Elkadart Ultra Sonic 16g Soft Tip darts review

Vid link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaWbH_y-sCk&feature=youtu.be

I have reviewed a few sets of soft tips now and can only apologise to the soft tip players that I have not invested in a proper soft tip board yet but I think the principles of the review are the same regardless but it would be nice to try them on the board they were intended for.

So any way these are a set of 80% tungsten Elkadart Ultra Sonic 16g soft tip darts which retail for a crazy cheap £15!!!

They come in a clamshell packaging with an Elkadart case and are supplied with alloy medium stems pre-fitted with rubber "O" rings and a set of nicely designed standard shape flight with a sound wave style graphic, also supplied is the one set of soft tips and a point protector.


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I have shown a few close ups as you can clearly see these darts have a rather unique design on the barrels. The front have a mixture of ring and shark grip and the bulk of the rest of the barrel has this circular dimple style grip. The front shark grip is probably a high medium level of grip and the circular pattern is just a low level. Although its possible to feel some effect from the circles it feels a bit pimply but I feel its more of a decoration than something effective to grip performance but having said that I do like the look of it and could see a way it could be made more grippy possibly with deeper cut circles?

Dimensions:

Length:

its a fairly short barrel:

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Width:

Its a little thicker than it appears at first:

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Detailed dimensions:

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Weight:

The 3 barrels were fairly closely matched, 2 very close but difference between lightest and heaviest just 6 hundredths of a gram:

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Weight of the full setup as supplied was just a fraction over 16g stated weight:

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Balance:

The darts were drilled out a good way from front and back, so bulk of weight was in middle as to be expected, but with just the points attached they were pretty much centrally weighted:

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With the supplied set up fitted the balance moved more to the rear:

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

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I naturally gripped these around the nice little section on shark grip which almost felt like a very subtle scallop:

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For the most part the darts seemed to be landing horizontal but I think its not a problem how they land in a soft tip board anyway, but still like to show the effect:

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Conclusion:

I don't always try such light darts and as my throw is quite a slow/soft loopy one light darts don't always work so well for me. I really wonder how my throw will be on a real soft tip board, I envisage some problems getting them to stick with how my throw is so not sure if I would have to modify it.

I found these darts to be a bit zippy but struggled at first to get the hang of the light weight but I did hit a few T20's and almost hit a 180 in the vid which would have been great if the third dart hit home. I was holding the darts at the front as usual but when I almost hit the 180 I had changed my starting angle a little and had the point angled upwards more, it seemed to work well for me like that and I was getting to like them.

I think its a dart that can suit front and centre grippers best as its not that long at 42mm. Flight path was nice and stable but once again with the lightness of the dart it could take some getting used to if your a loopy or gently thrower like me, if you have a hard flat throw it will likely work better.

The darts themselves look really cool with the circular grip design but like I said above I don't think it is something that you should expect to be grippy its just a low level grip but has a feel of it own.

Quality of the darts and price is amazing for £15 and I would definitely recommend trying them if your a soft tipper! Smile

Summary Ratings:

Looks: 8 (nice looking and kind of unique design)
Grip: 7.5 (on a 1 to 10 Scale, 10 been severe grip) (for the front shark grip)
Weight match: 8 (quite close)
Quality: 8 (nice quality)
Value: 9 (superb value)
Suitability for me: 6.5 (Fly nice when I got used to the weight but still a little light for me)

Best Feature: Hmm, they look good but I will say the front grip section Smile
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Darts from another planet! Another nice review Darren. Let's see what the other group will say again! Smile
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Great review as always Getagrip. Interesting dart would like to see the rear grip section throughout the whole barrel.
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Cheers, I think I like the circle grip but more because of how it looks than how it performs Smile
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another top notch review!
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thanks Jugger Smile
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Great review!
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Grazie! it help me pick for my game Smile
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Great review Darren as usual- Am very impressed. and jealous lol
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Man your reviews are the juice!

These darts almost make me want to try soft tip too, hope you can fulfil my request I posted earlier Smile
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can you more soft tip review please
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Thanks guys!

Hello RT180, I may do more soft tip reviews, would like to review them on a proper board though Smile
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Dammit,that's my style!!!
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(08-30-2014, 07:24 PM)Anthony888 Wrote: Dammit,that's my style!!!

cool, buy some they are a great price! Smile
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