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  • Ptaylor
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    Do ya’ll think these micro diameter arrows are as strong as conventional 5/16″ and 9/32″ shafts?

  • Stephen Graf
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    If you are talking about pultruded carbon shafts, the answer is yes.

    Axis arrows, or whatever….

  • Ptaylor
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    pultruded… I assume that’s some kind of degrading term for carbon arrows!? But I couldn’t find that word in the dictionary.

    I get that you like wood shafts better. I’m just trying to educate myself, since we sell compound gear along with traditional tackle at the shop. And I was reading some info about these micro diameter shafts, companies always trying to push a new product.

  • Stephen Graf
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    Pultruded is a word that describes the manufacturing process.  When carbon arrows first came out, they were all small diameter and were manufactured by pulling epoxy coated glass fibers through a die. The nock and point connection points were called “outserts” as the shafts were so small they had to go on the outside of the shaft.

    The first carbon arrow shafts were actually re-purposed shafts originally manufactured for tents and kites in France.  Once their popularity increased, shafts were manufactured for the purpose of making arrows.

    Then the larger shafts were “invented” and manufactured by weaving or laying the glass fibers around a spindle.  The larger diameter shafts were thought to be nicer because they looked more like arrows and had internal components.

    Now we are back to reinventing the smaller diameter shafts again, only this time with small nock and point inserts that go on the inside.

    I don’t mean to disparage arrows of any sort.  I’m sorry if I came across that way.

  • Ptaylor
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    No worries Steve, it’s understandable. That’s interesting to hear about the history of the carbon shaft.

  • smiley1
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    Preston, the only micro-diameter (.177 ID) arrows I have experience with are Victory VAP arrows. They use outserts and IMO they are not as strong as reduced-diameter (.204 ID) or standard-diameter (.245 ID) arrows. They usually break directly behind the ousert. I use aluminum footings on 9/32s and 5/16s arrows greatly reinforcing the front of the arrow. I have not found an aluminum arrow with an ID small enough to fit micro-diameter shafts so therefore can’t reinforce the front of the arrow.  If you were to foot a micro-diameter arrow quite possibly they could be as strong as 9/32s or 5/16s arrows. IMO the higher gpi shafts are the strongest because of the simple fact they usually contain more carbon material regardless of the diameter. Steve

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