Gold Tip Quality
Gold Tip is one of the finest arrows in 3d archery and now with addition of 30x and XXX is some of the best both indoor and 3d. The tolerance specs are very good if you go with the pros. DO NOT buy the regular shafts.
Tip: Take and weigh all of your arrows to check the grain tolerance before building. If they are out of spec...regroup them and call Gold Tip w/ your pro shop where you bought them. They stand behind their stuff pretty good. Remember all specs are based on 1 dozen arrows being bought together in a bundle.
If within spec, float your arrows in a bathtub or use a spine tester, marking the stiff part of the spine and I prefer to fletch the stiff spine w/ the C fletch up. It doesn't matter if you fletch the spine up or down...as long as it's all fletched the same.
Tip2: Remember the heavier the arrow, the better the down range consistency and can help fight the wind. The tip weight for most arrows is light...check with the 150 grain tips and grind off 10,20,30...whichever you can achieve to still gain your 7-8% front of center (be very selective on fletching. 2.3" or 3" or larger duravanes with help with the balance) and also about 7-8 grains per pound, depending on bow weight. I've built arrows from 5 grains per pound to 10 grains per pound, using a 55lb deflection and the 7-8 range has been the most consistent.
I used to be an Easton Man. I recently switched to Gold Tips because of the nock design (do not glue in...Read your directions) and some bad luck with a batch of Fatboys.
As far as the bad reviews...remember that the bigger the shaft today...the thinner the outer wall. This can produce weak spots after a lot of shots. It' wise to not only check your shafts before shots...but also keep track of how many shots you've got on your shafts. A lot of pros I've talked to have switched shafts before/after 200+ shots or so. The carbon will begin to break down...quicker with more KE and also tip pressure depending on the target stiffness upon shaft entry. Paper tuning and group tuning can save the first six inches of your shafts by making clean entry's into the targets and not kicking up or down putting a different flex on the arrow closer to the tip.
Gold Tips will be a good choice. Good Luck!!
Last edited by Hoyt_Shooter; 04-06-2010 at 08:52 AM.