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There are a number of companies that manufacture darts flights, but two of the most respected are Unicorn and Harrows. Which of these two brands you favour is down to personal preference - but I generally opt for whichever is cheapest online or in the sports shop. Today i'm taking a look at the Harrows Hologram variety, which are available for 99p from Amazon for a pack of three.
The flights are available in a few different designs including assorted animals, playing cards, and the dartboard variety shown in dooyoo's picture. Each design has a metallic sheen which provides a certain depth to the image, and the colours are well saturated and printed to a fairly high standard.
Using the flights
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In my experience, the flights attach onto the darts smoothly, and I find that they don't fall out too frequently (as is often the case with the really cheap flights on the market). Regarding their performance, aerodynamically the flights are very good - i've used them with both heavy brass darts and lighter steel ones, and they fly evenly and smoothly through the air.
Where their performance isn't so good is on the longevity front - I've found that they quickly become damaged, especially at the back edge which can split sometimes after only a few days. I know all flights will eventually break over time, but these seem to degrade a little faster than most others I have used in the past. To be honest, it's a little strange because the other Harrows flights I have used (especially the ones from the 'Quadro' range) seem to have a very good lifespan.
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As darts flights go, the Harrows Hologram variety sit right in the middle of the quality scale - on the one hand they look good and fly well; however, their overall longevity leaves a little to be desired. Luckily at under a pound, the flights are fairly cheap to replace - cautiously recommended.
I have my own dartboard at home and therefore have the opportunity to practice playing darts as often as I like. Unfortunately, I am still what you might call a 'rank amateur' but that doesn't stop me from participating in the mass accumulation of darting accessories from time to time. When my form reaches one of its frequent nadirs, I often assume that changing dart flights is the solution to my troubles and that new flights will bring new hope. I purchased the Harrows Hologram flights with this fallacy in mind.
The Harrows hologram flights range covers a whole host of designs but it just so happens that among the ones I chose were the very set pictured here. I chose these (along with another design) because I liked the sharp image and the bright colouring and there is no denying that these flights impressed me when they arrived. Being holographic, they shimmer and shine in the light as they move and have the power to transform an ordinary looking set of darts into something really eye-catching. (Attracting attention is not really what you want when you're hitting double-3 instead of bullseye but that's a different issue). Unfortunately, my positive first impressions of the flights were not matched by their performance, which was mostly a disappointment.
=== Performance ===
As with all the flights I buy, these have the 'standard' shape which is the shape most professional darts players use. Different shaped flights work best for different people but after trying other types, I always have the most success with this shape.
Putting the flights onto my darts was no trouble at all first time around. They slipped smoothly onto the stem of my darts and felt secure when in place. I currently have metal stems on my darts as opposed to plastic stems because of the way I throw (the metal stems help to even out the balance of the darts in flight - Yawn!) but they caused no trouble when putting the flights on (initially).
As anyone who plays darts will know, flights have a tendency to fly off a dart when it hits another dart already stuck in the board. This is normal and helps prevent darts from failing to stick in the board (which might be the case if the flight remained stuck in place). Therefore, frequently reattaching the flights is necessary during a game/practice. Unfortunately though, after several re-fittings of the flights, the nice shiny hologram design started to scratch off where the stem would constantly rub against the flights! To my horror, my beautifully designed flights were undergoing a gradual progression towards tattiness. I think my metal stems may have had something to do with this since the stems do grate a little more on the flights than a plastic stem would. However, I was still unimpressed with the quality and have had no such issues with my many other flights used on my metal stems.
The most disappointing thing about these flights however is their tendency to suffer physical damage very quickly. After constant flight-to-flight collisions during practice and the occasional time when one of my darts hits one of the other's flight directly the damage soon mounts up. The top of the flights (furthest from the sharp end of the dart) soon became frayed and crumpled. The design again started to peel away and the aerodynamics of the flights were compromised. After a few days of using these flights I had to replace them because they started to become too tatty to work properly. Immediately after replacing them with new flights, I was throwing more accurately and my darts seemed to fly better through the air (not just an illusion of the new-flights fallacy).
I think the reason behind the lack of strength in these flights is the thin plastic they are made from. The thickness is not much greater than that of a plastic tray found in a box of chocolates (I often wonder if I might be better throwing a box of chocolates at the dartboard rather than using darts!). Contrast this with my other much sturdier dimplex flights and the thickness there is much greater resulting in a sturdier flight which I have used for a much longer time without showing any damage.
=== Price and Availability ===
These flights cost little more than any other basic set of flights and set me back £0.40 for a set of three. I bought them from dartscorner.co.uk (where I buy all my darting accessories) and would highly recommend this site if you are looking for anything darts related. They have a huge range of flights so if this particular design is not for you, you will be sure to find a set that you like on their website.
As these flights are from Harrows (a big name in darts), they will also be stocked in many sports shops that have a darts section - think JJB/JD Sports and Sports Direct. My local independent sports store also stocks these so you should have no trouble finding them if you want.
=== Verdict ===
Overall, I would not recommend these flights for a serious or prolific darts player. There is no question that they look good when new and for the occasional player they may suffice if your aim is to have a good looking set of darts without needing them to perform for too long a period. After repeated use however, the flimsiness of the plastic and the holographic film starts to show and the darts quickly become damaged and cheap-looking, but more importantly, fail to work well as flights.
After dispatching with these flights, I switched to a set of Harrows dimplex flights and would wholeheartedly recommend those instead. The dimplex flights are made of thicker and therefore stronger plastic and have a dimpled surface which adds to their rigidity. I find that my darts fly smoother with the dimplex flights and they have lasted me a lot longer than the hologram flights did and have shown no signs of peeling or damage despite many collisions and plummets to the floor. The issues I had with the end of the flights crumpling have been absent from my dimplex set which I have been using for several weeks now and for the same price (around 40p for a set of three) they are much better value.
Thanks for reading :-)
Darts is a sport that I have playing for many years. One of the most handy things about this sport is how cheap it is to play. All you really need is a board, some darts and then some dart flights. For around £30 you can get all the equipment you need to play the game. One of the fun things about playing darts are the dart flights. There are hundreds of different designs out there to choose from. Flights come in all different shapes and sizes, you can even buy personalised ones with your name on. Whether it's nudie ladies or national flags, if you want something on a dart flight, chances are there will be a design out there with it on.
These specific dart flights are Harrows hologram dart flights. Harrows is without a doubt the most well known make when it comes to any kind of darts equipment. They make everything from electronic scoreboards right down to humble dart flights. As these dart flights are made by Harrows you know they are a name you can trust. There are a few different hologram designs you can purchase from Harrows and as you would expect there are quite a nice variety of designs to choose from.
The hologram dart flights are supposed to look like holograms, as you would expect I suppose. They do look quite good although to be honest they are not really anything that special. The dart flights are of an average quality, they do seem to fray up quite fast when you hit them with other darts. This is not a great feature of the dart flights but to be honest pretty much every dart flight I have ever used has had the same problem and the Harrows hologram darts are certainly no worse than other ones I have used.
When it comes to price these really are very cheap. You can pick them up for less than a £1 if you shop around. As these dart flights are so cheap it doesn't really matter that they don't last all that long as you can simply buy a few packs at once and replace them soon as they start to fray up. Another idea is that you can buy a few different designs so it makes your game play more interesting.
The Harrows hologram dart flights seem to give the dart a pretty good trajectory. The flight moves in a good solid fashion and stays straight for the most part. This is something you would of expect from any dart flight but it still worth mentioning that the flights are fine in this regard. Overall I would have to say that these are pretty good little dart flights. They certainly are nothing special but if you want a bit of variety and a few different designs then you may well enjoy the Harrow hologram dart flights.
I bought these dart flights for about 50p. Very cheap I know, but they didn't last long. They were from Sports Direct I think, in a clearance basket, so I thought why not, the novelty of some new, flash-looking flights is normally good and worth the little amount of money. They're now in my room somewhere, I don't really care where they are to be honest because they were shocking. The first time I used them I thought "hmm do I prefer my old flights?" the answer was, and still is yes. The flights came out of the darts multiple times and they had no reason to, at all. In all honesty it was a waste of 50p, I could've bought half a bottle of coke (-yep bottles of coke are a pound nowadays!). After a couple of uses, probably about two hours worth of dart throwing, the flights were no longer able to fit into the dart properly. The ends has started to come apart and they really didn't last a long time. I as ver disappointed with Harrows.
Harrows is a well known brand in the darts world, so I expected the flights to be great. I suppose you can say they did their job (when they didn't fall out) and they were very thin and light. I prefer irregular shaped flights to the shape of these, it's a very common shape when it comes to flights and I like the flight to make the dart stand out.
If you want to waste some money, then buy these flights, if not, then stay clear. Simple.
These Harrows Hologram Dart Flights are yet another suggestion made for the product list here at Dooyoo, which has been added with a slightly different piccy than the one for the flights we have.
When the suggestion was made, a pic of the flights we do have was suggested, but this was listed instead. Whilst this pic has some similarities and is from the same range, graphically its not what I will be describing in my review. It looks like Dooyoo have listed these as a general place to review any Harrows Hologram flights which may be better.
As any avid darts fan/ player will know bagging yourself a cool and funky but efficient and useful set of dart flights can be a bit hit and miss at times. Being a 'not all that great, but like to have a go' kind of darts dabbler I have to say I generally pick my flights based on how pretty they are, then worry about why they don't fly as well as they should later. Oops!
Harrows darts flights are a brand I have used from time to time and I have found them to be generally good in terms of quality and durability. So when I bought my set of Harrows Hologram Dart Flights I was certain they would prove to be just as reliable for me as those I have had in the past. I am pleased to say I haven't been proven wrong in that aspect.
Harrows Hologram Dart Flights are part of the range produced by Harrows and the almost 3 D effect they can give is really rather pleasing to the eye. Sadly it doesn't seem to make my darts fly any quicker though. The shape of my darts flights is exactly as shown here and is perhaps the most commonly used shape for darts flights you can buy. Its designed to give a good stable flight when fitted and is easy for both beginners and advanced players to use.
Harrows are the worlds number one darts products maker, so when I see a nice little set of flights made by them I know they are a set that I can trust to perform well. Harrows say they use stunning holographic effects combined with good quality materials to make their dart flights and I feel that those I have had from them have been of a nice quality for the price paid.
My actual set of Harrows Hologram Dart Flights is design number 1628, which is a really stunning looking flight set. I bought them as I really liked the look of them and thought they reminded me slightly of the 'Who wants to be a millionaire' circle design logo. They have a simple yet effective set of 4 ever decreasing circles on them, highlighted with flashes of black and gold and they really do look very effective when in place.
When using these I have found them easy to fit and durable when in play. I find they ensure my darts are well balanced when fitted. I haven't had any issues with them snapping or breaking and they haven't come loose when in use, which is good. As I paid just 99p for my set of 3 flights I feel they were good value for money. As I like to ring the changes with my flights, at these kind of prices I am able to do so as and when I want to.
To rate my set of Harrows Hologram Dart Flights I have to think about how true my darts have flown since these have been in use, plus consider the over all weight, balance and feel of the flights verses the colour and visual impact the set has had. So far I feel they have performed well in all areas mentioned above, so I am pleased with them.
Over all I feel these are a good classic and popular shape which is easy to handle for many players of all abilities. The weight of the flights is good and the graphics are also very pleasing. So far the flights have remained in good order with there being no issues with them coming apart or peeling, so I feel they ought to get 4 stars.