We all know the battle of the broadheads will never end. There's fixed versus mechanical, the addition of hybrids, and so much more. All of these have bowhunters shaking their heads year after year wondering, what's next?
We know what we want out of a broadhead. As bowhunters, we want an accurate broadhead that will kill a deer no matter where we hit it.
On top of that, we want the blood trail to be out of this world. And if we hit shoulder, we want it to blow through the shoulder like a high powered rifle.
Of course we want it all, and sure, there may be some sarcasm in those last few sentences, but we really do want an all around "best broadhead."
Is it possible to have a broadhead that can do all of these things? The answer may forever be no, but Rage is attempting to design something pretty close to that ultimate broadhead.
Many of us are aware that we give and take certain things when we shoot a mechanical versus a fixed. Mechanical broadheads tend to have less tuning, if any, and usually have a larger cutting diameter. Fixed broadheads usually pack more penetration, and we never fear a failure to open.
We spoke earlier this year with Feradyne on the testing process of Rage Broadheads, and found out the pre-trials includes accuracy, preopen testing, and a whole lot more.
What we didn't find out, however, was just how strong the new Rage Trypan is. Thanks to this video we have a frontrow seat through a durability and penetration test.
As mentioned in the video, the ferrule is made of titanium, which has a higher strength to weight ratio than steel or aluminum. That means it gives us a stronger ferrule while allowing the design of thicker blades.
Since the blades are thicker, they are also stronger. The increase is from the normal .035" to .039" thickness. These are the thickest blades Rage has ever used in a broadhead.
Titanium is quite expensive, but Rage found a way to minimize waste while machining the ferrule. They found that a smaller ferrule actually has less surface area, which reduces drag as well. This, in turn, made for an end result of better penetration.
In addition to the smaller ferrule, the swept back blade angle angle once the blades are deployed, also contributed to the increased performance in penetration.
The new Rage Trypan also added a keyed, one time use shock collar. This eliminates people's concerns that they may not be installing the collar correctly. It's designed to be a one and done mechanism.
The SlipCam broadheads are designed to have a larger slapcut but then fold back as they proceed through the target. What this means is that the Rage Trypan can have a 2.5" entry wound and then fold back into its resting state at 2" as it passes through the target.
That causes a large entry hole to open up and allow the blood to escape, then proceeds through the target with 20% less resistance allowing for overall more penetration.