DO ALL BOWHUNTERS LOVE PARALLEL LIMB BOWS?
Certainly not! PLB’s don’t appeal to everyone, as they have a few drawbacks of their own. While the generation-x buyers tend to love the radical batwing shape of parallel limb bows, we hear a number of more traditional buyers comment that parallel limb bows are “ugly”. And perhaps it’s a fair criticism. For those who appreciate the sleek lines and traditional appearance of a bow, the parallel limb bow is no beauty queen. But the criticisms aren’t just about appearance (although we hear PLB’s have nice personalities). PLB’S PRESENT EXTRA BOW MASS As we mentioned earlier, parallel limb bows start with a very long riser. Since most of the bow’s weight is in the riser, the parallel limb bow is typically 1/2 pound heavier than standard D-shaped bows. In 2001, the average compound bow weighed just 3.6 lbs. Today, that average is well over 4 lbs. You may in fact notice that the term “lightweight” has largely disappeared from bow advertising. The dilemma is balancing weight against structural