When the QAD Exodus was first announced, I had some doubt about the Blade Over Shaft being strong enough to not break or bend on bone impact. A good test on an Elk and Hogg scapula proved that the blade strength is ample for the torque applied.
First, the BOS maintains the FOC of the field point as advertised.
And, the Exodus does ‘fly like a FP’ with the same POI. I usually can get most quality broadheads to tune with the FP if the arrow spine is proper, but the Exodus was by far the easiest to tune fixed-blade that I’ve used.
Finally, I found the Exodus to be extremely tough, and an excellent penetrator. This test on a hog scapula, backed by 7/8″ OSB water soaked for 24-hours, was a complete penetration of fresh bone, almost an inch of simulated cartiledge, and deep into a relatively new foam broadhead target.
The blades did not chip or edge-curl during the testing and the broadhead still spun true when finished. These are a 1-1/4″ cut 3-blade broadhead and more suited to high-KE bows. I’ve changed over to the Exodus for my Elk hunting, but had to shift to a heavier, stiffer shaft with thicker walls since the arrow became the weak link in the setup once the Exodus was installed.
During the penetration testing, both for the Exodus and other replaceable fixed-blades, I’ve found better broadhead integrity and less failure if the broadhead is mounted with Blue Lock-tite thread locker. An arrow impacting dense bone at 200 mph generates a huge amount of vibration due to rebound energy; the Blue Lock-tite keeps all the parts bonded tight, and the head doesn’t need re-tightening like in the video steel drum test.
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