AAE Wav Vanes


Emma on the AAE Wav Vanes:

When I first started shooting outdoor I shot regular plastic vanes.  Once I did some research and found out about the benefits of Kurly Vanes, we did a test with them versus my old ones.  In continuous wind, the Kurly Vanes definitely shot better.  I have been using them since with okay results and I do think in the gusty wind in Arizona would have been much harder on me if I had still had my old vanes.  When I went to Texas Cup though, the wind was gusting on and off, completely picking up my arrows with them.  It was crazy!

In Arizona, AAE was the tournament sponsor and we got sample packs in our bags of their new Wav vanes.  We decided when I went to Texas in practice, we would try them against the Kurly Vanes to see how they worked out.  I tried them on 60m in the crazy wind and they flew completely straight in a much tighter group!  When I shot the same number at the same distance of the Kurly Vanes they went horizontally before hitting the target and the arrows were very far from each other.

Once we got back, we decided to use the AAE Wav vanes for Gator Cup.  I will let you know what I think when I get back!


Kevin on the AAE Wav Vanes:

When we travel to tournaments we always look at what the top archer’s equipment choices are. If there is something Emma and I see interesting we take pictures and then do our research when we get back home.

We saw that Brady Ellison was using AAE Wave vanes at Arizona Cup we were excited to get a sample in our welcome bag. Emma was using Kurly Vanes at Arizona Cup and we were watching her arrows almost go completely sideways in flight to the target at 60 meters. I walked down to watch Mr. Ellison and his arrows had a much better flight in the same conditions. This made me decide to try the AAE vanes.

I fletched 3 arrows with the AAE Waves and we took then to Texas Shootout. I had Emma shoot 3 Kurly Vanes and then the 3 AAE vanes. The AAE vanes consistently flew better in the high wind conditions there.

Emma is now shooting the AAE Wave vanes and she has seen her grouping tighten and we are very satisfied with their performance.

4 thoughts on “AAE Wav Vanes

  1. Don’t forget to try regular 1-3/4″ spin wings made by Range-O-Matic too. There is good reason so many shooters have relied on them for a long time. In my own testing with my own arrows and equipment, I group better into a stiff headwind with the AAE WAV vanes. In all other conditions, I group ‘way better with spin wings. I showed up at Nationals this year with 1 doz of each, but used the spin wings throughout. I like yellow, blue, and white, and don’t like black (too brittle) or red (too stiff).

    The Yamaguchi’s also like: Bohning Feather Fletching tape (to put spin wings on with, these are thinner so the arrows don’t stick to each other as much), and ELI Parabolic vanes in P3 and P2 sizes.

  2. The P3 ELI and the 1-3/4″ regular spin wings are about the same in performance, but the ELI’s last a lot longer. The ELIs are also more expensive ($25 versus $15 for spin wings). I would use the P2 ELI vanes if your arrows are falling too much at distance (“parachuting” or slowing down), or if you have clearance problems, as they stand up a little lower than the P3 and spin wings. The P2’s are lower and longer than the spin wings. But, the P2’s don’t correct the arrow flight on less than good shots as quickly as the P3’s do. So if you use P2’s your tuning has to be better and your releases more consistent. In our family, Nathan uses P3 and shark vane ELIs, Karissa uses P2’s, and I use 1-3/4″ regular spin wings.

    I would stay away from the newer spin wings (like the low drag versions) or the smaller spin wings as we have found they don’t work as well as the original 1-3/4″. The low drag versions rotate wildly when nicked or are less than perfectly symmetric. Same for ELIs — stay with the plain, original ones! The parabolic vane has the best profile for spinning the arrow without creating additional vortices (and drag), and the shield cut and shark vane types have sharp points that will definitely create vortices. These are OK if you are shooting lots of extra poundage, but not so good if you are barely reaching your distance!

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