Gold Tip Ultralight Series 22 shafts and arrows have been a staple for 3D and other target shooters for several years. In this review we take a look at the the Pro version of the series and see just how well they stack up.
For an explanation of how all measurements for this review are made, see the following article:
Gold Tip Ultralight Series 22: Models, Price and Availability
The Series 22 actually comes in two varieties, the standard version and the “Pro” version.
|Weight||Spine||Outside Diameter||Straightness||Weight Tolerance|
|Series 22||7.3 gr./in.||0.300”||0.337”||+/- .005″||+/- 0.5 grains|
|Series 22 Pro||7.3 gr./in.||0.300”||0.337”||+/- .001″||+/- 0.5 grains|
The only difference in specifications between the standard and pro version is the straightness; everything else is equal. Straightness does come at a price with the standard versions having an MSRP of $79.99 and the Pros $144.99 for bare shafts.
There is only one spine option, 0.300″ and a corresponding outside diameter of 0.337″ making this shaft legal for all FITA events. With a limit of 9.3mm or 0.366″ for FITA tournaments, this shaft is near the largest diameter possible.
Gold Tip Ultralight Series 22 Pro: Weight Consistency
The actual weights for the dozen Pro shafts under test are as follows for uncut shafts:
For this dozen, the weight tolerance came out to +/- 0.6 grains. The stated tolerance is +/- 0.5 grains which is extremely tight; only one of the shafts, #12, fell out of the spec and caused the slight variation from +/- 0.5 grains.
Gold Tip Ultralight Series 22 Pro: Straightness
Gold Tip’s stated specification for straightness on the Pro series is +/- .001″ for a total span of .002″
This dozen had five of the arrows fall out of the .002″ span, by a maximum of 0.0015″ variance. Even with these outliers, these are some of the straightest arrows I have ever measured.
Gold Tip Ultralight Series 22 Pro: Spine Consistency
Gold Tip does not state a spine tolerance for their arrows.
This is where these arrows really shined. Every arrow was within 0.001″ of itself for the entire diameter. From shaft to shaft, there was a total variance of 0.004″ spine, which is equivalent to only a 1.3% variance; very impressive!
Building arrows with the Gold Tip Ultralight Series 22 Pro shafts
Series 22 shafts have a couple of options to choose from for both tips and nocks. Tips have the standard options, either glue in target points (50, 80, 125 grains) or an insert (31 grains) with screw in point (100, 125 grains.) Also, screw in weights of 10, 20 or 50 grains can be screwed into the bases of either the glue in point or inserts. This gives the archer a lot of options to play with to get the right weight, FOC and dynamic spine in their setup.
For the nock end of the arrow, there is the option of either a push-in nock at 13.2 grains or a bushing and pin nock at 13 (busing) plus 2.8 (pin nock) grains for 15.8 grains total. There is also a new version of the pin nock called the “HD pin nock” that comes in at 6.1 grains, though I have not personally tried this option.
One thing that can make this shaft somewhat difficult to work with for some archers is that it only comes in one spine, .300″, which is quite stiff. However, with the ability to stack up the point weight while keeping the back end relatively light, it’s possible to get even this stiff shaft to have a soft enough dynamic spine to shoot well with a variety of draw weights.
I have been using these shafts for several years for 3D, both indoor and outdoor, and even some paper punching. After several different combinations of points, vanes and everything in between, I have settled on a 29″ bare shaft with an 80 grain glue-in point plus 20 grain screw-in weight, with four Mini-Fusion shafts for fletching. This gives me a total arrow weight of 340 grains and an actual FOC of a little under 12%. This has proven to be an excellent arrow that is very accurate (as long as I am!)
These are among my all-time favorite arrows and I will be keeping them around for the foreseeable future. They are extremely consistent in their build and I have never found any defects in any that I have owned. Since they are fairly thin-walled, they are not the toughest arrow when you miss a target, but do survive quite well for such a light-weight arrow. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a good target arrow.