Harrows Oracle 23g Darts Review



Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hansqDMrm3U

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These are the Harrows Oracle from the Harrows 2019 range and they feature Harrows new Cutterhead grip.  The darts are 90% tungsten and have a black titanium nitride coating with a jade metallic coating nicely highlighting the grooves, the cross cuts reveal the natural tungsten underneath so you have a three colour contrast.  I am reviewing the 23g version and they are also available in 22g, 24g, 26g and in soft tip in 18g.  They retail for a very reasonable £49.95.


CONTENTS AND PACKAGING:


The darts come in a neatly made cardboard box with lots of artwork and graphics.  On the back is a nice pic of the darts with some features highlighted and a neat technical drawing detailing the measurements.  To the right hand side is a small hole with a red section showing through.  If you push that the inside cardboard tray slides out.  Inside the tray is a plastic tray with a velvet like covering holding the contents.  The barrels are fitted into a neat little point holder and supplied with Harrows Super Grip Fusion Inbetween stem and Harrows Prime 100 micron Oracle flights.  There is also a spare set of ringed laser cut points but obviously you will need a repointer if you wish to change them over:



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Its a straight or parallel profile dart if you like which means its possibly good for all grip styles.  The nose of the barrel is slightly tapered and kind of squarish but I think suits the style of the grip.  The Cutterhead grip is very neatly done, not sure if it is a reference to some kind of machine but kind of reminds me of a tunnel boring machine.  The grip is made into eleven symetrical sections so is pretty much uniform for the full length on the barrel save for the small smooth band in the middle and the small bevel at the very end.  Its a kind of angled wide ring with a thin ring above it and then there is staggered lateral cross cuts through both.  Its quite a curious grip but more about that in the conclusion below.  I would say its around high medium overall.

DIMENSIONS:


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WEIGHT:


All perfect!:

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Weight of full setup as supplied:

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BALANCE:


With nothing attached the balance was towards the front:

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With supplied setup  it moved a little behind centre:

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Balance with my own medium, inbetween, short and extra short nylon stems and standard flights:

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MY GRIP WITH THESE DARTS:


Close to the nose:

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CONCLUSION:



When I first saw the launch pics of the Oracles I thought they looked awesome, now I have them I still think they look awesome lol Kind of reminds me of the Matrix with the green and black.  

I was very curious to see what the grip was like but when I first took them out the box and then felt them in my fingers a bit later I was a little underwhelmed.  I first thought they were just not grippy at all.  Its a dart that when you look at the first impression you likely get is they are super grippy.  I think its down to the cross cuts exposing the natural tungsten and probably giving that impression of a jaggedy edge.  But the feeling is quite subtle and although you can feel the thin rings and the cross cuts when you rub your fingers over it I would say it just feels kind of edgy but not aggressively so.  If I were to describe the feel of the cross cuts its close to the feel of the Target Cortex grip but not as sticky, which is a good thing if you dont want too much grip.

At this point it may sound like I am disappointed with the grip but as I mentioned above its a curious grip because I actually love it now I have played with the darts more.  Its subtle but very effective.  When you come to throw the darts it is like it takes on another form and feels different again.  The way the wide rings are tapered means that the thin rings have just enough protrusion so as to provide a nice contact with the flesh when pushing forward.  Its surprisingly effective but I think the cross cuts also help give your grip some confidence in controlling the stability that is until you release it.  Thats were it gets interesting for me.  I think the cross cuts are imparting a fair amount of spin but the darts seem to still thrust forward and its almost as if the spin is working with my throw than against it.

One other curious thing I have noticed over these last few days is when my hands are cold they feel more grippy, not sure why that might be though?

I usually dont like a dart to spin too much as for me I see too much drag and the dart will droop but it seems to work well with these.  I would say that overall the grip has given me some confidence in getting the dart at or close to where I am aiming it and as I have had more time with them my grouping has been improving with them.  Its a dart that I feel really rewards a good throw and makes them a pleasure to play with.  Of course they will punish a bad throw/release but I think its actually helping me improve on that aspect because of that.  But of course any badly thrown or released dart is likely to be a bad one but obviously ones that are more grippy are going to exaggerate it.

The darts are drilled out a fair bit from the rear so I also think that is working in my favour as a front gripper because balance was very nice also the nose is similar to a bull nose which I like too and width is just right too.  Length is close to my usually preferred length of 48mm.  I did get a little bit of fishtailing at first but that seems to have gone and I am still using the same set up they come with.  I still get some spin but it seems to be having no detrimental effect so far.  I intend to play around with the set up though, but at present they just seem to be getting better the more I throw with them so will keep it like it is for now.

Now whether the darts will be good for middle and rear grippers is another question.  I dont see any reason why not but I did find at first that throwing them from the middle was fine for me, they were smooth and steady but of course my grip was mostly on the smooth band so may that was why.  There was a little bit of grip either side so I would say if your curious they will still be worth a try.  For rear grippers again it could be fine, for me I got more fishtailing and the balance felt a little more front weighted than on some straight barrel darts so as much as it could be the grip that decides it for you I think the balance may be a factor also.  

I am still cautious of the new darts syndrome, so it may be that but if they continue to perform as well as they have these last few days then its very likely they will be my new favourite darts Smile

Quality wise the darts are really very good, machining is very neat and coating is a nice deep black.  Value wise they are also great, its near £50 but compared to the way the prices are rising for such similar darts with other brands its great that a dart made in England to this standard has been kept to a reasonable cost.

Overall for me these are really good darts that are worth the effort to get on with because they are very rewarding when you get used to them. It remains to be seen how well the grip will last though, its more subtle than it looks but I think the thin rings are kind of protected a little from the wider rings so I am hoping it will fair well but we will see, until then though a great dart! Smile

Summary Ratings:


Looks: 9.5 (great)
Grip: 7 (1 to 10 Scale, 10 been severe grip)
Weight match: 10 (Perfect)
Quality: 10 (very good)
Value: 8 (good)
Suitability for me: 9 (working really well now, very happy with them)

Best Feature: Grip for sure!  Smile
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Not watched the video as I won't be buying these, but as with Seb's review of them the pics make them look far better than the stock photo's. Thanks for another great read - have already added to the review index Smile
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Great close ups of that grip - tunnel drilling machine is an apt analogy!  Certainly looks aggressive, so your experience after throwing them is good to know.  Guess it's one of darts you just have to try to see if it'll work for you.  Thanks for the review, I'm sure many have been curious.

P.S.  This must be the year of the green....
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(11-19-2018, 04:18 PM)mc1958 Wrote: Not watched the video as I won't be buying these, but as with Seb's review of them the pics make them look far better than the stock photo's.  Thanks for another great read - have already added to the review index Smile

Cheers Mike! Its a nice looking dart in the flesh Smile

(11-19-2018, 04:19 PM)nixer55 Wrote: Great close ups of that grip - tunnel drilling machine is an apt analogy!  Certainly looks aggressive, so your experience after throwing them is good to know.  Guess it's one of darts you just have to try to see if it'll work for you.  Thanks for the review, I'm sure many have been curious.

P.S.  This must be the year of the green....

Yeah I think they look aggressive but its probably like Seb said, depends on the individual feel but I guess that the case with a lot of darts. I remember the Nano grip Bunting (think it was those) they felt slippy to me but to others they felt grippy? Cheers Glenn Smile

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Thanks for the review, Darren. Well done again.

Somehow these darts look familiar. Tongue Big Grin
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Great review & beautiful darts, a bit to thick for me but i'll put these on the maybe list
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Nice Board! Scary Video!

Nice looking darts, perfect for all those friendly Plymouth Argyle, Philadelphia Eagle fans.

Certainly you can see where the cash went on the dart, triple colours interesting cuts, 90% Tungsten 10% Kryptonite.
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Very cool design added to my wish list
Great review Darren
Thank you
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(11-19-2018, 04:47 PM)vanJupp Wrote: Thanks for the review, Darren. Well done again.

Somehow these darts look familiar. Tongue Big Grin

Thanks Seb, I think they are very familiar Smile


(11-19-2018, 05:00 PM)Crusher17 Wrote: Great review & beautiful darts, a bit to thick for me but i'll put these on the maybe list

Thanks Chris, its fairly chunky I guess but I like that Smile

(11-19-2018, 05:14 PM)Ryk Wrote: Nice Board! Scary Video!

Nice looking darts, perfect for all those friendly Plymouth Argyle, Philadelphia Eagle fans.

Certainly you can see where the cash went on the dart, triple colours interesting cuts, 90% Tungsten 10% Kryptonite.

LOL watch for the Fuzzy Man! Tongue

(11-19-2018, 05:15 PM)Sataporn Bowman Wrote: Very cool design added to my wish list
Great review Darren
Thank you

Thanks mate! Smile
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Excellent review again Darren, a strange and different ending with the camera focus haha!
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(11-19-2018, 06:00 PM)Seán4393 Wrote: Excellent review again Darren, a strange and different ending with the camera focus haha!

Thanks Seán Smile Its a problem with auto focus, I set it to auto focus on my face but because I was not in the frame at first it was searching, still the Fuzzy Man was funny lol!
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Such a cool dart, just a shame the grip doesn't go well with me. Lateral cuts can be really punishing for me, especially with release
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I love the look of this dart! Thanks for the video and more pics. I will definitely consider these once I figure out what I really like in a dart. My Harrow Rapides seem to be working the best for me so far, but am trying to stay cheaper going forward until I really figure it out.
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Great review again Daz. Good to see the fuzzy man has a green aura!!

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These might well be my first 50mm or 50mm + dart. Pretty good looking despite their green, err, jade accent color. I'll just celebrate St. Paddy's day in December. Great review, as always, Darren.
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