Just a quick heads up for those of you who haven’t heard, the new N-Strike Elite darts have hit the shelves! (Though mostly just in Toys R Us and online sources). There is also a new, smaller pack available for those who want to test out the new darts before making a larger purchase. The new pack contains 12 darts (enough to refill either a Retaliator clip or two standard 6-round clips, and retails for $6.99. Availability is now.
Remember, these new darts are a lot better than standard streamlines, and here’s why:
- They’re made from thicker, tougher foam. This makes them less likely to shred in the event of a jam, and the added density makes them more accurate. Streamlines were so light that it was hard for them to maintain a straight trajectory; they curved a lot. The Elite darts don’t have that problem.
- The tip is also slightly more dense. This increased density in the tip also enhances accuracy. (Imagine a game of follow the leader. Streamlines had a weak leader, the tip, and so the rest of the dart didn’t follow it. They fishtailed and veered off course. But Elites have a strong leader, and the darts shaft falls in line nicely behind it.
- Improved aerodynamics. The new tip has a more tapered edge to it, and the sides of the tip line up with the walls of the foam shaft in an almost parallel manner. Streamlines had a more aggressive edge to their tips, making wind push against the sides of the tip and push it off course.
- They feature a smaller hole in the tip. Not sure exactly what it’s for, but I know that, just like an open door on a flying airplane, air is pulled out of the hole (from inside the dart) and pushed out the side of the dart tip as it flies. The streamline holes were too big, and the air pressure pushed the dart tip off course. The new smaller holes don’t give out enough pressure to do that.
- Also, they’re shiny! 😀
I learned about this new package from BasicNerf, so credit goes to him for the original find (on Amazon).