Black Gold Ascent Verdict Sight Review

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As technology in the archery industry gets better and better it seems that people are shooting their bows at farther and farther distances.  Traditionally, I myself use a 5-pin multi-pin sight.  My pins are set up for 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 yards.  There is a saying though that says practice at double the yardage that you might be shooting an animal at.  So, where does that leave you when your max distance at an animal is 60 or 70 yards?  I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck don’t have a 120 yard pin in my sight housing.  Not literally at least.  What if I told you that you could in fact get out to those distances without having a toothpick box worth of pins in your sight?  Black Gold has solved this issue with their multi-pin slider sight, The Ascent.

“If the original owner has a part break for any reason, it will be repaired or replaced at no charge.” – Black Gold

If you have never heard of Black Gold, let me enlighten you.  They are the proud innovators of one of the most bombproof sights on the market.  Their unconditional lifetime warranty says it all.  “If the original owner has a part break for any reason, it will be repaired or replaced at no charge.”  If that doesn’t show confidence in a product, I don’t know what does.  One of the features that they are probably most known for is their “PhotoChromatic” Technology.  This is a shell that covers the fiber optic strands from your pins and turns purple under natural UV light.  Why?  It actually controls the brightness of the pins so that you have perfect pin brightness all day long.  Whether it is a bright sunny day or right at dusk, you are going to be able to see your pins and see them clearly.

What is the Ascent?Dialed In Hunter-0183

Now, that I have told you about Black Gold as a company, lets get back to their new sight for 2016, The Ascent Verdict.  If you are familiar with the older Ascent models, than you probably know for the most part what the Ascent does.  For those that aren’t though, I will explain a few key things.  The most prominent feature on this sight is Black Gold’s “Dial of Death,” which in my opinion, is the Big Kahuna of the product.  This is the thing that is going to let you dial your bow quickly and effectively out to great distances.  Another amazing thing about the Ascent is the adjustability you have.  From first axis adjustment to putting your level in the top of your housing instead of the bottom, the Ascent has you covered.  If there is an adjustment to be made, the Ascent can do it.

“Dial of Death”Dialed In Hunter-0133

So how does it work?  For this example I will use a 5-pin sight as reference and for the sake of argument, you have them set up 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 yards.  The new Ascent Verdict has a 45 degree faceplate that you will be sticking a sight tape on to make your yardage adjustments.  The 45 degree faceplate makes it extremely easy to quickly be able to see the sight tape and dial the correct yardage.  The Verdict comes with 54 different sight tapes that cover all different speeds of bows, so you shouldn’t have an issue finding the one that fits you best.  Sight your bow in like you normally would and make sure that your 70 yard pin is SPOT ON.  This is going to be your “floater” pin.  Before you sight in though, make sure that your “Dial of Death” adjustment needle is set to 70 yards.  If you have picked the proper sight tape for your bow, you should be able to simply undo your locking screw, dial the needle out to the distance of your choosing, and lock the screw back in place.  Let’s say that you dial it to 80 yards.  This means that your bottom pin is now set to 80 yards.  Aim and let her fly.  When you are done, dial the needle back to 70 yards and everything is how it was.  Pretty nifty.


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My experience in the field with this sight has been great.  I was able to take my 2016 javelina with The Ascent Verdict and it worked fantastic.  Something that was very noticeable to me when out in the mountains was how bright these pins really are.  Whether the sun was just starting to peak over the horizon or it was on its way to bed for the night, these pins were bright and ready for action.  I have yet to use the Dial of Death and execute a shot in the field, but I did have to adjust it for a possible shot on a mule deer and it was as simple and quick as could be to do so.  Hopefully, next time an arrow will be in the air!

Pros of the Verdict:

  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • The “Dial of Death” lets you effectively practice way out past your comfort zone
  • Outstanding warranty
  • HUGE range of adjustability
  • PhotoChromatic Technology for the perfect pin brightness

Cons of the Verdict:

  • If I had to pick one thing, it would be the price, but even that isn’t that bad when compared to other sights on the market.  You absolutely get what you pay for with this sight.  I really don’t have any cons about it.

 The “Verdict” of the VerdictDialed In Hunter-0229

If you ask me, Black Gold hit a home run with this sight and I think it is sure to impress.  I might even go as far to say that it is, in my opinion, probably the perfect bow sight for the western hunter.  It lets you effectively practice way out past your comfort zone so those 60 and 70 yard shots are a walk in the park.  The construction and materials used, like all Black Gold sights, is just as tough as the country that we hunt in and is more than capable of handling the rigors of the Rocky Mountain west.  Again, let’s not forget about the fantastic warranty that you get when you buy a Black Gold sight.  Knowing that if something does in fact happen to the product, it is going to be covered no matter what, is nothing short of a huge peace of mind in my book.  You can check out The Ascent Verdict and more of what Black Gold has to offer on their website,  If you have used this sight or others in the Ascent line, I would love to know what you think of them!


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