The Details You Need To Know About Your Bowstring

The Details You Need To Know About Your Bowstring

The bowstring is one of the most essential parts of your entire archery set. However, most of us tend to put the bowstring on the back burner when considering everything else about the bow and arrow. Considering how important it is to the success of your archery, it shouldn’t be. Like everything else concerning your archery set, being able to find the best bow string is very important. And, as you would expect, several pointers can help you out.

A Quick Introduction To The Bowstring

The name pretty much says it all - your bowstring is that part of the bow that houses the arrow and helps you fire. Essentially, if your entire bow were a car, the bow string would be the tires. 

The best bow string will help you easily transfer energy from your arm to the bow, thus providing a good platform for the arrow’s release. So, it's pretty obvious that the bow string is a very critical tool.

Historically, bowstrings were made of materials like plant fibers, sinew, and animal hides. However, times have changed, and we now see bow strings being made of more advanced fibers and synthetic materials. 

Generally, a bowstring can come in different forms. But, the most popular include: 

  • Flemish twist strings

  • Endless loop strings

  • Compound bow string 

Categories of Bowstrings 

Archery bow strings usually come in two major categories, depending on the types of bows that we have.  These are:

Compound Bowstrings 

Compound bows are among the most popular in the market, and they have bowstrings that work specifically for them. 

Given the complexity of compound bows, it is very important to get strings made of high-quality materials for them. Also, you want to carefully identify the bowstring and cable length when shopping for a compound bowstring. Most compound bows come with these specifications written down, or you should be able to find them in the owner’s manual. 

Recurve Bowstrings 

Recurve bows and compound bows are different on several fronts. So, it should come as no surprise that recurve bowstrings would differ from compound bowstrings. 

For most recurve bows, you can find two types of strings - the Flemish twist and the endless loop strings. A Flemish twist has braided loops on each end, giving it an alluring and simple look. On the other hand, the endless loop bowstring has loops formed by wrapping a serving material around the bow string. They are constructed to be more precise than Flemish twist bowstrings, and most professional archers prefer them. 

In terms of materials, recurve bowstrings are usually made of one or more of the following options: 

  • Dacron: Dacron is a polyester material  known for its strength, high-stretch and longevity. It is especially great for wooden bows and recurve bows. 

  • Kevlar and Vectran: These materials are also polymers. They come with limited stretch, so they tend to be much faster than Dacron strings. The only problem is that they don’t tend to last very long.

  • High-Modulus Polyethylene (HMPE): HMPE comes as a blend of Dyneema and Spectra. It is the premium option for most archers, combining speed and a lightweight build with optimal strength. If you want a high-quality recurve bow string, HMPE is an excellent material to go for. 

How To Use Recurve Bowstrings

To string a recurve bow, all you have to do is follow these steps: 

  • Purchase the best recurve bowstring you can find

  • Place the string over the bow tips 

  • Fit the stringer pocket over the lower limb tip

  • Place the small pocket on the upper limb

  • Hold the bow in a horizontal fashion 

  • Step on the bow stringer and draw the bow up 

  • Slide the large loop on the notch and secure the fitting 

  • Lower the bow slowly and remove the bow stringer

  • Adjust the bow and brace height 

  • You are good to go

What To Look Out For In A Bowstring 

Primarily, you need to consider the following when selecting your bowstring: 

  • Weight: The best bowstrings are very light so that you can conserve energy 

  • Strength: You want a bowstring that can hold your weight and easily transfer energy

  • Abrasion resistance: For long-lasting use, abrasion resistance is also key. This is one area where our recurve bowstring has an advantage.

  • Moisture resistance: This way, you know the bowstring will also work in wet conditions. 

Bowstring Wax - Another Critical Factor

Not many archers get so involved in the details, but one thing you should always consider is the bowstring wax.

Over time, your bowstring will start to fray due to extended use. The bowstring wax is a simple material that helps delay the fraying process, thus extending the string’s lifespan. Using bowstring wax on your strings is very important, and there are different wax options for you: 

  • Beeswax: This wax option is best for traditional bow strings made from animal and plant materials.

  • Silicone wax: The silicone wax works more for modern bow strings. Some of the best bowstrings already come pre-waxed. But, this factory-made waxing eventually wears off. With silicone wax, you can easily lubricate your modern bow string and extend its lifespan. 

Maintaining Your Bow String 

Given the importance of your bowstring, it is important to know how to maintain it. With that in mind, here are a few things you want to do to ensure that your bowstring remains in top condition: 

  • Routine waxing is incredibly important if you hope to maintain your bowstring 

  • Remember not to over-wax the bowstring. Just put enough wax to lubricate the material 

Waxing is quite easy. All you have to do is rub some bowstring wax back and forth on the string using your fingers until the string is soaked. This allows the wax to penetrate the material and permeate all of its strands. 

Whatever you do choose, remember to also take care of your bowstring properly. You’re only as good an archer as the archery materials you have, and the bowstring is undoubtedly one of the most important. 

This is why it is important to find the best bow string available as an archer. Fortunately, we have you covered at Legend Archery. Check out our Propel ™ B-55 bow string trusted by professionals, athletes and hunters to deliver a great shot every time.