My dad’s been using yon one-piece Samick I got a while ago. He has a b-50 endless loop on it, I am really impressed with the way that bow shoots and with Samick as a company. Spending more on any other bow is purely status & image – besides the Samick is a good looking bow anyway.
The Polaris is a good shooting bow but the grip is a little larger as I recall. I’m also a woman with rather small hands, and have heard that women enjoy shooting the Samick Sage. That’s pretty impressive for such an economical recurve bow.
For the money, this is probably the best recurve in its class. My wife and I drew some flowers and vines on her Polaris limbs with magic markers, which we put on a Sage riser, which I think is a little nicer than the Polaris. My ten year old can handle, but not draw, my 62″ 29# Samick just fine.
Alternatively the Samick Agulla is a bit cheaper and Samick’s entry-level metal riser. The 68″ version of the Polaris comes up to 40# and is a much smoother drawing target bow. I find mine a little heavy (not draw, just a heavy bow) compared to the Polaris.
I’m shooting a 68” Polaris at 40#, and I’ve found the bow to be quite accurate and powerful. John spent a fair amount of time with me on the phone guiding me through a selection process which led to a Samick Journey bow. You can also order the long Polaris riser and any set of Sage limbs, which are black.
When I upgrade to an Olympic Recurve, my Polaris will become my field bow. But the Polaris goes down to 15#, so you can put together a youth suited bow easily. Samick do a bow called the Vision (with complimentary limbs) which is a great intermediate bow and actually has the advantage of being a CNC machined riser, so there’s no paint to come off and they look great.
I just don’t know which bow is better, or which one would be better for me. I’ve been using a regular traditional recurve bow I have borrowed from a friend, but I am looking to purchase my own. If you’re just starting out them you might want to rethink that 35# idea on a recurve. Thanks for sharing, I have been thinking about a polaris now I just might give it a try.
For a beginning archer, the Polaris is very comfortable for at least an hour of shooting, which is really all you should try until you build up your arm muscles for archery. No finger pinch that I am aware of. The Sage limbs (black) will fit on a Polaris riser. We use Polaris as our trainer / beginner’s bows at the club.
IMO, the fiberglass ones are good enough, and we use them as loaners for newcomers because they’re good enough to shoot with and pretty near indestructible as far a bows go, but if you have the money I’d go with the Samick because it will serve you better for a longer time, and if you work past its weight, you can buy new limbs to up the poundage without buying a completely new bow.