Aerovane II Testing, February 2009 By Jeffrey S. Bailey

Upon completion of the Aerovane II Testing in January, I was eager to hit the range again for additional testing of this awesome vane. This time I will increase the testing requirements by a step or two. The first step I added was to actually measure the spine of each arrow I am using; which will be discussed in a following paragraph. The next step was to add a testing requirement of Group Testing at a distance of 40 yards. The final step was to use a Full Capture rest vice a drop away as I did in the last testing. By using the NAP Quicktune 360, I am forcing the arrow to keep on track all the way until it leaves the bow; this is necessary since the bow I am using, 2009 PSE X-Force Dream Season set at 67 pounds, has uneven nock travel.

In order to measure the actual spine of the arrows I am testing, I used the RAM QC Arrow Spine Tester. I also checked to see if there were any weak or thinner spine areas of each arrow. If there were, I would use this location to place my cock vane. In other words, I would place the thickest part of the each arrow against my rest for testing consistency. Just to note, the Trophy Ridge Crush arrows did not have any noticeable change in spine when placed on the tester.

After weighing and computing the Front of Center for each arrow, I proceeded to the shooting portion of the test. As with the testing I completed in January, chronograph testing at three different yardages was next on the list. As expected, the lightest (High Country Speed Pro Max) arrow came off the blocks the fastest, whereas the heaviest arrow (A/C Super Slim 340) was the slowest. However, the interesting point is each arrow fletched with the Aerovane II only slowed an average of 9 fps over the 20 yard distance. The arrows with the Blazer vane attached slowed down an average of 11 fps.

Shooting the arrows at a vertical line 40 yards away, then with a 100 grain G5 Striker Broadhead 30 yards away were the same tests I conducted in January. The new test this time around was Group Testing at 40 yards. In this test, I shot both arrows at the same target 40 yards away, then measured the distance between the two arrows. Surprisingly, the lightest arrow was one of the arrows with the greatest distance; whereas the heaviest arrow was close to the top in this test.

At the end of the testing, three arrows stood out from all of the others. The first two were from Trophy Ridge, and the third was Gold Tip CAA 350. All of these arrows flew like darts. Even though Gold Tipís hit to the right on both the vertical line and broadhead test, with minor adjustments to the sight, they will be hitting the mark.

The benefit of the Aerovane II is plain to see no matter which arrow type you prefer. Through the use of a full capture rest on a bow with uneven nock travel, and fletched with Aerovane II will make your arrows shoot like darts.