Dart Flights: Different shapes and materials

Different dart flights

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Alex Krist
Alex Krist

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The dart flight is considered the rear-most component of a dart and is often called the fly or wing. Without the dart flight, a throw with the tip towards the board would be impossible, because it stabilizes the throw so that the dart arrives at the board with the tip first. Dart flights are often completely underestimated by many amateur players. Experienced players, on the other hand, know what effects a slight change in shape or material can have on the flight behavior of the darts. For this very reason, we would like to enlighten you in this article about which dart flights are available at all. Which shapes and materials are suitable for you? To answer this question, we give an overview and hope to be able to help you.

The different shapes of dart flights

There are now far more than ten different forms of dart flights. At this point, however, we would like to discuss the most important and most common models. For this purpose, we distinguish between six different types of flights. Among other things, it is important to know that the flight behavior is changed more than just the appearance. Thus, the flight must be adapted to your own throwing style and overall dart to get the perfect result. So each shape has its advantages and disadvantages.

Dart flight shapes

The Standard Flight

The standard flight is probably the variant of the flight that is most often found among professional players. It is also the flight that offers the largest surface area. It has the advantage that the dart flies extremely stable in the air. As a result, the dart usually arrives relatively horizontally in the board. However, this does not always have to be an advantage. Depending on how the throwing style and dart are matched, it is quite possible that the standard dart flights are not the right choice.

The Slim Flight

The dart flight is considered the rear-most component of a dart and is often referred to as the fly or wing.

The Slim Flight is significantly narrower than the Standard Flight. Otherwise, there are actually no serious differences. It is noticeable that this form of dart flights is also included in the beginner packages. Together with the Standard Flight, the Slim Flight is the most commonly used flight type. The change in shape also has a natural effect on the flight behavior. In contrast to the Standard Flight, the arrows hang down slightly with the Slim Flight. So it is quite possible to put the next two arrows on top of the first one in the board. Who prefers such a throwing style, which is well served with the Slim Dart Flights

The Pear Flight

The Pear Flight does not have angular edges like its two predecessors, but is rather round in shape. It is noticeable with this Flight that it is hardly used by a professional. Nevertheless, the Flight can have an advantage, among other things, because the roundish shape of the arrow takes an enormous speed. For players with a straight-line throwing style, the Pear Poly can therefore be helpful, because the enormously fast and consistent glides through the air.

The Kite Flight

The Kite Flight provides a mixture of its three predecessors. Not as big as the Standard Flight, not as angular as the Slimflight, but also not as round as the Pearflight. If you are looking for a healthy mix, this Dart Flight will serve you well. However, it is not often used in practice. Even though many players try most types of dart flights, they usually return to either the Standard Flight or the Slim Flight.

The Vortex Flight

The Vortex Flight is a very special variant. It has been around forever and is more reminiscent of a feather than an ordinary dart flight. Especially its shape makes it unique. Nevertheless, it does not belong to the exotics among the flight forms. The Vortexflight has been on the market for ages and is still played by older players. However, the flight can also be recommended for beginners.

The Fantail Flight

The last shape to be introduced at this point is the Fantail Flight. It is only slightly wider than the Slim Flight and has rounded, rather than square, edges at the top. Like the Kite Flight, the Fantail Flight is not played very often. However, a few individual players can be found again and again at tournaments who swear by this flight shape.

Dart Flights - only trying will really help you

Without trying the different flight types yourself, you won't know what's best for you. The reason is simply that every player has their own throwing behavior and darts. Even if both things are matched, the shape of the dart flight can make for big changes in your throw. After all, the important thing is that you feel comfortable throwing and that you trust the darts.

Various colorful darts

Different dimensions make for different flights

The dimensions of the different flight shapes are different everywhere. This of course means that no dart flies like the other when you change the dart flights. A little tip on the side: Just try to equip your dart set with three different flight types and just throw it. You will quickly notice which flights you feel comfortable with.

Trajectory dart

Materials for Dart Flights

The flight is a wear and tear item. Not without reason you pay for a set of dart flights still under two euros. This has its reason. A flight is not exactly stable. Most of the time it wears out alarmingly within a few hours. Exactly for this reason, the material was varied. In addition to the usual plastic flights, there are now also more stable variants made of fabric.

Plastic vs. fabric

The thickness of the material plays the most important role. It should be noted in principle that thin flights offer low resistance. Both in the air and in the board. It's like so often: there are advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of the plastic flight are that subsequent arrows are not deflected as much in the board. The thin flight is more likely to yield. In the air itself, this means that the flight also needs a certain stability. Thin flights are therefore usually cheaper than thick ones, because they do not last as long and also usually have poorer flight behavior.

Nevertheless, the fabric flight is not as common as the plastic flight. The fabric flight usually lasts much longer than the plastic one. How can this be explained? Actually, the fabric flight lasts longer and flies better, but it is rarely used in practice - at least over a longer period of time. The reason is simple. The fabric flight is stable. This ensures that the flight hardly gives way. It is quite possible that after a first triple 20 the following dart bounces off the flight instead of also flying into the triple 20. Keyword: Bouncer!

This is exactly why the cloth flight is more commonly used in e-darts. Here, only the tip has to touch the target and the score counts. In stone darts, as you know, the dart has to stick in the board.

Plastic Flights

Customize Dart Flights

Of course there are also possibilities to design your own dart flights. People are always looking for dart flights with the logo of their club from the Bundesliga. Soccer fans are also often dart fans. For this very reason, there are now a large number of Bundesliga clubs that provide their logo. These can be printed on the flights of the darts. The Bundesliga flights are also very popular with beginners.

In our store you can have your own dart flights printed with your logo:

More experienced players place less emphasis on appearance. For example, they use flights that are of higher quality.

Dart Flight Designer

How do I protect my dart flights from quick damage?

Dart flights are the most sensitive part of the dart. It is therefore necessary to protect them from quick damage. For this purpose, there are, for example, the so-called flight protectors, which are placed on the flight. Although the second dart still bounces off the first, the flight is "spared" because the tip hits the protective cap. There is also the possibility to protect flights from falling off the shaft. With a punch and appropriate fastening rings, the flight can be attached securely and falls off much less frequently. All this also ensures a certain sustainability on the subject of plastic dart flights.

Another trick to protect your dartflights is to use Trident 180 caps. These are attached to the steel tips of steeldarts. The caps help that the dart simply slides past a dart stuck in the board.

Flight caps for darts

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