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Getting Ready For The Outdoors: Arrow Selection

by Adam Lewis March 19, 2019

Getting Ready For The Outdoors: Arrow Selection

The outdoors are right around the corner and in last month’s post we talked about strings and how you can use them to tune your setup if you missed that I will put a link at the bottom of the page. We are now going to talk about arrows, what arrows are good for target and field archery.

Field Arrows

Barebow

We will start with barebow archery, really what we would suggest for this is either an Easton Carbon One or an Easton Axis/Traditional and the reason being strength. When you are shooting barebow in field archery you can shoot anything from five yards to 100 yards with that in mind you need not only a quick arrow but also a durable one that can withstand the punishments of field archery. The carbon one 600 comes in at 6.9 GPI (Grains per inch) making it quicker than the axis at 7.20 but the Axis is a tougher arrow, the decision here is whether you want a slightly quicker arrow or a slightly more durable arrow.

Recurve Free Style 

This is very much the same as target archery with the exception you don't see the Easton X10 used as much due to the arrow being designed specifically for 70 metres, the Easton Carbon One is a good affordable starting point both quick and strong. The next arrow is line is the very popular flagship Easton ACC (Aluminium Carbon Composite) the combination of the carbon and aluminium makes the arrow straighter and makes for much better weight tolerances between each shaft allowing for much tighter groupings. The next step up and arguably the best in this category is the Easton ACE (Aluminium Carbon Extreme) the tolerances on this arrow are incredibly tight making sure that each arrow is perfectly matched, this arrow is not only the lightest and has the best tolerances but it is also barrelled making the arrow much more forgiving to shoot.

Compound

Unmarked rounds you will want an arrow that is very light weight as your sight marks will be closer together and less critical if you judge the distance incorrectly. The starting point here is the Easton Powerflight it is a lightweight carbon arrow at an affordable price, the next arrow in-line is the Easton Flatline /Easton Lightspeed both of these arrows are straighter, lighter and tougher than the previous arrows making them a better option. A different option is the Easton Axis/Traditional whilst this arrow is heavier it is a much tougher arrow than those previously listed, this is one very durable arrow for an affordable price.

Marked rounds you know the distance so this is where you can go for a better performing arrow that most of the time would be more fragile, the Easton Carbon One is a good affordable starting point both quick and strong. The next upgrade would be the Easton ACG (Aluminum Carbon Gold) this arrow is smaller in diameter meaning it is effected less by the wind, the shaft is also heavier allowing it to push it through the air much easier. The next arrow in line is the Easton FMJ Match (Full Metal Jacket) it is a high-performance, high-strength Full Metal Jacket carbon shaft. It provides superior kinetic energy making more accurate at long distance. The Easton ProComp is the brand new 2019 arrow equivalent of the ProTour but at a much more affordable price with one main difference, the ProComp is not tapered like the ProTour but it does have the same tolerances. If you have a very short draw and you are cutting anything from 3.5-6.0" depending on the spine you are removing the taper from a ProTour and effectively turning it into a ProComp.

Target Arrows 

Barebow

Things change quite a bit here as the need for a durable arrow lessens what we want is a light weight high tolerance arrow, the Easton Carbon One again is a great option light weight, strong with a fantastic construction. The downside to that is that some clubs don't allow the use of an all carbon arrow due to it being hard to find in the grass. The next arrow is line is the very popular flagship Easton ACC (Aluminium Carbon Composite) the combination of the carbon and aluminium makes the arrow straighter and makes for much better weight tolerances between each shaft allowing for much tighter groupings. The final and arguably best arrow is the Easton ACE (Aluminium Carbon Extreme) the tolerances on this arrow are incredibly tight making sure that each arrow is perfectly matched, this arrow is not only the lightest and has the best tolerances but it is also barrelled making the arrow much more forgiving to shoot.

Recurve Free Style 

The Easton Carbon One is a good affordable starting point both quick and strong. The next arrow is line is the very popular flagship Easton ACC (Aluminium Carbon Composite) the combination of the carbon and aluminium makes the arrow straighter and makes for much better weight tolerances between each shaft allowing for much tighter groupings. The next step up  is the Easton ACE (Aluminium Carbon Extreme) the tolerances on this arrow are incredibly tight making sure that each arrow is perfectly matched, this arrow is not only the lightest and has the best tolerances but it is also barrelled making the arrow much more forgiving to shoot. The Easton X10 arrow is barrelled like the ACE but is designed specifically for 70 metres, no other arrow in the world performs better at that chosen distance winning every Olympic title since 1996. The X10 and ACE both have their place, if you are shooting 70 metre rounds the X10 is the way to go as that is what it is designed for however for 100 yards the ACE is better for sight marks as it is considerably lighter.

Compound

The starting point here is the Easton ACC (Aluminium Carbon Composite) the combination of the carbon and aluminium makes the arrow straighter and makes for much better weight tolerances between each shaft allowing for much tighter groupings. The next upgrade would be the Easton ACG (Aluminium Carbon Gold) this arrow is smaller in diameter meaning it is effected less by the wind, the shaft is also heavier allowing it to push it through the air much easier. The Easton ProComp is the brand new 2019 arrow equivalent of the ProTour but at a much more affordable price with one main difference, the ProComp is not tapered like the ProTour but it does have the same tolerances. If you have a very short draw and you are cutting anything from 3.5-6.0" depending on the spine you are removing the taper from a ProTour and effectively turning it into a ProComp. Now we have the Easton X10 ProTour if you don't need to cut too much of the shaft this is the ultimate compound target arrow taking full advantage of the tapered design giving it unparalleled aerodynamics cutting through the air that much easier. 

If you missed my last post on getting ready for the outdoors recurve string see the link below.

Getting Ready For The Outdoors: Recurve Strings




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