The Ultimate claimed high honors in an independent field test conducted by Bowhunting World Magazine. Two of our bows were pitted against the top 12 leaders in the traditional bow industry and Both Bob Lee bows won the top spots, with another Bob Lee recurve taking Second Place just past its sibling, The Ultimate.
This high-performance recurve features our exclusive STABI-LOCK™ tool-free limb system with our ConcealCap design (hidden bolts) for a truly seamless hookup while striking a sleek profile. The system’s perfectly-positioned metal wedges and channels provide stabilizing, silencing and balancing mass at each end of the handle. Add to that the performance-boost afforded by the black linen-based phenolic (aka Micarta) handle and you have the Ultimate recurve or longbow. Punctuating the handle back is overlays in your choice of exotic veneers, while center striping adds additional embellishment.
NOTE: Our BlackHawk bow model features the same handle as our Ultimate but for bolt-up limbs. These two models are virtually the same EXCEPT the Ultimate features the Stabi-Lock™ slide-to-click, tool-free system (hence, the name Ultimate).
Joe Ostrosky –
Elegant in appearance, extremely well designed and constructed of the finest of materials. This bow is incredibly quiet, forgiving and fast. If performance is a consideration, look no further. This is the bow you’ve got to have.
David McReynolds (McDave on TradGang) –
I bought a Bob Lee Ultimate recurve about a year ago, 47# @ 28”, 60” long. It is handsome in the way a black lab is handsome, not a collie. It is a workhorse of a bow, and meant to hunt as a lab hunts, with total focus on the task at hand. I’m in the stage of my life where I’ve been gradually reducing poundage, and hopefully the 47# limbs will last me a long time. But if my body ages faster than the limbs do, I know I can depend on Bob Lee to build a new set of lighter limbs that will work fine on the Ultimate riser.
I either have or have had bows made by most of the top 20 bowyers in the US. Of the 25 or so bows I have at present, 4 are Bob Lees. They include a Legacy for trad tournaments, a Bicentennial Elite for practicing left handed, a lightweight Smoke for my grandchildren’s and guests’ use, and the Ultimate for hunting. I have gifted a couple of others to family or friends over the years.
I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the hunting I do for the rest of my life is done with the Ultimate. It is the most solid bow I’ve ever shot, and possibly the least finicky. It has the famous Bob Lee Grip, as do all the other Bob Lees I own, which is possibly the main reason I have more Bob Lees than any other brand. It has the Stabilock limb fastening system, which makes it easy to put the limbs on and take them off. And just like a lab is happiest when charging through the gnarliest brush or tulies, my Ultimate is happiest when it is out in the field, not worried about picking up a few scratches.
Mike Strandlund, Editor of Bowhunting World Magazine –
Performance noticeably superior to all 12 recurves we tested. Chronographing at 198, it was 10 percent faster than the fastest recurve in the Test (the Bob Lee Natural!) and its comparative efficiency blew the other bows out of the water. The Ultimate, with its superior aesthetics and performance, is aptly named.