The carbon arrow market right now is flooded with brands and claims of technology all over the place. Everyone says they are better than the next and they all have piles of trademarked slogans representing their technology claims. To be honest prior to this review I thought Carbon Express was the worst offender. I had the pleasure of talking with Lennie over at Carbon Express and asked him point blank, how much of your technology is truly technology and how much of it is just marketing? I learned quickly that Carbon Express has some of the most technologically advanced arrows and that they aren’t just a marketing machine. I’ll spare you the breakdown but Lennie was nice enough, despite my borderline rude question, to educate me on the various technologies they used. I came away with a much different understanding of Carbon Express and their product line up.
So enough about Carbon Express as a whole, lets talk about the new Maxima RED arrows. These are essentially a triple spine arrow with three different sections. The red section in the middle contains the flex of the arrow when shot. The back portion is the stiffest and lightest while the front portion is the heaviest and slightly less stiff than the back third. The middle portion is the least stiff and the middleweight of the three sections. To illustrate what this does I’ll describe what other arrows do. Single spine arrows tend to porpoise when shot while the Maxima makes an S shape. The Maxima RED instead reduces that even further to small waves or ripples in that center section. This creates more accurate and consistent flight of the arrow.
Now that we know what it’s supposed to do, does it actually do it? In my experience yes. I noticed very different flight from other arrows. After adjusting my sight slightly to account for the different flight characteristics I was stacking arrows in no time. I tested them out to 60 yards and they shot great for me. I shot both broadheads and field points and all flew just fine. Penetration on my target was equal to or slightly better compared to two other brands of arrows I’ve been shooting recently, (Carbon Force & Harvest Time/Bloodsport). I will mention though if you have a short draw length these may not be the arrow for you. If you cut them below 27 inches you’ve basically turned them into a Maxima Hunter arrow. However, if you have a longer draw and your arrows are over 27 inches then you’re good.
Overall, the Carbon Express Maxima RED arrows are a great arrow. As with any archery gear you have to decide if they are right for you because any archery gear is an investment. If you’re concerned with having one of the best arrows out there that will consistently accurate you need to try these out. The only downside to the Carbon Express Maxima RED that I can see is the price. The best price I found on a dozen was $131.49 over at Amazon. However, they are priced right along with any other premium arrow.