With hundreds of bowhunting manufacturers and dealers converging on one location for the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in January, you never really know what you’re going to see. Sometimes it’s that drastic change that no one expected, and at other times it’s the slight improvement that makes all the difference.
One of the most unique introductions at the ATA Show this year was the Toxic broadhead from Flying Arrow Archery, while industry champions like Rage improved upon their classic model with the new Hypodermic. With a patent-pending shock collar and two inches of cutting diameter, the Hypodermic made a big splash at the show.
As a part of our exclusive coverage from ATA, Bowhunter brings you 10 new broadheads for 2013.
The exclusive broadhead tuning system makes quick work of producing matched sets of carbon arrows, helping to tighten broadhead groups from today‚Äôs fastest compound bows. They also include Innerloc‚Äôs Center Locking System to keep blades locked tight in the ferrule even after the most punishing hits.
The Endure Edge blade honing process keeps cutting edges sharp all the way through the wound channel for increased hemorrhaging. New for 2013, the Deep Slice offers all of these features in a Deep Six ferrule design compatible with Easton‚Äôs Injexion arrow shafts.
MSRP: $40 per 3
In addition to the original, 2-inch, 100-grain model, NAP has added: 125-grain models with either cut-on-contact or Trophy Tips; a 1‚ÄČ1‚ĀĄ2-inch cutting diameter, 100-grain KE head for low kinetic energy bows; a 2-inch crossbow version available in both 100 and 125 grains; and a 2‚ÄČ3‚ĀĄ8-inch, 100-grain Maxx version.
Each package includes a free practice head. The 125-grain models offer instant F.O.C. boost, the KE model is designed for low-poundage or short-draw bows, the crossbow heads are designed for increased launch speeds, and the Maxx is made for bows with draw weights in excess of 60 pounds. Replacement-blade kits are offered for all.
MSRP: $40-$45 per 3
Hypodermic broadheads have a 2-inch cutting diameter and also feature Rage‚Äôs new, patent-pending shock collar for super secure blade retention both before the shot and during flight. Hypodermic heads are available in 100 grains only, for both standard inserts and Easton‚Äôs new Deep Six insert system.
MSRP: $49.99 per 3
The Blackout‚Äôs precision ferrule is all stainless steel, configured using patented MonoFlow technology to ensure superior strength and flight performance. The super-sharp, German steel blades are .030-inch thick and securely locked into the ferrule to withstand even harsh impacts. A cut-on-contact tip aids in deep penetration, while a 1‚ÄČ1‚ĀĄ16-inch cutting diameter provides an ample blood trail.
MSRP: $29.99 per 3
The 1.3-inch, in-flight blade position makes it impossible to create an entrance cut less than 1.3 inches wide, though the EZ Open Blade design also makes it impossible for the head to fail to expand to full diameter.
Should you bump the blades while stalking or removing from a quiver, however, they immediately spring back into flight position. Set back blades eliminate ‚Äúkick-outs‚ÄĚ on angled hits, the cutting tip and spooky-sharp blades assuring pass-through devastation.
MSRP: $40 per 3
The laser makes bowfishing aiming easier, because the adjustable-for-impact laser light bends in the water just like daylight to provide spot-on aiming at any reasonable water depth. No more aiming low to beat Snell‚Äôs Law of Refraction, making bowfishing easier for every shooter. It‚Äôs especially useful for beginning bowfishermen, and for bowfishing guides to help teach clients where to aim on submerged targets.
MSRP: $50 each
And while plenty of game has fallen to the original 1‚ÄČ1‚ĀĄ8-inch cutting diameter Phathead, many bowhunters wanted more cutting action. The new Phathead HP (High Profile) gives you a wider, 1‚ÄČ3‚ĀĄ16-inch cutting diameter and serrated trailing edges to spill more blood. They‚Äôre offered in 100- and 125-grain models, with aircraft aluminum ferrules, patented blade-retention system and .08-inch thick blades‚ÄĒstill the phattest in the business.
MSRP: $36 per 3
The curved blades combine to provide nearly five inches of cutting surface, all honed to a surgical sharpness. RCS (Radical Core Decompression) and RWD (Reduced Wing Drag) technologies provide field-tip accuracy from the fastest compound bows, while creating devastating wound channels on the biggest game. The bone-splitting chisel tip starts penetration out right.
MSRP: $45 per 3
The blade-retention system assures blades won‚Äôt open prematurely, and they can be locked into practice mode without damaging targets or blades. New for 2013, this amazing head will be offered in slimmer 100-grain, 1‚ÄČ1‚ĀĄ2-inch-wide and 125-grain, 2-inch-wide designs for Easton Deep Six inserts and other slim shafts (such as Victory‚Äôs VAP) with standard threads. All include one-piece steel ferrule with chisel tips.
MSRP: $45-$50 per 3
The Queen weighs 75 grains to balance lighter, shorter arrows shot from bows with draw weights less than 55 pounds. The head includes a 1-inch cutting diameter, cutting Stainless Smart Tip (SST) and three razor-sharp stainless blades to assure deep penetration and reliability. The aerodynamic, stainless steel ferrule is anodized bright pink to set it apart as a woman‚Äôs accessory. Each three-pack also includes two sets of replacement blades.
MSRP: $34 per 3
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