There are many reasons why you might want to seek out the quietest arrow vanes available. And it may not be for the reason you think it is.
Of course, a lot of people are looking for noise reduction when it comes to their hunting equipment because stealth is key to getting the all-important advantage.
When it comes to the noise from vanes there are two schools of thought. Some people believe it makes no difference to their results. Others like to ensure their arrows are completely silent.
Certainly, arrow vanes that are designed to fly quietly will provide hunters with some small advantage.
But a quiet vane is also an indicator of some other pretty important qualities. These qualities should prove helpful and will contribute towards your bow hunting success.
Vanes that are quiet will:
- have a low profile
- cut through the air more aerodynamically
- be faster
- will ultimately help with accurate arrow flight
Let's take a look at some popular vanes built to meet the criteria above.
Comparison of Some of the Quietest Arrow Vanes Available
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Description of the Quietest Arrow Vanes
The comparison list above provides some of the basic features about each of the spotlighted vanes as well as the retail price suggested by the manufacturers.
We will now take a more in-depth look at each vane model, listing all of their quoted features as well as what you can expect if you were to purchase one.
We have also provided links back to the manufacturer's website to help get a better feel for all of the products each company produces.
Silent Knight 3 Inch Vanes
These vanes are low profile vanes that the company claims have less drag and produce half the sound of a 2 inch vane.
The vanes are made from Sliqtra which is a cured resin and is designed to be thinner and smoother than vanes that are constructed using the thermoform method.
The 3 inch vanes offer 41% more surface area than a two inch vane for greater stability in flight. The low profile and thinness means there is less chance of wind drift.
More information about these vanes or any products in the company’s range can be found by visiting the Silent Knight website.
AAE Max Stealth Vanes
The Max Stealth vanes have been designed to replicate the success that the company has had with the shape of the Elite Pastifletch vanes.
These vanes are constructed using the company’s proprietary MAX material giving it strength and flexibility. To ensure stability when it is in flight the vane features an air-channeling ribbed design.
The MAX Stealth vanes are available in a range of colors and can be bought in packs of either 40 or 100 vanes.
More information about these vanes or any products in the company’s range can be found by visiting the Arizona Archery website.
Bohning Heat Vanes
The Heat vanes from Bohning have been created as a low profile hunting vane that has grown in popularity to be suitable for a wide range of hunting conditions as well as the 3D field.
The vane only measures 0.41” in height to give it outstanding cable clearance. It is made from a stiff material which helps to keep it totally silent in flight. This stiff material also means that it will help in guiding the arrow in its flight.
The vanes are available in a wide range of colors and can be bought in packs of 36, 100 or even 1000.
More information about these vanes or any products in the company’s range can be found by visiting the Bohning website.
TAC Vanes Driver 2.75 Vanes
This is the all-around hunting vane in the TAC Vanes range that is considered a mid-profile option that is suitable for using with all types of broadheads.
It has been designed to offer a shape that will produce a high degree of spin to ensure that it holds its trajectory for greater accuracy.
The vane material is a stiff plastic for reduced drag which translates to a greater ability to maintain speed for longer.
All of this adds up to a vane that is one of the most silent canes for use on hunting arrows on the market.
The vanes can be bought in either packs of 36 ($14.99) or 100 ($28.99).
More information about these vanes or any products in the company’s range can be found by visiting the TAC Vanes website.
Vanetec Swift Vanes
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These are high quality vanes with a similar low profile to the other vanes examined above. They are built in what might be considered a classic shield design.
The vanes are stiff due to being slightly thickened and that means reduced drag. The wide base makes it a simple task of gluing them on and they will take a helical adhesion nicely.
They are very adept at steering the arrow with great accuracy and, to remain on the topic of this page, are reported to be among the most silent vanes in flight.
More information about these vanes or any products in the company’s range can be found by visiting the Vanetec Vanes website.
Pine Ridge Nitro 2.2" Vanes
The Nitro 2.2” vanes are designed as low profile hunting vanes with rounded leading edges to assist with a flat trajectory.
They are built to be aerodynamic and the reduced drag not only means that they will help with accuracy but will also fly silently.
A big selling point with the Nitro vanes is the patented Micro Glue Pockets adding surface area to the vane so that it will adhere tightly to the arrow shaft. This will not only make fletching easier but will also increase the life of the vane.
These vanes are available in a wide range of colors and can be bought in packs of 36 ($12.50) or 100 ($20.99).
More information about these vanes or any products in the company’s range can be found by visiting the Pine Ridge website.
A question that comes up a lot is whether a helical fletch will provide you with quieter flight.
A helical fletch curves the vane around the arrow which is different to the way you create a straight fletch or even an offset fletch.
Setting the vanes in a helical turn provides the arrow with greater spin. This helps to stabilize the arrow for greater accuracy. The trade-off with this option is the loss of speed. But that also means that the noise of the flight is somewhat suppressed.
In general terms the use of a helical fletch will contribute to reducing the noise of the arrow. The noise reduction would only be slight. But for some people it’s all about the little things. You should take every opportunity to lower the sound of their shot should.
Which Is More Quiet - 3 Vanes or 4?
There are a number of reasons why people choose to fletch with 3 vanes or 4 vanes and each have their valid points.
An arrow fletched with 4 vanes will stabilize more quickly particularly if you are using a larger, heavier broadhead. It will also provide more drag because there is more surface area to provide friction.
The argument for using 3 vanes is that it gives you more rotation and, potentially, greater accuracy and speed.
As far as their effects on the noise of the arrow in flight, the consensus is that there is little or no difference between 3 vanes and 4. At least, not enough to make this a consideration as to how many you choose to use.
Vane Shape and Noise
It has been found that the shape of the vane will have an influence on the noise produced.
This stands to reason. When you consider the noise produced by a vane is caused by the way it moves through the air and the amount of air that is displaced as it passes.
A vane designed to be low profile and built with aerodynamic features is going to cut through the air better and this means it will fly more silently.
As an example it has been found that the parabolic style is quieter than the shield cut style.
Should the vanes become damaged and misshapen for any reason they are going to start making all sorts of noise.
In fact, the sudden increase in noise could be an early indicator of damage to your vanes.
In this case you should remove the fletching, clean the arrow shaft and get them refletched as soon as possible.
Determining which vane is the best and most silent will come down to a number of different factors surrounding your set-up.
In general, the lower profile vanes will perform best.
Shorter, tall vanes tend to hiss in flight which may cause game to jump the string. This noise will vary, though, depending on the power of the bow and the speed it can generate.
There are some good reasons for using long vanes over short vanes, particularly if you need to provide more stability to your arrows.
But you may experience differences in noise if you were to change the broadhead that you’re using. Do some experimentation. Make a judgement call on the combination of broadhead, arrow weight and vane profile you use.