First outdoor tournament of the year for the older one. She is a “bowmen” class and that means she really can’t compete in the big national tournaments that have Cadet and Junior programs only. Technically, she can shoot in those older age divisions, but the shooting distance starts at 60 and you have to pull a pretty big bow to shoot that distance. Locally, one (or maybe two) of the JOAD clubs has set up an outdoor series. This includes shorter distances for the younger divisions, including 30 for bowmen.
Like all archery events we have attended outdoors, you have to deal with the sun and the wind. This was no different. Our car thermometer said it was 101. She had ramped down lessons over the last month, so this was her first event in at least a month. She shot outside at the park and she got reps in on the side yard. She used her new Easton outdoor arrows. She ended up in third place.
Her coach suggested some outdoor arrows. That means breaking free from our standard aluminum arrow. Indoor arrows can have a wider tube (“shaft”) and for recurve use feather fletchings vs plastic vanes. This could mean soliciting lots of opinions and getting advice from different range staffers or messaging with Lancaster Archery. Instead I took a recommendation from the excellent Easton Archery Podcast and decided to focus on the Carbon One. Her coach agreed, but now more questions. Arrows aren’t like picking a soccer ball, you could select the Adidas Tango and then the next choice is color and size. With arrows, the dimensions of choice include size, shaft weight, spine @28″ span, length, fletchings, and point weight. She is not ready for a clicker (which assists in the shot sequence and will alter the arrow length), so we don’t know how long the arrows should be nor the shaft weight. These will be the first two questions a tech will ask you. Her coach let her try some different sizes Of Carbon Ones, but they were mostly cut to work with clickers. When she shot these short arrows, her coach said they were “porpoising”, which means wavering up and down. That means longer arrows are required.
It is hard to avoid the complexity of the Easton Arrow Selection Chart. Despite a lot of work to make the chart user friendly, you have to know a lot about you, your bow, and your setup. This is a moving target for a young archer.
The Easton Selection Chart
Her coach suggested getting a couple of weights and testing them out. We have three each of 1000 and 1150 with the recommended tip. The Easton tip is 70, 80, or 90 points, which is a unit of measure for weight. The tip breaks off at various places to change the weight.
They are attached with hot melt which is a glue that is applied with heat versus a cement glue. The plastic vanes are attached with a slight offset.
The only thing in common with the aluminum arrow is the Easton G Nock (no pin).
These thinner arrows shoot faster (they stick into the bale further) and shoot farther (her misses were further down the range). This sounds complicated, and we are at the novice stage. I suspect this is why there is a lot of “follow the leader” in arrow selection or “buying from the top of the list” – if you notice that Brady Ellison uses the Easton X10 (their high price arrow), and you purchase it, you don’t leave room for too many excuses with your equipment.
Underneath the Easton logo:
Underneath the Easton logo are two arrows. Easton has been making arrows since 1922. They also made all sorts of aluminum products like lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, and baseball bats. I talked with an accountant with the Easton Family Foundation. He said they divested of their interest in everything but arrows. You can still find these other products with the Easton name, but it is probably just a licensing deal. The Easton corporation bought Hoyt and then used the funds from the sell offs to fund the non profit Easton Foundation.
Created by Jim Easton, CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the Foundations support the building and/or operation of outdoor and indoor archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes throughout the U.S. In addition to these facilities, the Foundations provide programs to train aspiring archers, trainers, coaches and administrators.
The first Easton Sports Development Foundation was created in 1984 with the mission to introduce this lifetime activity and historic Olympic-style sport of archery to more people in Southern California. The success of that effort led to the formation in 2006 of a second Easton foundation, Easton Sports Development Foundation II.
The archery centers are true hubs of USA Archery. There are three now, formerly four.
December 14, 2016
After much consideration, the Easton Foundations has decided to discontinue its archery program at the Easton Van Nuys Archery Center. The archery center, located at 15026 Oxnard Street, Van Nuys, CA will close permanently on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
According to Caren Sawyer, Executive Director, the Easton Foundations’ headquarters will remain in this location after the closure, but will likely move to another location in 2017. The Foundation will also continue to operate its three state-of-the-art facilities in Chula Vista, Calif., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Newberry, Fla.
While the kids are shooting aluminum arrows, they will have a long life except for being bent in the quiver while trying to sit down. It makes sense to become an adequate fletcher of arrows (the person that adds feathers or vanes). After some other attempts, I have crossed over from sloppy amateur to less sloppy amateur. The secret is a good batch of acetone and the Bitzenburger jig. It only does one feather at a time, but it works consistently for me which cannot be said of Arizona Archery EZ Fletch and the licensed other brands.
The Easton arrows stand up to a utility knife scraping off the old and the acetone cleans up the debris. With patience, an arrow takes about 10 minutes to go from old and worn out to ready to shoot (if you aren’t needing perfect feathers).
Converting and reclaiming arrows for the smaller kid. Bigger kid liked blue and green. Smaller kid likes pink and white.