Gladiator III First Impressions
Yes, those patterns are very troubling. I would definitely send that back.

I wanted to update with some impressions after a couple of months.

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Only the 14 shows any sign of the lines in the sisal, though overall holes seem to heal less.

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I practice about an hour a day, and I usually turn the board once or twice a week.

By comparison, I dug up this pic from my old B5 from about the same time frame, but I practiced a lot less daily on the B5 so its not really that close of a comparison

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I find there are some inconsistencies in the board in terms of stiffness, some sections I find I have less bounce outs, and then I turn it and I have way more in the next one. Not bounce outs really, so much as just darts not going in very far and falling out. Again, this board sat in a canada post depot for way too long, and then sat on my doorstep in the rain (with a bag over the box, but it did leak) for half the day once it was finally delivered. That said, I think it largely is owed to my darts as this problem seemed to vanish when I used the Pentathlon darts I got from Christhefish, they had beautiful sharpened points. My MvGs really need to be sharpened. So I cant fault the board completely for that.

Still a long way to go, but as of now I'm happy with how the board looks compared to how the sisal sticks out on the B5. I'll check back in another 2 or 3 months.
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(02-10-2019, 07:07 PM)codo180 Wrote: Only available to view for active members with 5 or more posts click register to join Smile
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Well, it seems like my ability to catch details in photographies may suggest it's a bad dartboard. Anyway, after a few weeks or months of having it I'd just say this. If I should buy a new dartboard tomorrow, it'd be this Gladiator III again. I like it. I had Blade 4, Bull's adv II, Eclipse Pro, and some others but this Gladiator III seems to be still in a good condition. I'll let you know how it progresses in a few months.
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Well as they say "the proof is in the pudding". If it works for you that's all that matters. I think it looks great.
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(02-10-2019, 07:07 PM)codo180 Wrote: Only available to view for active members with 5 or more posts click register to join Smile
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Looking over the pictures, wonder if you twist the darts when pulling.  Or just snatch them out like the pros do.  If the latter, you'll get premature wear and larger than normal holes.  Because some of them are more of a tear than a hole.  Also, at an hour a day, you need to rotate at least twice a week.
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(12-30-2018, 11:57 AM)elevendarter Wrote: Only available to view for active members with 5 or more posts click register to join Smile
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This board is junk mate. 6\17\9 segments all with weird patterns on them. Garbage. I'll stick with blade 5.
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(02-11-2019, 01:13 AM)nixer55 Wrote: Only available to view for active members with 5 or more posts click register to join Smile
RegisterI'm awful for this. I always snatch them out, making it a point to try and always pull them all out with one hand at once. Even if they are far apart, which makes one or two come out on an angle.

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My G3 which was order a week ago. Hence why not up. Smurf Darts in Kitchener is the Canadian importer and might be worth a call to them.

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Yeah, Randy's a top guy. Dealt with Smurf for years in our little backwoods league.  Does a heck of a job promoting grassroots darts in Canada too.  That's why was pleased to see the Smurf logo on Jim Long's shirt at the WC's.  Was watching the 2018 worlds on pdc-tv, and saw him in the audience.  Dressed as a Smurf.  Too funny - lol.

Enjoy the board Derrick, love mine...
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I'm at wits end with this board. Since the beginning I've found it incredibly stiff, darts falling out (not bouncing out) way too often. It seems to be getting worse when you might expect it to be getting broken in after 4 months of daily use.

Practicing tonight, I would say without hyperbole that about 80% or more of my darts fell in the floor. I dont have an especially hard throw, but I dont have any problems elsewhere and didn't have any such problems with my B5. The board still looks like new after 4 months, but thats expected when the darts wont penetrate deep enough to stay in! I've been so mad I've wanted to go overhand behind my head with my throw to make sure they go in.

Does anyone have any suggestions or remedies for such a problem? Should I maybe try and wet it a little as its fairly dry in this basement? I really dont want to go have to buy another board yet. I still think this is because of the delay in shipping when Canada Post went on strike, as I had to wait weeks for it so it sat in a depot that I'm sure was less than hospitable and probably cold which may have affected the integrity of the sisal. If this was a common thing with these boards I'm sure there would be widespread reports of it, because this is truly ridiculous.
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Get a hygrometer at the hardware store and measure the actual humidity where the board is hung.  Let it sit for a day and keep an eye on the readings.  Forced air heating can be amazingly dry.  My G3 is from the same supplier and likely the same lot.  I've experienced no such problems.  But I also monitor my humidity, and run a humidifier during the winter.  Dehumidifier during the wetter months.

Don't wet it, the sisal will likely swell unevenly.  Depending on your hygrometer readings - might have to try something drastic.  But not direct moisture.  Check the actual environment first.
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(04-12-2019, 12:46 AM)codo180 Wrote: Only available to view for active members with 5 or more posts click register to join Smile
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Just scuff your points.

BTW, I still can't complain about mine, although many suggested it should've been sent back... It's been only 5 months though.
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Like I said, I dont have this problem elsewhere so its not my points. The nature of a dartboard ultimately makes it a difficult product to ever return, but I haven't really tried. I did email one80
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Points that are fine on one board, may need work on another.  Depending on how firm the board is for example.  Having said that, I've never needed to do much with my points on a G3.  A much firmer board like the Bandit yes, and certainly not on a softer board like the B5.  But I recall you had similar problems with the B5:

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Elevendarter's suggestion is any easy test, and comes from a guy with a lot of experience.  I would check it out...
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Ok I have to give it to you, I got gf to pick up some cheap sandpaper last night from work for a buck, roughed up my points a bit. Didn't really think it would make any difference, it only removed the smoothness/shine, there was no real grit feel to the points. But they are sticking like champs now. What a difference. Just p60/120 paper I used. Went a whole match without one falling. Nice to not have to run towards the board like a fool to try and catch them before they fall out. It actually made a big difference, I had 9 tuns in 3 legs and 13 + 2 140s in a 5-1 win on webcam darts. I guess the frustration was getting to me more than I thought
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Doesn't take much,  A single 'pinch and twist' with fine grit does it for me.  Seems I have to 'clean' my points after every league game.  Maybe the points pick up some glue from those softer boards?  Glad it worked out...
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