I forgot to mention, A friend of mine does shoot gold tips and swears by them.. ive never shot them, but ive seen him fling some arrows and they have help up well. Also one of my friends I shoot with in a field league took a shot at 70 yards with the ST Excel, (we only have pin sights, non adjustable for yardage.. his furthest pin was set for 40) he took the 70 yard shot anyway and undershot by about 10 hards, hitting a big rock laying in the shooting lane, we saw sparks and everything, thought the arrow must have blown into a million pieces, walked up and found the arrow perfect, only missing the knock. I am sure there are many other arrows out there that will hold up. Its all in what you want to spend and getting info from talking to people who shoot different kinds of arrows. Ive seen the ridiculously priced acc arrows blow up and ive had one of my excels hit a target dead on and splinter. I just know as far as the Excel's that we shoot, they are a fair price and hold up pretty well.