When I took up archery my first riser was the Sebastian Flute Forged Plus and I still think this is one of the best risers for a beginner as it has all the features of a more advanced riser but at a fraction of the price and most importantly shoots very well. Having reached a stage where I'm looking to progress further in archery I decided that it was time to upgrade my riser.
It's no secret that the two biggest names in recurve bows are Hoyt and Win & Win and when you are looking at spending £300 - £500 on a riser there is very little to separate them with the largest decision factor being personal preference in how they feel and shoot to the individual.
Having fairly recently bought a new pair of Win & Win Rapido limbs and having previously shot a Sebastian Flute riser, which is made in the Win & Win factory, it made sense for me to buy a Win & Win riser and initially I started looking at the Winex riser. The Winex is certainly a very fine riser but I figured that if I was going to spend a few hundred pounds on a riser I may as well do it once and buy the best I could afford and so looked at the Inno range. As I didn't want an aluminum riser that ruled out the Inno AXT and Inno AL1 and so I opted to buy the Inno CXT.
When I started archery a couple of years ago I obviously wasn't going to spend a lot of money on my first set of limbs. In the end I bought long SF Premium limbs with a draw weight of 34lb. The SF Premium limbs are made from Maple wood with glass laminates and for a first set of limbs they are actually pretty good with a smoother draw than other 'starter' limbs of a similar price.
The SF Premium limbs have served me very well and with them I easily achieved 2nd Class classification in my first year and 1st Class classification in my second year. In terms of the distance I could achieve, with a draw length of just short of a 30" (I am pulling nearly 40lb on the fingers as measured with a bow scale) this allowed me to easily shoot at 60 yards but there was a noticeable and rapid drop off towards 80 yards. Whilst I never tried to shoot at 100 yards with these limbs I am certain that I would not have been able to reach this distance as my sight block was virtually at the bottom at 80 yards anyway.