Our Diamond Infinite Edge Pro Review: Pros and Cons
One of our favorite aspects of running a website about archery is that we get to review products, and in today’s post, we’ll provide a top-to-bottom Diamond Infinite Edge Pro review.
It’s a popular bow—and Bowtech, the company that manufactures it—designed it that way, with features that give it a broad appeal to beginner and intermediate archers alike.
Is it worth your attention, though? There are some very popular bows out there that aren’t worth the effort (and we know, because we’ve shot and reviewed them!), so how does the Infinite Edge rate?
Below, we’ll start with a quick summary, and then we'll go over each of the Infinite Edge’s features, discuss what we like and what we don’t like, and after all that, we’ll list a few similar bows, and do a comparison of how they add up.
The Infinite Edge: A Quick Summary
While it has a few flaws—the arrow rest that comes with the bow is average and you may want to replace it with a whisker biscuit or drop-away arrow rest, and the grip isn't the most comfortable we've ever encountered—we've found the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro to be an excellent bow, and a great option for target shooters and bowhunters. The adjustable draw weight allows you to increase the power of your bow, and that's an excellent option as you practice and gain strength. You can increase the draw weight all the way up to 70 pounds, and that's heavy enough to hunt almost all types of North American game. The bow is capable of shooting arrows at 310 feet-per-second, so you can deliver your arrows quickly and efficiently, and the bow sight and stabilizer that come with the bow are sturdy and reliable. Overall, an excellent option, and a solid choice if you're a beginner or intermediate bowhunter.
The Bow’s Specs: Very Respectable
Let’s look at the specifications on this bad boy.
The Diamond Infinite Edge Pro has got:
Dual (aka “Twin”) Cams. Both cams at the top and bottom cam are elliptical, and they’re synchronized—meaning they move in tandem, at the same pace—and designed to create a smooth draw cycle. The result is a pretty even draw, with no “bump” before the valley—a definite plus.
Draw Weight. There are a few bow features that, when you hear about them, you think to yourself, “Ahhh—that bow manufacturer wants to sell a lot of these bows.” The draw weight on the Infinite Edge ranges from a mere 5 pounds all the way up to 70 pounds, and that’s one of those features that gives it a broad appeal: if you’re a beginner to immediate archer, your range is almost certainly going to fall somewhere between 5 and 70 pounds—in other words, the draw weight on this bow is appropriate for the great majority of archers and bowhunters.
The real reason that range is a fantastic feature, though, is because it means that you can use this bow as you develop your skills—if you start out when you’re a beginner at a draw weight of 35 pounds, you can adjust the draw weight to 40 pounds when you’re ready, then 45 pounds, and so on. And because the Edge is a durable piece of equipment (and we’ll talk about that in a minute), if you take care of it, it’s designed to last for many years.
Draw Length. The Infinite Edge features an adjustable draw length, which you can set at 13 inches on the low end, all the way up to 31 inches on the long end. That’s an incredible range, and one that makes it a good fit for folks of just about every height, from kids around 4-feet tall to adults up to about 6-foot-5-inches. Those are estimates, though—you’ll need to figure out your draw weight before you buy a bow. And if you’re taller than 6-foot-5-inches, you’ll want to choose another bow, because of the…
Back Wall. The Infinite Edge is designed to feature a VERY stiff back wall, which can be a wonderful thing if you have trouble finding your anchor point.
Feet per Second (FPS). The FPS for the Diamond Infinite Edge is 310, and that’s very decent for a beginner-to-intermediate compound bow. There are faster bows out there—some of the most high-end bows can even go up to 370 FPS, if you can believe it—but you’re only going to find that sort of FPS on very high-end models. 310 is plenty fast for target shooting and bow hunting, and way faster than comparable bows made a few years back.
Axle-to-Axle Length. Just about right, in our estimation: 31.5 inches (although some folks like a longer axle-to-axle length). It’s a little shorter than most compound bows you’d use for target shooting, but it’s just about right for hunting: tall enough to give you some shot stability, but short enough to maneuver your way through brush and woodsy areas.
Weight. This champ weighs in at about 3.2 pounds. There are lighter bows out there, but 3.2 isn’t bad, by any stretch.
Let-Off. 80%. Also very good, compared to other bows in this range. Even if you crank the draw weight all the way up to 70 pounds—the maximum for this bow—with an 80% let-off, you’re looking at a 14-pound weight in the valley (70 pounds x .2 = 14 pounds). That’s very decent, and another positive of this model.
So now that we know a little bit about the pros and cons of the bow’s specs, let’s continue our Diamond Infinite Edge Pro review and look at:
Pros and Cons of the Infinite Edge
In particular, we’ll talk about how the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro compares to other bows:
PRO: Adjustable Draw Weight. We mentioned this before, but it’s really one of the best features of this bow: the range of draw weights on this bow is fantastic. Five pounds is almost nothing—making it great for younger archers—and 70 pounds is on the high side of things. We’re a little bit on the cheap side, and when we acquire something, we want to know that we can grow old with it. An adjustable draw weight on a high-quality bow—and we’ve found this to be a high-quality bow—that’s a very nice combo.
PRO: It’s a Great Option for Recurve Shooters Who Want to Switch to Compounds. A lot of archers start off with recurves because compounds look complicated and a little bit intimidating, and recurve bows seem a little simpler. Other archers are simply drawn to the more “natural” look of a recurve, and compounds seem very technical and machine-like. Still others think they’ll never go hunting and (incorrectly) assume that compounds are only for hunting, so they shy away from compounds at the beginning of their archery journey. We’ve met a lot of these folks, and often times, they’re looking to switch things up and try something new. If that describes your situation, we think the Infinite Edge is a good choice for the jump—it’s accessible, easy to use compared to some higher-end bows, and…
PRO: It Comes (Mostly) Ready to Rock. If you’re new to archery, compiling all the equipment you need to get started can be a huge pain (and it’s a really huge pain if you’re buying a recurve bow, because those tend to come with—count them—zero add-ons, and you need to get an arrow rest, a bow sight, etc. on your own). The Diamond Infinite Edge features some great accessories, that range from average to fantastic (and we’ll talk about that below). It’s usually packaged with three-pin sight on the riser, a peep sight on the string, a containment rest, a bow sling, and a stabilizer. That’s really all you need to get started, other than arrows.
PRO: It’s Versatile. We’ll go into this in more detail below, but this is a great bow for hunting and a great bow for the range. Some bows are good for one and not the other, and it’s nice to know you’ve got options. There are plenty of folks who start out interested in target archery, and eventually find that they want to give bowhunting a shot. If you want to stick to shooting targets at the range or on your property, this is a good option; if you want to get into bowhunting, the Diamond Infinite Edge affords you that opportunity.
All that said, it’s not perfect, and here’s a…
CON: You’ll Need to Have it Tuned. For as many bells and whistles as the model comes with, chances are you’ll need to have it tuned when you receive it, especially if you’re a beginner (and we’d advise you NOT to shoot until the bow has been tuned). The draw weight will most likely need to be adjusted, you’ll probably need to re-set the peep sight, and you’re going to spend a lot time adjusting the three-pin sight. And that’s another…
CON: You May Want to Replace a Few Parts. All the accessories that come with the Infinite Edge are perfectly functional, and better than you’d find on many, many bows of equal or lesser quality. That said, the containment rest is stable but pretty standard, and it actually has some very tough bristles in it, so if your arrows twist off the string, you may have an issue with fletchings popping off your shafts. A soft whisker biscuit, or better yet, a drop-away arrow rest, might be a good upgrade.
As for the rest of the parts, the stabilizer is actually very good (it's not too long for bowhunting, and yet it eats up some of the vibration from your shot) and while the bow sight is nothing fancy, it provides clear aim for game / targets up to 40+ yards away. If you're shooting at very long distances—50 yards or more—you may want to opt for a five-pin sight.
Lastly, the grip is OK, and you may want to personalize it a little bit with some tape. That's a pretty common criticism of compound bows, though—most of them have grips that aren't as comfortable as recurve grips.
And, there you go! A couple of cons, but nothing serious, and the positives of the bow, in our humble opinion, far outweigh the negatives.
Can I Go Hunting with the Diamond Infinite Edge?
Why, yes, yes you can! It’s actually a great bow for bowhunting, and depending on the draw weight at which you set your bow, you should able to hunt small game (like groundhogs and rabbits) to medium game (like antelope and deer) to large game (like wild boar and elk) to very large game (like musk ox and cape buffalo). Again, for a bow that’s designed for beginners to intermediates, it’s a big plus that you have such a wide range of bowhunting options.
The reason a bowhunter is able to use the Infinite Edge to hunt game of such different sizes is because you’re able to adjust the draw weight—we keep coming back to adjustable draw weight, but it really is a big deal—and by adjusting the draw weight, you’re able to increase the kinetic energy of the arrows you shoot. The folks at Bowhunting.com recommend the following kinetic energy for different types of game: 25 ft. lbs. for small game; 26 to 41 ft. lbs. for medium game, 42 to 65 ft. lbs. for large game, and 65 pounds or more for very large game.
A full discussion of kinetic energy—and why it’s important to bowhunting—is beyond the scope of this post (and we’ve written about it at length in other posts), so we’ll keep it simple: because you can tune your bow to lower draw weights, you can adjust your bow to meet the < 25 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy necessary to hunt small game, and then later you can dial up the draw weight all the way past the 65 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy needed to hunt very large game. Gold recommends that 55 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy is enough for most species of North American game, and because the Infinite Edge can actually produce more than 65 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy, you’ve got a lot of options when it comes to bowhunting.
Comparable Bows You May Be Interested In
So, after reading this far, you’ve probably gathered: we like this bow, and we recommend it.
Sometimes, though, a particular bow just doesn’t do it for you. If that’s the case, here are a few other models that are comparable, that you may want to check out, and how they’re similar/different from the Infinite Edge:
The Bear Archery Cruzer G2 Compound. When you mention the Infinite Edge, prepare to hear about the Bear Cruzer. They’re VERY similar—the Cruzer has a draw length of 12 inches to 30 inches, and a draw weight range of 5 pounds to 70 pounds—and while it has one or two advantages (it shoots 315 FPS versus the Infinite Edge’s 310 FPS, and it weighs 3.0 pounds versus the Infinite Edge’s 3.2 pounds), it’s also got one unique drawback: its let-off is only 70%, compared to the Infinite Edge’s 80%. Both are really good bows, in our humble opinion, great for bowhunting and target shooting, and they’re very very similar.
The RAPTOR Hunting Compound. This, too, is very similar to the Infinite Edge and the Bear Cruzer G2, but with a few small differences: it’s 3.6 pounds, making it a bit heavier; it’s got a draw weight range of 30 to 70 pounds, so it’s not a great choice for very young archers / young adult archers; and it comes with a whisker biscuit instead of a regular three-part containment rest, but that’s not really a big deal. It’s shorter than the other bows, and with an axle-to-axle length of 30 inches, a 315 FTPS measurement, and a 75% let-off, it can be a good choice if you’re certain you’ll be bowhunting. And, last but not least…
The SAS Rage Compound Bow. This is a little bit on the heavy side—4.4 pounds, almost a pound heavier than the Infinite Edge—and it’s got a MUCH higher draw weight range, ranging from 55 pounds on the low end, to 70 pounds on the high end (in other words: this bow is for very strong archers who have experience). It’s got a lower FPS at 270, but according to our calculations, that would still make it strong enough to hunt whitetail deer.
Which one is the best? They’re all solid bows, honestly, and it depends on what you’re looking for, and hopefully we’ve provided enough info in this post to help you make an informed decision. The only thing we’d suggest you keep in mind is that Infinite Edge, the Cruzer, and the RAPTOR are all good for beginners, but the SAS Rage is probably best kept for intermediate archers who know what they’re doing, because of that high draw weight.
The Edge: A Review Recap
So to sum things up, here’s our lowdown-slash-summary of the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro: it’s a solid bow with great range, suitable for beginners to intermediate target archers and bowhunters. It’s generous range of draw weights—5 pounds to 70 pounds—make it a great starter bow, but it’s also a bow that you can use over the years, because as you gain strength, you can re-tune it and make it heavier. It’s great for hunting—with an axle-to-axle length of 31.5, it’s on the shorter side of bows, and that makes it great for maneuvering through thickets and brush. Plus, it’s a great bow if you’re used to shooting a recurve and want to make the leap into shooting compounds.
It’s got a few tools you may want to swap out—the three-pin sight is a little old-school, and you may want to replace the containment rest—but all-around, we think the Diamond Infinite Edge pro is a solid all-around choice, and one we’re happy to recommend.
OK—that about wraps it up for the Diamond Infinite Edge! It is, in our estimation, a fantastic bow, great for target shooter or bowhunting. Happy fun, be safe, and happy shooting!