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TrueFlight Shield Cut Arrow Feathers
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TrueFlight Shield Cut Arrow Feathers

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  • Q:

    What options are needed to get the $5.05 price?
    Asked on 3/14/2014 by Don from Bulpitt, Ill

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

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      It depends upon the selections chosen. Left Wing 4" solid colors should be $5.05 a dz.

      Answered on 3/18/2014 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Are these feathers factory cut or do you cut them yourself?
    Asked on 1/7/2014 by Rex from Texas

    11 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      TrueFlight feathers are cut before they are shipped to us.

      Answered on 1/10/2014 by Johnathan Karch from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are factory cut.

      Answered on 1/8/2014 by Anonymous
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      Rex,
      The TrueFlight Shield cut Feathers are factory cut. They are very high quality and I use this particular shape in the 5" length on my personal arrows.
      If you were looking for Feathers to cut yourself, the True Fight Full Length Arrow Feathers are what you want. You can use a Feather Chopper or Feather Burner to cut your own.
      Hope this answers your question.
       
      Pat McKeown 

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
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      A:

      They are pre-cut and pretty consistent as well.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
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      A:

      They are cut as you see them.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
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      The shape shown is know as shield cut. that is how they are cut. some feel shield cut feathers can be noisy which led to the parabola cut but I have never found shields noisy.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These are shield cut feathers you would not need to cut them yourself.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by rcurve from nebraska
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      If you order Shield cut feathers, that is what you will receive. The only feathers you have to cut yourself would be the full length feathers. You may wish to ensure you order the length of shield cut feather you want for your particular arrow, i.e 3"or 4"etc.
      Frank

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Buckhorn73 from Ontario, Canada
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      A:

      That's the way they come from the factory. These are the type I prefer.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Rick from San Antonio,Texas
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      A:

      They are factory cut.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
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      A:

      These feather come factory cut in the Shield shape.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the difference between left wing and right wing fletchings? Thanks, I need the answer for my school project.
    Asked on 6/12/2013 by School Project

    10 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Rotation direction. Right wing spines the arrow clockwise when viewed from the back. There is several myth in my opinion. Right hand shooters should shot right wing. There is no scientific data to support this myth. Right wing feathers should be used on single beveled broad heads that cut in a clockwise rotation. Theoretically this makes sense. In practice once the broad head penetrates the additional spin induced by the feathers is so small it becomes undefined. Hope this helps
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 6/13/2013 by Anonymous
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      It has been my experience that there is no real difference. There is a lot of debate & theories on the subject but after trying both I could not tell a difference in accuracy. Hope this helps.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/16/2013 by Anonymous
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      The difference is literally the right or left wing feather from a turkey. This obviously does not apply to plastic vanes. I hope this answers your question.
      Sent from Ruben's iphone

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Anonymous
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      The only real difference is which wing of the bird the feather comes from.
      The two different wing feathers wil make the arrow spin in opposite
      directions when itstabilizes. This makes no difference to the shooter.
      Forester Padraig... 20+ years a fletcher

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Anonymous
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      I've been told that one comes from the left wing of the animal, and the
      other one from the right wing.

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Anonymous
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      Simple response, the picture of a goose in flight shows right wing and left wing performance in flight for lift and stability. Now when those wings are harvested for use on arrows, the right wing or left wing curvature will help the arrow spin right or left thus stabilizing the arrow in flight. Much like rifeling the barrel of a gun stabilizes a bullet. 
      In todays Modern archery with drop away arrow rests right wing or left wing do not make a decernable difference in arrow performance. Unless you are shooting a single bevel edged borad head and then the right or left bevel should match the feather right ot left for stability and accuracy. 
      This can be true with the Modern Fiberglass Longbows and Recurve Bows and non-Wood Arrows...
      Where does right wing or left wing make a difference? I believe from my experiences is in Primitive Bow and Arrow Making or shooting off ones hand (ergo: no arrow rest.)
      Hope this helps you. 

      Answered on 6/13/2013 by Colwillid from Waukegan, Il
    • Staff Reviewer

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      The difference is the left wing does come from the left side side of the bird same with the right wing. Left wing spins counter clock wise and right wing spins clock wise.

      Answered on 6/13/2013 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
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      There is no difference. It is a matter of preference. At one time it was
      believed righthanders should shoot right fletch, lefthanders shoot left
      fletch.Something to do with the way the arrow cleared the shelf. We now
      know there is so much movement (arrow paradox) it makes no difference.

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Anonymous
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      Simply put, left wing fletchings and right wing fletchings refers to feathers taken from a bird's left wing or right wing, respectively. Feathers are curved and it is this curvature that gives the bird lift when the wing is outstretched in flight. As air flows over the wing, the curvature causes there to be less air pressure above the wing than below the wing. The same phenomenon is what gives lift to airplane wings (see Bernoulli's principal). When the quill of the feather is cut to separate the vanes (that part of the feather used as arrow fletching) and the vane is attached to the shaft by the remnants of the split quill, the feather's curvature provides a lateral force on the arrow when the bow propels it through the air. Because of its orientation on the shaft, which is different from its natural alignment on the wing, it provides rotation rather than lift - same force but directed in different directions - horizontal on the arrow rather than upward on the wing. The curvature is such that right wing feathers will cause the arrow to rotate (spin) to the right (clockwise as viewed from the nock toward the point) and left wing feathers will cause the arrow to rotate to the left (counter clockwise as viewed from the nock toward the point). The curvature of the feathers acts like the rifles of a gun barrel that spin the bullet. The rotation improves the accuracy of the projectile. The curvature and the rotation it causes explain why all fletches on an arrow have to be from the same wing, i.e., all left wing or all right wing. Doesn't matter which one, just all the same. If they are from both left and right wings, the spin they promote will be opposing one another, making the arrow fly poorly.
      I hope this explanation helps. Good luck with your school project.

      Answered on 6/13/2013 by Anonymous
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      There have been some past writings that suggest that right handed shooters should shoot left wing and that left handed shooters should shoot right wing. The theory behind this advice is that the arrow should spin away from the bow riser. Actually, it doesn't really matter and the choice is really a personal one. I currently have the remnants from two different sets of arrows in my back quiver. One set is fletched with left helical, the other with right helical. I really cannot tell any difference in how they fly or in how they are wearing. The one critical thing is that you do not mix left and right feathers on the same arrow.
      As the feather descriptions read, left wing feathers come from the left wing of a turkey and right wing feathers come from the right wing of a turkey. To tell the difference just look from the "back" of the feather to the front and see which side of the feather the smooth side is on.

      Answered on 6/16/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    do you have the red and white barred 5 inch shield cut feathers in stock
    Asked on 6/9/2013 by butch from tupper lake new york

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes they are back in stock.

      Answered on 6/11/2013 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Is it possible to dye the feathers?
    Asked on 3/24/2013 by land locked pirate

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yea you can. I haven't ever seen any turn out that great.

      Answered on 3/25/2013 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Do any of you use two fletch? I am considering doing two fletch with good arrow tuning. What do you guys think? Do any of you do two fletch? What has your experience been? thx!
    Asked on 1/9/2013 by Nancy the Newbe

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Tried it. It's fine if your arrows are well tuned. The only drawback is
      that it gives you less wiggle room. If you have a 3-fletch arrow and one of
      the feathers gets damaged, you still have 2 good feathers. On a 2-fletch,
      you're only left with one.
      One unexpected advantage of 2-fletch, they sit in a quiver nicer. You can
      stack the arrows right next to each other without the fletching getting in
      the way.

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Personally I tune until bare shafts flying straight into my grouping. So the baseline of this is to properly tune your bow and arrow for each other. In the dynamics of arrow flight I personally think 2 fletch opens up the flight of the arrow to plane more especially if you shoot broad heads. I shoot every day and have noticed when my normal 3 fletching goes and one feather is damaged I can physically see it performing inconsistently to the other arrows in my quiver. 2 Fletch in my opinion will not stabilize your arrow as quickly as 3 or fletching would. 5" Fletching x3 will stabilize most broad heads when the bow is properly tuned. Personally when I draw on a trophy animal or a competition shot of a lifetime I want to know and have confidence in my equipment. If it ain't broken..........

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

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      It all comes down to more or less feather. More feather will help the arrow stabilize quicker and start spinning sooner. Less feather will generate less drag and translate into more energy down range. I normally just look at the total amount of feather that will be used. For example, 3 3" feathers would be about the same as 2 5" feathers as far as performance. The exact number and length of you feathers will be a personal preference.

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
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      No I have never done 2 fletch, You will have to experiment, BUT I did
      switch to 4' feathers so I would decrease drag. That has worked fine for
      me.I need 3 feathers so I can see the arrow in flight.

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Anonymous
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      Give it try and see what happens. I have not ever tried it. I do know a
      three fletch will recover faster. This is important to me because I get
      buck fever when shooting at game. When this happens I can be sure of a less
      than perfect release/form and need the arrow to recover quickly so the
      broadhead does not steer it off course.

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Big Bird from Southwest, WA
  • Q:

    Why are there so many more color choice for left wing feathers than right wing feathers?
    Asked on 12/9/2012 by Tom from Perryville MO

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      For some reasons, left wing feathers sells better,....so,....more color selections for us.....

      Answered on 12/11/2012 by Anonymous
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      There may be some obscure explanation of which I am totally unaware, Tom, but my guess (from years or experience) is that this simply reflects demand in the marketplace. Most bowmen (generic term that includes ladies too) shoot right-handed. Long-standing lore says that shooters should use feathers from the bird's wing opposite to their shooting hand: right-handed shooters, mount left-wing feathers; left-handed shooters, use right-wing feathers. Some say they can detect no difference in performance if they contravene the advice. I see a marked difference in the way my arrow flies off the shelf that favors the traditional view. So, since I came from Amish ancestors, I honor the teaching of forebears.
      -- Curt S.

      Answered on 12/9/2012 by Anonymous
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      it's probably go something to do with the notion that if you're
      right handed the fletches should be left... and as most archers are right handed (and traditions die hard) then that would be why there are more choices in left.

      Answered on 12/9/2012 by Rob from Australia
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      In traditional circles more archers tend to shoot LW feathers. Due to the popularity and preference companies cater for more options in colours and designs. Both LW and RW can be applied successfully. The helical on the fletching is more important in my opinion as it stabilises arrow flight more efficiently. The arrow start spinning only when well clear of the bow. By rotating the same as a bullet from rifle. Rifling / bore makes a rifle more accurate. Whether you left handed or right handed you need to experiment as LW spins the arrow counter clock and RW Clockwise what work best with your form.
      Personally I have shot both and found no real difference in in arrow flight or accuracy. Personal preference I would think. My advice get yourself a small quantity of LW in the colour you want. Fletch them up and check how they shoot.

      Answered on 12/9/2012 by Anonymous
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      The manufactories make just as many of one color in LH as they do in RH.
      Its the distributor or retailer that choices what colors in the RW and
      LW to carry. Years ago people thought if they were right handed they
      needed to shoot LW feathers. And since there are so many more right
      handed people over left handed we get more LW feathers. His is something
      that needs to be put to rest and LW and RH should not matter. UNLESS you
      are using a single bevel broadhead this is the only reason to have one
      or the other.

      Answered on 12/10/2012 by Anonymous
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      There are more of a selection in LW because more people use LW. I was
      always told a right handed shooter shoots LW feathers and a left handed
      shooter shoots RW feathers because the arrow turns counter clockwise
      when leaving a right handed bow and clockwise when leaving a left handed
      bow.
      Dave G,

      Answered on 12/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We sell far more Left Wing feathers than Right Wing.

      Answered on 12/11/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Is the light color in the grey barred feather brighter/whiter than the traditional barred feather. I was considering fletching them along with all white feather. Will the grey barred look grey or white?
    Asked on 11/2/2012 by Tomas de Gato from Houston, TX

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

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      The grey barred feathers have more of a silver/blue tint. The traditional barred feathers have a brown tint.

      Answered on 11/3/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      will look grey i like the trade with white better
      Sent from my Droid Charge on Verizon 4GLTE

      Answered on 11/2/2012 by Anonymous
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      A:

      I bought the green barred so can't tell you from personal experience, but from the picture it looks as though the light portion on the grey barred feather is a brighter white than on the traditional barred feather. I would also suggest going to a store near you that sells these and if there isn't one, call the nearest cabela's and have one of the people in the archery section looking on the shelf to compare before ordering.
      Ted

      Answered on 11/4/2012 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Package Count--- is package 12 count enough to do 12 arrows/3 on each arrow? Or is actually just enough to do 4 arrows/3 on each arrow?
    Asked on 10/21/2012 by Popcorncrow from Amarillo, Tx

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      1 doz feathers, so you would need 3 doz to build 1 doz 3 fletch arrows.

      Answered on 10/22/2012 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    What are the pros and cons of using a 4 inch feather over a 5 inch feather?
    Asked on 8/28/2012 by Rick R from Louisville, KY

    12 answers

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      Quite simply 4" will be faster. 5" will be more stable....especially with
      a broad head.

      Answered on 8/28/2012 by Anonymous
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      Personally I don’t see any difference on a tuned bow, other than more clearance.

      Answered on 8/28/2012 by Al from Tennesdsee
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      I find that the slight weight difference is not for me, and the 4" works easier in my fletch jig. I have shot both lengths, it's personal preference.
      ASC archer

      Answered on 8/28/2012 by Anonymous
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      If you think of an arrow as a rocket with wings, the greater the area of
      wings span, the more control of the rocket you have. However, there are a
      variety of factors that may cause you to limit that wing span (length of
      feather).
      Note, in general, feathers cause more drag both allowing more control and
      causing more drag (faster reduction in speed) in contrast to vanes.
      If you are using a release, you do not need as long a feather/vane as you do
      with finger/tab/glove shooting. The release allows the arrow to launch
      straight forward resulting in a mild porposing while the finger shoot
      launches an arrow in a paradox around the riser/rest. If it is correctly
      tuned, a finger shooter will launch an arrow slightly high and out creating
      a mild fish tale until the arrow stabilizes.
      If you are shooting field points vs. a broadhead, less wing or feather is
      needed.
      When you put fixed position broadheads on the arrow, you are adding wings to
      the front of the arrow which means you need additional wings (length of
      feather) on the back to maintain control of the arrow. The greater the size
      of the broadhead, the more control you need in the back.
      If you can shoot a 4 inch accurately, then use that. Less drag, etc. than a
      5 inch. But with some set-ups, you may need the longer feather.

      Answered on 8/28/2012 by Scout Archer from Denton
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      I Believe a five inch feather stabilizes your arrow faster and gets that
      broadhead spinning. Some guys worry about arrow speed but if you are
      shooting at a deer under 25 yards what difference does a few fps make? Arrow
      placement is more important than speed.

      Answered on 8/28/2012 by Anonymous
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      A four inch feather has only one advantage over a five inch feather. Less drag, therefore more speed is retained by the arrow, which leads to a flatter trajectory. The advantage of the five inch feather, is simply more stabilizing ability due to the greater surface area. When selecting an arrow, I always start with a bare shaft. It is important to find the correct arrow spine and length that shoots the best before you add feathers. If it shoots well without feathers, adding them makes it perfect. By comparison, adding feathers to an incorrect arrow may make it shoot ok, but some energy and therefore some speed will be lost.

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
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      With a good release you can use even 3" feather,
      the smaller the faster/longer flight.....but for the smaller feathers the 
      better release is required,......and sure,....tuned bow
      and tuned arrow ....and bow and arrow matched properly.
      It's all about preference/style.......and lot of practice.

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
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      Rick,
      Depending on bow type (Compound vs. Traditional) arrow type (carbon, aluminum or wood) you would not see a great difference. When setting up my son's system (a bow and arrow is a system) a Mathews Bow at 70# and GrizzleyStik UFOC 6580 Arrows going from a 125 grain 3 blade broad head to a large 315 grain broad head the 5" shield cut made a difference out to 40 yards. Under 40 yards I would say there is no decreeable difference.
      Regards

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Colwillid from Waukegan, Il
    • Staff Reviewer

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      The less feather you have the faster your arrow travels, flatter shooting, and better for target. The more feather you have the faster your arrow will recover. Better for a sloppy release or if you nick a twig when hunting.

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
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      Pro: less parasitic air drag giving a theoretical increase in downrange velocity.
      Con: less stabilization effect causing a longer recovery from any wobble imparted to the arrow. This may supersede any gains realized from less air drag.
      Chronometer testing would be needed to confirm as it would probably be impossible to tell by watching arrow flight. The difference between the two feather sizes is minor.
      Dave

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Broken Arrow from Alberta
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      a 4 inch feather will be slightly faster and quieter than a five inch. however I feel that the speed and noise are well worth the faster arrow correction and better flight with a 5 inch

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
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      I have shot both 4 and 5 inch feathers and they fly equally well however if you are shooting a big broadhead I would go with the 5 inch for more stability

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
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