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Title: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: Shooter#21 on December 23, 2015, 11:58:00 AM
Recently purchased a 60" SK L/H 40# and review follows.

First of all it is an absolutely beautiful bow. It is the dark red/charcoal color which I prefer. The bow was very loud at first but after adding limb groove felt and yarn string silencers it is better. Still playing with the brace height and so far 8.75" is quietest. I had read others say it tends to be on the loud side also. It seems to sling arrows more accurately than the 40# Sage (although Sage is awesome for price). It seems faster too but I'm really not after speed in a bow. The grip is very deep and comfortable which  tends to force a consistent grip shot after shot. The bow is stable and well balanced in the hand. The draw is very smooth but firm.

The bow feels like nearly 50 pounds, but I do have a pretty long draw.

I love the fact that a bow designed so long ago still produces great results. I know there are better bows out there, but for me the SK is just fine. It shoots better than I do if that makes sense. My goal is to harvest my first traditional whitetail deer and hog with this bow. The other bow will be reserved for rainy day hunts. I give an over all 8 out of 10 on the SK. If I can get it quieter the rating may inch up to 9. As for price it is on the high side no doubt. However I was able to get I at such a good price I couldn't turn it down. A neat aspect about archery is that comparatively speaking it can be an inexpensive hobby

I would be interested in other reviews of this classically designed bow. Regards gang
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: bowslinger on January 17, 2016, 02:47:00 AM
My experience is similar to yours.  Very happy with quality, grip, and balance.  I agree with the fun of shooting an older design.  I also own a few bows recurves  and hybrids from 50s through 70s.  All shoot very well.
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: Shooter#21 on January 18, 2016, 04:41:00 PM
Btw...I added brush buttons, removed the yarn silencers and replaced with cat whiskers trimmed down to about an inch in diameter and it is quieter! Just a little thump now, no twang. Interestingly enough though, the bow is quietest with the brush buttons NOT pressed into the limbs which is the opposite of what I expected. In fact they are positioned over where the D97 string ends are knotted. Has anyone else noticed this?
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: TRAP on March 09, 2016, 01:33:00 PM
I'd buy one if I could get one without the ugly quiver bushings.

They ruin it for me
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: Shooter#21 on March 10, 2016, 08:33:00 AM
I too would get one without the bushings since I  prefer strap on quivers because of the sound dampening effect and ease of use. I use a brass screw in the lower bushing for hanging the shooting glove and arm guard when storing the bow.
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: Ronyag on August 31, 2016, 09:01:00 AM
I also had quality issues with a new Bear Take Down. 2 sets of twisted limbs. They finally go it right but it took 2 months of back a forth. They even mailed a 3rd set of limbs that never made it to my address. I asked how they missed the twists and they said they never mounted the limbs on the riser for inspection. They had a 1" twist.
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: IronJohn on January 03, 2017, 04:56:00 PM
How can Bear make a set of limbs without mounting them to a riser? Now I can see how I sent back 3 Bear TD's before finally giving up.....IJ
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: kopfjaeger on December 11, 2019, 11:33:12 PM
I got three Bear Super Kodiak's and I really like them. I have two 1972's and a 1997. I do prefer the Grayling ones best.
Title: Re: Bear Super Kodiak
Post by: Huntschool on January 30, 2020, 07:27:55 PM
I sure wish I had my Super K back (Black Beauty or Black Death, which ever one ya like).  Bought it in 68, (I think thats right) and according to the 1969 Bear catalog it was MSRP $135.00.  The original delaminated within a month of purchase but was replaced through the dealer in down state New York without a hitch.  The replacement followed me around for years and was quite effective on deer.

I really enjoyed that bow.  Got me several deer here in IL before I traded it for some wheels....  Bad mistake.