We all lust over the new flagship bows that come out every year. How can you not? Unfortunately, these come with a price tag that might require a payment plan. Do you really need a bow that expensive? Let’s be honest, Native Americans brought down big game with a stick and sinew surely you can get the job done with a compound at a decent price right? Keep reading for a bow that is the perfect mixture of quality and price.
Quest Forge by G5 Outdoors
G5 Outdoors. Not only do they make awesome broadheads like the Montec, Deadmeat, and Striker but they also make amazing bows. I’m guessing you have heard of Prime bows but G5 also makes Quest bows at a cheaper price point. I feel “Cheap Hunting Bows” should be renamed “Value Hunting Bows” as cheap takes away from the quality in their bows. Shooting a Quest Forge for the past 2 years has given me plenty of time to form an opinion on how great these bows are and at a price point you can afford.
Brace Height: 7″
Draw Length: 25.5″ to 31″
Draw Weight: 40lbs to 70lbs
Colors: Black or Camo
What I Like
I have the mindset of “simple is best” and G5 nailed if with the Quest Forge. Their single Fluid cam design makes for a very smooth and comfortable draw cycle. Also, the single cam design means you don’t have to worry about cam timing issues and less maintenance all around. Less time you have to spend at the bow shop and more time in the field.
A solid back wall makes it easy for me to be comfortable at full draw. I’ve never felt that the shot is going to break prematurely or that spongie feeling you can get sometimes. Sturdy is maybe a better word to describe it. The grip is another area I like a lot. It is thin enough and angled just right to fit perfectly in your hand. Another thing I like about the grip is the texted wrap it is covered with. Keeps your hand warmer during cold weather and allows for a better grip when you are shooting in the summer or when the moment of truth presents itself and your hand get sweaty. It is the small simple details like this that really make this bow stand out.
Bow can be purchased as a package with their “DTH” (designed to hunt) model that includes quiver, sight, arrow rest, peep sight, stabilizer, and wrist sling. Head-Lock quiver holds 6 arrows and it easily detachable with the flip of a tab. It is a nice perk because I can connect it to my bow as I walk to my stand or still hunting through an area but also easily remove it once I get squared away in the tree. It hugs the bow very well and has a very low profile so it won’t get catch or grab vegetation or branches. I’ve sneaked through my fair share of honeysuckle or tall grass and it is never been an issue for me.
The wrist sling is another small perk I’ve been a fan of. Honestly at first I removed it and replaced it with my old para cord woven style wrist sling as I was more comfortable with it. Eventually I decided to give it a fair shake and have really grown to like it. It is maybe 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick and made of a type of spandex material I believe. Reminds me of the floating sunglasses strap material. It is very comfortable on your wrist and I forget it is there most of the time. The sight is nice in the sense of it is a no tool adjustment sight so it makes it very easy when sighting in your bow or anytime you need to make an adjustment. 1/4″ peep is a good size that offers a good sight picture.
All these accessories can be replaced with ease if you want to move up to say a drop away rest or single pin sight.
Check out this review from archery talk. They rank it as the best bow in their affordable bow review.
What Could Use Improvement
As with any bow or product for that matter there is always room for improvement. A couple things I was not a fan of but nothing major enough to tarnish my opinion were the arrow rest and light on the bow sight.
Arrow rest is a “Halo Rest” and holds the arrow in place with 3 flexible tabs. One at the bottom and the other two are on the left and right side. The reason I don’t like this set up is when an arrow is released it flexes up and down as it passes through the rest. Type in slow mo arrow release in YouTube and you will know what I mean.
Pretty cool to see regardless but anyway I feel that the 3 flexible tabs are a little to rigid and does not allow the arrow to flex fully as it passes through the rest. Again, nothing major and I do not have an example or data to prove this but I’d rather see a whisker biscuit instead for a rest. Also, you can knock the arrow off the rest if you hit a branch and have to set it back in place.
The light on the bow sight needs to be removed all together in my opinion. It never really worked properly for me. Would flicker on and off and had to get it just right. I did away with it because it is not legal to hunt in my state with a lighted sight but your still paying your hard-earned money and everything should work properly out of the box.
Wrapping It Up
Make no mistake. I think this will be money well spent. It has been a very reliable bow for me over the past 2 years and I have had it out in the rain, snow, mud, cold and dropped it a couple times as well. On Quest’s website they even named it “Old Reliable”. Also these bows are made here in the USA!
I want to reiterate that I would not view this as a cheap hunting bow as it provides great value for it is price point. As mentioned above I would call it a value hunting bow. Paying almost half the price of a flagship bow for a bow that is going to work when you need it most year after year is a great deal in my mind. A lot of the big box stores carry it as well so it is easy to find one to shoot and form your own opinion.
If you have shot one tell me what you think or if you have any other questions let me know. I would be happy to help further if I can.