Arrowsocks, Wraps and Easton Pin Nocks

I now have my hands on some second hand Easton ACE 520 arrows and I have decided to put wraps on these and add Easton pin nocks and small pin nocks as well as XS Wings.

This is the first time I have really built the arrows myself, usually I buy them ready made with standard straight vanes on them.
I have used Arrowsocks before for their mini wraps which I put on my arrows to show my name and the arrow number. As the service is so good I decided to use them again for the 120mm wraps, extra coloured adhesive tape and some silver XS Wings.

Arrowsocks Customer Service

As I am left handed I needed left hand XS Wings, silver was out of stock for a while but I only had to wait 2 weeks for new stock. In the XS Wings packet you get lots of adhesive strip, black adhesive tape and 50 wings. Anyway going back to the wraps I ordered the hexagon design in glitter silver (this is one colour throughout and does not fade between colours like the other ones). They were sent out the same day as I ordered them. There were a couple of printing errors on two of the wraps, but Arrowsocks sent me a whole new set a few days later – brilliant customer service.

Adding the arrow wraps

I removed the old vanes from the ACE arrows with a razor blade and then cleaned them with pure alcohol. I then used a green art and craft cutting board with a grid on it to help me align the wraps onto my arrows. This was all straight forward.

Adding the Easton nock pins

I then added my Easton nock pins with hot melt and then when cooled I pushed on my ‘crystal’ coloured nock pins, I got these from Aim4Sport.

The arrows were then sent to Aim4Sport for cutting and are now ready for the wings to be added.

Buying Second Hand Arrows

Never before have I purchased second hand arrows. The main reason being worried that the arrows could be bent and well used. I have a different set of arrows for indoors and outdoors and so far I have 4 sets of arrows lying around of which I use two sets. So yes my collection of unused arrows is slowly growing – I suppose I’ll be the one selling them soon.

I found out that my current 620 ACC arrows are now the wrong spine for me. They would be fine at my poundage of around 42-44lb if I had a standard draw length of 28″, but I don’t I am around 29.25″. This means I need a stiffer arrow and it now turns out I need some 500 spine arrows.

I didn’t want to go and buy 8 new ACC ones for around £110 (early 2017 prices) instead I decided to look on the 2nd hand market. Now with this sort of budget second hand I have the choice of X10 and ACE arrows. The problem with buying X10 and ACE arrows is that if you end up breaking or losing some and you need to replace them most archery retailers only sell them in dozens. Although I have seen bare shaft ACEs sold in 4’s. That’s not such a problem if you buy say 10 or 12 ACE or X10 used arrows but then the price is also going to be higher.

Buying online also presents a problem. It’s not just spine and the condition of the arrows you need to look at, but the arrow length as well. So the chance of finding a well looked after set of arrows, that are your spine and the correct length or longer can be tricky.

One thing to check is how your seller has measured the arrow as some people measure the correct way – throat of the nock to the end of the shaft, whilst others may measure the whole length of the arrow including the points – so be warned.

If the arrows are complete it’s also important to find out what points have been installed and which nocks and vanes. Although of course you may change these anyway. Knowing which vanes are attached are important for me being left handed as if they are spin wings or eli-vanes you have to install special left or right handed vanes. Another thing you want to check is that the owner has not used super glue to attach any vanes as that can be hard to remove.

When your arrows arrive check they have survived delivery and are all in good condition and not bent in any way by either using an arrow spinner or by just rolling them on a known flat surface.

The next thing is to adjust your arrow rest, button/plunger and centre shot and get them tuned to your bow.

By the way in the end I did find 11x Easton ACC 500 spine finished arrows on eBay.

Check out lots of new and used arrows on eBay.

W&W WiaWis ACS Nano Stabiliser Review

I had been using Mybo Aeris long rods and short rods for a while. My short rods are 15” and so quite long. I also had some problems with the V bar and extension moving around whilst shooting. So I had been looking out for some used HMC 22 stabilisers. I found a whole set on eBay and decided to watch them and then have a bid on them. IN the end they went for only £40 less than buying them new. But after seeing the HMC 22 sets they are still quite thick, so would still catch the wind a bit. I then learnt that Win&Win had also released a new version of the W&W WiaWis ACS Nano stabilisers.

I liked the fact that they had also released matching extenders and v-bars. I decided to order the 10” W&W WiaWis ACS Nano short rods, 4” extender and the carbon v-bar from Merlin. The delivery was super quick as the items were in stock. I decided to keep my Mybo Aeris long rod, although I may change the long rod at some point in the future.

When the items arrived in the box they certainly didn’t look like I’d spent nearly £150. But the items soon add up. But as soon as I had opened the items the build quality looked amazing. These things look like real quality. What I couldn’t quite work out is why the Mybo Aeris cost more than the new W&W WiaWis ACS Nano short rods.

win and win wwiawis acs nano

Everything arrived in nice tubes and plastic tubs. Each item arrived with some nice transparent thin washers to help everything screw together tightly. You don’t get any extra weights with them, just the standard ones. Although extra ones can be ordered for a few (£) pounds each, if you can find them. This was a bit of a shame as you get a few with the Mybo ones and you can configure them how you want on the Mybo short rods.

Putting the v-bar, extender and short rods was really easy and they all looked really good. I just had to remove one of my weights from the long rod to balance it all up. You balance the setup by turning your bow upside down and placing your finger about an inch along the extender from the edge of the riser, and make sure it balances.

I also decided to weigh the WiaWis setup when it was attached to my Mybo long rod and compare that to the setup with the Mybo short rods. I also weighed each individual items, here are the findings:

Mybo Aeris 30″ Long rod + Mybo Extender + Mybo V-Bar + Mybo Aeris 15″ short rods = 980g
Mybo Aeris 30″ Long rod + WiaWis Extender + W&W CX2 V-Bar + 10″ W&W WiaWis short rods = 750g

Mybo Extender = 90g
W&W WiaWis Extender = 60g

Mybo V-Bar = 50g
W&W CX2 V-Bar = 50g

One nice thing about owning the matching long rod is that the long rod has an extra long thread allowing you to get rid of the v-bar connector, as the long rod can then connect directly to the v-bar, saving around 40g in weight.

But how do they dampen? Well, no very well indeed is the answer. There is no comeback after release, no shake, no wobbles. I love them, worth every penny. Plus they are thin, and take up less space in my kit bag.

If you want to have a closer look at the W&W WiaWis ACS Nano stabilisers I have created a video review on YouTube here.


win and win wiawis acs nano short rod setup

w&w wiawis acs nano extender

win and win wiawis acs nano extender



Hoyt Carbon 720 Limbs

I finally succumbed to purchasing some Hoyt Carbon 720 limbs that I wanted. I ended up ordering them from Merlin Archery for around £208 + delivery. That was about the cheapest I could find them online.

On the Merlin website it also showed the limbs I wanted (36lb) as being in stock so I thought delivery would be speedy. But it turned out they were still not really in stock and they were a special order, so they arrived in about 10 days in the end.

Un-boxing the Hoyt 720 limbs showed they came with a Hoyt user manual, a Hoyt sticker and they came with some nice Hoyt limb covers.

I decided to weigh them the other day to find out if they were in fact lighter than my SF Axiom limbs.

SF Axiom limbs: 420g
Hoyt Carbon 720 limbs: 400g

So not a lot in it really, but nice to know I am lifting 20g less than before.

What made me decide on Hoyt Carbon 720 limbs:

  • They were around the price I wanted to pay – £200
  • I already had a Hoyt riser so wanted to match the two together
  • Someone else at my club had some and they liked them
  • Hoyt is a good brand

I decided to take a video of myself un-boxing the Hoyt 720 limbs, as un-boxing things these days seems to be so popular on YouTube.

Un-boxing the Hoyt 720 limbs on YouTube.