Day Six XD Arrows

By Joe Ferronato

I don’t understand it, but every year it seems that the top-of-the-line bows become even better than their predecessors. They shoot faster and quieter; they draw smoother and hold steadier. In the right hands, the proper bow and arrow setup can be deadly to previously unheard of distances. 

These new pieces of astonishing technology should shoot something of equal caliber, though many people choose to get less-than-perfect arrows to sling downrange. To me, it’s like shooting a box of 1995 Remington Core-Lokts through your brand-new Gunwerks.

In my opinion, that new bow needs to be shooting an arrow that complements its abilities—even if they may cost a bit more—don’t worry, your kids don’t need to go to a liberal brainwashing college anyway. 

Day Six saw a gap in the market and created quality archery products that are all made in America. The company is based in Wyoming and believes in American manufacturing, another reason, besides the top-tier equipment, that I like it.

I recently got the newest arrow offering, the XD shafts, from Day Six. These arrows are built with a carbon layering system that is incredibly durable and have .001 straightness tolerance (the company also offers a .003 tolerance that saves you about $20). The 55-grain insert/outsert is purpose-built from titanium and aluminum and seems to hold up shockingly well. (45-grain all aluminum and 90-grain stainless and aluminum options are also available.)  

The 5mm, 11.1 GPI shafts tuned easily to my PSE Evolve DS 33 and flew consistently across the lot. After bare-shaft tuning, broadhead flight—with several different heads—was identical to my field points. And yes, 11.1 GPI is fairly heavy, so for those of you who prefer a lightweight arrow with an incredibly flat trajectory to 100 yards, these may not be for you. I’m not going to say you’re wrong, but you’re wrong. Heavy arrows perform better on game because they carry that bone-breaking momentum needed to get pass throughs on heavy-boned animals. And I’ve found them to be more accurate and fly better in the wind. My XD arrows hit the sweet spot with a total weight of 562 grains flying at 285 FPS.

Not long after getting these arrows, I loaded up my setup and embarked to the other side of the world, South Africa, a target-rich environment to test both my skill and the performance of the Day Six arrows tipped with the company’s Evo broadheads

In Africa, shoulder shots are what is expected as the classic behind-the-shoulder hold will often result in a gut shot. I know, it messed with my head, too. No problem though, as I knew the arrow build could penetrate through dense muscle and bone.

A warthog was the first thing to offer a shot opportunity. Sneaking in close to 20 yards with a ripping wind, I sent an arrow straight through both shoulders, only to be held up by the fletching to fall out soon after the pig’s death run started. Pigs are heavy boned and have a dense fighting shield of hard skin and tissue layering that bone, so pass-through performance was astonishing.  After retrieving the arrow, the assessment came back perfect. Not one part was damaged, it was ready to shoot again.

Soon after I sent an arrow through an impala. It jumped the string—they are damn fast animals—and the impact caught it forward of the shoulder and quartered through the neck. The arrow embedded itself into the base of a tree 15 yards beyond the ram. After pulling and yanking for some time, the tree received some new jewelry, and I unscrewed the broadhead from the arrow. Again, there was no damage to any part of the arrow, it got a new broadhead and took its place in my quiver.

Embarking for Africa, a red lechwe was at the top of my list. They are a larger antelope that has a reputation for being tough. Sneaking in to 37 yards, I let an arrow fly on a big bull. The arrow zipped straight through both shoulders, and we found it resting nearly 20 yards past where he was standing at the shot. This arrow had a fracture at the nock presumably from impact with a rock, but the insert/outsert was completely intact along with the broadhead. After tracking the bull, following good frothy lung blood, we found him still barely alive and bedded in thick brush. I sent one more arrow through a tangled mess of bush, and seconds later, he expired. That arrow was completely intact upon retrieval.

If you’re wanting to get a durable arrow that’s made in America, check out Day Six arrows, they are purpose built for your bow and perform. Or if you want to keep buying cheap Chinese arrows to donate to the archery douche gods at a TAC event, so be it. I’ll just be here, silently judging.

Cost: $316 per dozen, cut, fletched and assembled

Pros: Built robustly for durability and longevity; accurate; tune easily; made in America

Cons: Expensive; they can still break; you’ll probably still lose them at a TAC event

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