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Kaya Korean Horse Bow
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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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

    Best Uses

    • Practice (18)
    • Hunting (13)
    • Competition (12)
    • All weather (9)
    • Good weather (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (11), Beginner (5), Expert archer (4), Competitive archer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    5.0

    get the whole line

    By Garlic Eater

    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.

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      • No

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      5.0

      a bow that is as beautiful as it shoots

      By Kitsune

      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.

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        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great little bow!

        By Chad

        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.

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          • Yes

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great and beautiful bow

          By Jasper

          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)

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great bow

            By Jasper

            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.

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                • No

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                KTB Efficienty Test

                By Curtis

                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
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                      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.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Kaya KTB Bow is Awesome! Best value bow!

                      By Korean Traditional Bow Hunter

                      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!

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                        • No

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great little bow!

                        By Bergsteiger

                        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.

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                          • No

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          great bow at a reasonable price

                          By notyal

                          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.

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Only ounces light and really fast!

                          By Artemiz

                          from Dallas, Texas

                          About Me Recreational Archer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Req commitmentpractice

                          Best Uses

                          • Competition
                          • Good Weather
                          • Practice
                          • Reenactment

                          Comments about Kaya Korean Horse Bow:

                          Decided to buy this from all the great reviews from the ATARN forum. The shooting experience is very comparable to the other more expensive Hwarangs from Korea although the cosmetic finish could use some more work. Also, my center serving came loose after a while but it was easy to correct.

                          This is a super light bow (only ounces) and shoots arrows with authority provided you use correctly spined arrows (for me that's 340 @ 55lbs). You can shoot a Mediterranean 3-finger draw but I highly recommend shooting with a thumb ring/draw as it was originally intended.

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