Easton X10s


Is there any empirical evidence to show that a top of the range, expensive, arrow like an Easton X10 has a better trajectory than a less expensive correctly spined and weighted arrow, if shot from the same bow?
For example: if the spine and the GPP of the X10 and the un-named other arrow are the same is there a benefit of shooting the more expensive arrow, other than the manufacturer’s hype?


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I guess the biggest problem you have is that as archers get better they tend to change to more expensive equipment. The video above shows a cheap setup can perform very well in the right hands. But as this is a thread about arrows, it's worth noting that XX75s are excellent arrows although rather heavy. I guess the question rather refers to X10s vs something like Penthalon. But the question is rather self answered. How do you get very well matched cheap carbon arrows?


I guess it would be possible to shoot an X10 and another brand arrow with same specs from the same bow and get them to travel on the same trajectory. The real issue is, whether all the x 10's will travel on the same trajectory as each other.... and will all the other brand arrows travel in the same way. Variations between arrows in any set will produce different flight paths compared to others in that set.


That's why you generally can't buy single X10s, only matched sets.
And barreled shafts have an advantage over parallel shafts, but are more expensive to make.
So to answer the original question; all things equal a more expensive shaft will not outperform a cheaper shaft. Problem is, things are not equal.


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Your looking for empirical evidence that you’ll never get. I’ve shot x10s since 1997. I change from ACE 32” 400s because the arrow drift on the ACE was terrible (for me) in light to medium wind. I changed from Beman Diva S to ACE due to longevity issues.

The year I changed I shot a 302 90m in a wind that had 1300+ archers struggling to break 275. I wasn’t even aiming off more that edge of yellow.

The reason the x10 is worth so much is how it behaves in medium to light wind. That alone is worth the price IMHO. Which doesn’t mean someone shooting an arrow that drifts further but reads the wind better doesn’t have just as good setup.

There is a scale of bow weight vs arrow length vs archer ability on where you start to get the value. If you are shooting sub 300 at 70m them probably not. If you are shooting sub 310 with less that 29” arrow them probably not. The longer your arrow the more benefit you’ll see.

Of course if you can afford it and it gives you confidence to have “the best” then you’ll shoot better with x10 at any draw length/weight/level.

I have never been entirely convinced about the tapered rear end absorbing poor releases. Of the shafts I have shot the Bemans were the easiest to shoot but that might be fond remembrance of events that happened a bit different. 29 years is a long time ago ;)

In still conditions an x7/ACC etc will score just as well if you can make the distance.




Empirically, aren't halfway decent aluminium shafts the most accurate (barring wind)?


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In the absence of wind and other environmental factors, and given consistent application of force, any near identical object will shoot consistently.

So if the tolerances are closer on say an x7 than any other shaft, and assuming assembly of all arrows is a constant, then yes, that is probably true.

However... so many other factors come into play.

Bottom line is you don’t *need* x10s to be competitive. But if you can afford them they are a great arrow.