If you’re looking for a well-priced, no-nonsense, entry-level compound bow, then the Bear Pledge compound bow should be on your list. It has enough quality to see you well into advanced levels of archery (even hunting, if you so desire).
The Bear Pledge really carves out a niche in the market because of its overall accessibility.
It comes in at a much lower price than most other compound bows, and while it’s designed to be easy for beginners to use, it can perform as well as higher-end models with the right adjustments.
After all its a compound bow by Bear Archery!
We’ll dive into the full Bear Pledge Compound Bow review in the paragraphs below.
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Bear Pledge Buying Guide
As we were writing this Bear Pledge review, our first impression of the bow was its minimalistic appeal. It’s not the strongest or fastest bow out there – not by a long shot – but it gives you everything you need to step into the world of compound archery with style.
Since it’s adjustable down to 40 pounds or 21 inches, just about anyone can operate this bow, including teens and children.
Additionally, this compound bow is the full package. Since it came with sights and rest included, you could use it basically out of the box (though we recommend adjusting and sighting it in first, of course).
Pros & Cons
- Excellent overall entry-level package
- Ready to use right out of the box
- Adjustable without a press – all you need is an Allen wrench
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Comes in two colors
- Excellent customer service from Bear
- No longer in production, so it may be challenging to find and purchase
- Accessories can be temperamental
The sight and rest were both entry-level, so you may want to upgrade them as you gain experience, but not needing to purchase them right off the bat is advantageous (read.. Best Compound Bow Sights).
Another of our first impressions was the pleasing weight and appearance of the bow. Not only does it come in camo as well as black, but it’s easy to handle, too.
All in all, it’s an excellent choice for both novices and those needing a light, easy-to-operate bow.
Bear Pledge Specifications
- Draw weight: 40-70 lbs
- Let-off: 70%
- Brace height: 7.125″
- Axle-to-axle: 31.5”
- Draw length: 21″-31″
- Weight: 4.25 lbs
- FPS: up to 300
The Switchback was and still is appraised for its single cam. Plenty of reviews are explaining how surprisingly smooth this rig is.
Design and Performance
The Bear Pledge performs very well overall, especially for an all-in-one starter bow. It performs even better with the addition of a better sight and rest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eke some impressive accuracy out of the stock accessories.
300 FPS is more than enough to succeed at archery and do some good bowhunting. This bow is simple, and while some might say it lacks some of the modern features of the newest compound bows, that makes it even better for beginners.
This bow excels in several specific areas of the market: those just getting into (or back into) archery, teens and children looking to upgrade to a compound bow, and female archers.
This bow is ideal for all three of the above demographics because of that simplicity and ease of use.
Of course, anyone who wants a lighter, easier-to-use bow could benefit from the Bear Pledge. A lightweight bow is often ideal if you plan to carry the bow on a long day of hiking through the woods.
Additionally, although the bow is lightweight, it remains durable enough to withstand an accidental drop.
The overall quality of the Bear Pledge is surprisingly good for an entry-level bow. It’s sturdy and easy to adjust, and while it doesn’t boast the top specs or accessories you can buy today, it’s more than enough to get the job done (read.. Bear Cruzer G2 Review).
For such a reasonable price, you wouldn’t expect to have the best specs anyway.
The accessories that came with this compound bow were slightly lower quality than the bow itself (I feel that’s the case with almost all packages).
While they are more than sufficient for a beginner archer, they might feel disappointing for an experienced shooter.
However, the bow itself’s quality impressive, meaning it’s still an excellent choice for the budget-conscious buyer, the novice, or those needing an easier bow to handle (read.. Bear Divergent Bow).
While it doesn’t stand out much from the competition initially, it has a lot going for when you consider its specific niche.
Some of the things you can count on getting out of this bow are performance, accessibility, ease of use, dependability, and precision.
The bow itself is impressive and well-made, even if the accessories might let down more experienced users.
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While it might not be the be-all and the end-all of compound bows, it certainly does what it sets out to do well: provide an impressive offering of accessibility and performance for an easy-to-swallow price.
That is, if you can get your hands on it!