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Bearpaw Hopi Recurve review
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The Hopi is the perfect bow for those taking their first steps in archery. This powerful hunting one piece recurve really impresses with its great looks. Being a compact bow of 60� it offers an excellent shooting �feel� right out to its maximum draw length of 32�. Together with our manufacturer we were able to include many of the great features of our "Bodnik Bows" in this bow despite the lower price range.
�A lot of bow for very little outlay�
The Hopi is the second in a series of Bearpaw bows being produced in China . It is designed in Europe and made in China to Bearpaw's specifications . It is not meant to compete with the Bodnik bows made at Bearpaw, in Europe , it is intended as an economical introductory bow to attract beginning archers, and those on limited budgets.
We often think that "made in China" is a bad thing, however we see many good products made in China when the company ordering them asks for good quality, instead of how cheap can you make this . China is more than willing to accommodate you in cheap or quality, and Bearpaw has chosen quality as a priority. This is not to say that the Mohican or Hopi are a high end bow, it isn't supposed to be, what they are supposed to be is a good shooting reliable bow at a budget price . The Hopi is all of that, as well as being a very pleasant shooting bow.
I was quite surprised when I unwrapped the Hopi . I liked it from the first look at it. It does not look like a starter bow, it does not feel like a starter bow and it certainly does not shoot like a starter bow. I am impressed with it .
The workmanship is far better than I expected to see , proving that when you ask the Chinese company's for quality ahead of price you can get quality . The Hopi is a light weight to carry recurve that looks great. The glue lines are tight, the glass is crystal clear and the workmanship reflects that of a quality bow from tip to tip. The limbs are maple under clear glass with phenolic reinforced tips that will handle any modern string material . It did surprise me not to see bamboo limbs coming from China , but maple has long proven itself as one of the superior limb core materials .
The Hopi comes with a Bearpaw Whisper string, noc set, and shelf material. All you will need is a set of silencers and arrows. The arrow shelf has a good radius making it east to tune. and the grip is comfortable, with a moderate palm swell. I do prefer smaller grips om my bows, but that is just my personal choice . Shooting the Hopi I did not have any difficulty adjusting to the grip, and realy did not notice that it is larger than I usually ask for.
The Hopi is a good performing bow, that is vibration free , very quiet, and easy to like and light as a feather for those long walks I like to take .
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Normally by now I will have found a couple things I suggest could be improved on, but the Hopi is a bow that I think is just fine the way it is. It doesn't need improvements and I do not have any suggestions that I think would make it any better . It may be produced in China to save some costs, but it is not cheaply made, it is built to Bearpaw / Bodnik standards .
There is realy not a thing to not like about the Hopi recurve. It will cost you a lot more for the same quality in another bow . I am very impressed with this little bow, and look forward to shooting it a lot more.
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