Initial Lesson - $25
Practice 1 - $10 rental, $8 range, $40 shooting glove and arm guard
Practice 2 - $10 rental, $30 (5 punch pass, 1 of 5 used)
Practice 3 - $10 rental, (5 punch pass, 2 of 5 used)
I am getting closer to purchasing a bow. When I was at the shop, the bow tech recommended the Galaxy Solstice which is $250 (I need to see if it comes in a left hand configuration). Galaxy Bronze Star Limbs would be another $100. String would be $20. He also recommended Intrepid arrows which are $6 each. I would be a dozen arrows for $72. Going 3-4 times per month, I break even on rentals at about 6 months. If I start going to Bear Creek Lake Park, then I am saving the $8 lane as well and would break even sooner.
This set up allows me to practice consistently and build strength. If I decide to take it more seriously, the riser accepts sites and stabilizers. It would also accept stiffer limbs. If I were to move up in weight, I would certainly consider foam core limbs.
Forged risers are supposed to be better than machine risers. Most are made of aluminum with cut outs to reduce weight. I have also seen them made from magnesium.
I have no brand loyalty at this point.
In terms of color scheme, I like the anodized red finish and would then complement that with black fittings for arrow rest, etc.