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
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