The Best New Arrows for 2014

When man first started using tools, and for a long time afterward, arrows consisted of little more than sticks, shaved straight and affixed with rudimentary feathers at one end and a knapped stone at the other. The advent of steel changed one end, but even archers a generation older than me were still using cedar shafts and real feathers.

Much has changed over the short span of a single generation. First came the compound bow, which necessitated stronger shaft materials like aluminum. As bows got increasingly faster and more powerful, and technology advanced, we saw first the emergence and more recently the dominance of carbon shafts. Now the focus is on technologies designed to make those shafts straighter, stiffer, faster, and stronger.

As you peruse this year's class, you'll see arrow makers have done a pretty good job of making shafts that will appeal to even the most discriminating bowhunters, regardless of their shooting system.

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