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The ATA show in January 2011 marked the release of Diamond Archery’s new line of bows.  There are three newcomers to the line that take a lot from Bowtech’s 2010 Destroyer series: The Dead Eye, Fugitive and Outlaw.  Each version has the option of being R.A.K. (Ready, Aim, Kill!) equipped which is a package of sight, rest, quiver, stabilizer, sling, d-loop and peep sight.

2011 Diamond Dead Eye Specs

Speed 343 FPS
Let-Off 80%
Draw Length 26-30”
Draw Weights 60 , 70
Brace Height 6 1/8”
Weight 3.95 lbs.
Axle to Axle Length 32?

2011 Diamond Fugitive Specs

Speed 337 FPS
Let-Off 80%
Draw Length 26-30”
Draw Weights 50, 60 , 70
Brace Height 6 1/2”
Weight 3.80 lbs.
Axle to Axle Length 32?

2011 Diamond Outlaw Specs

Speed 330 FPS
Let-Off 80%
Draw Length 26 1/2-30 1/2”
Draw Weights 50, 60 , 70
Brace Height 7”
Weight 3.8 lbs.
Axle to Axle Length 32?

The Dead Eye almost looks like a dead knock off of the Destroyer, and the other two aren’t far behind, albeit with a single cams.  This certainly isn’t a bad thing as the Destroyer is an excellent bow and my bow of choice for hunting last year.  What I do find interesting is that all of the bows are nearly identical except for the brace height and the corresponding speed.  With all of the ATAs at 32″, it’s getting harder and harder to find longer bows these days.

One other difference between these three is that the Dead Eye comes with the FLX Guard that was introduced last year by Bowtech and Diamond.   They all have Diamond’s new Throttle Cam Tech which is an interesting idea.  The cam looks very similar to a Destroyer/Invasion cam but instead of using the Overdrive Binary system where the axle is on the outside of the limb, the Throttle cam moves the axle right to the very tips of the limb and a little inside.   Here is the description from the Diamond site:  While other companies are “claiming” fast speeds, we’re actually delivering them! Our new, patent pending Throttle Cam Tech gives our line-up the fastest single cam on the market! We stripped away the design limitations of single cam bows, giving you unmatched consistency and true, blazing speeds. Putting the bearing assembly on the limb tips enables cam track geometries to approach the center of rotation and beyond. This creates a clean design that allows for equal tensions in the string and cable at brace for single cam bows, virtually eliminating creep. The result: unmatched  consistency and speed with the Rock Solid construction and smooth draw you expect from Diamond!

Diamond is certainly claiming great speeds out of these single cam models and may very well be the speed king.  Until they can be tested head to head with Mathews Z7 Magnum and the Bear Carnage, it will be tough to say who really is fastest.  Regardless, Diamond’s offering looks interesting in 2011 and should make for some happy archers.

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