At Summer Outdoor Retailer, I met with Genesis Bow, who are working ardently to get bows in the hands of kids and grow the sport. I have a 9 year old who is really interested in archery, so it was a great fit. Created by the folks at Mathews Archery, the Genesis Original is also the one and only model allowed in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).
Co-created by the Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources, the Department of Education, and Mathews Archery, the NASP was developed for educational and conservation purposes. Among these purposes were a desire to improve student motivation, attention, behavior, and attendance, while also focusing on learning outdoor skills, inspiring youth to spend more time outdoors. In general, this program aims to end up with self-motivated youngsters with a conservation bent. Awesome idea, in my opinion.
Immediately after the show, they sent me one of their Genesis Original single cam bows. These are single cam bows with zero let-off, which allows anyone to pick it up and shoot it without adjusting draw length. That’s huge when you have six people in a family vying for a turn. Genesis also makes the Mini (for smaller archers), the Pro (adjustable), and the Gen X (more powerful – 40 pounds draw weight as compared to the Original’s 20). You can also design a custom bow, which is fun. The bows are built with materials all made in the USA, which is always a plus in my book.
We’ve had tons of fun using the Genesis Original – since it works for all of us, we’ve been able to share it without fussing with any settings. Genesis also sent us a target, which we’ve set up in the backyard when it’s nice and in the basement when the weather’s inclement, definitely a bonus to archery as a sport. We’re also lucky that we live about 15 minutes or so away from a great archery range run by the DuPage Forest Preserve. Though we’ve stuck to the beginner range (enclosed on three sides with safety netting) at Blackwell, there is an advanced range and an “interactive” range (no idea what that means) that we’ll be able to use as we get better.
If you’re thinking of getting into archery, this is a great bow to get started with. Super easy to use, no fussing with adjustments, and it will work for you, your family, and your friends. Doesn’t get any better than that.
*This bow was provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.