feathers- Truflight or Gateway

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  • November 21, 2012 at 12:44 am #496912 Back to Top REPORT

    Kbrezlin

    Joined: 5/30/2009
    thinking about trying some feathers. Any opinions or Gateway or Truflight like differences or quality? it’s been years since the last I used them and I want to play around in the off season. Thanks
    November 21, 2012 at 1:25 am #541257 Back to Top REPORT
    treestandwolf
    Treestandwolf

    Joined: 10/13/2008
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    I’m pretty impressed with Gateway, switched back to feathers this year.
    I’m currently using RW shield cut.
    I also purchased the waterproofing powder which is awesome.
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    November 21, 2012 at 3:16 am #541258 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
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    I use both, not much difference … TrueFlight has a bit brighter colors.

    For economy, try the AMG feathers. The bases are not as uniform, but they seem to last just about as long.

    November 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm #541259 Back to Top REPORT
    xxholleyxx
    XxHolleyxX

    Joined: 11/18/2008
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    Ive used both also. Like Brian says…the Truflights do have brighter colors. I got some barred feathers from Gateway a week or so ago for my turkay arrows I’ll be using with the Creed. The barring was hardly visible at all on the off side. I ended up getting Truflight 4″ shield cut and they are much better looking. They are both very durable.
    November 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm #541260 Back to Top REPORT
    supermag
    Supermag

    Joined: 8/16/2011
    I’ve used both. Both are quality feathers but I’m using the Gateway Rayzr’s now and they are good. Trueflights seem to have a little better base on them but the Gateway’s have been doing good for me for a couple of years now.
    November 26, 2012 at 1:02 am #541261 Back to Top REPORT
    randallb
    randallb

    Joined: 2/12/2008
    Try TrueFlight 3” feathers for sure. Very happy with them. 3” doesn’t cost more than comparable vanes.

    They glue down beautiful, and scrape off pretty easy.

    I thought the razor feathers were too noisy…much taller.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm #541262 Back to Top REPORT

    Kbrezlin

    Joined: 5/30/2009
    Thanks for the info. Truflight sent me a sample pack 3 days after I called them. Did up a few arrows with the 4 inch Char. shield and was amazed how much better I could see them in flight over the vanes. Took 30 grains off the back of the arrow. Now the next question, what glue are you using? I had some Zing HD for the experiment that I used.
    November 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm #541263 Back to Top REPORT
    randallb
    randallb

    Joined: 2/12/2008
    I scrape with a butter spreader (multiple serated grooves fit the arrow curve well). Clean with acetone and then end with alcohol.

    I use the common Loc-tight gel superglue. Works well. It is blue bottle. CUT out the tube inside by removing all the silly plastic housing it is in.

    Try the 3” traditional shaped feather. Helical fletch.

    I like to refletch so the less durability of feathers isn’t an issue for me.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:38 am #541264 Back to Top REPORT
    ohio-timberghost
    Ohio Timberghost

    Age: 41
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    Trueflight’s have a better base for what Ive seen.
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    November 27, 2012 at 1:57 am #541265 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
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    Saunders NPV is the only glue I use on feathers, unless I’m glueing to a lacquer crested shaft, then I use Duco.
    http://www.3riversarchery.com/Duco+Feat … eitem.html

    Feathers are great for close-in shooting, terrific control over broadheads. However, in windy conditions, the added drag at longer ranges amounts to much more wind drift.

    This was a test done to see what the miss distance would be with each type of vane in a stiff wind while holding dead on. Feathers by far had the most drift, the greatest variance, and were the least accurate:

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