AeroWeave™

A long time awaited, the AeroWeave Series is Firenock’s unique take on the arrow. Designed like all Firenock products, every aspect of this shaft’s design has been optimized—spine, weight and strength. To comprehend how we exactly “optimized” today’s carbon arrow, it is important to start at the beginning...

Carbon arrow making. What exactly makes a carbon arrow different from another? In most cases, one thinks of diameter, ID or OD, etc. In reality however, the central difference between arrows is unseen, in how the carbon was manipulated during production.

In the following sections, we aim to help you fully comprehend how arrows have been built over the years. As aforementioned in the introduction, we are beginning at the beginning, with how carbon arrows and their fibers were originally laid/woven. Note that, for this breakdown, we are assuming every lay is about the same weight.

To this generation of arrow production.

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The main issue with the previous construction was how limited the aspect of the fibers were. Though this feature was actually what gave it its few pros (solidity/ rigidity = strong spine), the cons truly outweighed them therefore arrow manufacturing companies quickly adopted the top lay. This lay is called a cross-directional or helix wrap. Though its spine is not as strong or as light as the original, it has some loop strength and torque strength. As its name implies, this construction however is based on crossed directions, something covering two angles, maximum three if one part of the lay is uneven. As the chance for a hit from any angle is always possible in the world of archery, two or three protected angles is definitely not enough. The bottom lay another example of an arrow that is made today. A combination of the fiber lay of the two previous constructions, this wrap’s spine and loop strength are their compromise. Its benefit, however, lies in its weight. Due to the majority of the fibers being laid linearly, the main (and only) advantage of this design is its light weight.

Firenock AeroWeave Series Arrow Shafts

And, finally, to Firenock’s AeroWeave arrow construction. First off, as you might of noticed, the diagram below is much longer than the others. This was done intentionally. See, the pre-impregnated carbon fibers that we use for our arrows are of a different class. Standard arrows use 2K or 2.5K carbon. Our arrows on the other hand are made from a special type of ultra thin 4K carbon. To give you an idea of the difference between these two fibers, here’s some numbers. That 2K/2,5K carbon has a thickness of about 0.1mm. 4K carbon, on the other hand, has a thickness of 0.02-0.04mm—a fraction of standard. Further, there is at no sacrifice to strength. But, past all that, why use this thinner fiber? Because it gives us more lay for more manipulation.

 
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The Weave (US Patents: 10,145,643, and 10,371,480)

While a large section of our construction takes from the original in that it has a linear lay for spine strength, its most unique feature is in its complex lays, its weaves. Due to the harsh environment of archery, strength at every axis is crucial. If you look closely at the wrap lay to the right, three of the four sections involve small squares. These squares are actually that “weave.” And those "diamonds" are also that weave, but rotated 45 degrees. But why does a weave matter? Well, with a weave, multiple axes can be covered at once. Further, if you turn that weave and lay it on top of itself, as will happen during the rolling of the carbon fibers, even more, infinitely more, axes will be protected.  But, of course, as many Firenock products go, we went a bit further. Note the left image below. This is an example of what most other weaves on the market look like. Do you see the difference between it and our weave (right)? Standard weave has a ratio of 2:1 (or sometimes even 3:1) and our weave has a ratio of 1:1. This allows for absolutely no gaps and balanced strength from all sides and axes. Again, a step further, but a step we at Firenock believe necessary, important, and worth it.For our AeroWeave166 and AeroWeave204, 1K micro-weave fiber cloth is used instead of standard 4K weave cloth, which explain the price difference.
 
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Note : Firenock AeroWeave shafts do not come with any arrow components. Firenock AeroWeave shafts are based on standard sizes; thus, there are plenty of common components that will fit each shaft. For reference, below are the component that Firenock offers that should fit each size.