What are the best new broadheads of 2017? Good question. It seems like some broadhead manufacturers are sticking with their proven models, while others have experimented with new designs that might attract some attention. Fixed blade or mechanical? Based on discussions with many hunters, we think that hybrid broadheads will gain some attention in 2017. We still think that 99% of the battle is having proper archery form and a compound bow that is properly tuned.
What are the best new broadheads of 2017?
At the 2017 ATA Show in Indianapolis, we had the privilege of checking out some of newest broadheads on the market. This year we believe that we actually covered almost every broadhead manufacturer at the show so have a look at our report to see if any of the new broadheads of 2017 might be the best broadhead for you.
Afflictor broadheads are a uniquely designed heads that feature a cut-on-contact point along with a drive key/bleeder blade that activates two mechanical blades. Their flagship broadhead, the K2, is less than 5/8 of an inch in flight and has two razor sharp mechanical blades that slice and dice with a 1 3/4 inch cut.
Blood Therapy Broadheads
Blood Therapy OCD broadheads possess one of the most “outside the box” designs we saw at the show. This uniquely designed head was made for maximum penetration due to its minimal entry resistance and the blade’s ability to rotate upon hitting bone.
Bowhunter1 broadheads are uniquely designed “fixspandable” heads. The 100 grain Bowhunter1 Fixpandable broadheads feature a 1″ diameter nose blade followed by a pair of devastating 2″ mechanical blades. This design/combination produces effortless passthroughs resulting in massive blood trails.
New for 2017 is the G5 Dead Meat broadhead. This 100% stainless steel head is design for maximum penetration and durability. This broadhead utilizes a snap lock system which produces an audible click to ensure the blades are locked securely prior to shooting. The G5 Dead Meat broadhead is comprised of 3 heavy duty mechanical blades that leave a blood draining 1.5 inch diameter hole. These blades are retractable which allows them to be used in states that do not allow barbed broadheads.
Dead Ringer Broadheads
Dead Ringer has quite a few new items for 2017. They have introduced their switchback technology which allows hunters to shoot their mechanical broadheads as either fixed or mechanical. This is done by changing out the blade retention system which is located just behind the tip of the head. Here are a list of the new broadheads as well as some features:
- The Nasty
Shoot as 2 blade mechanical for a 2 inch cut or shoot as a fixed blade for a 1 inch cut.
- The Nasty Extreme
Shoot as 2 blade mechanical for a 2.5 inch cut or shoot as a fixed blade for a 1 inch cut.
- Freak Nasty
Shoot as 3 blade mechanical for a 1.5 inch cut or shoot as a fixed blade for a 1 inch cut.
- Freak Nasty Extreme
Shoot as 3 blade mechanical for a 2 inch cut or shoot as a fixed blade for a 1 inch cut.
- Super Freak Extreme
This is a 2 blade mechanical that delivers a 2 3/4 inch cut.
- Hyper Strike
This is a 3 blade fixed broadhead that delivers a 1 1/8 inch cut.
This is a 3 blade, one piece, fixed broadhead that delivers a 1 1/16 inch cut.
- The Butcher
This is a 2 blade, plus bleeder blade, fixed broadhead that delivers a 1.725 inch cut.
- PSD – Pump Station Disconnect
This is a 2 blade, one piece, fixed broadhead that delivers a 1 1/8 inch cut.
For more information on Dead Ringer broadheads, watch the video below.
Dirtnap Gear Broadheads
New from Dirtnap Gear for 2017 are the Shred Head, B.M.F. and the D.R.T. broadheads. The D.R.T. is a razor sharp fixed blade that has a weight adjustment collar allowing shooters to choose whether they want to shoot 100 grains or 125 grains of broadhead weight. This broadhead is now offered in the color blue for 2017. The Shred Head, designed for turkey hunting, is a modification of the D.R.T. broadhead that delivers more shock to turkeys due to its noncontinuous blade. The B.M.F. (really does look like a BMF to us, lol) stands for Both Mechanical and Fixed. This broadhead has added mechanical blades that open up to 1.25 inches which results in a larger wound channel. The mechanical blades operate internally so there is not a need for o-rings or bands.
Muzzy’s “go to” broadhead this year is the Trocar HB and Trocar HBX. The Trocar HB is a hybrid broadhead that features a steel ferrule with chisel tip and offset blades to induce spin resulting in better accuracy. The Trocar HB has a 1 inch fixed blade cutting diameter and a 1 5/8 inch mechanical blade cutting diameter. The 125 grain Trocar HBX is designed for crossbows and delivers the same cuts as the HB.
New for 2017 is the Rage Hypo Crossbow broadhead, the Hypodermic +P broadhead and the SS-85 broadhead. The Rage Hypo Crossbow broadhead possesses the qualities that made Rage famous while adding a high energy shock collar for crossbow use. Offered in 100 and 125 grain, these heads open up to 2 inches for some serious bloodletting.
The Hypodermic +P features a swept back blade angle and one of the sharpest tips on the market. This two blade expandable broadhead is meant for maximum penetration and slices with a 1.5 inch cut.
The SS-85 enters rage mechanicals into the 85 grain category. Who needs an 85 grain broadhead? Fans of the world’s fastest compound bows need 85 grain broadheads. Lighter tip weight raises the spine of an arrow thus letting speed chasers finally shoot a mechanical head while maintaining a perfectly spined arrow. If you’re unfamiliar with arrow spine demands, check out our article on choosing the right arrow.
Rocky Broadheads offers a variety of heads that can get the job done. One standout is their Rocky Warhead broadhead. This Swhacker style broadhead delivers a 1 3/4 inch cut from its two expandable blades. Unlike Swhacker, these heads utilize an o-ring to retain its blades while in flight.
Flying Arrow Broadheads
New from Flying Arrow is improvements to their already proven lineup of broadheads. They improved their bone crushing chisel tips to be sharper and harder. The Toxic broadhead blades have also been redesigned and are now a true coring blades. These blades are also now thicker and go through an improved sharpening process which means serious meat worms come next season.
The Cyclone blades also went through similar improvements in the quest for more penetration and devastation.
Grim Reaper Broadheads
Grim Reaper hasn’t added much to the lineup compared to 2016, but they did improve their already proven lineup. Their blades and now sharper, stronger and are now held into place by a much improved mechanism. Our favorites include heads such as the Carni-four 4 blade mechanical broadhead. This broadhead has an impressive 2.75″ linear cut with dual cutting diameters of 1.5 inches and 1.25 inches…. core some gore with these guys.
The Pro Whitetail Special 2 delivers 3 inches of linear cut while slicing a 2 inch diameter hole. This head features their new PRO TIP ensuring that, as they say, “Watch’em Drop.” For the fixed blade guys, they have the Micro Hades Pro. This fixed blade head features the hypodermic like PRO TIP and improved blades which feature a back side cut ensuring that it will give industry favorites like Slick Trick a run for their money.
Created by Tim Strickland of Strickland’s Archery is the Helix Broadhead. This uniquely designed head looks like it came off the table of a samurai blacksmith. It features a blade that is single beveled which helps to induce spin to the broadhead adding stability to the arrow’s flight. This design also lets the broadhead spiral it’s way into the animal and enhances bone penetration leaving the hunter with extreme penetration.
After wowing us last year with the shapeshifter, Innerloc did it again this year with their fixed blade broadheads that feature their B.A.T. technology. This Blade Alignment Technology allows hunters to align their broadheads to be perfectly inline with their fletchings which will greatly influence proper arrow flight, increase consistency/accuracy, and will inevitably result in greater harvesting success in the field. A couple of our favorites are the Carbon Tuner and the Slice lineups. Both of these feature the B.A.T. technology and deliver a 1 1/16 inch cut. Innerloc also has a nice lineup of expandable broadheads and bowfishing points.
KudoPoint broadheads are cut-on contact fixed blades that are 100% stainless steel. These 0.050″ thick meat dicers off a sleek profile and are incredibly durable due the blade and the ferrule being permanently bonded. They are offered in 100 and 125 grain weights.
New from Magnus is the Deep Six Stinger broadhead. With a 1 1/16″ cut, this broadhead is tapered for an exact fit with Easton micro diameter shafts for cleaner and deeper penetrations. Also new for this year is the Deep Six Stinger Buzzcut. Also designed for the Easton micro diameter shafts, this 1 1/16th of an inch cutting broadhead incorporates chiseled serrations for more effective vital organ destruction.
Maxone’s go to for 2017 is the MX1 solid tip 100 grain broadhead. This broadhead feature a needle sharp tip and is rear deploying via a blade slide channel. Fully deployed, the MX1 broadhead delivers a 2 inch cut ensuring mega-blood trails. Maxone also features the MX4 fixed blade broadhead. These heads are CNC’d out of high stainless steel blades and offer a 1 1/16″ cut.
Most notable from NAP this year is the Spitfire Doublecross broadhead. This American made broadhead utilizes 4 blades that deploy in two stages. The front blades deploy to unleash a 1 7/8 inch cut while the middle bleeder blades add a 1 1/8 inch cut. This four way cut ensures that no matter what orientation the broadhead is in during impact, the blades will ultimately do serious damage.
Red River Broadheads
With all the cookie cutter broadheads on the market, it was nice to see a little change at the Red River Broadhead booth. These uniquely designed broadheads grabbed out attention and we think they should do well in 2017. Our favorite was the 4 blade Cross Cut broadheads. These razor sharp four bladed heads deliver 2 3/4 inches of total cutting surface and can flex out of the way to maneuver around bone. They also offer the R1 which possesses a four axis cut. The total cutting surface of the R1’s blades is 2 1/2 inches.
Slash Inset Blade Arrows
This design is not only outside the box, it cut the box in half. Fixed blade or mechanical? Screw it let’s do both with the Slash Inset Blade Arrows. These broadheads are part broadhead and part arrow. While shooting an animal with this system, the fixed blade broadhead enters the animal and then the two blade mechanical deploys to pick up the scraps. This broadhead/arrow system has 5 blades with a total cutting surface of over 5 inches resulting in a 275% larger wound channel than the typical broadhead.
Slick Trick Broadheads
New for 2017 from Slick Trick are the Raptortrick, Standard Pro SS, Magnum Pro SS, Vipertrick Pro SS, and the Riptrick broadheads. The Raptortrick is an all steel mechanical broadhead that offers a 2 inch diameter cut from its internal deploying blades. With its 4 edge bone splitting tip, this broadhead is sure to do some damage. The Standard Pro SS, Magnum Pro SS, and the Vipertrick Pro SS are all stainless steel broadheads that offer different blade configurations and different cutting diameters. The Riptrick is a unique cone point broadhead that is a small game animal’s worst nightmare. The Riptrick’s design, along with it’s 7/8 inch cut, will impart demobilizing destruction to all critters in it’s way.
New for 2017 is the Swhacker Stainless Steel broadhead. This 100 grain two blade expandable head is made of 420 stainless steel and opens up to 1.5 inches for some serious internal cuts. The blades are now single beveled resulting in better corkscrew penetration through it’s intended target. This new design also has a razor sharp cut-on-contact tip, utilizes an o-ring instead of a shrink band, and out-penetrates all other swhacker broadheads by 25-30%. For more information visit https://www.swhacker.com/.
Some of Wasp Archery’s products for this year include the Drone, the Jak-Hammer, and the Jak-Knife broadheads. The Drone fixed blade is now offered for Deep Six arrows and delivers a 3 bladed 1 1/8 inch diameter cut. The Drone broadheads stainless steel ferrule along with its chisel point are the perfect recipe for excellent penetration. The Jak-Hammer and Jak-Knife models are front deploying mechanical broadheads that offer a 3 blade, 1.5 inch diameter cut (Jak-Hammer) and a 2 blade, 2 inch diameter cut (Jak-Knife).
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New for 2016 is the Centragy Shrapnel AL. The Centragy Shrapnel AL is an expandable aluminum blade broadhead that is gear for small game and birds. This product was created to solve the irritating and expensive problem of losing arrows due to passthroughs experienced in small game hunting. Upon impact, the 4 aluminum “talons” of the Shrapnel AL deploy to create a devastating bludgeoning that increases harvest percentages and arrow recovery. Currently in the pre-production stage, the Centragy Shrapnel AL should available this April/May at wholesalers such as Lancaster or at Centragy’s website. For more information, visit their website at http://www.centragy.com/ in late February.
Dead Ringer Broadheads
New for 2016 are the Dead Ringer Just Nasty and Dead Ringer Switch Back mechanical broadheads. The Dead Ringer Just Nasty is a high kinetic energy mechanical broadhead that delivers a 1 inch cut on contact and then deploys to a devastating 3 3/4 inch finish cut. As the name reflects, this is just nasty! Dead Ringer does recommend that the Just Nasty broadhead to be used only with high kinetic energy crossbows.
Designed for field point accuracy, the Switch Back broadhead is designed to be used as a fixed blade or mechanical broadhead. With their interchangeable flex collar, hunters can configure it to be used either way depending on their hunting scenario. The Dead Ringer Switch Back has a 1 inch cut on contact cut that transforms into a 1 1/2 inch cut when in the mechanical mode. For more information, visit their website at https://deadringerhunting.com
Grim Reaper Broadheads
New for 2016 are the American made Grim Reaper Carni-four and Grim Reaper Hades Pro broadheads. The Grim Reaper Carni-four broadhead features 4 blades (1 1/2 inch x 1 1/4 inch) that deploy in two stages drastically improving fluent passthroughs on big game animals.
The Grim Reaper Carni-four broadhead has a bone crushing steel tip inline with an aluminum ferrule that allows great performance while maintaining necessary weight. This impressive head from Grim Reaper Broadheads delivers a 2 3/4 inch linear cut that should greatly increase big game recovery rates in 2016!
The Grim Reaper Hades Pro is Grim Reaper’s flagship fixed blade broadhead for 2016. The Grim Reaper Hades Pro is offered with either 3 or 4 blades, delivers a cut diameter of 1 3/16 inches and is offered in 100, 125 and 150 grain weights. The 3 blade model has a linear cut of 1.78 inches while the 4 blade model comes in at 2.38 inches. The razor sharp durable Pro Tip head of these broadheads as well as the blades, which are also sharpened on the back side, should make this broadhead a front runner in the fixed blade broadhead category in 2016. For more information visit http://www.grimreaperbroadheads.com/.
New for 2016 is one of the most “out of the box” designs we ran across at the ATA Show, the Innerloc Shape Shifter. This is one broadhead that can guarantee it flies like a broadhead because in flight, it basically is one.
The Innerloc Shape Shifter is a mechanical 3 bladed broadhead that nestles inside a brittle clear plastic cover. The cover is aerodynamic like a field point and shatters upon impact which allows the Innerloc Shape Shifter’s razor sharp mechanical blades to deploy. This new broadhead technology of the Innerloc Shape Shifter was great to see and may be a factor in it becoming one of the best new broadheads of 2016.
The Innerloc Shape Shifter broadhead
For the bowfishing market, Innerloc released the new Innerloc Grapid Point. The Grapid bowfishing point features a revolutionary head that allows the point to be configured for shooting or removal.
After the fish has been shot, simply rotate the point tip counterclockwise and the barbs recess tight to the point’s ferrule. This allows for smooth, friction free arrow removal. For more information, visit their website at http://www.innerloc.com/.
The Innerloc Grapid bowfishing point
New for 2016 is the Muzzy Trocar Switch and the Muzzy Trocar HB (hybrid broadhead). The Muzzy Trocar Switch is an adjustable fixed blade broadhead that allows hunters to configure the head with a 1 inch, 1 1/8 inch, or 1 1/4 inch cutting diameter. The Muzzy Trocar switch features a solid steel ferrule and the bone crushing Trocar tip. The Trocar Switch’s adjustability is supposed to provide complete tunability to any setup.
The Muzzy Trocar HB really caught our eye. This hybrid broadhead functions as a fixed blade and a mechanical broadhead. The mechanical blades of the Muzzy Trocar HB were designed with deflection prevention in mind. If one of the blades hits a rib bone, it will retract until the obstacle is clear then redeploy. This unique design will most likely put it in the running for best new broadhead of 2016. For more information on Muzzy Broadheads, visit their website at http://www.muzzy.com/.
New from New Archery Products in 2016 is the NAP Hammerknocker. The NAP Hammerknocker broadhead is a mid shaft deploying mechanical 3 blade broadhead. The Hammerknocker utilizes a plunger style blade deploying tip at the end of a revolutionary carbon ferrule. The NAP Hammerknocker’s carbon fiber composite ferrule aerodynamically conceals the broadhead’s blades until the moment of impact. This feature ensures that the Hammerknocker will fly like a fieldpoint while delivering the destruction of a 3 bladed 2 inch diameter cut. For more information, visit their website at http://www.newarchery.com/.
New from QAD in 2016 is the QAD Exodus broadhead. Designed to match the length of most field points, the QAD Exodus is designed for extreme accuracy and durability. The Exodus’s 100% stainless steel blades were designed to cut at a steep angle which increases penetration. The 0.040 inch thick blades are some of the toughest on the market and should hold up very well while hunting the toughest big game animals. These bone crushing accurate heads will be in the running for the best new broadhead of 2016. For more information, visit their website at http://www.qadinc.com/.
One of the most unique broadheads of the 2016 ATA Show was the Rexpid Nuri. The Rexpid Nuri features a single blade cutting blade that delivers an 1 1/8 inch cut. In addition to its solid blade desing, the Rexpid Nuri also features two rotary wing blades that create a devastating wound channel.
Also available from Rexpid Broadheads is the Big III and the Rexpid III. The Big III is a 3 bladed fixed broadhead that delivers a 1 1/8 inch diameter cut while their mechanical broadhead, the Rexpid III delivers a 3 bladed 1 7/16 inch cut. For more information, visit their website at http://www.rexpid.com/.
Available from Savora Broadheads in 2016 is the DelMastro LPV100, the DelMastro HPV100, and the VanDyke LPS100. The 1 inch diameter DelMastro LPV100 features a “tough as nails” razor sharp bone crushing tip and three 0.030 inch thick blades attached to a fluted steel ferrule.
The DelMastro HPV 100 has the same features of the LPV but has a larger cutting diameter of 1 3/16 inches.
The VanDyke LPS100 has the same characteristics of the DelMastro LPV100 but features solid blades. For more information, visit their website at http://savorabroadheads.com/.
In addition to Swhacker Broadhead’s popular mechanical broadhead lineup is the new for 2016 Swhacker Fixed Blade. The solid blades of the Swhacker Fixed Blade have a secondary angle that’s bent on the blades to help spin and stabilize the arrow in flight as well as increasing penetration. For more information on Swhacker Broadheads, visit their website at http://www.swhacker.com/.
Wasp Archery Broadheads
Available from Wasp Archery in 2016 are the Wasp Dueler and the Wasp Drone broadheads. The Wasp Dueler is a new 2 blade mechanical broadhead that allows hunters to choose what diameter cut they would like to deliver. With a simple twist of their “Select-A-Cut” washer, the cutting diameter can be adjusted from 1.5 inches to 2 inches. For crossbow use exceeding 400 FPS, just simply install the crossbow o-ring and you’re good to go!
The Wasp Drone is a tough stainless steel fixed blade that features an impressive bone crushing tip. The hardened stainless steel tip, solid steel ferrule, and legendary Wasp blades provide a reduced surface which allow for improved accuracy and penetration. For more information on Wasp Archery broadheads, visit their website at https://www.wasparchery.com.
Summary on the best new broadheads of the 2016 ATA Show
While we didn’t cover all the manufacturers, we hope we did open your eyes to some of the new and innovative products on the broadhead market. We hope you have a better idea of which broadheads might be the best new broadheads of 2016. Good luck in your broadhead selection and as always, happy hunting!
Best Broadheads of the 2015 ATA Show
If you wanted to browse a wide variety of broadheads for 2015, the ATA Show in Indianapolis, Indiana was the place to be. We saw market veterans there like NAP and Muzzy showcasing their goods. We also visited with newcomers like Xecutioner Broadheads and other less known companies who were trying to break onto the broadhead scene.
Some established companies made little tweeks to improve their products for 2015, while some new companies were clinging to their sometimes outrageously designed broadheads. There was even Game Vector Recovery System who developed an “attachment” that can help you track downed game. The gadgets were plentiful for sure.
What is the best mechanical broadhead for 2015?
If you are asking me personally, based on the ones I have used during the last couple of years, I’d have to go with Swhacker and Rage broadheads. They both have done well for us but who knows with new heads made by companies like Xecutioner and others. We will be able to comment more on this after we start our 2015 broadhead tests.
What is the best fixed blade broadhead for 2015?
I hate to admit it but it has been a while since I have shot a fixed blade broadhead. Back in the day, I cut my teeth on Thunderheads by NAP and they are still a damn good broadhead. Muzzy was also another very dependable head with a legendary chisel tip that set the standard in bone crushing.
Todays archers are after optimal arrow flight. For the best results in flight, some archers choose to go with heads like slick tricks or muzzy trocars. Both of these heads have a very small profile design which allows the arrow to correct itself in flight quickly due to the small blade design. They don’t plane in the wind like some broadheads with more surface area so they tend to fly more like a field point on most bows.
Our thoughts on broadhead selection is that if your bow is super-tuned like we describe in our bow tuning timeline, you can shoot any head and should have good results. If your bow is out of tune or your fixed blade broadheads aren’t hitting where your field points are, we suggest mechanicals or smaller profile broadheads like the slick tricks or the muzzy trocars. Both options with help to stabilize the arrow in flight and not plane off like some large heads.
Whatever you choose for 2015, just keep in mind, that proper form and a properly tuned bow are the two most important factors when it comes to accuracy.
Here are some of the broadheads that we came across at the ATA Show 2015.
Swhacker Broadheads will indeed be one of the broadheads we shoot during 2015. Their blade opening technology ensures that scalpel sharp blades will be slashing through the innards; not dull ones that just fought to get through the ribcage or shoulder. They came up with models that are design for bows with low kinetic energy (short draw and women). They also delivered on a 3 blade design.
We are not sure how long Xecutioner has been out there but they have some pretty gnarly broadhead designs. Their patented adjustable kinetic setting on its flagship mechanical is very versatile by allow the archery to use anything from a crossbow to a low poundage bow without worrying about the blades not opening.
Xecutioner Broadheads also offer fixed blade broadheads that look like they may deliver some serious carnage while minimizing the blade surface to wind ratio.
We are really looking forward to putting these broadheads to the test this year!
Game Vector Game Recovery System
Anyone who has shot and trailed a deer probably may have thought of a concept similar to the Game Vector Recovery System. Its really Inspector Gadget meets bowhunting without a doubt. Although as interesting as it is, we have to wonder what the added weight and profile does to the arrow in flight. The design is anything but concentric. If anyone has any experience with this head, let us know how it performed!
AMS Mayhem Bowfishing Points
The friendly people over at AMS showed us their favorite bowfishing heads for 2015. These super tough chisel tipped heads not only have ultra strong barbs, but the barbs can be released by unscrewing the chisel point or spinning the arrow shaft counterclockwise. Withdrawing your arrow from a fish has never been so easy!
CrossPoint Detonator Broadheads
The CrossPoint Detonator Broadhead is actually locked in place until its shot. The shot “engages” this broadhead via a brilliantly designed spring system and deploys upon contact with the animal. I spoke with the manufacturer about certain mechanical broadheads redirecting and deflecting off trajectory but they say their won’t (as much). This is due to the fact that they have a catching ‘punch’ blade that is supposed to clear the way for the trailing life enders. Really cool design on these.
Tooth of The Arrow Broadheads
Tooth of the Arrow broadheads are machined out of one piece of steel and claim to have superior strength and quality over the competition. The broadhead looks similar in size to the Muzzy trocar or the Slick Trick, so it should allow for arrow stabilization quickly after a shot. We have not tested this broadhead yet, but from our initial glances at it, it looks like it would be a good performer.