Diamond Outlaw Review
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Editors' reviewThe Diamond Outlaw is one of those economically priced bows that is going to appeal to many archers in 2011. It has a combination of speed, accuracy and nice features that make it a very solid choice. It is outfitted with the R.A.K system which gives you a bow that is already completely set up to tune in and shoot, which even further makes it a very viable choice this year.
FinishThe finish on the Outlaw is different from many other bows on the market, it is armored with the Invelvet finish. This finish is designed to feel warm and soft to the touch, dampen noise and prevent dings or scratches. Despite its soft feel it is a very durable finish and should supply you with years of use with no problems.
Riser/Limbs/Limb pocketsThe riser on the outlaw is a quality one piece, lightweight machined aluminum riser. The limbs on this rig are one piece solid glass limbs with the parallel limb design. The limb pockets on the Outlaw are made from aluminum and encapsulate the end of limbs and give the bow a tight limb cup to riser fit. With this system the axle to axle length is 32".
GripThe grip on this bow is one piece and made from a composite material, made to give you a warm feel in cold weather situations. Some archers agree that this grip could be a slight bit more comfortable and may be susceptible to some hand torque. Keep in mind a grip is a very personal thing and grips fit every archer differently.
Eccentric SystemThe cam system on Outlaw is a single cam and idler wheel system equipped with Diamond's new Throttle cam. They designed this system with the bearing assembly on the tip of the limbs. This design allows the cam track geometries to approach the center of the rotation and beyond. Also this allows for equal tension on the string and cables which is designed to eliminate creep. With this system there is a draw weight range of 40 to 70 pounds and a draw length range of 26.5" to 30.5". Also with this system the draw length is adjustable with Diamond's rotating module which makes it very simple to adjust the draw length. Just remove the module screws, rotate the module to desired draw length and retighten the screws. The Outlaw also has an effective let off that is 80% which allows you to hold the bow at full draw with ease.
R.A.K PackageR.A.K stands for ready, aim, kill, which translates to this bow being completely set up with all the accessories ready to tune and shoot. The list of accessories in this package goes as follows, a 4 pin Tru-Glo Apex sight, Octane hostage xl arrow rest, carbon rod string stop, Octane one piece 5 arrow quiver, 4" light stabilizer, comfort wrist sling, BCY string loop and Duraflex string leeches. Overall this is a great combination of accessories already installed on this bow which makes it very convenient. Just grab your release aid and arrows then tune in and you're ready to go.
ShootabilityOverall this is a good shooting bow with a very good speed and accuracy. The draw cycle is smooth and has a slightly steep valley but it transitions well to full draw. With the combination of a solid back wall and the 80% let off this bow holds well at full draw. When released the bow is quiet but does have some slight hand shock and vibe. Installation of some limb savers and a quality vibration dampening stabilizer would probably take care of most of that.
Outlaw vs. Fugitive
|Brace Height||7 "|
|AtA Length||32 "|
|Draw Length||26.5 " - 30.5 "|
|Draw Weight||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||330 fps|
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The Outlaw and Fugitive share some of the same components like 3.80 mass weight, cams, limbs, 80 % effective let off, grip and the R.A.K package. But there are noticeable differences as well. The shape of the riser between the two is slightly different. The Fugitive has a 7 fps advantage over the Outlaw but gives up a 1/2" of brace height with the Diamond Fugitive being 7" and the Outlaw being 6.5". Also the Fugitive is priced at $100 more than the Outlaw. Both bows show the same shooting characteristics and feel very similar when being shot.