I’ve wanted to test these since I had seen them on an on-line shop in Japan. I wasn’t confident in my YEN conversion and guessing my way through the order form so I passed on these. Lucky for soft tip players in the US that some very cool stuff from around the dart throwing globe is coming available from our favorite suppliers. In a market of imitation this Fit Flight STD soft tip really stands out, the grooving design is designed for the thrower that incorporates the tip as part of his dart grip. I was curious how far the grooving would penetrate the board, not to worry soft tips really require a very small part of the tip to stick into the board. In my findings, the only advantage to longer style soft tip points I feel is the little extra length help prevents (wire bounce outs). I’m not a fan of the extra long tips (this is more of a personal preference) I find these STD length tips more to my liking.
Although my normal grip is behind the center of the barrel, I threw some of my initial darts incorporating this tip in my throw. To be honest it was a few hours before dart tournament night so I didn’t throw a lot of darts this way. To me the tip worked well in this regards, the grooving gave me a reference point for my little finger to rest. That said when talking about something that affects your grip on a dart I would expect this to a very subjective opinion. For American players, unless you order from some on-line shops in Asia I find this tip to be your only option.
On my second throw I snapped a tip off into the dart board, I used these tip for at least 3 hours of testing, played a long LOD and because I WON had to defend my title late in a late night match with my wife, I only broke one other tip (bounce-out).
In further testing I find these tips to have acceptable durability. I did find on my home board (an Arachnid) I experienced a few more “wires-bounce outs” then I was used to. These tip seemed fine in warm up on a much worn Arachnid during my Saturday night LOD so I stuck with them. It turns out they performed great, much to my surprise they worked as well or better than any other tips being played. Further testing on my home board I still get a few more bounce outs then I used to using my favorite (Lippoint) tips.
In side by side comparison I noted the Lippoint have a beveled shaping around the end of the tip at the point, The Fit point is more rounded. I also noted that the Fit points “dent” at the points after a few throws, I assuming softer/less brittle material?
** I’m not sure the point design or the softer material has anything to do with the extra bounce outs I noted … just my observations.
Although I will continue to use Lippoint tips, these Fit Flight Point are right up there. If you incorporate the tip in you grip these are the best I have found. As I recommend to any Soft tip player, try a few of the better brands on your home board, these no doubt will be favorites for many players.