Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27
Rated 5 out of 5 by divingdad Great Bow
I am new to bow hunting, but I love the new Blackout. Its a quiet bow with plenty of speed and power. I have added 2 pins to the site and taken the light off of the site. The light will be a nice addition for night hunting but during the day the light can be an additional source of noise while firing the bow. I am still not sure whether I like the hostage rest due to slight movement of plastic parts but it works well so far. I hunt with a friend who has been hunting with Mathew's bows for years and he made the comment that my bow was easier to shoot and would make him a deadly shot in the field. Great bow keep up the good work.
October 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by jjjunge73 Zero to Hero
I hadn't shot a bow for about 8 years, and even then, I had been confident with shots 30 yards and closer. I had Mathews and Parker bows before. After a unique hunting opportunity was presented, I went up to the Bass Pro here in Springfield and did some shopping. After considering, I picked the Blackout, had it set up and tuned at the store. I shot it at the store and was amazed with its quickness, balance and silence. This was Tuesday. I shot for about an hour on wednesday to get my 30 and 40 pins dialed in. Friday night, I shot a big 6 x 5 elk straight through the heart. The confidence I had gained with perfect practice of such an easy shooting weapon was surely a factor. After 8 years, this bow has me anxious to hunt as often as I possibly can. The confidence I have with shots 60+ yards now is borderline obnoxious (in a good way!!)
September 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by ConspicuousConsumer Supreme Bow
This bow is aboslutely and totally awesome, and the price is really good compared to other 2010 and 2011 bows.
I have had a RedHead Kryptik for 3 years and wanted to upgrade to a faster bow. I tried the Kryptik Pro but it was barely faster and harder to shoot than the Kryptik. I tried the Bear Carnage, which is insanely fast, but I didn't like thre grip or the draw cycle at all. So I stuck with the Kryptik and waited to find out what the next RedHead bow would be. I tried the Blackout soon after it came out and was immediately impressed, so I picked one up during the fall classic.
It is not quite as fast as the Carnage, but it shoots beautifully and accurately. The grip and the draw cycle are great. The string is great and shows no wear after about 1000 shots. It comes with a string stopper, which in my opinion is more important than a stabilizer.
The riser is coated with a rubbery like camo skin that contributes to damping and seems like it would make it grippier and less cold to the touch.
The sight it comes with is junk. I put my old Carolina Foxfire sight on and love it. I'm using 27 inch Carbon Fury arrows on a 29 inch draw at 62 pounds and found you only need 1 pin out to 33 yards.
The included rest is a Hostage XL, which is great. The stabilizer is light weight, but I will probably remove it and shoot without.
The quiver is light and awesome. It comes with an extra mount so you can move between two bows or attach it to your stand or backback. I am retiring my $60 Alpine softlok quiver because the included quiver is so nice.
It comes with a floating peep, which so far has worked very well and and has stayed aligned with the D loop.
I also shot the Blackout against the Diamond Deadeye which is a near twin of the Blackout. At $200 more, The Deadeye shoots noticably a little faster, and has a couple of upgrades, like the string roller which is nice, and the Hostage Pro rest. But it felt top-heavy to me and it had a more difficult draw cycle than the Blackout. All in all, even if they were the same price I would have still picked the Blackout over the Deadeye.
The guys at the Bass Pro in Gurnee helped me get paper tuned and dialed in, and I am able to get 2 inch groups at 33 yards with the Blackout.
The only one possible negative of this bow is the depth of the channel on the idler wheel. The string rides a little high and looks like it could come off the idler if torqued sideways or if you drop the bow. But I'm guessing the engineers tested to make sure this was not a risk, so this might not be an issue at all.
September 23, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by putso best bow for the price
I bought this bow 3 days ago and love it i haven't bow hunted much the past couple years due to using some very old stuff but now I will be in the woods every time i get a chance. I was very surprised at my uncle's reaction on how fast and quite it is cause all he shoots are mathew's. The rest that comes with it isn't bad but i upgraded to a fall away and now its even better than when i shot it at the store.
September 9, 2011