3 Best Bang For Your Buck Compound Bows of 2018

Well, it’s the new year and the new 2018 compound bow models are being released to the general public. Every year, bow technology gets better and better allowing for lighter, quieter bows.

The cost of compound bows have went up considerably over the past 10 years. They can run you well over $1000 today. Though they are worth it, many people can’t afford to put out that type of cash for a compound bow (including myself).  Today, we are going to cover the best bang for your buck compound bows of 2018. We will cover the top bows of 2018 in another post soon. So without wasting any time, let’s get started.

PSE Stinger X (Best Bang For Your Buck Compound Bow)

PSE Stinger X Review

The PSE Stinger X is a good choice if you are looking to keep the price down but get a top quality compound bow at the same time. Coming from PSE, you can feel confident in the quality of a brand that has been around since the beginning.

Made from machined aluminum, this bow is light and versatile with your needs. The riser has a 32.5 inch axle to axle length in conjunction with PSE’s pre-loaded quad-limb design signature X-Tech which does a great job of silencing the recoil while also working to eliminate the pesky cam lean.

This bow comes with four different package options, in many different color options and two draw weight options.

PSE Stinger X Options

  • Handed: Left and Right hand options
  • Draw Weight: 70 or 55 pounds
  • Colors: Kryptek Highlander, Mossy Oak, Charcoal, Purple, Muddy Girl, White, Black, Lime Green
  • Buying Options: Bow only, Ready to shoot (basics), Field Ready (comes with everything)

PSE Stinger X Stats

  • Brace Height: 7 1/8th
  • Draw Weight: 55 or 70 pounds
  • Axle-Axle: 32.5″
  • Speed: 316 to 308 Feet Per Second
  • Let-off: 75%
  • Weight: 3.8LBS
  • Length of Draw: 21″-30″
  • Limb Turns: up to 15

Final Thoughts

The PSE Stinger X may be the best compound bow for the money. If you have all the accessories getting the bow only is very cost efficient. The price can double if you want it field ready.

Bear Wild

Bear Wild Review

The 2018 Bear Wild Compound Bow is the next one on our list. Bear is known to have compound bows in all price ranges. But the Bear Wild is no slacker. In fact, I would just about put it up there with the PSE. Being about $100 more expensive, the Bear Wild comes with some accessories that some others don’t. However, it does lack some of the customization that you can get from the PSE Stinger X.

Bear Wild Bow Option

  • This is a ready to hunt bow package
  • Handed: Right and Left handed options availible
  •  Sight: Trophy Ridge 3-pin
  • Arrowrest: Whisker Biscuit
  • Quiver: Trophy Ridge 5-arrow
  • Stabilizer: Trophy Ridge
  • Sling
  • Peep sight
  • Nock Loop

Bear Wild Bow Stats

  • Brace Height: 6 1/4″
  • Axle-Axle: 32 1/4″
  • Speed: 310 FPS
  • Letoff: 80%
  • Weight: 4 LBS
  • Draw Length: 24″-31″ (adjustable)

Final Thoughts

The Bear Wild compound bow is a good bow. The options are lacking but comes with everything needed besides arrows. This would be a good choice for someone who doesn’t want to spend a bunch of money and wants everything ready to go out of the box. You can’t go wrong with this choice.

Diamond Infinite Edge Pro

Diamond Infinite Edge Pro Review

Diamond Infinite Edge Pro sports more of a traditional style compound bow look. Don’t let the look fool you. It is made of machined aluminum keeping the weight down but still giving it solid action. The 2018 Diamond Infinite Edge Pro has some pretty big redesigns from older models. The draw length has been extended, the cam system has been redesigned, added a solid back wall and added a stabilizer.

Diamond Infinite Edge Pro Options

  • Colors: Black, Mossy Oak and Pink Blaze
  • Comes ready to hunt
  • Sight: Apex 3-Pin
  • Arrow Rest: Hostage
  • Quiver: Octane
  • Tube peep sight
  • String loop

Diamond Infinite Stats

  • Brace Height: 7″
  • Axle-Axle: 31.5″
  • Speed: 310
  • Letoff: 80%
  • Weight: 3.2lbs
  • Draw Weight: 5-70 lbs (yes, good as a beginners bow for younger kids up to advanced)
  • Draw Length: 13″31″

Final Thoughts

Being priced just above the Bear Wild, the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro is worth every penny. It is a step up from the Bear and is versatile so it can grow with the hunter. The Diamond Infinite Edge Pro would be a great fit for someone small, a teenager that is still growing and smaller ladies that may need to drop the draw length/weight lower than usual.

Conclusion

So, when looking at all of the compound bow choices out there, the most import things to consider are: arrow speed, axle-axle length, limb construction total weight and cam system. Most companies come up with their own cam systems. Just because they look aggressive doesn’t mean they are better. This affects arrow speed and smoothness which cuts down on recoil noise.

By looking at all of the above factors, you will be able to find a list of the best compound bows you will love and that will last you years to come. With that being said, the above three bows are some of the best choices and gets our notation for best bang for your buck compound bows of 2018.

What Do You Need to Look for in an Off Grid Boondocking RV

off grid rv

While some types of RVs are more off grid friendly for boondocking than others, there are a few features that need to be considered when RV shopping, if your goal is to camp off grid. While a 4×4 truck camper has a higher clearance and better off road ability, a Class A will have larger fresh, grey and black tanks, as well as a bigger refrigerator, allowing for a longer stay. What you ultimately choose is up to you, but here are five things to keep in mind for a boondocking RV.

Ground Clearance

While many camping areas are accessible by almost any RV, the more ground clearance you have, the more options you will have in off grid locations. A good ground clearance can get you to the more isolated areas, and down rutted dirt roads. If going far off the main road is your goal, then a 4×4 truck camper or a light weight pop-up camper, with a high clearance would be the best choice.

Fresh & Gray Water Capacity

We each need approximately 3 gallons a day to drink, cook and bathe. When you run out of fresh water, it will be time to break camp, and go for more. Therefore, a large capacity fresh water tank is essential. Anything less than 60 gallons will be too small for a couple. *Note: Some RV manufacturers may include the water heater capacity in the total fresh water capacity, so make sure you know the real fresh water tank capacity.
You also need to be concerned with the gray water holding tank. While there are ways to minimize waste water, and legal ways to dispose of it, a large capacity gray tank is desireable, and something important to consider when choosing your RV for boondocking.
You may be asking, what about the black tank? Running out of fresh water or filling your gray tank to capacity will happen before your black tank needs dumping. *Note: You can also extend the capacity of your gray tank, by bailing dish water into the black tank.

A Generator

Many RVs, especially Class A, B and C motorhomes, have built in generators, but many don’t, such as travel trailers and 5th Wheels. If you want a trailer or 5th, consider how you might transport and store a heavy generator; you can store and transport the generator in the bed of your pickup, or if you buy a motorhome or truck camper that does not have a built in generator, on a bumper rack. And remember, you don’t want to store or operate a generator in a compartment that is not air tight from the living area of the RV.

Solar Power

Many newer RVs will come pre-wired for solar panels, making it easier to install the panels. If you are shopping for a used RV, one that already has solar installed would be preferable.
Those who are full time boondockers have at least 300-400W of solar, so take a look on the roof, to see if there is room for the panels. Portable suitcase style solar panels are an option, but you’ll need room to store them, and under certain circumstances, you may not want to leave them out where they can be stolen.

Room for Extra Batteries

Conserving your battery power is essential when boondocking. While you can survive with just one battery, you will last longer with a larger battery bank. A minimum of two quality deep-cycle batteries is recommended. Make sure the RV you are looking at has a rack designed to hold two batteries, and possibly a solid storage compartment to add more (batteries can weigh 70-80 lbs, each).