Hunters confident of their shooting ability who are also trying to shoot with the fastest possible speeds will be looking for a lightweight hunting arrow.

For them, it’s all about the kinetic energy that they can achieve and to do this, the weight of the arrow must be light enough to maximize the power of their bow.

All things being equal, when deciding on what weight arrow you shoot you must also take factors such as the draw weight, draw length and type of target you are shooting at into consideration.

If you have set it up to get the best possible front of center weight with a good, reliable broadhead, starting with a relatively lightweight arrow is a good option.

But first a quick explanation...

The arrows that we have included in our analysis are all considered hunting arrows by the respective manufacturers. For simplicity’s sake we have assumed the hunter will be shooting with a draw weight of 60 – 70 lbs. Consequently, the arrows that are listed below have a spine that falls around the 350 range.

All of the lightweight hunting arrows listed on this page below have been recommended by experienced hunters who take the quality and performance into consideration along with the overall weight.

Further down the page is a more detailed description of each arrow along with the vital statistics attached to them.

Our List of the Best Lightweight Hunting Arrows

Make / Model

Spine

Weight
(GPI)

OD

MSRP
(dozen)

350

6.4

.0251"

$174.99

350

7.5

0.291"

$119.99

340

8.2

0.296"

$114.99

330

8.7

0.285"

$112.99

340

8.9

0.300"

$174.99

350

8.9

0.297"

$159.99

350

7.8

0.232

$141.99

330

7.9

Yes

$180.99

Detailed Description of Lightweight Hunting Arrows

Now that we have had the opportunity to compare some arrows and get an idea about their basic individual characteristics we will take the opportunity to go into more detail.

Below is a more detailed review of each make and model including all of the available sizes, their spine, weight and the outside diameter of each shaft. As you will see, there are many different options to choose from within each make/model.

We have also provided you with a little information about the inserts that are recommended by the arrow manufacturer that will best fit each shaft.

Victory RIP XV

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

350

30.5"

0.251"

6.4

The RIP XV is the lightest and fastest arrow in the Victory range. With a GPI of only 6.4 for an arrow with a 350 spine, it provides a good combination of stiffness and speed.

The arrow features an outside diameter of only 0.251” which marks it as a small diameter arrow. The size of the shaft has been built to maximize speed and penetration while being less affected by wind.

It comes with Shok Outsert Technology that consists of a 21 grain 7075 hard anodized aluminum outsert that protects the tip of the arrow from fracture and accepts standard 8/32’ broadheads.

The arrows are available in a choice of 3 straightness tolerances. The Elite offers +/- .001”, the Gamer offers +/- .003” and the Sport offers +/- .006”.

Black Eagle Carnivore

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

350

32"

0.291"

7.5

The Carnivore is designed as the premium hunting arrow in the Black Eagle range. It is also an outstanding choice for shooting on the 3D course.

The 350 spine model provides the spine required for heavy draw weight set-ups to maximize speed to generate significant kinetic energy. The outer diameter measures 0.291” to help provide significant penetration.

The arrows are available from the company as fletched arrows using Bohning Blazer vanes that weigh 18 grains.

Also included when you buy the arrows are standard black 8 grain nocks and Carnivore Inserts which weigh a further 14 grains.

The arrows are available with a straightness tolerance of either .001” or .003” as well as a grain weight tolerance of +/- 1 grain. They are weight-sorted and spine-matched to give you the best possible chance of achieving consistent groupings.

The arrows are available for sale in either 6 or 12 pack lots.

Gold Tip Velocity XT

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

340

32"

0.296"

8.2

The Velocity series of arrows from Gold Tip have been designed as the speed arrows in the range. The XT version has been built with a tighter straightness tolerance that measures +/- .003” (the base Velocity arrows have a straightness tolerance of +/- .006”).

The arrow shaft is a standard size measuring 0.296” in diameter and the inner diameter is 0.246”. It is made from the company’s Smart Carbon Technology which has been proven to be tough and durable while the straightness can be relied upon.

Components that are included with the Velocity XT arrows include Accu-Lite nocks and Accu-Lite Inserts. It is also possible to buy them with 2” Rapt-X vanes.

The arrows are available in either 6 or 12 packs.

Easton Bloodline

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

330

31.5"

0.285"

8.7

The 6mm Bloodline arrows are a smaller diameter arrow that maintains high kinetic energy when shot from bows with relatively low draw weight.

The arrow is considered lightweight although, at 8.7 GPI it still weighs enough to carry plenty of momentum. When a 125 gr. head is placed on the front it will be a simple matter of creating a FOC that will give it an ideal set-up.

They come with pre-installed H nocks and they have been engineered to retain a straightness tolerance of +/- .003”.

The small diameter increases flight accuracy through a flatter trajectory that is minimally impacted by breeze drift.

The vast majority of hunters who have used these arrows have found that their groupings have vastly improved when using these compared to their previous arrows.

Gold Tip Hunter Pro

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

340

32"

0.300"

8.9

The Hunter Pro arrow has been based off the original arrow design that started the Gold Tip company. It is a versatile arrows design that is actually considered to be a mid-weight arrow.

The arrow is constructed using the Smart Carbon Technology which creates a 100% pure carbon shaft that is extremely tough as well as exhibiting outstanding consistency.

The straightness tolerance of these shafts is impressive at +/- .001” and the weight tolerance across shafts within the pack is +/- .5 gr.

When you buy the shafts there is an option to have them fitted with a choice of either 2” Rapt-X Vanes or 2.75” 4 Fletch Vanes. The other included components are GTO nocks, GTO bushings and Accu-Lite inserts.

You can buy the arrows in packs of 6 or 12.

Carbon Express Maxima Hunter

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

350

32.5"

0.297"

8.9

These arrows have been advertised by the company as the fastest and most accurate hunting arrows in their line.

The arrows are engineered using the company’s proprietary Dual Spine Weight Forward technology which sees a fusion of different carbon materials used to effectively create 2 spines in the one shaft. This means the arrows retain more speed and fly more accurately.

According to the company, the Dual Spine also means that the arrow starts to spin sooner and the energy can be managed more effectively. The straightness factor on these arrows is +/-.0025” which is very good, however the weight tolerance is quoted at +/-1.0 grain which is greater than other brands.

The shaft is sold with a length of 32.5” and you can buy them in packs of 6 or 12.

Victory VAP

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

350

30.5"

0.232"

7.8

The VAP of this arrow stands for Victory Armor Piercing and it is an arrow that has been designed as a micro diameter arrow that is all about the kinetic energy.

The weight of the arrow is one of the lightest for its spine at 7.8 GPI. The fact that the outside diameter is only 0.232” means that it will be less affected by cross winds and it will maintain its speed for longer.

The arrow is built to incorporate extreme front of center technology and this gives it the penetration it needs to be considered a high-end hunting arrow.

The arrows are available in a choice of 3 straightness tolerances. The Elite offers +/- .001”, the Gamer offers +/- .003” and the Sport offers +/- .006”.

The arrows are weight matched to +/-0.5 grains so you can rely on their consistency within a set of a dozen shafts. This aids accuracy due to the sameness of all of the shafts.

Easton Hexx

Spine

Length

O.D.

GPI

330

31.5"

0.280"

7.9

The Hexx arrows have been built as high FOC arrows and are designed specifically as light arrows for exactly that reason. It is possible to buy them as an enhanced option which comes with brass inserts included.

The arrows have an outside diameter measurement of 0.280” which is the so-called 6mm reduced (H) diameter and are created with a shaft length of 31.5”. They come with pre-installed H nocks and have a straightness tolerance of +/- .001”.

There is a remarkable consistency across all of the shafts in any supplied pack. The straightness is as advertised and the spine is spot on.

The arrows fly flat and fast and hit hard with considerable penetration.

The only downside that customers can find with them is their price which is considered to be on the expensive side. But the argument with this is in their performance which should make the price totally worth the money.

Pros and Cons of Lightweight Hunting Arrows

Many hunters regard arrow speed as an asset above just about all other factors when it comes to success out in the field. Because most bow hunters on the whitetail trail expect to be making their shot at distances under 50 yards a lightweight arrow can be a strong option.

Pros

Faster speed leaving the bow.

The initial speed of lighter arrows is much greater than heavier arrows. Whilst the deceleration process is more rapid for lighter arrows, a short distance shot will still have retained most of the speed.

Flatter Trajectory.

An arrow that is travelling rapidly will describe a flatter trajectory than that of a slower one. This is because the faster the arrow travels the less chance factors such as gravity and wind resistance will have to affect its flight.

If You Miss the Mark, You Miss By Less.

Faster arrows will reach the target more quickly. If, however, you misread the distance (you estimate the distance to be 25 yards and it is actually 30, for example) the arrow will hit the target low, but it will miss by a smaller margin than it would with a heavier arrow.

Reduced Chance of Ducking the Arrow.

Arrows do not travel faster than the speed of sound so you can be sure that a deer will hear the sound of the arrow leaving the bow before it hits the target. The first action a deer will make will be to crouch as it loads up before springing away from danger. This crouch action is seen by hunters as ducking the arrow and it can result in the arrow flying over the deer’s back or missing the fatal area. The faster the arrow flies, the less chance the deer will perform its crouch action giving you a greater chance of hitting the target.

Cons

More prone to deflection.

The lighter an arrow is the more likely it will deflect wildly from its path if it should encounter a small obstacle such as a twig or a small branch. It stands to reason that a lightweight object will deviate from its course due to the smallest impediments. This may even happen due to a sudden gust of wind, particularly if the shot is taken over a longer distance.

High Rate of Deceleration.

It’s true that a lightweight arrow will leave the bow at a faster speed than a heavier arrow. But it will also decelerate at a much more rapid rate. This means that it is more effective over a shorter distance and can become very unreliable over longer distances.

Lower Penetration.

Due to the deceleration factor, a lightweight arrow will not penetrate as far as a heavier arrow. This is all due to momentum and the fact that a lightweight arrow does not have as much momentum as a heavier arrow.

Can Damage Your Bow.

Shooting an arrow that is too light can be dangerous, both to you and your expensive compound bow. Shooting an underweight arrow has a similar effect as dry-firing your bow. Without sufficient arrow weight, the string and limbs of your compound bow move too quickly and violently. (source: Carbon Mass, Speed & Kinetic Energy, Huntersfriend.com

Noise.

The arrow acts as part of the noise dampening process that we are looking for when the string is released. A lightweight arrow creates more speed and this, in turn, produces more noise. This is not a problem for competition and 3D shooters who really don’t care how loud the bow is, but for a bow hunter this can be a real problem.

Lightweight hunting arrows are not necessarily the sole domain of hunters who are shooting high poundage bows. If you are shooting a bow with a lower draw weight it is probable you will require an arrow with a spine in the 400 – 500 range. In that case the arrow weight is going to be different to what has been displayed here.

To find out what other options are available across all different makes and models you should visit out arrow manufacturer directory.


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