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Flight Protectors
Are they really necessary? Jacked up one of my new flights trying to get one of them little bastards on there.

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Not necessary. If you like them you can use them, if not than don't.

I never tried them and never will.
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Don't like them. The metal ones slightly alter the balance and they don't really do much anyway.
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I found them more of a pain to get on than anything... Didn't know if there was any actual benefit to them or not

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I had considered getting one but they look a bit awkward to me.

Personally I don't really see the practicality of them. Flights are cheap and depending on your point of view they can potentially last a very long time.
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I love 'em. Last ages (the conical metal ones). Fit well on the flights I like (75-100mm), but don't suit all flights (thick flights, reseal flights, or ones with a layered surface are easily damaged when trying to install. My main reason for using them is they keep the center of the flight from getting beat up. If I don't use them, sooner or later I'll robinhood right into that flight.
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I use them, oddly enough, because they help keep my flights at a 90 degree angle to each other. They do add some protection but that is not the main reason I use them. Probably just a hang up on my part.
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I've never used them, so I honestly don't know how much they add to the life of a flight.  That said, in my humble opinion and considering how cheap flights are, I just don't see the point.  To me, chewed up flights must surely be a sign of consistency and if that's the cost of being accurate, I'll gladly pay.
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Tried them, didn't like 'em, chucked 'em.
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(01-23-2017, 02:14 AM)ranger86 Wrote: I use them, oddly enough,  because they help keep my flights at a 90 degree angle to each other. They do add some protection but that is not the main reason I use them.  Probably just a hang up on my part.

I used to use them and that was the main benefit.  Keeping the flight 'square'.
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I recently bought some and have been using since thursday with new darts, what have i noticed?

Compared to the 5 days i was using my mvg demolishers, these flights are not battered in the centre like the mvg ones where, so do they work? well for me yes, and i notice no balance issues

I also fitted trident nose cones to my new darts and these are working brilliantly, after 4/5 tight groupings on my mvg flights the edges were getting cut/bent, with the nose cones on my new flights are chipping paint from the design but the edges of the flight themselves are still fine, and im scoring heavier/tighter with the new darts

so together the flight proectors/nose cones are working wonders for the life of my flights
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I don't use them anymore, but I used to like the Unicorn two-pronged snap off protectors that came with some of their darts. For me they kept the flight squarer than any other protector, were quick to put on and weighed next to nothing.
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I try to use darts that don't have a bull nose. Storm points also help a lot. I haven't destroyed flights in months. I usually replace flights because I get bored of them, LOL
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i put them in the back of the barrel if one of them is about 0.10g lighter than the other barrels and i use them some times just to bling up the set up eg pimp my dart  Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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I used to use them many years ago. I stopped when I lost a match because of them. Well, I might have lost that match even if I hadn't lost one protector but hey, the constant scanning of the floor wouldn't help anyone who should better focus on his game.

Pros:
+ they may affect the balance of your darts the way you like
+ someone may like how it looks. A sort of gimmick though..
+ help keep your flights in a proper shape

Cons:
- they may affect the balance of your darts the way you don't like
- purely a gimmick
- not convenient if you dismantle your darts to put them into the case
- bad if you lose one...
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