June 02, 2016
By Curt Wells
There is no denying that the archery industry has responded to the "youth movement" better than just about any industry you can imagine. Yes, youth bows and accessories have been around for a long time, but the variety, quality, and number of options has increased dramatically.
Most bow manufacturers have had to ramp up production to keep up with demand for youth bows and that is good for all of us.
Diamond Archery has been an active player in the youth market and they have just released their latest "do-it-all" bow for the growing archer. The Diamond Edge SB-1 is one of the most adaptable bows you can buy for your young arrow-flinger and the important thing to remember is you can adjust it yourself without the help of an archery shop.
Diamond Edge Adjustability
One place where the Diamond Edge SB-1 shines is at the bottom end of the draw weight scale. Nearly every parent that has pushed the envelope to get their young child started in archery has discovered that a six or seven-year-old has a difficult time drawing much weight. It's an unfamiliar motion and it can take some time until they build up the necessary muscle.
The good news is the Edge SB-1 has a bottom-end draw weight of just seven pounds, light enough for virtually any youngster to handle from day one. There is no frustrating wait for the youngster to get big enough or strong enough to start the fun part — flinging arrows.
The draw-weight range on the Edge SB-1 runs from seven to 70 pounds, which is as wide a range as I've seen. And the draw length range, an equally important factor, is also wide, ranging from just 15" to a full 30", which will cover every kid out there at least until they start playing college basketball.
And to allay any fears of those parents who aren't sure they can adjust their new Edge SB-1 to their youngster, Diamond has a web page that provides in-depth instructions. At that site there are instructional videos to help you adjust draw length, draw weight, and arrow rest, plus tips on shooting form, grip, and anchor point. You can virtually have little to no knowledge of archery and quickly get your kid to the point where they can shoot arrows and hit what they're aiming at.
I tested the versatility of this bow by adjusting it to two of my grandsons. The youngest, Easton, is 10 years old with a 20" draw length. He has a slight build so there isn't a lot of power in those arms just yet. Just by loosening three screws on each cam I was able to set the Edge SB-1 to the 20" mark in just two minutes.
I loosened the limb bolts, which have a unique built-in scale so you can set both limbs to the exact same spot. In less than five minutes Easton could comfortably draw the bow, hold it, and shoot it. All that was left was to adjust the included sight to his arrow trajectory.
Perfect for Youth
However, before I did that I adjusted this bow to my oldest grandson, Carson, who is 14 years old, 5' 10" and an experienced bowhunter with five turkeys and two deer to his credit. His draw length is already 27" so I adjusted the cams to his draw length in less than two minutes, cranked up the draw weight a few turns and he was shooting arrows with the same bow Easton was shooting just minutes earlier.
Of course, it wouldn't be practical to buy one bow and adjust it back and forth for two different youngsters. Kids don't like to wait for their turn to shoot and constant adjustment would render the sight pins useless. The key here is that you can buy a Diamond Edge SB-1 and steadily adjust it to your youngster throughout their early shooting years as they grow. With Carson we had to add an inch to his draw length every spring and maybe another inch by fall, but he is in his growth spurt right now.
Other features rounding out this highly versatile bow include a light, 3.6 lb. mass weight, and accessories like an Octane 5-arrow quiver, Octane Hostage arrow rest and Apex 3-pin sight.
To create a new archer, simply add arrows, a target and the easiest-to-find ingredient of all — a willing youngster. The fun will come naturally.