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Harrows Aura A2 23g darts review
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BLUE!


Vid link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM2Egybo3Dk&list=UUFOUzs58B7425JEDXkBLoGQ

Yes, something in a very sleek blue, these are the new Harrows Aura A2. There is 3 steel tip models available (A1, A2, A3) and 3 soft tip models (A,B,C). I got these Aura A2 from Puredarts.co.uk, they also came with a goody bag of extras. They cost £37.80 here: Aura A2 23g There is 3 weights available in the A2 version, 22, 23 and 24 grams. They are 95% tungsten and are coated in a very nice blue Nitride coating and are supplied with medium clear Super Grip stems and matt laminated flights in standard shape. Also included is a point protector and hard plastic case. The packaging extols the virtues of the integrated Laminar Air Flow design (see pic below) and it has a kind of raised textured line pattern which carries on that same theme:

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I think these a re a beautiful sleek looking dart and the machining of the barrels as you can see above is very fine and clean. The front of the barrel where I gripped the dart is only a low level grip and the ring section just after the Aura logo is probably the grippiest part been closer to a medium level, the rest of the rear grip is not as grippy but still grippier than the front. Its quite an intricate and fine grip and it has a very nice feel for me as I tend to favour such fine grips, but I don't grip the dart there so I am out of luck in that regard.

Dimesnions:

Length:

The darts are an ok length for me although I think I would like them to be a little shorter may be around the 47 - 48 mm mark, mainly because I think the balance may suit my front grip better at such a length.

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Width:

The barrels are quite curious as they are actually widest around the blue and silver rings but you cant tell immediately just by looking at them, the barrel is very slightly thinner before and on the part with the logo then it tapers after the blue and silver rings, it is possible to see the taper with the eye though:

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Detailed Dimensions:

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Weight:

All three barrels wee closely matched, just 4 hundredths of a gram difference:

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Weight of the full setup as supplied:

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Balance:

As I mentioned above in the width section, the barrels are very slightly wider at the blue and silver rings which kind of give the darts a slightly different balance than you may expect, with nothing attached the balance was just in front of the blue and silver rings:

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Balance was moved to the rear and on the blue and silver rings with the supplied setup:

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

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I was gripping as usual at the front:

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Conclusion:

I think I am mostly disappointed with these darts, simply because I think they look really sleek and cool but they just did not work with my front grip. They are such a nicely machined dart and have a very nice dense feel about that but the balance was just not right for me sadly.

I think they have some curious dimensions as they get very subtlety wider as they get near the blue and silver ring section then they taper of towards the rear. For me that made them great to throw from that point. When I was throwing them from my front grip I tended to get a little right bias as they left my release, I think that's some thing I do naturally but it seemed a little accentuated by the balance of the darts. When I tried throwing from that rear grip the flight through the air was very stable and well balanced so I am pretty sure a rear gripper will love them.

But one thing I did find out after having a few more throws is that if I stuck some short stems on them they behaved a whole lot better and more stable with my front grip, presumably because the balance point is being moved closer to my grip.

The darts have a really nice high quality feel about them and hopefully when I try the A3 it will suit my front grip better.

One thing I noticed though is that the blue coating was getting nicer as the darts warmed up, it was strange as when I first took them out the box and my hands were a little sweaty it was feeling a touch slippy but as I started to play with them it felt more kind of tacky and grippy.

Regarding the Laminar Air Flow design, I really cannot say what that is, it is too sciencey for me to know if that has any benefit, if it does then I doubt I would be precise or accurate enough to notice it really. I think its all down to the shape of the barrels and it may well have some kind of affect but it is possibly at a level not so easily perceived, but if it means the darts look good then yes they certainly do! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Summary Ratings:

Looks: 9.5 (look lovely!)
Grip: 5.5 front and 7 for rear (on a 1 to 10 Scale, 10 been severe grip)
Weight match: 8.5 (close)
Quality: 9 (feel very nice quality)
Value: 7.5 (Its 95% T so not too bad)
Suitability for me: 6.5 (not quite right sadly)

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Thank you for this thorough review and the fantastic close-up photos, Getagrip! :-)
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Another top notch review!! And I have to say those pics are fantastic!! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Bloody hell Darren, your reviews get better and better mate.

These are the first set to tempt me to buy for a long time - haven't bought anything other than Purists for months but these look similar shape, available in same weight etc - and they look sleek, however not as much grip.

Beautiful darts, well made, nice price too - as for your review, just going to watch the video now, but on reading and looking at the pictures, a 5* review once again, brilliant mate and well worth a +1!

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BTW, have you been visiting Larry in Florida - your hand is as brown as a bean these last few reviews mate - nice tan Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Frigging eye candy.......must look away!!!!
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(09-21-2014, 10:11 PM)Ancient Darter Wrote: Thank you for this thorough review and the fantastic close-up photos, Getagrip! :-)

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(09-21-2014, 10:19 PM)Shanesaw Wrote: Another top notch review!! And I have to say those pics are fantastic!! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Cheers Shane, I am starting to learn about the camera now, its fun and rewarding when a pic comes out well so its getting addictive just taken pics now lol!

(09-21-2014, 10:24 PM)REBEL Wrote: Bloody hell Darren, your reviews get better and better mate.

These are the first set to tempt me to buy for a long time - haven't bought anything other than Purists for months but these look similar shape, available in same weight etc - and they look sleek, however not as much grip.

Beautiful darts, well made, nice price too - as for your review, just going to watch the video now, but on reading and looking at the pictures, a 5* review once again, brilliant mate and well worth a +1!

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(09-21-2014, 10:26 PM)REBEL Wrote: BTW, have you been visiting Larry in Florida - your hand is as brown as a bean these last few reviews mate - nice tan Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Thanks Greg! LOL I think its from walking the dog in the sun but it looks darker on the vid for some reason?

(09-22-2014, 01:16 AM)McInnis180 Wrote: Frigging eye candy.......must look away!!!!

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Great review. All these blue darts, I guess other colours are bad? Or is it monkey see monkey do?
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(09-22-2014, 12:16 PM)uncle poop Wrote: Great review. All these blue darts, I guess other colours are bad? Or is it monkey see monkey do?

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Ayup Darren

Nice review, and very nice looking darts.
I think if they had been 46mm in length I would have gone straight out and bought a set.
As it is I'm going to sit it out and see what people think in a couple of months time.
Being 95% tungsten is a plus tho.

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(09-22-2014, 01:15 PM)Shed inn Wrote: Ayup Darren

Nice review, and very nice looking darts.
I think if they had been 46mm in length I would have gone straight out and bought a set.
As it is I'm going to sit it out and see what people think in a couple of months time.
Being 95% tungsten is a plus tho.

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Grip has been killing it lately! Glad i ordered these ahead of time, i knew i would order them after seeing your review :p Big +1
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nice looking dart - great review - +1
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