Harrows Predator 23g Darts Review



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DETAILS:


BRAND: Harrows
MODEL: Predator
WEIGHT REVIEWED: 23g
TUNGSTEN CONTENT: 90%
AVAILABLE WEIGHTS:
     STEEL: 21g - 22g - 23g - 24g - 25g - 26g

     SOFT TIP: 18g - 20g
COATING: Black Titanium Nitride
PROFILE: Tapered and Straight
SPECIAL FEATURES: 3 grip zones and Ultra Traction grip
PRICE: £34.95



BOX AND CONTENTS:


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SUPPLIED WITH:


STEMS: 1 set Harrows Supergrip Fusion Midi
FLIGHTS: 1 set Harrows Prime Predator small std
CASE: Hard Plastic
EXTRAS: Point Protector



PICS OF THE DARTS:


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DIMENSIONS:


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WEIGHT:

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BALANCE:


POINT AND BARREL ONLY:

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SET UP AS SOLD:

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MEDIUM, TWEENIE, SHORT, EXTRA SHORT STEMS AND STANDARD FLIGHTS:

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MY GRIP:

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CONCLUSION:

So another set from the Harrows 2019 line up and another one that I think is going to be quite popular.  The Predator come in a more standard package but its still a very nicely designed and machined dart.  Once again though they are very reasonably priced at just under £35!!!  

These have a nice mix of grip styles and are nicely finished off with a contrasting black ti coating, so another good looking set.

The dart has a small tapred bull nose and is tapered from front to around middle.  Quite chunky at the front at around 7mm but tapers to a thinner 6.5mm just before the thin ring grip and then its a straight width of 6.7mm for much of the rest of the barrel. So a kind of mix of taper and parallel profiles.

I would say the grip is around high medium for most of the full length of the dart although it kind of felt a touch grippier when I threw them.  The front has a kind of stepped ring feel and the rear is a kind of wavy ring grip.  Its a nice feel from the rear grip though.

For me as a front gripper the darts are certainly front balanced but not excessively so that it should put off a middle or rear gripper, but you may feel the front weighted feel more at the rear.  It had a nice arc in flight for me but I did get a fair amound of spin due to the slight edginess of the thin rings.  I thought from the middle it would feel a bit weird as its on a normal thin ring grip and the Ultra Traction grip but it felt fine although the dart seemed to fly a little flatter for me.  Like I already said I like the feel of the rear grip and it was ok through the air for me so should be fine for natural rear grippers.

After I did the video review I was unsure what to score these for the Suitability For Me rating, I was thinking may be 7.5 or 8 but since then I have thrown them a fair bit more and they are performing very well so it looks like I have another Harrows dart that is vying for my attention lol  I tried my medium and standard flights set up but they seem to be flying best with the inbetween stems and smaller flights, I think it is just helping the balance and getting to the board a touch quicker which seems to work in the darts favour when I throw it Smile

I have had quit a few close 140's so far and I found the darts work best when I have a very light release with them, its almost like they are just dropping into the board as if dropped from above, hard to explain but its fun Smile

So guess I have a dilemma now, these the Oracle or the Spina, hmmmm?

Once again though they are very nice quality and neatly machined again and as already said for £35 its very definitely worth a try.  I have noticed a couple of dings on the front of one dart though, but I have been getting some close groupings so probably just normal wear and tear.  Also annoyingly I have had 4 robin hoods so far, not sure if thats down to the wide nose but could be.

Its another great dart though and I like it Smile



RATINGS OUT OF 10:

LOOKS: 8

GRIP: 7.5
WEIGHT MATCH: 9.5
QUALITY: 9
QUALITY CONTROL: 9.5
VALUE: 9

SUITABILITY FOR ME: 9
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You've read my mind again Darren (actually, I think you suggested these to me in another review of yours Smile)

Great review as usual, looking like a birthday present for myself next year!
B: 25g   S: Medium   F: Standard   180s: 5/25
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Looks like Harrows has another winner here!  Review is clear and concise, and we know that's winning combination!  Only one thing sort of confused me.  The balance is front of centre on the stock setup, but behind centre on your medium stems.  Guess that's a stem / flight weight issue, but a little surprising.  Already added to the reviewed darts index. Smile
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Thanks for another great review Darren and I agree these are really nice darts. I have been super happy with mine. I like a lot of grip without any smooth sections in the middle so these darts suit me quite well. I will say after a couple of weeks the grip doesn't seem quite as sticky as they did right out of the box. But, that doesn't detract from their overall nice feel. I managed to hit 3 180s within the first 10 days of throwing them which doubled my total for the year. So, yes, I really like them a lot.
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Not for me as slightly too wide, but another great looking set from the Harrows stable, and again at a very reasonable price
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(12-22-2018, 06:31 PM)jt4527 Wrote: You've read my mind again Darren (actually, I think you suggested these to me in another review of yours Smile)

Great review as usual, looking like a birthday present for myself next year!

LOL Thanks mate! Smile

(12-22-2018, 06:36 PM)nixer55 Wrote: Looks like Harrows has another winner here!  Review is clear and concise, and we know that's winning combination!  Only one thing sort of confused me.  The balance is front of centre on the stock setup, but behind centre on your medium stems.  Guess that's a stem / flight weight issue, but a little surprising.  Already added to the reviewed darts index. Smile

Yeah I like them now I have played with them longer. Thanks Glenn, not sure on the balance but it was quite awkward to balance due to the shape of the grip.

(12-22-2018, 07:20 PM)cubdog Wrote: Thanks for another great review Darren and I agree these are really nice darts. I have been super happy with mine. I like a lot of grip without any smooth sections in the middle so these darts suit me quite well. I will say after a couple of weeks the grip doesn't seem quite as sticky as they did right out of the box. But, that doesn't detract from their overall nice feel. I managed to hit 3 180s within the first 10 days of throwing them which doubled my total for the year. So, yes, I really like them a lot.

Thanks mate! I have been getting close to a 180 with them which is a little surprising as they are fairly chunky but they seem to fly will now I have got a feel for them Smile

(12-22-2018, 07:36 PM)mc1958 Wrote: Not for me as slightly too wide, but another great looking set from the Harrows stable, and again at a very reasonable price

Yeah it is a bit chunky for some I am sure, still a nice dart though Smile
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Great review Darren, good to see your pics i thought these tapered alot more, the pics i seen i thought it was front to back taper more, on the maybe list there a bit thicker then i like but for the price might try them sometime
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Great review again Darren
Do you have any plan to review the Target Agora Verde AV01?
I'm interested on it But waiting someone for a full review
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Great detailed informative review and no references to a certain 80's Slasher film (cunningly disguised as an Action film) either. Remarkable restraint!

However, I agree with Arnie on this one, when he first saw his first predator with the mask off. I didn't like the look of these. It has nice elements and it is great that it is a different design - just not for me.
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(12-22-2018, 07:47 PM)Crusher17 Wrote: Great review Darren, good to see your pics i thought these tapered alot more, the pics i seen i thought it was front to back taper more, on the maybe list there a bit thicker then i like but for the price might try them sometime

Thanks Chris, I thought it was a full taper from front to rear but it only tapers on the front section Smile

(12-23-2018, 02:49 PM)Sataporn Bowman Wrote: Great review again Darren
Do you have any plan to review the Target Agora Verde AV01?
I'm interested on it But waiting someone for a full review

Thanks! I have the AV03 and have done the AV02 but not sure if I will be getting the AV01.
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