Diamond Stud Review
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Editors' reviewThe Diamond Stud is an extremely affordable bow with many do it yourself adjustments for personalized shooting preferences. The 33.25 inches from axel-to-axel measurement offers a long enough measurement for those wanting extra stability, but is also short enough to be comfortable in a treestand of a ground blind. Although this is not the fastest single cam bow, the fogiveability of a 7-inch brace height combined with an affordable price makes the Diamond Stud a good hunting option.
FinishThe Diamond Stud comes finished in Hardwoods Grey InVelvet Touch. The finish is a result of a dipping process that makes the bow look very nice. The popular Hardwoods Grey can also be found on many after market accessories for those who like outfitting their bow with the matching look. The InVelvet finish is unique to Bowtech and gives the bow a soft feel. This option helps dampen noise, protects from scratches and dings, and helps keep hands warm in colder weather.
Wilderness Accessory PackageAlong with an affordable bare bow price, Diamond offers the Stud in a fully accessorized package as well for shooters interested in an equipped rig. The package includes: a three pin fiber optic sight, Hostage capture arrow rest, a 4 arrow twist release matching camo quiver, a braided wrist sling, a tube peep sight, and a 4-inch stabilizer. For those who prefer after market accessories, the Wilderness Accessory Package is only optional.
Riser, limbs, and limb pocketsThe Diamond Stud utilizes what they call Vertical Force Technology (VFT). VFT minimizes riser twist after the shot helping improve accuracy and shot repeatability. It also helps with eliminating hand shock as well. The machined aluminum riser has designed cut outs that eliminate unneeded weight while maintaining strength and a unique look. The arrow shelf is located closer to the shooter's hand, which corrects slight imperfections with shooting form. The thumb groove on the shelf also helps with proper hand placement as well. The riser is also equipped with a front mounting stabilizer bushing that lines up with the string stop system. The limbs are layered in construction resulting in a strong construction designed for years of use. The limbs are parallel at full draw and are offered in 50-70 pound max draw weights. The limb pockets are non-pivoting meaning the limbs are the only thing moving when going in to full draw.
GripThe Stud is equipped with a two-piece wooden grip. Those shooters who like a thicker neck will truly enjoy this grip and how it sits in their hand. The wooden grip helps in cold weather to keep your hand a little warmer. The bottom side of the arrow shelf has a groove for shooters to put their thumb, which helps aid in a repeatable torque-free grip.
Eccentric SystemThe entire Diamond line sports a single cam system and the Stud is no exception. The smooth drawing Stud Cam allows for a ton of adjustability to personalize the feel of the draw for each shooter. The first adjustment shooters will notice is the let off adjustability from 65-80%. Draw length can be changed in half-inch increments from 25-30 inches. The draw length is also easily adjustable by removing the module screws, sliding the module, and retightening the screws. Shooters are also able to adjust the draw stop post helping them adjust the valley to match their shooting style and preferences. The ability to adjust almost every part of the bow is an option that is typically not offered, and the price is free. All of these options are built in to the cam requiring no expensive cam swaps or professional assistance. Along with so many adjustments, the Stud shoots a respectable IBO speed of 318 feet per second. Although there are faster single cam powered bows, the options available for personalizing the draw cycle may be enough of a difference for shooters to not worry about the slower speeds.
Draw Cycle/ShootabilityDiamond Stud shooters love the smooth draw and virtually shock free release of the Stud. The draw cycle is so adjustable; shooters are able to personalize the bow to match their individual preference. Despite the draw potentially being different for almost every shooter, everyone will notice a smooth draw and a solid back wall. The draw stop post spins around contacting the bottom limb at full draw. This allows for a very solid back wall. The valley is also adjustable, so those wanting a longer valley have that option. Those shooters interested in a short valley can adjust the cam accordingly as well. For the most part, shooters unhappy with the draw cycle have many options to make it more comfortable.
Silencing PackageThe Stud comes factory equipped with a Bowtech hush kit. Rubberized dampeners are placed on the cable slide near the riser along with both limbs. The strings are also equipped with rubberized hush kit string silencers as well. The rear mounting string stop system helps with noise reduction as well as minimizing hand shock and after the shot vibration. The string stop system is strategically placed in line with the front mounting stabilizer bushing, which will further reduce hand shock and residual noise. Shooters agree the hush kits helps with eliminating noise and vibration making the Stud a joy to shoot.
Diamond Stud versus Diamond Black Ice
The Diamond Stud and the Diamond Black Ice are very similar in looks and technology, and with the Black Ice in the lineup since 2007; this may not be a bad thing. Although the cams are different, the adjustability options on both rigs are identical. The speed and kinetic energy is the same for both bows as well. The Diamond black Ice has a shorter axel-to-axel measurement as well as a quarter of an inch longer brace height. Newer models of the Diamond Black Ice also incorporate Diamonds FLX guard that flexes when being drawn helping with tuning, forgiveness, and accuracy. However, the differences between the two bows are limited and the more expensive price of the Black Ice may not be worth it for some shooters.
|Bow||Diamond Stud||Diamond Black Ice|
|Brace Height||7 "||7.25 "|
|AtA Length||33.25 "||31.75 "|
|Draw Length||25 " - 30 "||25 " - 30 "|
|Draw Weight||50 lbs - 70 lbs||40 lbs - 70 lbs|
|IBO Speed||310 fps - 318 fps||310 fps - 318 fps|
|Weight||3.8 lbs||3.8 lbs|
|Let-Off||65% - 80%||65% - 80%|
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