Safety + Durability + Quality =
The Arrowsoft System
When an arrow strikes its target, the amount of force transferred depends on two factors:
- the mass of the arrow
- the speed at which it is traveling
By controlling at least one of these factors, we control the level of safety for players during a game of combat archery.
The Effective Impact Zone
Foam-tipped arrows help make combat archery safe for all ages*, and the primary reason is the foam head component, which absorbs most of the kinetic energy upon impact. The greater the area of the foam head, the more energy it can absorb, which means less force is applied onto players who get hit.
The “Effective Impact Zone” is the zone measured from the point at which the plastic arrow shaft meets the foam to the tip of the foam itself.
The Effective Impact Area
Another factor of force absorption in foam-tipped arrows is the surface area of the plastic face which the foam head rests on.
Imagine hitting a flat surface with your fist versus an open palm. The open palm has more surface area during point of contact for the force to spread out, hence less impact on the receiving end.
Arrowsoft has integrated this principle into the design of our arrows. Similar to the open palm, a wider plastic face will accommodate a wider foam piece, allowing for the force of impact to spread itself out. We call this area the “Effective Impact Area.”
The Arrowsoft system is designed to optimize the Effective Impact Zone and the Effective Impact Area. By designing a wider plastic face and a bigger foam piece to go along with it, we have disrupted the concentration of energy upon impact. At the point of contact, the player getting hit will feel less force from an Arrowsoft arrow than any other arrow available worldwide.