Bear Archery Species Bow Review

PSE Surge

9.4

Design & Construction

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Versatility

9.5/10

Value for Money

10.0/10

User Satisfaction

9.5/10

Bear Archery puts out new bows all the time, and the Bear Archery Species is one of the best to come throughout the years. The Bear Archery Species was built for a more lightweight and speedy compound bow. This is a timeless, go to compound bow that is sure to please many archers.

Specs

The Bear Archery Species is 31 inches axle to axle. It weighs 4.3 lbs, but it’s a big bow giving it’s axle to axle.

The draw length options range from 23 inches to 30 inches, so there’s a lot of room for adjustment there. Draw weights for the Bear Archery Species come in 45-60, 55-70 lbs for max draw weight. They can be adjusted down from the max.

Specifications
Draw Length23-30″
Draw Weight 45-60, 55-70lbs
Brace Height6-3/4″
Let Off80%
Speed320FPS
Weight4.3lbs
Axle Length31″

Performance

The Bear Archery Species catches speeds up to 320 FPS, which is pretty solid for a single cam.

The Bear Archery Species is a powerful enough bow to hunt with. On higher poundage on your draw weight, you should be able to take down solid sized game. To keep a kill humane, it is highly recommended you shoot towards the top of your peak draw weight. Of course, the exact weight for a kill also depends on many things such as arrows and the weather.

Bear Archery Species boasts about how the Surge is as smooth as silk.

Versatility

Keep in mind that your compound bow will adjust to 30 lbs below the peak when you determine the range that you want. The 12 turn adjustments are awesome and make this one of the most versatile bows for a solid hunting compound bow.

While the Bear Archery Species comes fully loaded and ready to shoot as is, there are also enough mounting holes for most universally fitting upgrades.

The Bear Archery Species comes in both left and right-handed varieties, as well as three color options.

Value

At a mid-range price, the Bear Archery Species is a great deal! The package comes fully loaded and ready to shoot. Of course, like any bow, there will eventually be upgrades, but it will be a while with the Bear Archery Species.

Right out of the box, the Bear Archery Species is already set up, saving you the time and money of having to take it to an archery shop. You have everything you need, nock loop, 3 pin sight, whisker biscuit, and even a quiver to name a few!

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What do we like?

Usually, by the time we hit a combination of power and speed like the Bear Archery Species, the draw weights are crazy high. If you are transitioning from those 15-30 lb compound bows but aren’t quite ready for a full on 70 lbs, this is the perfect bow for you.

Bear Archery itself is a well loved and extremely popular brand. We were super excited to see that they had upgraded one of their best sellers into something even more beautiful.

The fact that the Bear Archery Species comes fully loaded is really awesome. Most bows in this price range come a little more bare because archers often already have their favorite accessories.

What don’t we like?

If you are on the new side to the sport and don’t know your weights, you do need to be careful to get the right one. It’s great that there are three options for the peak draw weight, but once you choose there’s no going back without completely buying a new bow. Still, a 30 lb range is very flexible.

On the same note, if you already have your favorite set of accessories, then it wouldn’t be as helpful to get a fully loaded bow. Maybe you’ll like the new stuff, maybe you’ll miss what you know. It’s worth giving it a shot.

Bottom line?

Bear Archery Species has outdone themselves with a great bow using their best parts.

It’s overall a great bang for the buck with a fully loaded compound bow package that can be upgraded as needed.

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If you think that this is not the right compound bow for you, read our best compound bows review page.