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Another Lighted Nock Advantage

by Daniel James Hendricks 15. August 2011 07:21
Daniel James Hendricks

As the brisk wind added to the cold misery of the dying day, I made the decision to fill my tag if I was given the opportunity thereby bringing to an end the MN bow season for this year.  There was only a few days of the season left, we already had two feet of snow and the real fun had faded a week ago.  The next deer that came along was toast regardless of size or sex; I just hoped that it was tonight, because I was cold and tired.

As the daylight dimmed, I caught the dark form of a whitetail moving along the crest of the ridge my stand overlooked.  The terrain on the far side of the ridge dropped steeply down to the shore of a small lake.  I had very little time as I brought my crossbow to my shoulder, flipped the safety off and found the animal in the scope.  I had one narrow shooting lane and when the whitetail stepped into the lane, I pulled the trigger.

The waning light of the day was set on fire by the flight of my arrow, which was nocked with a bright red Lumenok.  It was like I had shot a flare gun at the animal.  The arrow disappeared from sight and the animal sped off melting into the dense gray of the dusk shrouded, falling snow landscape.  Quickly climbing out of the stand, I moved down the shooting lane hoping all the way that my perception of the arrow passing through the center of my target was not an illusion.  When I reached the crest of the ridge, I was treated to a massive blood trail on both sides of the freshly made trail that had been plowed through the freshly fallen snow.  

The arrow, which I had already kissed good bye in my mind, had passed through the animal and flew over the ridge, down towards the lake.  I checked in that direction and was startled to see a warm red glow on the surface of the snow just ten yards away.  I walked to the glow, reached into the powdery white-stuff and pulled out my arrow still brightly shining.  Without the Lumenok, I would not have been able to find that arrow until spring (if I remembered to come back and search for it)  That was the fourth whitetail I had taken that fall and all had been taken with a Lumenok.  The buck I had taken at Palmquist’s Farm is the only one that I hadn’t benefited greatly from the Lumenok as that one had been shot at high noon (an excellent time of the day to kill a rutting whitetail).  In the final analysis, I had ended the season being an avid fan of the lighted nock concept.  My enthusiasm for the product has gotten me involved in numerous conversations about lighted nocks and the biggest complaint I hear about them is that they are so darned expensive.  Well, let’s analyze that statement.  Using Lumenok as an example (since that is the extent of my lighted nock experience) let’s see exactly how expensive of a deal it is.  Individual Lumenoks sell for $11 each and are available in a choice of flat or moon nocks.  Wow that is a lot!  Or you can buy three arrows already equipped with Lumenoks for $55/3-pak.  That’s a shade over $18 for each arrow.  Wow, again that’s a lot!

For additional data I went to the Information Highway to learn that I can buy crossbow arrows for any price from $5 to $15 each.  Now of course that is without the Lumenok.  Then I shopped broadheads and again discovered that one can spend from $5 to as high as $20+/broadhead if you go for whatever the rage is.  Doing an average on the math would give us an average of $10 for an arrow and $12.50 for a broadhead for a grand total of $22.50/projectile.  Now let’s say that you just added the Lumenok end to your arrow and that $11 investment helps you find just one of your $22.50 arrows.  Well, according to my math (which is the old math as I haven’t a clue what new math even means, let alone how it works) if the Lumenok helps you find even one arrow that would have been lost it just paid for itself twice.  Not a bad investment. 

This past fall is the first fall in my hunting career that I didn’t lose an arrow.  I did have one arrow broken when the broadhead was stopped by the scapula on the far side of my target and the deer fell on it when it died.  Otherwise, I recovered and am able to reuse all four broadheads, all four Lumenoks and three of the arrows. The Lumenoks were definitely a fine investment the first year of use; and, I will be using the same Lumenoks this next season.  Lumenoks were the original lighted nock and their concept must really be a sound and intelligent idea based on all of the other companies that are following suit with their own versions of the concept.  The most sincere compliment any company can receive is to be copied and Lumenok is being copied, big time.

After just one season of using lighted nocks in my crossbow hunting, I am soundly sold on the concept.  Not only for the savings in dollars by recovering arrows that may have been lost, but also because of the enhanced ability to follow arrow flight and being able to accurately determine where the arrow hits the intended target.  I strongly recommend that you try a three pack (arrows or just the nocks) of Lumenoks this next season as see if, in the long run, the Lumenoks don’t save you money.  Remember if you find just one arrow that would have been lost, you have paid for two Lumenoks.  How many arrows did you lose last year?  If the answer is more than zero, perhaps you should try hunting with a flare.  





Gold Tip Kinetic Pro 400 Arrow Review

by Justin Zarr 12. April 2011 09:11
Justin Zarr

Each year after our annual pilgrimmage to the ATA show I usually return home with a rather lengthy list of "must haves" for the following season.  Although there's usually nothing wrong with the gear I already own, as an archery addict I simply enjoy getting new stuff.  I liken it to my wife's obsession with shoes and jeans.  Each pair does the same thing as the others, but it's always nice to have new ones.

At the top of my list for this year is the new Gold Tip Kinetic arrows.  I began shooting Gold Tip arrows a few years back when Easton discontinued the A/C SuperSlim and have been very pleased with their performance.  To date I have shot both the Pro Hunter and Velocity Pro arrows with much success, having harvested several animals with each flavor.  With an upcoming trip to Colorado to chase elk around the Rocky Mountains I decided I wanted a slightly heavier arrow for this year, and the Kinetic fits that bill wonderfully.

The Kinetic Pro shafts have a distinctive yellow label so you can easily tell them apart from the Kinetic XT (Green) and Kinetic Hunter (Orange) which have different weight and straightness tolerances.

With a 28" draw shooting roughly 65 lbs a 400 spine arrow seems to fly the best for me, and the Kinetic in that size weighs in at 9.5 grains per inch.  Compared to the Pro Hunter 5575 at 8.2 gpi and the Velocity Pro 400 at 7.4 gpi the Kinetic may be slightly slower but it's going to pack a bigger punch when it impacts the target.  With Gold Tip's Accu-Tough Nock and Insert along with an NAP Quikfletch and 125 grain tip my finished arrow weighs in at right around 450 grains with a 13.5% FOC.  All things considered that's just about the perfect hunting arrow if you ask me.

Cut, fletched with NAP Quikfletches and ready to shoot.

Now if you're asking yourself what's so special about the Gold Tip Kinetic other than it's weight, I'll tell you: the Kinetic is Gold Tip's first small diameter carbon arrow.  With an outside diameter of just .270" the Kinetic is smaller than the Pro Hunter at .285" but not quite as small as the Easton Axis 400 at .265" or the Victory Archery VAP 400 at a mere .225".  The reason many hunters have come to prefer today's smaller diameter arrows is for their excellent penetration.  The smaller surface area of these arrows generates less friction on it's way through the target, which means your arrow will not slow down or lose energy as quickly as a larger diameter arrow.

Looking at the end of an unfinished shaft you can see the Gold Tip Kinetic arrow has a thicker wall than most carbon arrows, which creates the toughness and durability that bowhunters are looking for.  As with any carbon arrow shaft, make sure you square off the ends with something like the G5 Arrow Squaring Device (ASD) before installing your inserts or nocks.

Compared directly to the Easton Axis 400 and the Victory Archery VAP 400 here's how the Kinetic Pro 400 matches up.

Kinetc Pro 400 - 9.5 gpi
Axis 400 - 9.0 gpi
VAP 400 V1 - 6.8 gpi

Kinetc Pro 400 - +/-.001"
Axis 400 - +/- .003"
VAP 400 V1 - +/- .001"

Weight Tolerance
Kinetc Pro 400 - +/-0.5 grains/dz
Axis 400 - +/- 2.0 grains/dz
VAP 400 V1 - +/- .5 grains/dz

One big difference between these hard hitting arrows is the insert technology.  Easton pioneered the Hidden Insert Technology (H.I.T.) that many of their arrows use.  This technology actually places the insert completely inside of the arrow (hence the name Hidden) and the base of your point rests directly on the arrow shaft.  Both the Kinetic and the VAP on the other hand use an insert which is essentially a hybrid of an insert and an outsert.  The majority of the insert does slide into the arrow shaft, however about 1/2 inch remains outside of the arrow with the base of the insert resting flush against the arrow shaft.  The jury is still out on this particular insert technology, but so far I haven't had any troubles with it at all.

Here you can see the Accu-Tough insert, which sticks out of the shaft by about 1/2 inch.

This is what the Accu-Tough inserts and nocks look like before being installed into the arrow shaft.  As you can see, the majority of the Accu-Tough insert actually resides on the inside of the arrow shaft.

A big plus for all Gold Tip inserts, not just the Accu-Tough series used in the Kinetic arrows, is the compatibility with Gold Tip's brass weight system.  These tiny screw-on weights are available in 10, 20 or 50 grains and allow you to fully cusomtize your setup for precise FOC.  There's been a big push lately for a higher FOC in hunting arrow setups, especially those with fixed-blade heads.  Studies have been showing a higher FOC (around 15%) can actually increase your down range accuracy.  When hunting in areas where shots of 30-50 yards are common, this can be critical.   Additionally, many people believe that a higher FOC will help increase penetration as your arrow will not have as much flex when impacting the target, thus retaining more of it's kinetic energy.

Here's an example of a 20 grain Gold Tip brass weight, which screws directly into the back of your insert.  If you need to add more or remove them once your inserts have been installed Gold Tip sells a really, really long allen key that you can use to screw them in and out.

I will personally be experimenting with the 20 grain weights to see how they effect my accuracy using both 100 and 125 grain broadheads.  The thing I like the best about these weights is that they open up the window of opportunity to use a lot of broadheads that aren't available in 125 grains.  So I can still shoot a 100 grain Spitfire Maxx and using a 20 grain brass insert weight achieve virtually the same finished arrow weight and FOC as if I had a 125 grain broadhead.  Genius!

If there was one thing I'd like to see changed about these arrows it would be an additional size/spine offering in the 340/350 range.  Many of today's bows are really cranking out some impressive speeds and requiring a stiffer spine than bows of the past.  Although Gold Tip offers the Kinetic in a 300 and even a 200 spine, a 340 or 350 would definitely be a welcome addition.  I myself prefer a slightly stiffer spined arrow with a heavier tip.  For now the 400's seem to be working out alright.  If I run into weak spine issues while paper tuning I can always chop and inch or so off the back and stiffen them up a bit.

So far the results of my initial testing have been positive.  The Kinetics are performing flawlessly out to 30 yard using my 125 grain field points with no brass weights.  As I continue to shoot longer distances I'll make sure to keep you updated on my findings.  And of course provided things go well this fall you'll see me shooting either an elk, some whitetails or both with these new arrows.

One of my first groupings at 20 yards.  Look close - there's 3 arrows there, not just two.  This is coming from my brand new z7 Xtreme which I haven't even tuned yet.  Not too shabby!

I'll be sure to continue reporting in on the performance of these new arrows as I get the opportunity to shoot them more in coming months.  Provided they tune and continue to fly well they will most likely reside in my quiver come September.

NEW Carbon Express LineJammerPRO & X-Jammer 27 Arrows.

by Bow Staff 27. January 2011 06:02
Bow Staff


Carbon Express Adds Line Jammer Pro® & X-Jammer 27 TM Pro
to the successful line of Target Arrows!

Flushing, Michigan – Carbon Express, a leader in arrow technology and innovation, introduces the newest addition to their line of target arrows, the Line Jammer ® Pro and the X-Jammer 27TM Pro.  Carbon Express designed The Jammer Pro Series to be unsurpassed by any competitor putting their products in a class of their own.

“The Line Jammer® Pro & X-Jammer 27TM Pro are both great additions to the Carbon Express® family. These arrows are engineered to be tough and durable while featuring the largest diameter shaft allowed in sanctioned tournaments. Carbon Express is dedicated to producing the best target arrows on the market,” noted Mike Snyder, the company’s Marketing Manager.

The Line Jammer® Pro,  which offers the best-spined and weight shaft in its class, gets even better with the addition of Carbon Express’® exclusive Diamond Weave Technology. Diamond Weave Technology features unparalleled spine consistency, along with a combination of the BuffTuff® carbon finish, making this arrow strong, durable and silent. Also, the BullDog™ nock collars feature unrelenting strength and durability for nock end impacts. Finally, the arrow features a straightness of +/- .0025”, weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grains, and a spine selection tolerance of +/- .002”.  Suggested Retail: $164.95

The X-Jammer 27TM Pro is engineered to be the ultimate 20 yard spot target arrow. With a 27/64 diameter, the X- Jammer 27 Pro is the largest diameter target arrow in the Carbon Express® line, while featuring the maximum diameter allowed in most sanctioned events. Accompanied by Diamond Weave technology & BullDog™ nock collars, the X-Jammer 27TM Pro offers the complete package for archery enthusiast. The arrow’s specifications are as follows:  straightness of +/- .0025 max, a weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grains, and a spine selection tolerance of +/- .002”.  Suggested Retail $164.95

About Carbon Express®
Carbon Express®, an Eastman Outdoors Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of high performance carbon hunting and target arrows and arrow components for hunters and target shooters.


Categories: Current News

NEW Carbon Express Maxima Arrows for 2011.

by Bow Staff 17. December 2010 07:10
Bow Staff


Flushing, Michigan – Carbon Express, a leader in arrow technology and innovation, introduces four new arrows to the Maxima® Line, specifically designed to maximize the specs that are most important to each class of shooter. These arrows are setting the new standard in arrow technology that helps you shoot better.

 The new Maxima® Line redefines the arrow market with Carbon Express’ latest innovation: Dual Spine Weight Forward™.,  Dual Spine Weight Forward™ is a patented multi-layer/multimaterial arrow innovation, creating two spines in one arrow., This design provides better energy management from the bow to the arrow, causing the arrow to recover faster and spin sooner.. The results of better energy management and quicker recovery is greater accuracy. The new Maxima® arrows on average, shot 50% tighter groups with broadheads at 40 yards than non-Dual Spine Weight Forward arrows. 

The Maxima Hunter® KV is made with a layer of Kevlar* ® , gives hunters unsurpassed strength, durability, and the greatest penetration within the Maxima® Series. The arrow’s specifications are a straightness of +/- .0025” max, weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grains and a spine selection tolerance of +/-.0025”.  Suggested Retail $99.95 / 6 Pack

The Maxima Blue StreakTM and Blue Streak™ Select deliver the maximum in accuracy and are made with Diamond Weave, an innovation that delivers unparallel spine consistency resulting in precision accuracy. The Blue Streak™ features a straightness of +/- .0025” max, a weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grain and a spine selection tolerance of +/-.0025”. The Blue Streak™ Select offers a straightness of +/- .001, weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grains, and a spine selection tolerance of +/- .0025”.  Maxima Blue Streak™ Suggested Retail $79.95 / 6 Pack and Blue Streak™ Select Suggested Retail $89.95 / 6 Pack.

The Maxima Hunter® maintains its heritage of quality and adds the benefits of Dual Spine Weight ForwardTM technology.  This arrow is the most proven and reliable premium grade 100% carbon arrow in the Carbon Express® Line.  It features a straightness tolerance of +/1 .0025”, a weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grains, and a spine selection tolerance of +/- .0025”   Suggested Retail $79.99 / 6 Pack.

About Carbon Express®
Carbon Express®, an Eastman Outdoors Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of high performance carbon hunting and target arrows and arrow components for hunters and target shooters. For more information check them out on the web.



Beman Bone Collector Arrows Recall

by Bow Staff 17. November 2010 04:54
Bow Staff

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on the Beman Bone Collector series of arrows.  It is deemed unsafe and dangerous to use these arrows as they can break when being launched from the bow and impact bystanders and unintended targets.  The staff reminds you to be safe and if you are in possession of the arrows, contact Beman and return them directly for a set of free replacement arrows.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Beman Bone Collector Arrows


Units: About 11,300

Manufacturer: Beman, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Hazard: The recalled arrows can break when launched and hit unintended targets, posing a puncture hazard to the user and bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Beman received an incident report involving two arrows. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Beman Bone Collector Arrow sizes 340 and 400 with lot numbers 107545100, 107747900 and 107545200. "Beman," "Bone Collector," "340" or "400" and the lot number are printed on the arrows. The arrows are black with green designs and are made of carbon composite material. The arrows were sold without tips.

Sold at: Sporting goods stores nationwide between August 2010 and September 2010 for about $70 per half dozen.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled arrows and contact Beman to return the recalled arrows in exchange for free replacement arrows.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Beman toll-free at (888) 380-6234 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at

Photos are available at:

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 380-6234

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

NEW Carbon Express Mayhem Arrow!

by Bow Staff 7. May 2010 14:28
Bow Staff


New MayhemTM Arrow Performs Like 3 Arrows in 1

Flushing, Michigan – Carbon Express®, a leader in arrow technology and innovation introduces the MayhemTM with K-360o™ Weave Technology. Engineered to deliver the ultimate combination of speed, accuracy and penetration, Mayhem raises the bar and sets a new standard for complete hunting versatility and performance. 

“Mayhem is the rare series of arrow that achieves excellence in three areas – without compromise. The key is our innovative new K-360º Weave Technology that provides 360º degree spine consistency for accuracy and superior kinetic energy without adding weight typically needed for outstanding penetration. The K-360º Weave Technology is the secret weapon behind the Mayhem series that enables speed, accuracy and penetration in a single arrow,” noted Stephen Graham, the company’s Director of Marketing.

The Mayhem comes standard with the Patented BuffTuff® Plus K-360º Weave Technology for excellent strength and spine consistency and BulldogTM Nock Collars which provide unrelenting strength and durability for nock-end impacts. The Mayhem is available fletched with BlazerTM or FusionTM Vanes for added velocity and precise broadhead placement.  The arrow features a straightness of +/- .0035”, a weight tolerance of +/- 1.0 grain and a spine selection tolerance of +/-.0025”.  It is available in the Mayhem, or the Built in Weight Forward Mayhem Hunter.

About Carbon Express®
Carbon Express®, an Eastman Outdoors Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of high performance carbon hunting and target arrows and arrow components for hunters and target shooters. For more information or customer service visit the Carbon Express website or call 800.241.4833.



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