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Review: G5 Outdoors T3 Mechanical Broadhead

The broadhead market is pretty saturated in all departments but the design of the G5 T3 has always caught my eye. G5 Outdoors has many attractive broadheads in their line up with various size cutting surfaces and designs.  I tend to like fixed blade heads because they can’t fail. The debate over use of mechanicals revolves around the possibility of failure, no matter how minuscule that chance might be it exists and has kept me away from them. I’ve tested various mechanicals on targets but really dislike the little o-rings or rubber bands. This was part of my draw to the T3, it uses a ‘spider clip’ rather than little rubber bands.

 

I’ve used the G5 Montec with good results but wanted a bigger cutting surface so I gave the T3′s a shot this year. The G5 Striker Magnum offers more cutting surface in a fixed blade but the T3 intrigued me.  Unfortunately I only killed one deer with the T3 but I was very impressed with the performance. The entry and exit wounds were devastating and while I didn’t expect the relatively thin blades to survive a pass through I was pleasantly surprised that they were in great shape after being buried in soil. They were good enough that after a little sharpening it went back into my quiver.

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A quick look at the broadhead will tell you that it’s different from most any other broadhead. There are three blades that insert into a channel on the ferrule and are held in place by the spider clip. Even though it’s called a clip it doesn’t really clip anything it slides on and holds tension on the under side of each blade to hold it in place. The blades stay in place well even with a foam insert in your quiver. Like with any mechanical it’s worth double checking them if you have time when you remove it from the quiver, just to be sure.

 

The written instructions made no sense to me on how to actually assemble the broadhead. That’s not their fault I have no idea how to write it any better, so I made a quick video on how to assemble them.

I didn’t shoot these through plywood, steel barrels or milk jugs full of colored water. They flew great into my targets and took a lot of foam with them, so I shot one through a deer and it worked out. Those tests can be helpful but for me it all worked out well and for now, the G5 T3 will be staying in my quiver.

What’s your broadhead of choice, Mechanical or Fixed?

 

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  • Aznealz

    I’ve resisted mechanicals for all the same reasons. Even the remotest chance of failure or non-deployment scared me away. That said, I recently picked up a set of T3′s and am impressed with their simplicity and construction. The usual G5 quality. I have yet to hunt with them but also excited to let ‘em fly. Thanks for confirming my purchase decision.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      That’s cool Neal, yeah I looked at a lot of different designs and tried several before settling on the T3. It’s a sturdy, trustworthy mechanical in my opinion. Like you said the G5 quality is off the charts! Send me pictures of something dead soon :-)

  • Basement Bowhunter

    Will-
    I enjoyed your article. Like you, I had a hard time making the switch to mechanicals from a fixed blade. I did a fair amount of reseach as well and settled on the Grim Reaper Broadhead. I have been very happy with my results so far. Like the T3 there are no rubber O-rings to deal with and they stay closed in my quiver.
    One other reason I made the switch is that I’m color blind and have a hard time seeing blood to begin with. Mechanicals have given me bigger and shorter blood trails, which for me make recovery easier.
    I can see myself going back to a fixed blade from time to time on game that is bigger or tougher than deer-size game. While many people do take bigger game with mechanicals, I think the margin for error goes down. To me it’s like shooting a small caliber rifle on big game. Can it be done? Yes, without a doubt. Would you feel better knowing you are packing a little more punch? Probably.
    Will, I would be interested to know how you resharpen your blades. I have never been able to find a method that works well for me.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Thanks for your comment! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Grim Reaper Broadheads. Big easy to follow blood trails is definitely a benefit of the bigger cutting surface. I agree 100% on your analogy there as well. I definitely didn’t get rid of my fixed blade broadheads.

      For sharpening I used pliers or channel locks on the tiny blade and a mix of my RediEdge Sharpener and a stone. Done carefully I was able to get a great edge again. I surprised how little wear it showed on the blades to start with.

  • Chad Halvorson

    Will- I enjoy reading these article on the G5 T3 broadheads. I would like to share my own positive input. A couple years ago, I missed a buck, misjudged the distance, clean miss. The arrow hit a choke cherry tree 40 yards from my tree. I found the broadhead completely buried into the tree, I couldn’t even see the ends of the blades. I cut it out with a chainsaw and then split the wood piece off the broadhead. It was not damaged at all, completely intact. I consider that pretty darn tuff. Last season, I arrowed a nice buck that was way more than quartering away at 25 yards and got perfect penetration with full blade deployment. He ran 40 yards and fell over. I would not be afraid to take those quartering away shots with these.
    I have searched a long time for a great mechanical broadhead, and I feel that these are it.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      That’s great info! Thanks Chad!

  • OBN

    Will – First time responder, Im Korey, the marketing specialist at OBN. Just wanted to share my input on the G5 T3 Broadheads as well. I can’t say i’ve had too much success with them, shot 2 deer with them not fully deploying. I contact G5 and sent me out a brand new set to try out. I gave them a shot and worked wondrous (good blood trail, full deployment). I love G5 broadheads but switched back to the fixed blade G5 Strikers. Those are my favorite broadhead to use and never had an issue with using them for more than one kill.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      I don’t blame you for switching back to fixed blades after those issues, seems like you just happened to get a bad set but it’s great to see G5 stand behind their product and send out some new ones!

  • Todd Davis

    My daughter shoots a low poundage bow, so she uses fixed bladed broadheads. I use fixed when shooting through the netting of a pop-up blind. Other than that, I made the move to mechanical broadheads a couple years ago and have had great luck. If you are going on a guided hunt, always check with the outfitter/guide before packing your broadheads. Some do not want you to hunt with mechanical broadheads.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      Great point on checking with your outfitter Todd! Mechanicals are also illegal for hunting in Idaho and some other areas I believe.

  • Mike

    I’m going to be looking at the Flying Arrow Archery Toxic this spring. While the 7/8″ diameter is small, the blades are cutting 5 inches of blood vessels as it passes though the animal. I also like the company’s approach to design. If the Toxic blade don’t work as I wish, I can get Cyclone blades without having to buy a new broadhead body.

    I don’t have an issue with people that like mechanical. While fairly simple in design, they still are a device that has to function mechanically at the target to do their job.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      I’m definitely interested in how you like the Toxic Broadheads. I’ve seen them and watched the videos and stuff but I’ve never talked to anyone that’s actually put one through a deer. It’s definitely and unconventional design that I could see having issues but they could be purely perceived and not actual. I’m with you on the mechanical vs fixed as it still has to function but if you’re shooting a compound with a drop-away rest you’ve already got tons of mechanical stuff going on that can go wrong. At least that’s how I justified the switch :-)

      • Mike

        I use the biscuit rest. With my eyes I don’t shoot past 30 yards so I don’t think I’d gain much going to a drop away rest. Plus I’m new to bow hunting so reducing mechanical components lets my mind spend more time focusing on aiming and arrow path. Now with firearms, I’m willing to haggle with you over a .001 inch. ;)

        As for the Toxic broadhead, you might want to read the reviews on amazon. Most of the people who wrote reviews were detailed in their experiences.

        • TheWilltoHunt

          I use a whisker biscuit as well for about the same reasons! Didn’t even think to look at Amazon for reviews of the Toxic! I’ll check it out.