Hot Gear: Easton Arrows Available in Retro XX75 Autumn Orange

Easton is offering its popular small-diameter 6MM and 5MM arrows in the awesome Autumn Orange color bowhunters will remember from decades ago.

Way back in the dark ages when we had landline telephones, vehicles with triangular windows for air vents and high-low clicker buttons on the floor and three television networks (four if you counted PBS), we had orange arrows.

gear-easton-fmj-autumn-orangeMy father started doing a little bowhunting in the late 1970s and then I got one of his bows to shoot, probably about 1980 or ’81. I honestly don’t remember. But I remember shooting in the yard with him and going to our nearest archery-only shop — Lake’s Archery, in a spot in the road no bigger than my right foot. Jimmy Lake ran it, had good gear, was welcoming and knowledgeable, and was funny. Always enjoyed going there.

One thing I recall about those days is the orange Easton aluminum arrows. Orange! Until later on when we started seeing more colors on shafts and fletching, I thought orange arrows with feather fletchings (this was before NAP QuikFletch or plastic vanes, kiddos) was what everyone shot. Either orange or kind of a light green.

Now, they’re back. Easton has announced that a limited run of orange arrows will return in its popular 6MM FMJ and 5MM FMJ lineups. This makes me smile. Retro throwbacks are a good thing now and then.

Here’s some information from Easton about it:

Easton, for a limited time, will produce a 6MM and 5MM FMJ version in the retro Autumn Orange color finish. The Easton XX75 Autumn Orange shafts were a mainstay in bow quivers from the 1970’s until the late 90’s and any archer from that era will remember shooting this popular shaft.

The FMJ Autumn Orange shafts will use the same base carbon-core shaft wrapped with a 7075 aluminum metal jacket used in the current 6MM and 5MM. The reduced diameter 6MM and 5MM shaft provides more penetration and accuracy than a standard carbon arrow by adding the kinetic energy and the precision straightness afforded by a metal jacket overlay. The shafts are sold at a popular price-point where a lot of regular carbon arrows are priced and puts the world’s most advanced hunting shaft within reach of most bowhunters.

In the 6MM
• Available in spine sizes: 470, 390 and 320
• Pre-installed 6MM (H) Nocks
• 6MM RPS 8-32 inserts included
• Reduced-diameter 6MM carbon core with 7075 metal jacket
• MSRP: $79.99 per half dozen

In the 5MM
— Available in spine sizes: 500, 400, 340 and 300.
— Pre-installed 5MM (X) nocks 
— 5MM RPS 8-32 HIT inserts included
— Micro-diameter carbon core with a 7075 metal jacket
— $91.99 MSRP per half-dozen

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