I’ve had the chance to shoot a lot of starter bows now. And even one fancy Olympic Recurve. This blog isn’t really about gear reviews. But I want to review the equipment that we use as an archery family. So I decided to start with my own bow.
Let’s get a few things straight right out of the box. Let’s talk about what the Samick is not.
The Samick Polaris is not an Olympic Recurve bow. Yes, it has spaces drilled in the riser for a plunger, sight, and stabilizers. But I haven’t found a plunger yet that will work because of the thickness of the wooden riser. Other Samick owners have told me the same thing. It is not an ILF bow, so you can only use limbs specifically made by Samick for the Polaris. Luckily, these are easy to get and relatively inexpensive at the moment, but you can’t upgrade to a better quality limb or one from a different manufacturer.
Now let’s talk about what the Samick Polaris is.
It is a great beginner’s bow. At $125.00 or less on Lancaster Archery, the Polaris gives an entry level price with pretty exceptional quality. I’ve put thousands of arrows through my bow, off the string it came with no less, and the only thing I added to it was a $2 plastic arrow rest.
It is a bow you’ll find reasons to keep using even after you’ve moved on to upgraded, discipline specific equipment. The wooden riser is beautiful and well made. Though thick compared with some, the riser for my 62″ bow fits my admittedly small hand very well. In fact, I do better bow hand positioning with this bow than I do with others that have slimmer grips.
It is a youth bow. Starting at a 48″ AMO – you can easily find a size for almost any youth. My ten year old can handle, but not draw, my 62″ 29# Samick just fine. The draw weight is just a little heavy for him. But the Polaris goes down to 15#, so you can put together a youth suited bow easily.
It is also an adult bow. Going up to 40# (66″ only), adults won’t have any problem finding a length and draw weight to suit them. The Man has much larger hands than I do. Let’s just say my hands look like a child’s compared to his, but he says the grip is comfortable for him as well. He has a draw length of something like 30 inches, while mine is about 26″, yet we are both comfortable with this bow. He’d like a heavier draw weight, but is comfortable shooting my 29#.
The Polaris is made to be shot indoors and out, and it’s incredibly stable. When I upgrade to an Olympic Recurve, my Polaris will become my field bow. Right now I shoot it at indoor target competitions and it is my regular practice bow. It’s pretty versatile and allows beginners to explore different archery disciplines without needing to change equipment. Adding a weight to the front increases stability and is really easy to do.
I think this is a pretty great bow for shooting bare bow. You don’t need to add anything to it to be accurate. With good form I shot more than one 10 at the last local indoor tournament. I do not shoot with a sight or stabilizers.
The Samick Polaris gets a hearty recommendation from me for entry into the sport of archery and continued relevance as an archer grows in their sport.