SA Sports Fever – Crossbow Review
- Lightweight and portable
- Can hunt small game
- All-in-one package
The SA Sports Fever crossbow is an entry level bow which offers a modest price point in exchange for relatively good performance. It comes loaded with most of the essentials for basic whitetail hunting and has been rated an excellent choice for beginners. Let us examine it now.
If you're looking for a lighter crossbow that offers a good entry level experience, the SA Sports Fever is a strong alternative.
- Lightweight and portable
- Can hunt small game
- All-in-one package
- Poor trigger system
- Scope placement is challenging
- Low power
- Poor quality arrows in package
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BowAuthority’s Detailed Review:
This entry level bow fires bolts at about 240fps resulting in about 50 FPKE. While this is not sufficient power to take out any large game, it can still perform quite well on smaller targets. At close range, it might even take down a deer. This it quite surprising considering its price range, as mostother bows within this range lag far behind in terms of power and speed.
The power limits its use to within about 30 yards if you want to maintain accuracy and reasonable shot groupings. Beyond this point there is a huge increase in downward trend on arrows, resulting in less accuracy and speed.
The SA Sports Fever package contains almost everything you need to go out into the field. It includes a scope, shoulder sling, four 16” arrows, a quiver and a rope cocking device. The crossbow is very easy to assemble and even beginners should have it ready in less than 15 minutes. Beginners should follow the manual that comes in the package and to string it properly it can help if you watch YouTube videos. It is one of the easiest bows to cock by virtue of being a recurve even though the draw length is 175lbs.
One of the major strong points of this bow is the fact that it only weighs about 4.8lbs, making it suitable for use by smaller build or younger archers. You can carry it around all day without getting fatigued and this is a big plus for hunters who enjoy unrushed sessions. The ergonomic shoulder sling makes all the more easier.
Its limb is constructed using fiberglass, a factor that contributes greatly to its low weight It also has a slight swell on the forearm meant to enhance the grip making it comfortable to handle. Unlike most other lightweight bows, the Ferver is rather stable and remains decently steady when shooting.
Its design is however not perfect and results in a few challenges. First, the trigger pull is long and does not break when you expect it to. This is largely the result of it being almost double the regular trigger weight, around 7lbs. This means that if you’re accustomed to a more efficient trigger system this will completely throw you off. One thing that might help with this is to lubricate the trigger, but unfortunately it might always feel a little creep heavy.
Another issue with the SA Sports Fever is that the four arrows that come in the package are of very low quality. They break easily on impact and could therefore fail to last you through the sighting process. Interestingly, using better quality arrows makes quite a remarkable improvement on the performance of the bow including speeds higher than 240fps. Check out our AddOn section for more information.
Even though the Fever has no suppression mechanism included in the package, this is not really an issue because the bow is naturally quiet. Its relatively low power does not result in much energy or vibration, so there’s no really loud noises. The only sound that emanates from the weapon is that of the safety kicking in when the bow is drawn. It might startle some game when you are very close to them but it is not too loud as to cause any serious concern.
Quality of Optics
The optics quality is superb, a standard 4×32 multi reticle scope. It is designed for clarity and has an anti-fog coating making it suitable for use even during cold foggy weather. It does not feature illumination or any other low light capability, meaning the scope is best for daytime hunting expeditions.
However, the biggest problem with the Fever arises from the fact that its rail does not allow for a steady fixing of the scope. This means that however hard you try, the scope remains shaky and this makes it almost impossible to rely on the scope for accuracy. It also means that you might have to keep adjusting your sighting because the constant movement implies that it cannot hold zero for very long. This is quite a nuisance when you want to do some serious hunting.
This bow features an ambidextrous safety system that kicks in with ease as well as a highly reliable anti-dry fire system. This makes it reliable for use even by beginners in archery as it is rather hard to fire off accidental shots on this weapon.
The Sports Fever is not the hardiest crossbow in the market and only features a 1-year warranty. This should come as no surprise considering the price point. It will however give you a good enough service during that period, allowing you to perfect your archery skills and should see you through to the point where you can now invest in a serious crossbow for better hunting expeditions.
It is important to remember that the life of your bow largely depends on how well it is maintained. The fact that the Fever a recurve crossbow makes it a lot easier to keep in tip-top conditions as there are not too many moving parts. You however need to wax the string frequently, after between five and seven shots, to keep friction to a minimum and therefore enhance on performance.
It is not every day that you find an entry level crossbow that offers this amount of decency in terms of performance. It might not be the most remarkable bow but it will do for beginners and also as a back-up for pros in emergency cases. The best part about it is that the package is all-inclusive and you won’t need much else to start with. It has the capability to down small game and with the right arrow, it can provide a significant improvement as compared to the ones included in the package. It is light and portable and comes with a good scope, only that fixing it comes with challenges. Therefore, all in all, the SA Sports Fever is a decent weapon giving enough value in relation to its price point. But it is only an initial purchase to help you get acquainted with the art as you save up for a more versatile option.
Remember to order good quality arrows when buying this crossbow because the ones included will not do you much good even for target practice. The manufacturer recommends either 20” carbon or 16” aluminum. In case you only want to confine your activity to the backyard range, then go for the aluminum option; otherwise, any kind of hunting with the bow will be much better off carried out with the carbon arrows.