Best Arrows for 35 lb Recurve Bow

35 lb recurve bows have been known as the sweet spot for beginner archers. It’s light enough to learn the basics but not yet powerful enough for hunting. Some states like Florida and New York allow you to hunt with a 35 lb draw weight but it’s best to get to 40 lbs before you start hunting game. The only issue is 35 lb recurve bow arrows can be hard to find.

Most arrows out there are designed for bows 40-60 lb. Why? Because most archers use recurve bows that are 40-60 lb, the arrow manufactures are just catering to the largest demographic of archers.

The primary reason you can’t use an arrow made for a 50 lb recurve bow on a 35 lb recurve bow is the weight of the arrow. The less draw weight you have, the lighter you need the arrow to be. If you try to use an arrow made for a 50 lb recurve on your 35 lb recurve you’ll have a noticeable drop in the arrow’s trajectory.

My first bow was a 35 lb Samick Sage. I already did my homework looking for arrows and here are the best arrows I’ve found for a 35 lb recurve bow

Best Arrows for 35 lb Recurve Bow

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1. Tiger Archery 30 Inch Carbon Arrow

The Tiger Archery 30 Inch Carbon Arrow has a layered carbon fiber shaft. The carbon fiber provides structural strength and resistance to chemicals and corrosion. In addition to this, the layered composition helps to reduce the risk of splintering.  

The manufacturer rates the arrows as suitable for 35 lbs. to 60 lbs. bows. With a 500 spine, these arrows will perform very well coupled with a 35 lb. bow. The overall length is 31.5 inches so it is good for a draw length of around 28 inches.

The arrows are sold with 100-grain nickel-plated stainless steel tips. The tips are versatile and interchangeable with any compatible threaded tips or broadheads. With a draw weight of at least 35 lb., hunting is permitted in many states. These arrows will fare very well in this regard.

At around 35 grams or just over 500 grains, these arrows fall into the average weight category. As such, they’re a good option for archers at almost any level. They also come in towards the lower end of the price curve so they are a good choice for beginners or as a practice set.     

The package includes six spare nocks. On the odd occasion that you manage to hit the back of an arrow, the nock will not survive. Having a few spares is a nice touch. The nocks are also not glued in so this is a quick repair out in the field.  

What we liked

  • Splinter resistant, layered carbon fiber shaft 
  • Six free replacement nocks included.
  • Good value for money
  • Resistant to corrosion and weather
  • Suitable for a wide range of draw weights

What we didn’t like 

  • Fletchings are a little stiff and may affect flight.

2. PANDARUS Recurve Archery 31-Inch Carbon Arrows

35-50lb draw weight arrows

With a spine of 500, the Pandarus 31 inch arrow is well suited for a 35 lb. draw weight. The manufacturer rates it as for 35 lbs. to 50 lbs. With a shaft length of 31 inches, this arrow is good for beginners or longer draw lengths. 

At 13 grains per inch, however, this is quite a heavy arrow. Of course, for hunting, this is a good thing. With the interchangeable tip, fitting a broadhead can be done out in the field. No tools are required.

The arrow has a natural turkey feather fletching. This is another feature that benefits beginners. The softer fletching is more forgiving as it flexes a little more easily when it passes over the arrow rest. The flight of the arrow is therefore possibly a little more stable. Measuring 4 inches in length, the fletchings will, however, impart some drag on the arrow.

The shaft is made from carbon fiber giving it good tensile strength. It has an outer diameter of 7.8 mm or just under a third of an inch. This is possibly a little thicker than some hunters would prefer but still very much in the zone.   

What we liked

What we didn’t like 

  • Possibly a little too heavy for lower draw weights. 

3. MS Jumpper Archery Carbon Arrow

These MS Jumpper Carbon Arrows are available in 28-inch or 31-inch shaft sizes. With a spine of 400, they are recommended for draw weights of up to 65 lbs. Without a tip, the arrows weigh 380 grains which are close to average. This makes it a very versatile choice. 

With the standard field tip it’s great for target practice but fitted with the correct broadhead, it works equally well for hunting. The choice of shaft length accommodates users across a broader range of draw lengths.

The fletchings are real feathers and measure 4 inches in length. They have an average profile so they provide good flight stability without creating excessive drag. A nice feature of this arrow is that the fletchings have an additional binding at each end to prevent them from tearing off. 

The standard tip that comes with the arrow is a 100-grain screw-in tip. It’s very easy to swap out the tip for something a little heavier if you want a higher FoC rating. Or for a broadhead if you want to hunt with it. A word of caution though. As with almost all screw-in tips, these are prone to getting loose. A drop of glue is all that is needed though to keep it secure.       

What we liked

  • Strong carbon fiber shaft
  • Adjustable nocks 
  • Additional retaining sheath on the fletchings
  • Good for a wide range of draw weights
  • Two shaft length options

What we didn’t like 

  • Possibly a little light with the standard tips. 

4. Huntingdoor 12 Pcs Turkey Feather Fletching Wooden Arrow

A trip down memory lane. With all of the current technology and super-efficient synthetic materials available today, it seems almost odd that wooden arrows are still available on the market. There are the purists, though, that would use nothing else. 

The Huntingdoor Turkey Fletching Arrow is almost entirely natural and handmade. The shaft is a single piece of wood with a grooved nock. Turkey feather fletchings are secured with hand-wound silk thread. A 100-grain steel tip completes the arrow. Overall this is a very well-made arrow. 

The 31-inch shaft measures almost 8 mm or 5/16 of an inch in diameter. This is a fairly common size but, wooden arrows are a little smaller than most. The assembled arrow weighs in at a surprisingly light 35 grams. The relatively small diameter coupled with a slightly higher weight makes this a good choice for hunters.  

Whilst the turkey feather fletchings add to the natural charm of the wooden shaft, they do have some drawbacks. They’re not weatherproof and will get quite a lot heavier if they get wet. This will affect the aerodynamics significantly. Just another factor for the hunters to consider. In good weather, they’re awesome, though. 

These arrows work great with takedown recurve bows like the Samick Sage.

What we liked

  • Old style charm and elegance
  • Grooved nock. No breakable parts 
  • Soft natural fletchings
  • Traditional hand made precision
  • Great for hunting

What we didn’t like 

  • Wood may be a bit more susceptible to weather

TTAD Red Turkey Feather Arrows 30 lb +

Arrows for 35 lb Recurve Bow

Weighing in at 33 grams, the TTAD 31 Inch arrow is a little lighter than most. With a spine of 500, these arrows are rated for 30 lb. to 50 lb. recurve bows. The shaft is made of carbon fiber and has a straightness rating of 0.0004. 

The 5-inch turkey feather fletching will help to stabilize the arrow in flight and be a little more forgiving if the release is not perfect. Being soft and natural, they can be restored very easily if they become misshapen. The flipside, though, is that these fletchings have a large surface area and the added drag may slow the arrow a bit. This is something to consider if you intend to hunt. 

The nocks are solidly made and glued into place. However, if you need to replace one, a bit of heat will soften the adhesive for easy removal. The tip is interchangeable and requires no tools.      

What we liked

  • Solid carbon fiber shaft
  • Excellent straightness rating
  • Lightweight
  • Natural turkey feather fletchings
  • Robust nocks that are securely glued  

What we didn’t like 

  • Glued in nock may be difficult to replace if it breaks.  

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