X200 vs Mamba for beginning archer?
Hey there, archers!
I'm a 19-yo girl on the look-out for my first bow - preferably a traditional recurve - and I could really use some help!
Currently, I am considering the Martin X200 and the Mamba.
At first when I began my quest searching for bows, the X200 caught my eye, and since then I have done an amount of research on it and read a bunch of reviews. It seems to me that it would be a good bow for me, but it's out of production, right? Furthermore I'm not sure if it comes with my draw length, which is 26". I've only seen it around with 28". (I know I'm green, but am I right when I'm assuming that I should buy a bow that has 26" as a marked draw length, or would a 28" serve me just as well?)
Turns out that a "local" (well, not exactly local, but it's located in Scandinavia and not in the US) archery shop has offered to take in the Mamba for me if I decide that I want that. I originally asked if they could take in the X200, but they didn't see that as a possibility.
Upon visiting the Martin site, I immediately noticed that the Mamba has a draw weight of 40# and up, which made me eliminate it as a possibility. But the shop I mentioned wrote back saying they could get it for me with 30#.
That made me feel more curious about the Mamba, so I read a few reviews about it. I was thrilled to learn that it's great for those with shorter draw lengths (as I mentioned earlier, mine is 26"). But to be honest, the reviews mostly made me feel a little discouraged, because they stated clearly that the Mamba isn't suited for beginners.
I’m not sure how much attention I should pay to that, as traditional bows in general probably wouldn’t be recommended for beginning archers. I want to do instinctive shooting and am not interested in modern archery equipment at all, really, so I guess I pretty much know what I am getting into when taking that into consideration.
Also, I want a quality bow that I can count on having for years. Not a too expensive one, but definitely not a cheap beginner-bow.
Anyway, enough talking for now - I'd love to know what you guys think!
Should I go for the X200, or is the Mamba maybe the thing for me?
And would it be hard to get my hands on an X200 with the specifications I've mentioned earlier? (26", and ca. 30#...)
Any thoughts, input and advice would be greatly appreciated! :)
Also feel free to ask me any question that might pop into your head, and if I've made myself unclear in any way, let me know.
Thanks in advance!