January 11, 2021
By Lynn Burkhead
While much of the ATA Show excitement each year centers around new bows and crossbows, it's the business end of an arrow that often determines the outcome of a shot.
Meaning that for all of the time, research, and money you spend in buying a new arrow slinger this year, put some extra thought into the broadheads that you'll purchase, a vital piece of equipment that will make everything happen as it zips through a buck or bull boiler room.
While many archers today rely on the expanding lineup of mechanical blade offerings, there are still plenty of bowhunters who opt for the dependability of fixed-blade designs.
Here’s a look at some of what's new this year in the fixed-blade market, all coming to a bow pro shop or retail dealer near you sometime in the next several weeks
G5 Montec M3
I remember the first time I was introduced to the G5 Montec lineup in a spring bear camp in Canada. Dave Price, Jr., who has gone on to become one of my best bowhunting friends, said "Here, try this – it's one of the best broadheads I've ever shot." A few shots later on the practice range, I understand why he felt that way. This year, there's even more reason to love the super-sharp lineup from G5 as the well-known broadhead maker brings to market the Montec M3.
A solid stainless steel design that features more Rockwell hardness than other versions of this line of broadheads, this single-piece head comes in 100- and 125-grain options. Coming non-vented, the regular version and the crossbow version will fly downrange silently and accurately, hitting a buck's boiler room or a tiny 10-ring on the 3-D range thanks to the Ballistically Matched Point (BMP) practice heads that these broadheads come with.
MSRP $46.95 | g5outdoors.com
Truglo Titanium X Precision Broadheads
Operating under the concept of better metal makes for a better broadhead, the new Quadcutter from TRUGLO’s Titanium X Precision Broadheads lineup is sure to take down some bruiser bucks and bulls in 2021. Using a CNC-machine grade-5 titanium ferrule and precision sharpened surgical stainless steel blades, this broadhead aims to help bowhunters achieve better durability, superior accuracy, lots of meat in the freezer and plenty of head bone heading for the taxidermist’s shop. Featuring the X-Lock Blade System (including replacement blades), the Quadcutter checks in at 100-grains and has a 1 3/16 cutting diameter, more than enough to get the job done next fall.
MSRP, $39.99 | truglo.com
Truglo Titanium Precision Broadheads X Large Game
If big game bowhunting for elk, moose, caribou, bears, or monster Midwestern or Canadian whitetails is on your calendar in 2021, you’ll love the new Titanium Precision X Large Game broadhead from Truglo. Engineered to fly accurately downrange and power through the thickest hide and bone in the woods and on the mountainside, this 2-blade broadhead design has a one-piece ferrule and is chiseled from titanium. With a four-edged tip that is larger in diameter than the ferrule, the aim of Truglo’s engineers is to create a frictionless path for the arrow to follow behind as it blows through a buck or bull’s boiler room. Coming with a cutting diameter of 1 3/16-inches and a pair of different-sized locking collars, hunters can thread these heads onto standard-diameter arrows for compound bows and larger-diameter bolts for crossbows. The end result is a tough and accurate design that leads to short blood trails, filled freezers, and big taxidermy bills.
MSRP, $50 | truglo.com
Iron Will Outfitters Wide Solid Broadheads
After getting a lot of requests from their numerous fans in recent months, the folks at Iron Will Outfitters are bringing a solid-head broadhead to market in 2021 in the company’s popular Wide Series introduced early last year. All of the Wide Series broadheads in the 150- to 250-grain sizes are now solid-head designs that will fly silently and hit with a devastating impact. Designed for archery shots of 50 yards and under on medium- to large-sized big-game animals, these hard hitting broadheads deliver big entry holes, big exit wounds, an easy to follow blood trails on wild critters ranging from bear to elk to whitetails. Better yet, these premium engineered broadheads are built to last and come with Iron Will’s Lifetime Warranty.
MSRP, $99.95+ | ironwilloutfitters.com
Slick Trick SS3
Great broadhead flight and devastating downrange results are some of the goals of Slick Trick's new SS3 broadhead, which comes in an aerodynamic, single-piece stainless steel ferrule design. Starting with a 100-grain, 3-blade configuration, the 416 stainless steel broadhead is non-vented so that it can fly downrange silently, deliver plenty of power at impact, and produce a sizable cutting diameter that leaves an easy to follow blood trail after the whitetail or elk woods fall silent again.
MSRP, $47.99 | slicktrick.net