Diamond Fugitive Review
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Editors' reviewThe 2011 Diamond Fugitive is fast, quiet and loaded with features that will appeal to many archers this year. With an IBO speed of 337 and a ready to hunt package called R.A.K (ready, aim, kill) this set up has everything you need to grab your arrows and release, and start shooting. Also with a $599 price tag this bow will be a very viable choice this year.
FinishThe Fugitive is available in Mossy Oak tree stand camouflage and has a quality and durable finish in the Invelvet system by Diamond. Invelvet is a unique finish system designed to dampen noise, prevent dings and scratches and feel soft and warm to the touch. Despite its soft feel this finish is a very durable finish that will be very reliable for many years of use.
RiserThe riser on the Fugitive is a one piece machined aluminum riser with a multiple cut outs along the length of the riser. It is designed to be as lightweight as possible without giving up any strength.
Limb/Limb PocketsThe limbs on this bow are solid glass, one piece limbs that rest in the parallel position. The limb pockets are constructed out of aluminum and encapsulate the end of the limbs for a tight fit between the limb and the riser at any draw weight.
GripThe grip on the Fugitive is a medium size, one piece component that is constructed out of a composite material. Some archers have stated they prefer the feel of a rubberized or wood grip over the plastic feel of this particular grip.
Eccentric SystemThe Fugitive features Diamond's new Throttle single cam and idler wheel system. This system is unique in the fact that the bearing assembly is attached to the limb tips. This design enables the cam track geometries to approach the center of rotation and beyond. This almost eliminates creep and creates equal tension on the strings and cables. The Throttle cam system has a rotating draw module on the cam. Without the aid of a bow press, you simply remove the module screws adjust the length in half inch increments, retighten the screws and you are set to your preferred draw length. The effective let off of this system is 80% which makes it hold with ease and the infinite draw stop allows you a solid back wall at any adjustment. Also this system boasts and impressive a 337 fps IBO rating with 88.28 ft-lbs of kinetic energy.
R.A.K systemThe R.A.K system stands for ready, aim, kill. Basically this bow comes set up with everything you need to start shooting. Grab your arrows and your release, then sight in the Fugitive and then you are ready to go. At $100 more than the bare bow this system is very affordable way to give you everything to need. The accessories in this package go as follows:
- 4 pin Tru Glo Apex Sight
- Hostage XL arrow rest
- 1 piece Ultra-lite quiver
- Comfort wrist sling
- Alloy Peep
- 5" Ultra-lite stabilizer
- BCY string loop
- Dura-Flex string dampeners
Carbon Rod string stopThe Fugitive comes with the Carbon Rod string stop. While many of today's bows come with string stops the design of this stop is unique. The rod itself is made of carbon which makes it very strong. Also unlike many other string suppressors, this stop comes with a vibration module attached where the rod meets the riser and is in line with the stabilizer for consistently quiet shots. Then it is tipped with a limbsaver type material making a very quiet shot.
ShootabilityWith the aggressive cam system on the Fugitive the draw cycle is a tad harsher than other single cam set ups. When drawing this bow the valley is seemingly pretty steep but transitions well to full draw. Once at full draw the back wall is very solid with little to no creep and with 80% let off it is very easy to keep drawn. The bow feels very balanced in your hand but the grip is hard and has a plastic feel to it. As far as felt vibrations some archers admit that the Fugitive does have a noticeable vibe when shot but the addition of a vibration dampening stabilizer and limbsavers, that could be reduced a decent amount. One thing archers agree on is that this bow is very quiet when shot and is no slouch in terms of accuracy.
Diamond Fugitive vs. Outlaw
These two bows share many characteristics which are as follows; The Throttle cam system, limbs, 3.80 mass weight, 80% let off and the R.A.K package. Probably the most noticeable difference between these two bows is the speed, the Fugitive comes in at about 7 fps faster than the Outlaw. The brace height on the Fugitive is a 1/2" shorter than the Outlaw and the riser is slightly different shape also. In addition Fugitive's price tag comes in at about a $100 more than the Outlaw.
Perfect hunting bowThe Fugitive with the R.A.K package is a set up that screams bow hunter. A short axle to axle will make it effective for tree stand hunting. With it completely set up, ready to sight in and kill this system is going to be very appealing to bow hunters. While this bow seems like a hunter's set up, it could be used for 3D or recreational use as well.
|Bow||Diamond Fugitive||Diamond Outlaw|
|Brace Height||6.5 "||7 "|
|AtA Length||32 "||32 "|
|Draw Length||26 " - 30 "||26.5 " - 30.5 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||337 fps||330 fps|
|Weight||3.8 lbs||3.8 lbs|
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