I think most of us at some point had the
frustration of an arrow passing trough our
target.More often than not it happens as you are
testing new and expensive arrows....
What do you do then? first you try to
stretch out the wrinkes in the vanes (mission
impossible) then you try to use the arrow as if
nothing happened ... but it does not fly well.
Then you finally decide that you should do
something: either replace the vanes (if you have
the equipment and some skills) or you drive down
to your pro-shop and have them do the work.
January 2010 : NuFletch introduces the
Spectrum X. Now you have a different choice .
Ok but ... what's this Spectum X? As you see
it it makes you wonder why no one ever thought
of this before. Basically the NuFletch Spectrum
X is the replacement back end of a normal arrow
that incorporates the ability to field replace
your damaged vanes in seconds.
How does it work? You have to take your
favorite arrow shaft , cut it shorter by 3.5
inches and fit standard inserts on both ends.
One will sport the broadhead (or field point)
and the other will use the Spectrum X. The
Spectrum X is made by two aluminum sections ,
the longer one has three radial machined slots
that house the vanes , as they are seated in
place the second section is screwed on and keeps
the vanes securely in place. the back section
also features a crossbow moon nock. the back
section, also made in aluminum, is a standard
22/64" in diameter so you can rest assured your
trigger, safety and anti dry fire all work
correctly as you were using a conventional
At present the Spectrum X is available with
moon nock only (my guess is that a flat version
and/or illuminated variation will be out soon).
The Spectrum X is designed to house the
Norway industries 2.1" Fusion Vanes. Since the
Spectrum X holds the vane closer to the axis of
the arrow this also solves the problem that the
high profile of the Fusion Vanes touches (on
some crossbows) the flight rail throat.
OK so far technical data but... how does it
work? that is so simple it is embarassing ...
the ad is true I can really change the vanes in
few seconds... just unscrew the back end , slip
out the damaged vane, slide in a new one , screw
on the back end and you are done... no tools, no
special skills required.
In a few seconds you can field replace your
vanes in cas they bcome damaged or you simply
want to experiment with a different setup.
This Spectrum X really allows you to change
vanes as you like, no glue, no rig, no skills
Another advantage of replaceable vanes is that
you can change color scheme as you like and , to
some extent , test different setups in seconds.
The pectrum X is designed to seat Fusion Vanes.
I had no problem to install Blazer Vanes and NAP
Quickspins as well.
These latter are a little short for the slot
but if you align them correctly (make sure they
are all touching the back section)they will fly
The Spectrum X is currently priced
at US $ 42.99 for a package of three complete
pieces (front section with 3 vanes already
installed and back section with moon nocks) .
It may seem quite some money but: it's all
machined and anodized solid aluminum. consider
also that you no longer need to driveto your
pro-shop to replace vanes ...
Las note: weight! As you are replacing 3.5
inches of carbon arrow (at 11-12 grains per
inch) with 100 grains of Spectrum X (weight
including nock, without vanes) your arrow
balance will shift toward the rear , in order to
compensate you will need to use brass inserts at
the front, heavier points or point collars
depending on your favorite setup and desired
The NuFletch Spectrum X is a smart concept, a
well built, qualty product well worth the money.