Archery is one of man’s most ancient skills. As with most things, however, the tools and implements used in this sport have evolved and are now a true reflection of modern technology. With the advent of the compound bow and the ability to shoot arrows at upwards of 300 feet per second, innovations in arrow technology necessarily followed suit. With a need for increased shaft strength without increasing weight or diameter, carbon arrows have become the current solution. They are the best choice for use with compound bows, and address the archer’s primary concerns of strength, depth of penetration, and trueness of flight.
The first material to be used for arrow shafts was wood, followed in modern times by aluminum. Though both types of material are good choices for recurve and long bows, the velocity at which compound bows deliver their projectiles require an arrow shaft that can withstand impacts at up to 320 feet per second without bending or breaking. Carbon arrows meet this need perfectly.
Target penetration is the second concern of the archer, and though there are many factors that are relevant to how deep an arrow will penetrate, one of those is the diameter of the arrow’s shaft. The smaller the diameter, the greater the penetration due to decreased surface area. Carbon arrows allow one to decrease the shaft’s diameter while maintaining its weight, strength, and flexibility.
Having greater strength, smaller diameter, and greater flexibility, carbon arrows equal or rival arrows made of other materials in trueness of flight as well. With a properly adjusted arrow rest to account for the thinner shaft and provide enough space for the fletchings to pass through, the archer’s use of carbon arrows presents no compromises in accuracy whatsoever.
With the myriad of options and choices presented to today’s archer, it is necessary to educate one’s self on what those options are and how they are relevant to the equipment and purposes surrounding their use. Whether the archer’s targets are wild game, bullseyes, or a combination thereof, if he or she utilizes a compound bow, carbon arrows are definitely the archer’s best friend.