SAS Spirit Bows Reviewed: 3 Great Bows for Beginner and Young Archers

SAS Spirit Junior 54” Youth Recurve Bow Review

Southland Archery Supply is a young company that seems intent on offering archers fantastic bows at fair prices.

They have a few high-end bows but most of their products are quite affordable and well-made too.

The SAS Spirit bows are the perfect choice for a family of archers.

The SAS Spirit bows are the perfect choice for a family of archers. These takedown recurve bows are meant for beginners and young shooters. Since they are inexpensive, you can buy several without breaking the bank.

If you do not have a family, or you are the only one in your family interested in archery, a SAS Spirit bow will make a nice addition to your collection.

There are three SAS Spirit versions; SAS Spirit 62” Youth, SAS Spirit 66” Beginner Bow and SAS Spirit Junior 54” Youth Bow.

All of them are similar in a number of ways and cost about the same—except maybe the Junior bow.

The 62” Youth and the 66” are best suited for beginners who have a longer draw length but cannot handle a higher draw weight. The Junior Youth bow, on the other hand, is for kids. Its draw weight range begins at 12 lbs; which is a comfortable starting point for your young champion.

SAS Spirit Recurve Bows Compared

SAS Spirit Bows
Length
Draw Weight
Hand
My rating
SAS Spirit 62″ Take Down Recurve Bow
62″
18-36 lbs
left/right
4.0
SAS Spirit 66″ Takedown Recurve Bow
66″
20-34 Lbs
left/right
4.3
SAS Spirit 54″ Recurve Bow
54″
12-22lbs
left/right
4.5

SAS Spirit Takedown Bow Reviews

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SAS Spirit 62" Youth Takedown Recurve Bow

Southland Archery Supply Spirit 62

The Spirit 62” comes in two colors; black and white. This is the color of limbs. The riser looks the same. This bow is recommended for shooters who are 5’7 or taller. A shorter person can use it but if you are short and think it is a little intimidating, check the Junior bow; it is just as good.  The Spirit 62″ is the ultimate beginner bow for a number of reasons. First, it is affordable. When starting out, you need to start out with pocket-friendly equipment as you learn more about the activity. You can buy the high-end stuff as you advance. Second, the draw weight is favorable for a newbie; it ranges from 18 lbs to 34 lbs. Thirdly, at 3 pounds, you will not experience fatigue or cramping from all the practice you will be doing.

The riser is made from a combination of three types of wood; gmelina arborea, chuglam, and beech. The result is a beautiful look and outstanding durability. The SAS Spirit 62” comes with both left hand and right hand risers; be keen to order the right one for your hand orientation. The limbs are made of strong fiberglass and maple laminations. They are both durable and flexible. The SAS Spirit 62” package includes a riser, pair of limbs, 14-strand Dacron string, manual and a warranty card. It does not come with a bow stringer so you have to buy one. Stringing your bow without one is unsafe. Accessories are also not included but at least it has preinstalled bushings in case you buy accessories yourself.

Features and Specifications

  • Comes in two colors; black and white
  • Wide range of draw weights (18 lbs to 36 lbs)
  • Riser is made from a combination of three types of woods
  • Limbs are made of strong fiberglass and maple laminations
  • Takedown feature, limbs can be interchanged
  • Has both right and left hand risers
  • Package includes a riser, pair of limbs, bowstring and a manual
  • Comes with a three-year warranty
  • Recommended for shooters 5’7 and taller
  • Preinstalled bushings allow for accessory upgrades
  • Weighs 3 pounds
  • Bow length: 62”

Pros & Cons

  • Limbs can be interchanged
  • Super lightweight
  • Flexible and durable
  • Features preinstalled bushings
  • Has a wide range of draw weights
  • Two colors to choose from
  • Affordable
  • Three-year manufacturer warranty
  • Does not come with a stringer tool
  • Might be too long for archers shorter than 5’7
  • Not compatible with Flemish and FastFlight strings

Customer Feedback

Shooters say that the bow is beautifully crafted and looks decent. The assembly is not difficult—most archers, even beginners, had it ready in no time. It is simple to use and draws well.

Many users were actually surprised by the quality given the price of the SAS Spirit 62” recurve bow.

The grip is comfortable. As far as installing accessories is concerned, most customers were able to do it smoothly.

The main complaint is that this bow does not come with an arrow rest and a bow stringer; otherwise, users agree that it is a nice piece of equipment. They do not regret buying it.

SAS Spirit 66" Beginner Recurve Bow Review

SAS Spirit 66 Beginner Takedown Recurve Bow

The Spirit 66” Beginner, just as the name suggests, is designed for newbie archers. Its design is artistic. The riser is made of three types of wood; chuglam, beech and gmelina arborea. This combination gives the riser a pale yellowish-cream color and a durability that cannot be compromised. The fiberglass limbs are made of maple laminations and look awesome too. You can choose between white and black limbs. This design and materials ensure flexibility and durability at the same time. They also make the bow very light and easy to handle.

Because of the bow length, experts recommend this bow for shooters who are 6’ or taller. This does not completely lock out shorter archers; if you are short and you can comfortably shoot a 66″ bow, then go ahead and buy it. The SAS Spirit Beginner comes with both right-handed and left-handed risers for you to choose according to your hand orientation.

The main feature that makes this the perfect bow for beginners is the wide range of draw weights—starting down from 20 lbs to 36 lbs (in increments of 2 lbs). People who are starting out can barely handle higher draw weights. The best thing about the SAS Spirit 66” Beginner is that it is a takedown recurve bow. When you become experienced and ready for higher draw weights you do not have to buy another bow. Just get new limbs and you are good to go.

The SAS Spirit 66” Beginner package does not include any accessories such as an arrow rest, armguard and even a bow stringer. The most important one here that you will have to buy is the stringer. You need it to safely string your bow. However, the riser features threaded bushings for personal accessory upgrades.

Features and Specifications

  • Designed for newbie archers
  • Sleek and artistic look
  • Riser made of three kinds of woods
  • Fiberglass limbs made of maple laminations
  • Super flexible and durable
  • Takedown feature
  • Wide range of draw weights: 20 lbs to 36 lbs (2 lbs increment)
  • Has threaded bushings for accessory upgrades
  • Limb tips not reinforced; not compatible with Flemish and FastFlight strings
  • Available for both right-handed and left-handed shooters
  • Recommended for shooters 6’ and taller
  • Best for target shooting, not so much hunting
  • Bow length: 66”
  • Bow weight: 2.5 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • Comes in two colors
  • Very flexible
  • Impeccable durability
  • Ultra lightweight and portable
  • Allows for accessory upgrades
  • Easy assembly and disassembly
  • Takedown feature allows for interchanging of limbs
  • Affordable
  • Three-year manufacturer warranty
  • Does not come with a stringer and arrow rest
  • Might not be suitable for shooters shorter than 6’
  • You cannot use Flemish and FastFlight strings
  • Not great for hunting

Customer Feedback

Many of the people that bought this bow are beginners. They express their joy at being able to get such a quality bow at an affordable price. The setup and takedown are easy; the process is self-explanatory and you might not even need the manual. Once assembled, the SAS Spirit 66” Beginner is easy on the eyes.

One particular archer says that it “is gorgeous to look at”. The users notice that despite being lightweight, it is very sturdy and durable. Archers have confirmed that the grip is comfortable, fitting perfectly into their hands. It shoots amazingly and is not difficult to handle.

If you are shorter than 6” and are wondering, shorter archers have tried it and it worked great. The most important thing is figuring out your draw length first and maybe trying out a 66” bow before you buy.

All in all, users agree that this is an amazing bow, as long as you choose the right draw weight and hand orientation.

SAS Spirit Junior 54” Youth Recurve Bow

SAS Spirit Junior 54” Youth Recurve Bow Review

Although they are both beginner bows, the two bows reviewed above may not be ideal for kids because of their recommended heights. Children need shorter bows because of their shorter draw length. The SAS Spirit Junior is for the young champion in your life. Introduce them to archery by getting them an ideal-sized bow so they can cultivate good archery habits.

Just like the rest of the Spirit bows, this one has a riser made of three types of wood; gmelina arborea, chuglam, and beech. This combination ensures durability and gives the riser a sleek look. It only caters for right-handed shooters—there are no left-handed risers available. The fiberglass limbs are stylishly made of maple laminations. They are flexible and bend easily but are very hard to break. Unlike the other Spirit bows, the Junior bow only comes with white limbs.

The SAS Spirit Junior 54” package only includes a bow. It does not come with accessories or even an assembly manual. The assembly process is pretty easy. If you cannot figure it out, have someone help you lest you hurt yourself. There is a premium package available at a higher price. It contains everything you need for archery; a bow, SAS bow bag, arrow rest, bow stringer, arm guard, finger tab and a paper target. This bow features a range of draw weights, great for young archers and adult beginners; 12 lbs to 22 lbs (in increments of 2 lbs). Experts recommend this bow for target archery and shooters 5’4” or shorter. Of course, taller users can comfortably use it if their draw length allows.

Features and Specifications

  • Made specifically for kids but adults can use
  • Riser is made of three types of wood
  • Fiberglass limbs are made of maple laminations
  • Flexible and durable limbs
  • Caters for right-handed archers only
  • Limbs available in one color only; white
  • Does not come with accessories but a premium package is available
  • Range of draw weights: 12 lbs to 22 lbs (increments of 2 lbs)
  • Best suited for target archery
  • Recommended for archers 5’4 or shorter
  • Features threaded bushings for accessory upgrades
  • Bow length: 54”

Pros & Cons

  • Perfect for young archers
  • Optional premium package
  • Threaded bushings allow for accessory upgrades
  • Flexible yet durable
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Takedown feature lets you interchange limbs
  • Portable
  • Comes in a range of draw weights
  • Not available for left-handed shooters
  • Only one color of limbs to choose from
  • Does not include arrow rest, bow stringer and manual in standard package
  • Not suitable for hunting

Customer Feedback

Shooters say that assembly is simple, especially because it is a short bow. Total newbies, however, say that Southland archery should include a manual because the process is not self-explanatory to everyone. Most customers bought the SAS Spirit Junior 54” for their kids. They say that the young archers are having an amazing time shooting the bow. It is lightweight and smooth. Adults enjoyed using this bow as well.

This is a great starter bow for your kid because, as one buyer says, it will give them confidence. Besides, it is a takedown and you can upgrade it for them as they gain more experience.

Conclusion

The SAS Spirit bows are some of the best beginner recurve bows you will find. They cater for beginners of all sizes; from the very tall ones to the little ones.

The bows are affordable, which makes them more appealing. As you can see from the features and customer reviews, the SAS Spirit recurve bows are all very high-quality.

Some of the users have had them for years and they are still going strong even after countless archery sessions. Although they are beginner bows, you can upgrade them later on, thanks to the takedown feature. These bows are worth every dime.