Some bowhunters prefer super-fast, lightweight arrows, some prefer large, heavy models, some prefer slim-diameter shafts, and still more bowhunters prefer something else completely. Thankfully, there’s a high-performance arrow for every hunter out there no matter what they like, and there’s even more to try out this year from top-of-the-line hunting arrow manufacturers.
- Easton T64 FMJ
Easton’s FMJ line just got a little tastier. Enter the T64 —a shaft profile that begins at the front with a 6mm diameter and seamlessly tapers down to a micro-diameter 4mm at the nock end. This process boosts front-of-center (FOC) weight distribution and adds up to 30 percent more FOC to increase long-range accuracy. The taper area creates reduced friction to ensure maximum penetration. MSRP: $299 per dozen (bare shafts).
- Gold Tip Airstrike
Featuring an ultra-light .204-inch inside diameter profile with an extreme front-of-center design, Gold Tip’s Airstrike will fill plenty of quivers this fall. High-modulus carbon construction ensures durability while the Dyna-Tek Shield coating improves aerodynamics, boosts penetration and makes arrow removal from targets a breeze. Built for speed and long-range accuracy, the Airstrike has a +/- .001-inch straightness tolerance and a +/-.5-grain weight tolerance. MSRP: $119.99 to 209.99 per dozen.
- Victory XTORSION
Encapsulating layers of 304 stainless steel within high-modulus carbon fiber, Victory’s XTORSION was created to be accurate, durable and quiet, and, best of all, it hits like a freight train. The arrow’s exterior is composed of a 90-degree woven carbon fiber to better increase compressive strength and reduce torsional deflection. MSRP: $180 per dozen.
- BloodSport Hunter Extreme
The meat-and-potatoes BloodSport Hunter Extreme is a strong, 100 percent carbon shaft that keeps greenbacks in the wallet. Available in three spine sizes (350, 400 and 500), these shafts sport BloodSport’s Rugged Wrap technology to provide shooters a more durable arrow and are fitted with a new nock designed to ensure additional strength and durability. MSRP: $39.99 for six.
- Carbon Express Maxima XRZ
The Maxima series has been a win for Carbon Express, and its latest addition, the Maxima XRZ, should only help cement this arrow’s legacy. Sporting a lightweight build and designed with speed in mind, the XRZ showcases Carbon Express’ exclusive BackBone technology, Red Zone and Tri-Spine — a trio that results in better flight with broadhead-tipped arrows. The XRZ is available in a number of spine sizes. MSRP: $189.99 to $199.99 per dozen.
- Easton Axis SPT
Designed with every bowhunter in mind, Easton’s latest Axis incarnation, the SPT, fits short-draw and low-poundage shooters as well as those with long draws and bows with limb bolts turned all of the way in. Available in seven spine sizes ranging from 260 to 700, the Axis SPT is compatible with all Axis components, including the popular front-of-center-enhancing Easton brass inserts. MSRP: $149.99 per dozen (bare shafts).
- PSE Carbon Force XP
In an effort to boost penetration and reduce wind drift, PSE’s Carbon Force XP arrows feature a small inner diameter (.204-inch) and come with a pre-fletched option of 2-inch Blazer Vanes. With a straightness tolerance of +/- .003 inch and a weight tolerance of +/- 2 grains, XP arrows are available in spines of 300, 350, 400 and 500. MSRP: $99.99 per dozen.
- BloodSport Bloodhunter
A standard-diameter shaft sporting BloodSport’s carbon rugged wrap construction, the Bloodhunter is a standard, mid-weight arrow with a +/- .004-inch straightness rating. The innovative Blood Ring allows shooters to easily diagnose where the animal was hit and make a more informed tracking decision. The Bloodhunter is available in spine sizes of 300, 350, 400 and 500. MSRP: $54.99 for six.
- Gold Tip Black Label
Built using Smart Carbon Technology, Gold Tip’s Black Label shafts are sorted and matched via a process that uses multiple lasers to better check for perfect shaft-to-shaft continuity. Designed with jaw-dropping accuracy in mind, the Black Label comes with a +/-.0025-inch straightness rating and includes the 20-grain FACT Weight for increased FOC. MSRP: $144.99 per dozen.
- Easton Hyperspeed
Easton’s Hyperspeed and Hyperspeed Pro shafts are available in spine sizes ranging from 300 to 500 and promise +/-.001-inch straightness. Designed to put trophies on the mantle and backstraps on the grill, these shafts combine speed with Easton’s made-in-the-USA carbon technology. Hyperspeed and Hyperspeed Pro shafts will be available only through authorized Easton dealers. MSRP: Not yet available.