i like both compound limbs are shorter easy to move around but if your string breaks u need a press to put a new one on recurve the limbs are longer but if u break a string u can easy put a new one on in minutes and keep hunting
I chose a recurve for simplicity, toughness, and the ability to change strings, etc... myself. I'm sure a compound can make a crossbow do what it does better, but not sure if I want the added complexity. However, if someone could show me a truely quiet compound I would buy it in a second.
Both are great for thier intended purpose. Each has it's own place. I like my recurve for those really long walks to the stand and my compound is for those closer the road. The recurve stands need to be more open than those where I use the compound.
I have an excalibur and my buddy has a parker. I went with the excalibur for simple care. he went with the parker for compact-ness.. both are great... though he will have to have cabels replaced some day.... his parker shoots more accurate than the excalibur.... only about an inch better group at 30 yards... like them both... guess it depends on the ease of fixing a string or the compact-ness...