Best bow case even for air travel
You’ve invested a considerable amount of dollars into your bow. And now you want to take it on a plane. The last thing you want to do is risk damaging it and compromise its shooting ability.
Before you buy a hard bow case to take on a plane it is important to make sure you get one that follows airline regulations as well as offers adequate protection for your precious bow. For other storage needs, you might want to read our guide on the best hunting backpack under $200.
Buying Guide – Considerations Before You Buy a Hard Bow Case
Does it lock? Just as you would put a lock on your suitcase, you should ensure your bow is safely secured. Not only will this add a layer of protection from potential theft, it also helps to prevent the case from accidentally opening up.
What is the material made out of? You absolutely want a case that is waterproof. It also needs to be crush resistant – we’ve all seen how our luggage gets loaded on planes!
You need an airtight seal to ensure no dirt or dust enters the case and compromises the mechanisms of your bow.
Built in straps will help your bow stay in place and not get shaken about during transit.
Airport regulations should always be checked and checked again before flying. The Transport Security Administration states that:
“Bows and arrows are prohibited from carry-on luggage, but may be packed in checked luggage. Sharp objects packed in checked luggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.”
The other thing to consider is whether your bow case is included in your hold luggage allowance, and if not, what the extra cost will be.
Occasionally some airlines don’t allow bows and arrows to be transported at all. Check this table as well as checking the airline’s policies before paying for any flights.
The size is of course important. Make sure your bow and any accessories you want to include in the case can fit in before buying. Measure your bow before choosing your case.
Hard Bow Case Reviews
Plano 108115 AW Bow Case Black Review
The Plano 108115 is the best bow case for the PSE Freak or PSE Dominator. Owners of the Matthews Z3 and Z7 also report this case as being suitable for their needs. This hard case accommodates larger bows at an affordable price, without compromising on quality.
The thick wall construction will ensure that your bow will be protected throughout transport. Although the case might seem quite heavy, it is worth the extra weight for the added protection your bow will receive when being handled by airlines.
The arrow holders securely hold up to 10 arrows leaving you confident that everything will stay in place during transit.
What We Like: Durable, high quality build. Strong locking latches for added security. Quality product for an affordable price.
What We Don’t Like: The Velcro straps within the case could be stronger. Weighs slightly more than other more but this is because it is a sturdy, thick and solid case.
Interior Size: 46.5 x 16 x 6.75 inches (fits the PSE Freak or PSE Dominator)
Exterior: 48 x 20.75 x 7.5 inches
Weight: 22 pounds
- Airline approved, crush resistant PillarLock System
- Weather resistant continuous Dri-Loc seal (water, air and dust resistant)
- Suitable for both standard and carbon fiber arrows
- Spring loaded lockable latches complete with padlock tabs
- 5 Velcro straps to hold bow in place
- Holds up to 10 arrows
- Lifetime warranty
SKB ATA Single Parallel Limb Bow Case Review
There are not many hard cases that fit the Mathews Creed XS and Z7 bows, but the SKB ATA Single Parallel fits them perfectly.
As with the previous hard case model we reviewed, this case is heavy and large – but the extra weight ensures your bow is provided with maximum protection during transport.
This hard case provides excellent protection for your bow, the foam inside the case really protects it. Users report problems with the Velcro straps that hold the arrows in place. To make them stronger you might want to add a little customisation of your own by adding more heavy duty Velcro.
What We Like: Plenty of space for extra accessories, durable and heavy duty case. Foam provides added protection.
What We Don’t Like: The Velcro arrow holders could be made stronger and more secure.
Interior Size: 37 x 17.75 x 7 inches (best case for Mathews Creed XS and Z7)
Exterior Size: 44 x 22 x 9 inches
Weight: 22 pounds
- Airline approved
- Holds up to 12 arrows
- Fits all parallel limb bows
- Unbreakable fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latches (TSA approved) with 2 keys provided
- Cushioned rubber carry handle
- Unconditional Lifetime Warranty with $1500 product protection coverage (check manufacturers for details)
Flambeau Compound Bow Case Review
Flambeau’s Hard Compound Bow Case has 4 separate locking points, giving you peace of mind that your bow will be secure during transit.
This case is the largest of those reviewed making it ideal for those needing to accommodate longer bows.
The case is durable enough for the money paid but what lets it down is the way the arrow holders are made. Users report problems with inserting arrows owing to the tightness of the holders. The case is also not ready to use straight away, you will need to screw them in if you want to use them.
This case is ideal for those looking for a cheap hard case for their bow. It is much lighter than the previously two reviewed cases, so if weight limitations are a factor this case might be the answer. Do consider that a lighter case would be due to material being slightly less robust than other cases and could potentially compromise protection of your bow on airlines.
What We Like: Great budget buy case that can accommodate longer bows
What We Don’t Like: Arrow holders are a little tight making it hard to insert the arrows. Could do with a little more padding within the case for added protection.
Interior Size: 47 x 16.5 x 6 inches
Exterior Size: 49 x 21.25 x 7.25 inches
Weight: 11.9 pounds
- Polypro construction
- Four locking points
- Pillar structure support
- Airline approved
The case you ultimately decide on will be determined by the length of your bow and your budget. For maximum security and protection we would highly recommend the Plano 108115 AW or the SKB ATA Single Parallel Limb Bow Case. However, if you are limited by budget the Flambeau Hard Compound Bow Case will serve you well, but you may want to consider adding extra internal protection such as foam or clothing around your bow.