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That’s A Wrap! | How To Apply Arrow Wraps The Easy Way

Have you ever wanted to apply wraps to your hunting arrows but couldn’t get them on straight or just didn’t know where to start?

Well, applying arrow wraps doesn’t have to be hard and you can do it too!

arrow wrap from N1 outdoors

You can apply arrow wraps easily and quickly in just a few simple steps…

Some bowhunters use wraps because they can make it easier to remove your vanes when re-fletching an arrow.

Others may like them because they like to have a white area on their shaft to be able to more easily see what type of blood is on the arrow in the event of a pass-through.

And, some just like fancy arrows, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

So, I’m going to show you step-by-step how to apply arrow wraps to your arrow shafts. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

  • Arrow wraps
  • Mouse pad or hot pad
  • Arrow Shafts
  • Acetone or denatured alcohol
  • Microfiber rag or cotton ball

How To Apply Arrow Wraps [Easy Install!]

Time needed: 2 minutes.

Here at N1 Outdoors, we are a little bit partial to the Just Pass’N Through through N-Tune Arrow Wrap, which help you tremendously in the nock tuning process. So, we’ll be using those in this example:

  1. Prepare your work surface

    Clear a fair amount of space on a flat, dry surface. A mouse pad or thin hot pad works well when laid on the flat surface, as it can provide some cushioning, which will help you be able to apply even pressure during the application process.

    flat surface for applying arrow wraps

  2. Remove arrow wrap from paper backing and lay down with adhesive side up

    Remove an arrow wrap from the paper backing. Do your best to only touch the very corner of the wrap, to avoid getting oil and dirt from your hands on the adhesive part of the wrap, which would reduce how well it sticks to the arrow shaft (you could use just your fingernail or even tweezers).

    adhesive side up

  3. Clean the bare shaft of your arrow

    You want to be sure that you clean the surface of your arrow’s shaft where you’re going to be applying the arrow wrap. Clean it with a denatured alcohol or acetone. Now, fingernail polish remover does have acetone in it, however it sometimes also has things like vitamin E and other chemicals and oils in it that could prevent the arrow wrap from adhering properly to the shaft. So, even though some of you really love your arrows, we promise vitamin E will not help your carbon arrow shafts! So, it’s a better idea to use denatured alcohol or acetone.

    nail polish remover

  4. Align the wrap properly with the arrow shaft

    Ensuring that the arrow wrap is not applied crooked is actually easy to do. Lay your arrow shaft down beside the wrap that you have laid down (adhesive side up) on the mouse pad/flat surface. Be sure that the shaft is parallel to the edge of the arrow wrap. Be sure the arrow shaft is close to the edge of the arrow wrap without touching it. This will help you in being sure it is lying parallel.

    align shaft parallel to arrow wrap

  5. Apply the wrap (roll)

    Once you have the arrow shaft parallel to the wrap, simply roll the shaft toward the wrap (while applying even, downward pressure to ensure that the entire shaft surface contacts the wrap). Be sure to apply firm pressure to the seam of the wrap so that you will get good adhesion. Now, you will have a perfectly applied arrow wrap! Now, you are ready to insert a nock and begin paper tuning your bare shaft!

    roll arrow shaft forward


finshed arrow wrap on shaft

Your arrow shaft is now ready to be nock tuned and then fletched!

If you’ve got questions, you can leave those in the comments. We hope you will share this with people who might be interested and we hope you have an arrow this year that’s just pass’N through!

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truglo titanium x 3-blade broadhead

TruGlo Titanium X 3-Blade Broadheads Review [In-Depth Testing!]

You most likely found your way here because you are interested in how the TruGlo Broadheads perform.

Well, you’re in luck, because in this review, I tested the TruGlo Fixed Blade Titanium 3 Blade Head.

A Closeup Look At The TruGlo Titanium X 3-Blade

So let’s zoom on in here. Check out some of the designs features and specifications and then put this Truglo to the test.

truglo titanium x 3-blade broadhead profile view

Here’s a good look at the head close up. Pretty cool-looking head. It is 100 grains. It’s a 3-blade head with replaceable blades. .

titanium x 3-blade thickness

Each of the blades are 0.031 inch thick, so they’re relatively thin compared to a lot of other heads on the market.

titanium x 3-blade cutting diameter

And the cutting diameter is 1-3/16 inches, so that’s a little wider than a typical 1-1/8 inch cut, but not as wide as the 1-1/4 inch cut of the QAD Exodus broadhead.

titanium x vent gap

You will notice that the blades have quite a bit of venting to them. There’s also a little bit of gap that goes between the blades and the ferrule, so a little bit of extra venting there. I’m not used to seeing so much gap in there. It made me wonder how secure the blade lock was going to be.

titanium x 3-blade ferrule and tip

The ferrule is a one piece construction. The whole ferrule as well as the tip, is CNC machined out of titanium grade 5. Titanium is a great material to use when you’re trying to get good strength, while still cutting back on the weight. So, it’s a little bit stronger than most of the aluminums, a lot lighter than most of the steels, and can even be a bit stronger than some steels.

I was eager to put the Titanium X 3-blade broadheads to the test and see how they would perform. So, let’s see how they did!

For these tests, I used my Bowtech SR6 set at 72 poundsand Bishop FOC King Arrows for most of the shooting. But, for the really hard impact shots, I used the Bishop FAD Eliminators because they are just so tough.

Flight Test

titanium x broadhead flight at 40 yards

I shot one field point (right) and two broadheads (inside circles) into my target at 40 yards and here were the results.

Initial Sharpness Test

titanium x initial sharpness

Before I put the Titanium X 3-blade through my battery of tests, I measured it’s initial sharpness (how much pressure it takes to cut a small wire… 175.

Ballistic Gel Penetration Test

I shot the Titanium X into a block of ballistic gel that was fronted with 1/2″ MDF board and 2/3″ foam matting.

titanium x 3-blade ballistic gel penetration

The Titanium X penetrated 7 inches into the ballistic gel block.

Sharpness Test After Ballistic Gel Test

titanium x 3-blade sharpness after ballistic gel test

After the ballistic gel test, I measured the sharpness of the blades once again… 275.

Cardboard Penetration Test

The Titanium X penetrated through 57 layers of cardboard.

Durability Test (Steel Plate)

truglo titanium x 3-blade steel plate test

I shot the Titanium X into a 22 gauge steel plate to see how well it would hold up.

titanium x 3-blade after steel plate test

Here’s the Truglo 3-Blade that is now a 2-blade. And what happened is on the very first shot into the 22-gauge steel plate, it lost a blade. I’m not sure what happened to it. I couldn’t recover it because it was just gone inside my target.

truglo titanium 3-blade blunted tip

The other two blades are in decent shape, one of them got a little bit nicked up. And again, that’s just after one shot. The other blade didn’t get very nicked up at all. The tip got blunted a bit after one shot. So this is definitely one of the weaker fixed blade heads that I’ve tested.

titanium x 3-blade hole in steel plate

Here’s a good look at the wound channel and you can see that it’s a hole with 3 slits as opposed to a triangular hole like some broadheads make. And, you can see that blade on the left is the one that was broken because it didn’t get quite the total cut that the other two blades did.

Concrete Test

titanium x 3-blade cinder block test

I shot the head into a concrete block to see if it could take the impact…

titanium x 3-blade head after concrete block test

Here’s the Truglo after impacting the concrete. The blades barely touched the concrete, and they got nicked-up where they hit the concrete.

titanium x 3-blade curled tip after concrete block test

The tip held together fairly well, but you can see it now has somewhat of a “hook” to it and is curled over quite a bit. So, it’s definitely not reusable. However, overall as a head, it held together fairly well.

Final Thoughts On The TruGlo Titanium X 3-Blade

So what do you think of the Truglo Fixed blade?

It certainly has its strengths, and I’m sure it can get the job done in most bowhunting situations. I know a lot of people have used it and really liked it. It’s not very expensive so it’s a decent value as well for what it is.

However, I have to be honest… I think if you’re looking for a head like this, there are a lot better choices on the market.

But, you check out the score sheet below and see the data points that I provided there and see what matters to you the most. Compare those scores to other similarly designed heads and see which one is the right one for you.

titanium x scorecard

truglo titanium x 3-blade lusk score
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Should You “Slang” Arrows? | The Slang Blade Broadheads Review

Talk about a really weird, creative, and innovative broadhead!

I love testing this weird stuff, so I tested the Fire-N-The-Hole Slang Blade Broadhead.

slang blades open and closed

Talk about a wide cut! I couldn’t wait to start testing the Slang Blade broadheads and see how they measured up!

For this broadhead test, I used my Bowtech SR6 set at 72 pounds and Bishop FOC King Arrows for most of the testing and then the Bishop FAD Eliminators for the really hard impact tests.

If this is not the weirdest-looking thing you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is!

But let’s go ahead and check out the Slang Blade closeup and then put it to all the tests.

The Slang Blade Broadheads Up Close

slang blade side view

Here’s a good look at the Slang Blade. I had to have the camera zoomed out because once I open the blade, the head would not fit in the screen! In the closed position which it is in right now, believe it or not, it’s only 7/8 of an inch in cutting diameter. You can see the O-ring that holds the blades together.

The ferrule is aluminum and the blades are mad of stainless steel.

slang blade cut width

But, as it flies and penetrates, the O-ring is forced back and the blades open up to their full cutting diameter, which is 4 inches!

The blades are pretty thick. They are 0.052 inch thick by my measurements and they are single bevel.

slang blade double beveled tip

The tip, the edge, the bevel, continue over this circular portion which becomes the tip. However, when the two single bevels line up, they are double bevel right there at the top. So that makes the tip extra stout.

I had no idea how the Slang Blade was going to perform but I was eager to put it to the test! So, let’s see how it performed!

Initial Sharpness

slang blade initial sharpness

The initial sharpness of the Slang Blade out of the box was 300.


Flight Test

slang blade from 40 yards

Here is the Slang Blade shot into my target from 40 yards away.

Penetration Test 1:

I shot the Slang Blade into ballistic gel fronted by 2/3″ rubber mat and 1/2″ MDF.

slang blade ballistic gel penetration test

It penetrated 4-1/2 inches. I know it doesn’t look like it in this picture but that’s just because of the angle of the camera.

entry hole in mdf test for slang blade

Here’s the entrance hole in the rubber mat. It was just its closed position at entrance.

slang blade exit hole in mdf test

And then here’s the exit on the back of that first layer of MDF and rubber foam mat. It opened up to 2 inches.


slang blade wound channel in ballistic gel

Here’s a really good shot of the wound channel. You can see that after about 1 inch into the gel, it reached its full opening position there of 4 inches and it stayed that way for the rest of the penetration. So, it took 2 inches to get to its full position and then it cut for another 2-1/2 inches after that.

Edge Retention Test:

slang blade sharpness test after mdf

The blade sharpness was 450 after the ballistic gel test.

Penetration Test 2: (layered cardboard)  

I shot the Slang Blade into layered cardboard to see how many it could penetrate.

slang blade cardboard penetration test

It penetrated through 35 layers of cardboard.


Durability Test: (1/2” MDF)

Below is a look at what happened when I shot the Slang Blade into 1/2″ MDF board.

slang blade after mdf impact

As you can see, one of the blades just came completely off. And then part of the base broke off as well. I’m not sure why that happened. And then the other blade that stayed intact got significantly bent. To be honest, I’m not super surprised, but I thought maybe it would hold up to at least one shot through the MDF. But that was not the case.

Slang Blade Broadheads Review Final Thoughts

So what do you think of the Slang Blade? I’ve got to give props to Fire-N-The-Hole for coming up with a creative, innovative design.

And, I love that wicked wound channel. It was cool to see that in the gel as well as in the cardboard.

It only penetrated through 12 of the layers of cardboard, but man, it cut its full width. With that 4 inch wide cut, it has an impressive cutting diameter.

But the flight and the durability of this head are severely lacking.

slang blade after 3 shots in target

You saw the lack of durability in the MDF test. But, also when I was shooting it into my target at distance, on the third shot, it lost both of its blades.

slang blade shot into apple

I thought I’d do something cool and shoot through an apple but it didn’t even open on the apple. So, it didn’t do anything more than a field point would have done. In addition, the blades got really messed up after that as well.

I didn’t even do the concrete test where I shoot into a cinder block and see how a head holds up, because honestly, I thought it would be irresponsible. I didn’t want that much blade just flying all over my house and back at me!

So, if you’re trying to choose a broadhead, check out the score sheet and see how it performed in the areas that matter to you the most.

slang blade scorecard
lusk grade on slang blade