Genesis Compound Bow Review
Genesis Compound Bow Specifications – Visit our Compound Bow Guide for details on these terms
|Product||Price||Draw Length||Brace Height||Draw Weight||Bow Length||Mass Weight||IBO Speed||Let-Off|
|Original||Check Price||15-30″||7 5/8″||10-20lbs||35 1/2″||3.5lbs||n/a*||0%|
|Mini||Check Price||14-25″||6 1/8″||6-12lbs||29 1/2″||2.0lbs||n/a*||0%|
|Pro||Check Price||15-30″||7 5/8″||15-25lbs||35 1/2″||3.5lbs||n/a*||0%|
|Gen-X||Check Price||21-30″||7 5/8″||25-40lbs||35 1/2″||3.4lbs||n/a*||0%|
* IBO speeds have not been published for the Genesis series of bows as IBO speeds are based on a standardized draw weight of 70lbs, which is not applicable for these bows.
Original – green, purple, blue, yellow, camo, black and red, red, pink, carbon, orange, pink camo white camo
Mini – black and red, blue, camo, red, pink, pink camo, white camo
Pro – black and chrome, black and red, camo, pink camo, white camo
Gen-X – white camo, red, pink camo, pink, green, camo, blue, black
The Genesis Compound Bow is one of the first bows to be designed for use by almost anyone, particularly children and youths, which has helped boost interest in the sport of archery. Whilst it is greater for younger archers, it is also a perfect way for beginners and even intermediate archers of all ages to get involved with a compound bow.
Genesis is actually a family of bows, coming in four designs; mini genesis, original genesis, genesis pro and Gen-X.
The Original Genesis Bow is the official bow of the National Archery in Schools Program and is immensely popular today with over 11 million students.
The bows are affordable and attractive with all models available in a range of colors.
The difference between the four options mainly comes down to the adjustable draw weight and draw length, making each one suitable for a different size of archer.
The mini genesis is specially designed for smaller archers such as pre-schoolers (even as young as 3 years old). Most users of the mini genesis find that it is suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years depending on the size and strength of the child.
The Pro version is about $20 more expensive and allows for slightly higher draw weight, and comes with a draw stop feature that ensures the archer draws the exact same distance each time (allowing for greater consistency in shots).
Athletic High School Seniors, Young Adults or pretty much anyone else in the world with adult muscles would be best served by the Genesis Gen-X.
The Genesis family of bows have a zero let-off system with light draw weights which means that a single Genesis bow can be used by all family members from a child to an adult male.
Without a let off system, the Genesis actually feels similar to a recurve bow when drawing and does not need to be individually tailored to each user. This feature makes it perfect for people just starting to experiment with archery, and it’s no surprise that it was chosen as the official bow for the Archery in Schools program.
Don’t let the lack of a let-off deter you from this bow, as it simply isn’t required for these lower draw weights and can even be a hindrance. (This can happen when the let-off weight is too low to quickly pull the string from your fingers on release)
All bows in the Genesis family are available in both left and right hand configurations.
It should be noted that this bow is mainly designed for target archery (due to the limited draw weights) and is not recommended for hunting purposes.
Materials & Construction
The bow itself is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum (the same used on bicycle frames) with the riser engineered to provide excellent balance while being durable and very light weight.
The weight of the bow is extremely important when teaching youngsters’ archery, as a bow that is too heavy will impede some students which often leads to discouragement and lack of interest in the sport. Equally as important, the solid aluminum construction of the Genesis bows mean that they are quite durable which is important when dealing with children and beginners, because you shouldn’t end up needing expensive repairs.
Whilst we always recommend never firing a bow without an arrow, the strong construction and lower draw weights on the Genesis bows means that they are one of the bows most likely to survive such treatment.
Some of the key features highlighted by the manufacturer are a machined Genesis Procam and machined idler wheel, composite limb design, Teflon coated stainless steel cable guard, molded competition grip, lower mounted stainless steel cable guard, cable slide, and flipper style arrow rest.
The bow does not come with a sight included, however the riser has been machined to allow for a variety of accessories to be attached. The position of the sight is not adjustable which has been a minor issue for some shooters.
We personally recommended investing in a whisker biscuit rest to hold the arrow securely in position whilst the archer is drawing. Children and some adult beginners who are not familiar with archery can be impatient and become frustrated if the arrow keeps moving or falling off its rest.
The Genesis bows all use a single cam system which eliminates most potential tuning issues, and allows for a quieter shot.
Interestingly, some people have reported that the 20 lbs Genesis bow has the comparable energy release of a 35 lbs recurve bow – although this could be related to their love of the Genesis bow rather than actual performance.
When it comes to adjusting the bow for draw weight, this is very easily done by adjusting some special bolts that attach the bow limbs to the riser with a 3/16th Allen wrench (included with the bow). Turning the bolts clockwise will increase the draw weight by a pound and a half for each full revolution.
When buying your Genesis Bow, each model can also be bought as a kit which should be should be considered if you are just starting out. Most of the kits come with a belt tube quiver, adjustable arm guard and five aluminum arrows so you can get started straight away.
The kit for the Gen-X model is somewhat more comprehensive, including the whisker biscuit arrow rest, a 3-pin fiber optic sight, and 4 carbon arrows instead of aluminum.
When you receive your bow it will come fully assembled which means you can head straight out and enjoy your purchase.
The Genesis compound bows are very popular designs which cover all draw lengths and are usable by archers of differing ages, strengths and experience levels. Considering the bow’s flexibility, its affordability, and great durability, we highly recommended this bow for children & youths, or archers of any age who wish to try out a compound bow without committing to the cost of a more upmarket model.
The sheer popularity of this bow for the Archery in Schools program also means that it is good at retaining it resale value, just in case you or your child decides not to stick with the sport.
Remember though, that this bow was not primarily designed for hunting but rather for target shooting.
|Value for money
Can be used by almost anyone
Good Resale Value
|Limited Draw Weights|