January 08, 2015
Sharp keeps getting sharper and the wound channels grow wider as broadhead manufacturers annually labor to bring bowhunters the best tools for the job. And this year looks to provide nothing short of a veritable variety.
Here you'll find modern tweaks on classic designs as well as a healthy dose of inventive ambition that will have you yelling Finally! in this year's roundup of the ever expanding broadhead market.
BOWHUNTING understands the firm demands bowhunters require of their gear in the field and we believe these killer new options are ready to please. Check out the best new broadheads for 2015:
Rage | Crossbow X
Rage addresses the growing crossbow market with the new Crossbow X
, combining a swept-blade attack angle promoting deeper penetration with a wide, 2.3-inch cutting diameter to produce more devastating wound channels. The head holds two scissoring .035-inch thick stainless steel main blades and a cut-on-contact tip to start penetration off on the right foot.
The 100-grain head also features Ferrule Alignment Technology (F.A.T.) to ensure proper crossbow-bolt fit and superior flight characteristics. The Rage Shock Collar also ensures dependable blade containment in flight and guaranteed deployment on impact. Look for the orange ferrule design that marks this head.
Each package includes a free, weight-matched practice head.
50 (per 3)
New Archery Products | Trivex
New for 2015, the Trivex mechanical broadhead from New Archery Products
was designed specifically to provide pinpoint accuracy at velocities up to 400 fps. The 3-blade design is offered in 100-grain standard and 100-grain crossbow versions. They hold scary-sharp Diamize blades and a large Trivex chisel point engineered to split bone on impact and provide deep penetration.
They include a relatively conservative 1€‰5„8-inch cutting diameter to ensure ample penetration for low-energy shooters who prefer a mechanical design. The head will not open in flight but is guaranteed to open on impact.
30 (per 3)
Muzzy | M.O.R.E.
new M.O.R.E. Broadhead was named after the nation's four species of turkeys — Meriam's, Osceola, Rio Grande and Eastern — and designed to stop longbeards in their tracks with its wide, 3-inch cutting diameter.
The 125-grain head holds three, .051-inch thick stainless steel blades set perpendicular to the aluminum ferrule to provide a wider margin for error and devastating impact on neck and head shots. They also make a great choice combined with flu-flu arrows for flying upland birds.
The blades are fixed while hunting but can be folded back and locked to a ¾-inch diameter for storage and transport (with two twists of the stainless steel trocar tip). Blades also have a 1.5-degree right offset for improved flight.
40 (per 3)
Trophy Taker | A-Tac
If you're looking for a broadhead for the toughest assignments, this is it. Trophy Taker's
new A-Tac starts with a ferrule machined from solid stainless steel and includes a 5„8-inch cut-on-contact tip. A one-piece, unvented .080-inch thick stainless steel blade slips through the ferrule and is locked in place to create a stop-for-nothing four-blade design.
Cutting diameters measure from 1€‰1„8-1€‰3„8 inches, depending on model. They are offered with standard or Deep Six threads and include a stainless collar that fits over the shaft end for added reliability following hard impacts. Two Deep Six models that glue directly into VAP- or Injexion-diameter shafts are also offered, allowing perfect F.O.C. tuning through a 10-grain-per-section break-away design and head weights from 175-grains.
100 (per 3)
Slick Trick | Viper Trick
The Viper Trick
uses Slick Trick's ingenious Alcatraz Bladelock System, where blades are cross-locked inside the all-steel ferrule, but adds a cut-on-contact ferrule design to improve penetration. The Viper Trick's easily
replaceable blades are made to withstand the harshest punishment.
The 1€‰1„16€‰x€‰7„8-inch cutting-diameter head provides laser-like flight characteristics from the fastest modern compound bows. The .035-inch thick, stainless steel Lutz blades are scary sharp. They are offered in both 100- and 125-grain versions.
39.99 (per 4)
Sullivan Industries | Innerloc Shape Shifter
The Innerloc Shape Shifter
from Sullivan Industries is a mechanical unlike any you have seen before.
The unique, 100-grain design delivers true fieldpoint accuracy and flight characteristics, because an Exo-Cover encapsulates the blades in flight to give it a fieldpoint profile and excellent aerodynamics. This makes it ideal for today's fastest compound bows and crossbows. The cover does more than cover the blades in flight. It shatters on impact and actually aids in opening the blades to make this head deadly reliable. It includes all-stainless steel construction and thick, .040-inch blades opening to a 1€‰1„4-inch cutting diameter.
42 (per 3)
Rexpid | Nuri
The 100- or 125-grain Rexpid Nuri
stands out in the modern broadhead market with a highly unique design promising straight flight and devastating wound channels.
The design starts with a super-sharp, cut-on-contact main blade promising to start penetration off right. It also holds parallel 'pizza cutter ' rotary bleeder blades to help create devastating wound channels. The 100-grain model with .028-inch thick stainless steel blade includes a 1€‰1„8-inch cutting diameter, while the 125-grain head with .039-inch thick blades cuts at 1€‰¼-inches.
Bass Pro Shops | BlackOut SS Gator
The 100-grain BlackOut SS Gator
from Bass Pro Shops is a unique mechanical broadhead constructed completely of steel and based loosely on the proven Gator design once offered by Barrie/Rocky Mountain Broadheads. The .035-inch thick stainless steel blades are held in a one-piece steel ferrule with a built-in chisel tip.
The blades open to a 1.5-inch cutting diameter on impact through a scissoring cantilever design to create wide blood trails, but also assure straight flight from the fastest bows. The design also allows blades to swing out of the way when they contact bone to increase penetration.
35 (per 3)
Bohning | Stronghold Bowfishing Point
new Stronghold Bowfishing Point is made of 100 percent stainless steel for ultimate strength, while also holding three swing-out barbs to hold the hardest-fighting or softest fish. The tool-steel faceted top can easily be
replaced after damage from rocks and also unlocks the three barbs while removing fish.
The unique, low-profile ferrule design helps the point dive deep into water and penetrate well even on the toughest targets. And since the barbs are held in place via a setscrew, they can also be replaced in the event of damage due to harsh conditions. The Stronghold fits all standard 5„16-inch diameter fishing arrows.
Wasp | SharpShooter
Wasp's 100-grain SharpShooter
cut-on-contact has been around long enough to be a proven, trusted design. New for 2015, the SharpShooter Traditional Broadhead offers the same level of precision and deadly accuracy in a heavier version. The Traditional weighs 150 grains to boost F.O.C. and improve traditional penetration. It includes the same deep-driving design with a .040-inch thick main blade and .027-inch thick bleeders sharp enough to shave hair right out of the package.
The head can be shot with or without the bleeder. The self-aligning, blade-locking system sets the blades perfectly in the steel ferrule every time for top-notch accuracy. Each three-pack includes two sets of replacement blades.
33 (per 3)
Firenock | Tomahawk
Tomahawk Broadhead is touted as the first of its kind. It's based upon blunt-force trauma, which means it will not pass through the animal. Instead, the intention is to knock the animal down in its tracks. The Tomahawk is
designed to deliver a maximum blow by efficiently transferring kinetic energy to the animal — just like a tomahawk. They weigh 150 grains and are made from solid stainless steel.
Most of the head's weight is situated on the outer perimeter of the body. Blades aren't designed to be sharp, but they can be if desired. The head was especially designed for use with crossbows delivering upwards of 135 pounds of kinetic energy and to completely punch through the shoulder blades of an animal when used with the company's Aerobolt II-G gyroscopic crossbow bolt.
Solid Broadheads | Legend Series
Solid Broadheads offers classic-looking, cut-on-contact models with modern features. First, they are super sharp right out of the package. They're made of Samauri-style, .060-inch thick S3OV Stainless Steel, have curved blades with 20-degree blade angles and feature a Penetrator bleeder blade made to blast a channel through bone for the arrow shaft and slim-profile Zero Tapered ferrule.
The Legend Series
is offered in 100-, 125- and 175-grain Dangerous Game versions. They are offered with ½-inch- or ¾-inch wide bleeder blades to increase penetration through bone and increase bloodletting. All are available in standard or Deep Six ferrules.
79.99 (per 3)
Slick Trick | Magnum 100
was at the forefront of the mini broadhead craze, with the Magnum 100 being one of the company's most popular models. These solid-steel ferrule heads hold two, .035-inch thick stainless steel Lutz blades to create a four-edge configuration via the Alcatraz Bladelock System, which interlocks the blades inside the steel ferrule where they cannot be dislodged even after the hardest bone hits.
The Magnum includes a 1€‰1„8€‰x€‰1€‰1„8-inch cutting diameter and a bone-splitting leading tip milled right into the one-piece ferrule. The 100-grain Magnum has long been offered with standard threads, but will also now be available with Deep Six threads for use in Easton micro-diameter arrow shafts with Deep Six inserts.
39.99 (per 4)
Wasp | Jak-Knife
The all-new Jak-Knife from Wasp Archery
is based on the time-proven, 3-blade Jak-Hammer mechanical design but provides more than a 2-inch cutting diameter in a 2-blade version for fans of that popular style. It includes a stainless steel cutting tip and has .036-inch thick stainless steel blades that are shaving sharp to inflict maximum tissue damage.
The foolproof neoprene o-ring retention system prevents premature opening but
ensures 100 percent reliable opening after encountering targets. The head weighs 100 grains.
32 (per 3)
Rexpid | Rexpid II and III
The Rexpid II and III
— 2- and 3-blade broadheads — feature an innovative mechanical design linking the expanding blades together through a gear mechanism, which allows blades to open simultaneously. In other words, the blades are linked together, so when one opens the others are forced open, ensuring aggressive cutting action and wide blood trails.
The 100-grain, 2-blade Rexpid II produces a 1€‰½-inch cutting diameter, and the 125-grain, 3-blade Rexpid III offers a 1€‰9„16-inch cutting diameter. Both include .028-inch thick stainless blades.
Wac 'Em Broadheads
Wac 'Em Broadheads
— billed as the sharpest, toughest, most accurate broadheads ever — is now under new ownership. The new owners are a group of hardcore bowhunters with more than 30 years of experience behind them.
Wac 'Em will remain much the same, but packaging will receive a facelift for 2015. Wac 'Em's line of all brass and steel heads are still available in 100-grain 4-blade and 3-blade versions and will now be offered in packs of four instead of three, giving you more bang for your buck.
35 (per 4)
Cabela's | Instinct Incision Two-Blade
Cabela's new 2-blade Instinct Incision Broadhead
provides a super-aggressive, 1.75-inch cutting diameter for bowhunters shooting high-energy outfits and looking to spill more blood. The broadhead includes an in-flight diameter of less than .75-inch to assure top-notch accuracy at high speeds, and blades are held in an aircraft-grade aluminum ferrule.
The design includes a bone-smashing trocar tip, with blades held in place while in flight by a replaceable o-ring. The broadhead weighs 100 grains.
35 (per 3)