If we're going to get super technical about "what's the most traditional" then those arrows would look more like flu flu feathers. Ancient man didn't exactly have shield cut feathers with fletching jigs and they didn't spin or spine test their shafts. Most guys that are super antiquated about vanes are probably using a fiberglass limb bow shooting carbon shafts.I use 3 x 4 inch feathers, slight helical. Mostly because many IBO divisions require at least 4 inch fletchings, and also because I am just use to that look. I think 5 inch is overkill. 3 x 4 inch is also plenty of steering for broadheads.
I have tried 3 inch, and the 2 inch feathers, but came back to 4 inch since it was required for competition.
I think a fletching requirement is stupid anyways. If you want 5 inch feathers, more power to you. You shouldn't complain that 2 inch are not trad, and be confident your 5 inch feather will steer better anyways. I wouldn't care if a guy was shooting Blazer vanes off the shelf. He would probably get terrible arrow flight anyways, so why care, and for new guys getting into the game and don't know any better, those are the only type of arrows they can get at their local Walmart to shoot.
Best vane ever. I don’t understand why more dont love these. All I shoot if Im shooting plastic. Low profile quiet in flight and stability enough for any broadhead Ive shot.I’m shooting Flex Fletch FF360 vanes, which are 3.6” long, on my hunting arrows. I may eventually go shorter, but haven’t really found the need to. I’d have to shoot my broadheads a lot in windy conditions to be comfortable with shorter vanes and it’s not really convenient to do so.
On my target arrows I’ve always shot around a 2” vane.
The only issue I’ve had with them in the past was getting them to stick, but the newer no-prep version seems to have resolved that problem. The shop I went to when I began archery said that FF were the best vanes out there, but too much of a pain to fletch so they didn’t push nor offer them. I eventually got tired of vanes falling off so I switched to feathers for a long time before coming back to FF.Best vane ever. I don’t understand why more dont love these. All I shoot if Im shooting plastic. Low profile quiet in flight and stability enough for any broadhead Ive shot.
3” feathers parabolics seem a good compromise but I dont like the way they look
FF187 are amazing if you can make the small surface area work.I'll add to this, target or hunting and what is the longest distance?
I am using 3-inch feathers for field archery and my arrows drop like a rock at long distance. I may go back to spin wings, or see if I can find shorter feathers.