Legends Live On
Some 80 years ago, a man named Fred Bear made a decision that would have a profound impact on every aspiring archer, avid target shooter, and devoted bowhunter since. He decided to start a bow-making company.
Fred was the ultimate sportsman, skilled and respectful, and sought to convey those attributes through the most innovative, satisfying and effective bows ever made. We still believe in his goal, and strive to achieve it with every Bear Archery product.
1967 marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one at Bear Archery. After 17 years of production, the Super Kodiak replaced the very popular Kodiak line of bows.
Fred Bear introduced FutureWood in the 1970s and was reintroduced in the Bear line in 2013 due to request from customers wanting natural hardwoods reminiscent of the early 1970 era bows. This manufacturing process gives completely new physical properties to the wood in the handle section. A pressurized vacuum fills all the natural pores in the wood, increasing its weight and greatly strengthening it. After baking, the handle is no longer natural wood, but FutureWood: It is virtually impossible to warp, check, or crack. Yet, all the grain and original beauty of the natural wood are intact.
You may notice some lighter areas on the FutureWood™ handle of a new Bear Bow. Just as a natural piece of wood does not have uniform shading throughout, neither does FutureWood. In fact, these light areas appear only where the natural wood underneath is strongest. The bowmakers at Bear call these “birthmarks” because they appear during the pressurized vacuum process. The birthmarks form where the pores of the natural wood are closest together, thereby filtering out some of the injected material. The baking process assures uniform strength and density throughout the handle section. The birthmarks give each FutureWood handle section an identity of its own; no two are alike.