If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that I’m often NOT on the cutting edge when upgrading to new gear.  I want to know something works and works well before I abandon my tried-‘n’-true (insert gear here).


I followed the same pattern for the small diameter shaft arrows that are now widely available.  If you’re a Rokslide member, you’ve heard about these arrows. 

Among other design benefits, they are engineered to “buck” the wind better than their fatter cousins.  They are also more expensive than traditional diameter arrows, so I held off until I knew if the cost was worth the switch. 

Then at last year’s Total Archery Challenge in Bozeman, Montana, I witnessed first-hand how these shafts can improve accuracy.  Rokslide writer, Josh Boyd, was on my team and I watched again and again how much less wind drift he was experiencing than me, especially at yardages beyond 40.  I decided then and there that it was time to consider this technology.

Back at home, I worked with my local proshop, Archery Idaho, to secure a dozen of the Gold Tip Kinetic Pierce Platinum Arrows for testing. Owner, Tom Thiel, can sell any arrow he wants to but feels like the Gold Tip is the best out there, so I trusted him and gave them a try.


I started shooting in late March.  Since that time, I’ve sent few hundred Gold Tip Kinetic Pierce Platinums downrange from between 20-90 yards and in winds up to 25 mph.  I am here with my conclusion: I’ll be shooting these arrows come fall! 

Here’s a quick video demonstrating how these arrows performed against traditional diameter arrows in high winds, the Gold tips with vanes, the Beman Hunters with feathers:

Here’s a video with the Beman Hunter’s fletched exactly like the Gold Tips.  I didn’t calculate FOC, but both arrows shot bullet holes through paper.

You can see that the results were similar.  Conclusion: The Gold Tips did outperform the traditional diameter arrows in winds from 12-25 mph regardless of fletch

For more information, you can link to Gold Tip here or order directly from Archery Idaho here

To learn about the gear and tactics I use for Hunting Big Mule Deer, check out my book, Hunting Big Mule Deer


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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator


  1. Robby, I have been using GT Kinetics for the last few years and really do like them. Tim Gillingham from Gold Tip, and Hamskia Archery Solutions gave me the Idea to 4 fletch my arrows for long range. I have found that shooting these with a 2″ Opti Vane from Goattuff in a 4 fletch configuration, my groups have gotten even tighter. For those of you teaching Archery to Scouts and or 4-H, Gold Tip has a program you need to look into. Love my Gold Tip arrows. Thank you Robby for such a great review.

  2. Hi Bruce, thanks and I checked out those vanes- nice. Hope to get to try them in the future. Good to know about the GT program for young archers. Makes me like them even more.

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