Life Expectancy Of Carbon Arrows
Posted 03 August 2007 - 02:24 PM
What do you think?
Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:28 PM
Orthophthalic polyester resin is the most economical resin. It does not do well with repeated exposure to water. Boating companies that tried to go on the cheap with this material several years ago paid dearly for that oversight. It is generally thought to have some longevity issues. I doubt (but don't know for sure) any of the major arrow manufacturers are using this resin at this time.
Isophthalic polyester resin is definitely considered the better choice resin for outdoor applications. It is not nearly as sensitive to water and has a good durability record.
Regardless what resin is used they all can be degraded by exposure to prolonged periods of sunlight. UV breaks them down. It takes extra additives which are not cheap to combat this. Though I'm sure camo coating does help.
Bottomline, if you don't get your arrows wet or leave them out in the sun a lot you'll probably break them in general use before they breakdown or you wear them out.
Posted 04 August 2007 - 01:52 PM
Posted 05 August 2007 - 02:35 PM
Leo the resin thing never crossed my mind. Thanks and you're make sense about how they will be replaced before the resin factor gets into play.
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