As of early 2019, Crimson Talon Broadheads has ventured back into the broadhead market, but today the brand looks a little different than it did 8 years ago. The company is now led by new owner, David Bittle. Bittle is focused on producing the world’s most ethical and accurate fixed blade broadheads. Despite the products looking similar to past versions they are now beefed up with thicker blades, more aggressive tips and a variety of blade and grain configuration to suit every hunting application. In a recent discussion I had with Bittle he echoed a cry of confidence that the once massive broadhead manufacture will soon be back competing for the title of the “most lethal broadhead on the market.” There is a lot of work to do and a lot of hungry competitors to outperform in order to get to that goal. Only time will tell how hunters like the upgraded broadheads. For this article I wanted to take a more in depth look at Crimson Talons technology, options and pricing.
Pictured left is the signature “G2” 100 Grain Crimson Talon Broadhead. This is a cornerstone of their 2019 lineup—
In a 2019 hunting environment, we have a lot of options when it comes to broadheads. Between expandables, fixed heads and hybrids it can quickly become overwhelming when choosing which broadhead to purchase. One thing that Crimson Talon is doing exceptionally well is that the broadheads are built with the hunter’s care abouts in mind. Hunters want a sturdy head that flies well, leaves gaping wound channels and leads to a quick, humane kill. A key difference in Crimson Talons is their curved blades on their G2 model. These curved blades come in a 100 and 125 grain option and were designed with a specific purpose in mind. Too often as bowhunters we make very ethical shots that sometime don’t lead to recovery. Many times, this is because of a wound channel that closes while the animal is fleeing after a shot. The horizontal and vertical cuts of a traditional broadhead can sometime lead to a poor blood trails and wound channels that close quickly. The curved blades of the Crimson Talons are designed to create a spiral wound channel. The broadhead in theory continues to cut as it passes through the animal. The result is a circular hole vs. a horizontal or vertical cut. Another exciting feature of the new broadheads is the “SpinTite Airfoil Technology” which is described by Crimson Talon as the following, “SpinTite Airfoil Technology improves ballistics – the faster the bow, the more spin-stabilization imparted on the shaft of the arrow. No more being penalized for shooting an ultra-fast bow or one of today’s crossbows. And because arrows are now spin-stabilized by the broadhead, wind-planing is a thing of the past.” If this technology works as advertised this could help a lot of hunters and lead to more trophies being recovered. Thankfully after this season we should have a better gauge of how this technology actually performs in the field.
Spiral wound channel concept—
As the broadhead passes through the animal it continues to spin.
Even though the broadheads have flown well for me during my product testing, like any fixed blade they are going to require some tuning. While tuning from a field point to a broadhead is often inconvenient, it is in your best interests to do so. Fixed heads have historically given bowhunters performance without comprise and that’s why I go back to them time and time again. I, like most, was skeptical that the curved blade design wouldn’t fly accurately and reliably. My negative assumptions were proved wrong during further testing.
In 2011 there was very little variety in Crimson Talons product portfolio. Bittle has solved this issue with straight and curved blade configurations in both 100 and 125 grain packages. This gives any hunter that wants to use a fixed blade broadhead options. This strategy is particularly relevant for those hunting in states like Colorado where blades on a broadhead are only allowed to be on a straight plane. Also, with a rise in the number of crossbows that are shooting upwards of 400 fps it’s always nice to be able to pack a bigger punch when taking down wild game. Crimson Talon also added a straight blade configuration to their 2019 lineup unlike previous years. Those too are available in 100 and 125 grain options and will be useful for those hunting states that have outlawed curved blade broadheads.
The price of the broadheads varies slightly based on where you purchase them. Since the broadheads are only a month old they are not sold in retail locations yet, but be looking out in the near future. When they do hit shelves they will retail for $34.99 a pack. Currently you can find Crimson Talon Broadheads exclusively on their website at korekut.com for $39.99 a pack including free shipping. I was also notified that Crimson Talon is running a special for followers of their Instagram. If you use code “Instagram10” at checkout you can get 10% off your first pack. If you order a package I would highly encourage you to reach out to Crimson Talon on their Instagram— @crimsontalonbroadheads and tell them what you thought.
Crimson Talon has a long road ahead to becoming a viable player in the market, but I think with they have made the right bets in the short term. Throughout my product testing of their broadheads there were a few things that required some adjustment. A slight draw back to any fixed head is they don’t typically fly like a field point, but the exchange for a little extra tuning time is a head that will always be viable with a well-placed shot. My intuition tells me that Crimson Talons unique offering will serve them well in this market if the products perform as advertised. Under the leadership of David Bittle, Crimson Talon seems to have more staying power this go around. But, in a market that is quickly becoming saturated by many different broadhead manufactures only time will tell.