The Cost Of Archery Equipment in The Olympic Games

In this article, we will take a look at the cost of archery equipment used in the Olympic Games for the players to compete each other.

Although archery has been known for its age-old existence that finds its roots in ancient civilization, it was acknowledged as a highly competitive sport only in the past few decades. Archery as a mainstream sport made its breakthrough in the Olympic Games during the 1900 Summer Olympics. Governed by the World Archery Federation (WAF), Archery has been successfully contested in a total of seventeen Olympiads till now. 

While the game of bow and arrow exists in diverse forms and disciplines, only Recurve archery is currently featured in the Olympic Games. In addition to the main Olympic Games, archery is also considered to be a path-breaking sport at the Summer Paralympics. Over the years, numerous all-time great archers have represented their countries at the Olympics, including Kim Soo Nyung, Darrell Pace, Yun Mi Jin, Oh Jin Hyek and Simon Fairweather. While these stalwarts of archery have grabbed enormous attention from the fans of the Olympic Games worldwide, the equipment they use during their games undeniably plays a huge role in leading them to massive victories. 

Archery Equipment Cost Structure 

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As mentioned earlier, although the sport of archery exists in diverse disciplines, the Olympic Games only feature the recurve discipline of archery. While the core concept of the sport remains the same, recurve archery involves a modern curved-shaped bow instead of the traditional bows that have been used since the days of ancient civilization. Since shooting an arrow from the modern curved shape bows requires a minimum force of 20 kilograms, it makes it mandatory for the manufacturers to design the bow with high-tech precision and high-quality material including carbon foam and carbon wire that helps the arrow to travel at a lightning speed of 200–210 kilometers/ hour. 

Over the years, the format, rules and regulations of archery have undergone major changes, including the standard distance. Currently, the standard distance in archery at the Olympic Games is 70 meters. Although the bows and arrows manufactured for intense tournaments like the Olympic Games usually comprise carbon fiber and aluminum as their main components, some manufacturers also resort to natural materials like bamboo to improve the overall grip of the bow. On average, the complete bow-arrow kit costs $2500-USD 3000. 

The Most Sought-After Archery Equipment Brands for the Olympics 

Hoyt Velos Formula Recurve Limbs 

Price: INR 85,000/-

A majority of modern archers use Hoyt Velos Formula Recurve Limbs to elevate their archery game at the Olympics. With a sleek design and narrow body, it assists the archer and helps to get a better grip on the bow. Additionally, carbon and bamboo design promotes better stability and enhance accuracy in shooting the arrows from a distance. The Hoyt Velos Formula Recurve Limbs come in various sizes, including Short (66″), Medium (68″), or Long (70″), making it a safer pick for the archers competing on the global platform to avoid any mishandling risks.

Also Read: List of all types of archery sports in the world 

Shibuya Compound Sight 

Price : INR 29,000- INR 32,000

Shibuya’s compound sights are one of the most popular choices among the Olympic archers. Shibuya Compound Sight is an updated version of the Shibuya Ultima, with proven podium-topping technology. The drive shaft of Shibuya’s compound sight is built on a damping technique which ensures reduced vibrations. Additionally, it provides knobs for easy adjustment, making it feasible equipment for all distances and formats for the archers. Moreover, the locking mechanism of the Shibuya compound sight is considered to be the most reliable functionality, making it a prominent feature of the product.  

BeeStinger Stabilizers

Price : INR 6,500- INR 8,00

Archery is largely a sport of stability, therefore installing main stabilizers to the bow is considered to be mandatory for archers competing at a global level. It assists the archer in shooting the arrow at the same spot during the drawing process. The BeeStinger Premier Plus V-bar with countervail helps the archers to achieve optimum stabilization while shooting down arrows. It is available in various lengths, including 10”, 12” and 15”.

Bicaster Top/Bottom Stabilisers 

Price: INR 1,551/- 

The top/bottom stabilizers are used to keep the bow stabilized while shooting the arrow towards the aimed target. The Bicaster top/bottom stabilizers are often the most sought-after stabilizers in the arena of archery. The stabilizer kit from Bicester includes four free small weights weighing 4 ounces, 2 ounces, 1 ounce and an additional ounce. Moreover, the kit also includes adapter screws with a diameter of 30mm, making it perfectly compatible with the modern-day curved bow.

Also Read: What is the history of archery as an Olympic sport?

Easton Arrow Piles 

Price : INR 2,500 – INR 5,000/- 

Arrow piles, shaped like a bullet, are attached to the top of the arrow, assisting it to penetrate the target like a bullet. Easton’s arrow piles have been used in the Olympic Games for decades. The orange silicone for the ring along with 55, 75, and titanium 100-grain half-outs offers unimaginable durability and precision to the archers.

Easton X10 Shafts 

Price: INR 49,999/-

Manufactured in the United States, the Easton X10 shaft has been a popular choice for archers in the Olympic tournaments and, over the past few decades, the Easton X10 Shaft has been spotted at numerous Olympic seasons since they made their debut in the Olympics at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA. The High-modulus carbon fiber, thin-wall aluminum core, Barrel design and impressive weight tolerance make the Easton X10 shaft the most versatile shafts chosen by archers in the Olympic Games. 

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