I have spent a lot of money on archery equipment over the past few years but the one investment I have avoided -- until today -- is good arrows. I am currently shooting the same Gold Tip Expedition Hunters that I got when I first started shooting. They have been great indoors and I plan to continue using them for that venue.
Anyway, I finally decided that the old arrows were just not going to make it at 90 M -- I was going to need either faster arrows or heavier limbs. Faster arrows won.
(I am a barebow stringwalker using 44.5 lbs on the fingers to go 90 M -- I have to aim off the shelf at the top of the bale to get there. I also have a bad rotator cuff and would like to reduce my draw weight as much as possible.)
After a little research, including the review of old AT threads and a discussion with my instructor, I was ready to begin my arrow buying adventure.
My pro shop was great. They took me to the range, watched me shoot and marked my arrows so that they could accurately measure the draw weight of my bow setup. They measured my bow with two sets of limbs and selected an arrow spine that would work across the range of both. (I expect to ultimately move to limbs with a draw weight somewhere between the two setups that I currently use.) We discussed fletching options and chose one that looked like a good starting point for my shooting style. They are now fletching the arrows. When finished, I will test shoot the arrows under their supervision to determine which breakaway tips perform the best.
The considerable value you get from the support of a good pro shop is hard to put a price on. The risk of having to re-buy when the arrows do not perform as expected is greatly reduced. Anyway, my pro shop increased my confidence that I am making the right arrow choice -- even though there are no certainties when it comes to the wonderful world of arrows.
Please save your laughter at my ignorance until you see my new Easton A/C/E arrows for sale in the F.I.T.A classifieds.