The 2009 Black Ice is a compound bow made by BowTech's Diamond division. It comes with an optional accessory package. The manufacturer touts the Black Ice's speed and ease of use, and archers are very happy with it--field evaluations and consumer reviews of the bow are intensely positive.
The Black Ice is 32 inches from axle to axle, and has a 7.5-inch brace. The draw length is 26 to 30 inches. It comes with draw weights of 50, 60, or 70 pounds. Diamond claims a speed of 310 to 318 feet per second (fps) generated from the bow, along with a generated kinetic energy of 78.6 foot-pounds (fpe).
An optional accessory package may be purchased with the Black Ice. The package includes two sights: a five-pin fiber optic sight and a peep sight. The package also includes a braided wrist sling, a stabilizer and an arrow rest. A four-arrow twist-release quiver is also included.
Retailers like Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops and Amazon.com sell the Black Ice for around $650 without the accessory package, which runs about $130. The price puts the Black Ice in the premium category of mass-market compound bows.
Field evaluator Patrick Gordon gives the Black Ice line high grades across the board, stopping short of giving the bow 10s (in scales of 1 through 10) in all categories because he believes that Diamond "somehow, some way will keep coming up with new and innovative ways to make better bows."
Of 19 consumer reviews on the website of retailer Cabela's, the Diamond Black Ice received 5 of 5 stars 19 times. Customers tout the bow's smoothness, ease of use, durability and accuracy.
Bass Pro Shops' consumers gave the bow an average of 4.7 of 5 stars over 25 reviews, and 96% of the consumer reviewers said they would recommend the bow to their friends.
- Photo Credit Jon Mack
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