Voks Soft-Steel Aviator Series Darts

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I have decided to rate this product according to how you intend to use them.

Steel-Tip Only - 3 bull rating  out of  5 bull rating
Soft-Tip Only - 4 bull rating  out of  5 bull rating
Both Soft & Steel - 4.5 bull rating  out of  5 bull rating

This is a set of heavily knurled darts brought to you by Voks. They can be converted from steel to soft in a matter of minutes. The points for both versions are backed by a spring giving them the same properties of a movable-point steel-tip dart, even with the plastic points. The suggested retail for a set is a little over $95 though you can find them for less.

The darts come with the following: both plunger types (aluminum/brass), 20 long-life plastic tips and extra springs.

Because of the nature of these darts, there are three groups of throwers that could be interested in them; steel-tippers, soft-tippers, and those that throw both. Because of this, I've divided this review into the three sections below.

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Steel-Tip Only

Pros:

  1. It is a movable point dart for those that like MP darts.

Cons:

  1. With the brass plungers, the darts only weight 20 grams. This is lighter than most steel-tippers throw. With the aluminum plungers, they only weight 18 grams.
  2. The cost.
  3. The point does have a little side-to-side movement. It is not snug in the barrel.

Recommendation: Unless you're just looking for a new set of darts and have the money to spend on them, I would look elsewhere. There's no need to buy a set of darts that converts to soft-tip (where the advantages are) if you're not going to throw them as soft-tips.

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Soft-Tip Only

Pros:

  1. Between the combination of what the points are made of and the flexibility given to them with the spring-action, the points last for a VERY long time. I threw for a number of hours on my home electronic board and am still using the same tips (my home board is notorious for bending/breaking normal tips).
  2. They do bounce out a lot less option. Granted, bounce-outs still score in soft-tip darts, but it does keep you from having to constantly bend over and pick your darts up off the floor.

Cons:

  1. You can get a number of different sets of soft-tip darts for the price of these. Granted, you won't buy as many points, but you can buy a lot of extra points for the difference in prices.

Recommendation: If you throw a lot of soft-tip darts, I think these are worth the cost. If you're just a casual thrower, you'll probably want to settle on less expensive darts.

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Both Soft & Steel

Pros:

  1. You have one set of darts for both games. This allows you to standardize your grip for both games. You can, if you choose, increase the weight of the dart to 20 grams with the aluminum plunger if you're hunting for a little more weight with your steel-tips.

Cons:

  1. That $#%* spring. I would make sure you have the darts set up the way you want them before you leave the house (either steel or soft). Changing out points in a dark bar can be quite challenging to do without dropping the spring. Add some alcohol to this process, and it is even worse. And if you drop the spring, have fun looking for it.

Recommendation: If you throw both, this is a great set of darts.

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