Muzzy also has a new compact broadhead called the DX-3 ($30/3 pack), designed especially for
Muzzy Eichler PhantomMuzzy
has teamed up with traditional archery expert Fred Eichler to create the Fred Eichler Signature Series Phantom ($45/3 pack) broadhead. The four blades of this cut-on-contact head are extremely long, providing the sloping angle and additional cutting surface traditional, and even compound, shooters hunting large game demand. It has a 11â„8" cutting diameter with 1" bleeder blades. The four- blade model is 150 grains. A 125-grain, two-blade model is also available.
NAP Big NastyNew Archery Products
and Easton Archery have joined forces to develop several broadheads designed for Easton'™s new microdiameter Injexion shafts and unique Deep Six Insert system. One of these new broadheads in particular — the Big Nasty ($40/3 pack) — caught my eye. The ferrule of this one-piece, cut-on-contact broadhead slides over the shaft of the arrow, creating extreme strength and perfect broadhead alignment. The Big Nasty'™s three all-steel blades have a 11â„8" cutting diameter.
If you prefer mechanical heads, check out NAP'™s new Killzone ($40/3 pack). This rear-deploying broadhead, with its 2" cutting diameter, employs a new technology that opens the blades in unison to eliminate any chance of defection upon impact. The blades are placed further back on the ferrule, and there are no O-rings or rubber bands. In addition, the blades are NAP Diamized, making them extremely sharp. The Killzone weighs 100 grains and there are two tip options — cut-on-contact and Trophy Tip — or choose the Deep Six compatible model. Other Deep Six heads worth a look are the Tunderhead Razor, Spitfre Maxx, and the Bloodrunner.
Introduced last year, QAD
has beefed up the blades of their Exodus ($40/3pack) for 2012 to an astounding thickness of .040". The Exodus features their B.O.S. (Blade Over Shaft) Technology, which means the blades sweep back over the shaft of the arrow. This head has a short cut-on-contact tip that blows through bone and flesh and the compact, swept-back blade design results in field- point accuracy even at long ranges. The Exodus is made of heat-treated stainless steel and has a 11â„4" cutting diameter.
Rage Chisel Tip
The standard Rage broadhead is also now available with a Helix-Cut chisel point. Easily recognized by their red- anodized ferrules, the new Rage Chisel Tips ($44.99/3 pack) break through bone and cut a wide path through any size game animal. The heads are available in 2-Blade (2" cut, 100 and 125 grains) and 3-Blade (11â„2" cut, 100 grains).
broadhead is extremely popular in part because it creates amazing blood trails. For 2012, they are anticipating even better blood trails from the new Rage X-Treme ($50/3 pack). Designed for bowhunters shooting at least 60 lbs., the X- Treme has an amazing 2.3" cutting diameter. It has an extra-sharp leading blade, a single bevel main blade, and a brand new shock collar for better blade retention.
In years past, Sanford Innovations'™ ExpanDead
($44/3 pack) was hard to get your hands on. According to company owner Chris Sanford, this year will be different. What makes this broadhead so unique is its Lock-Arm Technology, a mechanism within the broadhead that ensures the blades open. Once they are open, they are locked into position. This also means you can shoot this broad- head either as an expandable or a fixed- blade head. The ExpanDead weighs 100 grains and has a 11â„2" cutting diameter.
Slick Trick VIPERTRICKSlick Trick
raises the bar every year by building subcompact broadheads that fly true and cut large holes. For 2012, they brought the VIPERTRICK ($30/3 pack) to the market. It comes with four-blade SLUG HOLES that create a devastating wound channel and copious blood trails. The head has a two-edge tip that is strong and effective at initiating penetration. The replaceable Lutz knife blades can be resharpened. This 100-grain broadhead has a 11â„16" cutting diameter.
Smoke RamcatSmoke Broadheads
has made several improvements to their Ramcat ($35/3 pack) for 2012. For starters, it comes with an O-ring for better shelf clearance. It has left-handed screws to lock the blades in the loaded position, and deep lobes on the Hydroshock Self- Centering Chisel Tip make for better aerodynamics and arrow fight. Those lobes also create a hydrofoil after penetrating the animal, enhancing penetration. The offset blades are sharp on the front and back edges so the head cuts even if the arrow starts to back out of the animal. The Ramcat is available in 100 and 125-grain models and has a 13â„8" cutting diameter.
Trophy Taker Edge
If you'™re a mechanical broadhead fan or are considering trying a mechanical head, check out the new Edge ($45/3 pack) from Trophy Taker
. This head has features found nowhere else, including a blade-retention system that prevents the blades from deploying in the quiver or in fight. The head can also be locked in the closed position so you can practice without destroying the blades. This 11â„2" cut broadhead features a stainless-steel tip and a low-profile design that will easily emulate the fight of your field- points.
Vantage Point Archery PenetratorVantage Point Archery
entered the broadhead market last year with a lineup of broadheads that were CNC-machined from one piece of steel, resulting in superior strength. For 2012, they have the new Penetrator ($45/3 pack), a compact two-blade broadhead machined from one piece of carbon steel. It'™s heat treated to 50 Rockwell for added strength and is double-bevel sharpened. The Penetrator, available in 150, 175, 200, 250 and 300 grains, is a good choice for traditional archers looking for an extra heavy broadhead.
The number of female bowhunters is on the rise, and so is the number of companies making products just for them. For 2012, Wasp Archery has the new Queen ($33/3 pack) broadhead designed especially for women. The Queen is a compact three-blade conventional head with a tough stainless smart tip for busting bone. The Queen tips the scales at 75 grains, which is just right for women who draw 55 lbs. or less. The Queen has a pink ferrule and a 1" cutting diameter.
Wasp Z-forceWasp Archery
has a phenomenal new three-blade mechanical broadhead called the Z-Force ($40/3 pack). At the heart of this broadhead is a ball- bearing system that ensures proper blade deployment with every shot. The Z-Force has stainless-steel blades, a unique blade retainer, and a solid steel ferrule. The head has a large 15â„8" cut- ting diameter and is available in 100 grains.