It is a nice bow with great history but the workmanship is sorely lacking. The brown glass has visible imperfections and the leather handle wrap looks like it was installed by a third grader. I spent an hour trying to wipe off the excess contact cement that was smeared all over the handle area of the bow and was unable to remove the wrinkles from the leather. I speculate that due to the popularity of this bow, Bear is behind and quality control is slipping. In summary, this is a great bow suffering from poor workmanship and relaxed quality control.

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    5.0

    a really great bow

    By Blue

    from oklahoma

    About Me Expert Archer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Weather
      • Competition
      • Hunting
      • Practice

      Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

      I hunt and shoot as often as I can and this bow is truly a pleasure.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I have owned so many custom bows

      By Blue

      from Coweta , oklahoma

      About Me Expert Archer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

        This bow is everything a true custom should be.
        It is a good value, and does everything you want in a bow .

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Bear 59' Kodiak

        By Alex the Keen

        from Texas

        About Me Expert Archer

        Pros

        • Absolutely Beautiful
        • Easy To Draw
        • Easy To Handle
        • Smooth

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Hunting

        Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

        To start, the pictures and videos you may see of this bow just don't do it justice. Out of the box I was stunned by how well made and good looking the kodiak was. Out of the recurves I own, this bow has the smoothest draw and feels absolutely astounding in the hook of my thumb and palm. I plan on using this as my main bow to hunt and practice. I am inseparable.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Bear Kodiak 59

        By Kevin

        from Scranton, PA

        About Me Recreational Archer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Weather
          • Good Weather
          • Hunting

          Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

          I love the Bear products, and this is my 1st high end traditional bow. The performance is exceptional, but the craftsmanship and appearance are just as pleasing. I feel almost guilty shooting it because it's so pretty. Light, agile and easy to handle...it comes up on target well. It feels rigid like a longbow, but it has all the advantages of a recurve. I'm very happy I made the choice to invest.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          "Thee 59 Kodiak"

          By "Non-Typical" Rich

          from Southampton, New York

          About Me Expert Archer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy To Draw
          • Easy To Handle
          • Great Design
          • Great Looks
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • None found

          Best Uses

          • All Weather
          • Good Weather
          • Hunting
          • Practice

          Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

          I'm really glad to see that Bear Archery has re-introduced this bow. It's every bit a classic now as it was originally. I purchased mine for bowhunting along with field & stump shooting. At first I wasn't sure which poundage to settle on and eventually chose the 55# model. It was the right choice for me, I'm not over bowed. This bow is smooth, no stack, quiet with otter fur, and shoots with power. I really like the leather grip and feather rest. The finish is elegant. It's in between my 43# Kodiak Hunter and my 65# Kodiak Magnum. I shoot full length 31.5" 400 spine shafts at 28" draw with 50 gr. brass inserts and 145 gr. heads up front giving me plenty of FOC weight. On the back I use 5" shield cut feathers with cap wraps. This combination paper tuned sweetly so no changes needed. Keep up the great work at Bear Archery and 3Rivers!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          1959 Kodiak Bow

          By Tinman23126

          from Mira Loma, CA

          About Me Expert Archer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Weather
            • Hunting
            • Practice

            Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

            1959 Kodiak is the best hunting bow I have ever owned, it shoots where you look and point.
            Fred Bear's design is timeless, the beauty is beyond comparison, it is flawless. As a hunting bow it's great 60" of smooth drawing incredibly fast shooting bow. Mine is 55lbs @ 28", it's quiet and the grip is awesome, fitting into my hand perfectly. The bow is the best of both worlds. It's as forgiving as a long bow, but as smooth and fast as a Recurve bow.
            Another plus is it comes with a Feather Rest, which in my opinion is the best rest you can have on a bow. You get incredible arrow flight without drag, it's also very quiet.
            It has become my favorite bow just as it was PapaBears and my Fathers. I love it thank you Bear Archery for giving me the opportunity to own the bow of my legionary hero Fred Bear as I grew up idolizing.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Great Bow

            By Matt

            from Ashley IN

            About Me Professional

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Durable
            • Easy To Handle
            • Powerful
            • Quite

            Cons

            • Too Glossy

            Best Uses

            • All Weather
            • Hunting
            • Practice

            Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

            Fred himself would be proud. Great all around bow but the gloss needs to be toned down for hunting either by tape or limb socks. Shot a nice buck without either but I think luck struck a bit. Will be a satin version in 2014.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Great Bow

            By Keith

            from Mcdonough GA

            About Me Competitive Archer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

                  One word to describe this bow, and that is Great.
                  This bow will be another one by Bear people will be talking about years after.I will be getting another one soon. Two is better then one.
                  Thanks Bear.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Seriously?

                  By Roper

                  from MT

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

                      I really don't know where to start with this. I would first say I've never purchased a recurve from any major manufacturing company before this one. Throughout my many years of traditional hunting and shooting, I've always stayed with custom built bows, no matter the price. My father, however, loved Bear bows. He had two that fed our family for many years; one being a first run Kodiak. Upon the re-introduction of the great '59, seeing it took me back to hunting with dad. I purchased the bow as a novelty more than anything else. That was until I shot it. This bow is fantastic. I was really impressed with the slim lines, balance and weight. Superb yet simple craftsmanship. I put the bow to use the day it arrived. Incredibly smooth drawing, it shoots exactly where you point and bolsters a somewhat forgiving side for that subtle drop in your bow arm or pluck of the release. This bow has definitely sold me on the feather rest as well...wow; all my years never used one but it is extremely functional. I am very, very impressed with this bow. It's also absolutely beautiful, yet, I must say it's high gloss finish is personally not my most desirable option. I could only find one minor factory flaw in it. Additionally, the leather wrap could have been a little better quality with a sinew stitch as opposed to just being wrapped around and glued. In my personal opinion, if your on the fence with this bow, don't be...it is a fine purchase and a great performer.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Three Rivers...the leader in customer satisfaction...SECOND TO NONE!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      High expectations not fully realized

                      By Harv

                      from Hudsonville, Michigan

                      About Me Recreational Archer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Draw
                      • Easy To Handle

                      Cons

                      • Poor Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Hunting
                      • Practice

                      Comments about Bear 60" Kodiak Recurve Bow:

                      I purchased this bow as a gift. It is a nice bow with great history but the workmanship is sorely lacking. The brown glass has visible imperfections and the leather handle wrap looks like it was installed by a third grader. I spent an hour trying to wipe off the excess contact cement that was smeared all over the handle area of the bow and was unable to remove the wrinkles from the leather. I speculate that due to the popularity of this bow, Bear is behind and quality control is slipping. In summary, this is a great bow suffering from poor workmanship and relaxed quality control.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      Comment on this review

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