Playing with the best darts will make all the difference to your performance. Of course a great player is always going to be a great player, but when you are throwing low quality darts, you’re going to feel the difference in performance in terms of the weight, the travel, and how well they stick into the board. Worse, is that if you keep playing with an inferior set of darts, you will be practicing with darts that don’t feel correct. Then when you come to play in a competition, you’ll find that your performance is negatively affected as a result.
One of the best ways to ensure you are getting high quality darts is to look for a recognized and trusted brand. One such brand is Viper – a company that is responsible for a great many of the best darts, including many that are used by the pros.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the very best viper darts and also try to break down what it is about those darts that makes them so special. Just what makes a great dart anyway?
Choosing the best darts is a matter of understanding how subtle differences can have a big impact on your game performance. The best darts should be perfectly ‘match weighted’ meaning that their balance is just like that which you would expect to use during competition.
This will in turn give those darts the perfect travel: what is known as the ‘parabolic curve’ through the air. This arc will then be the exact same one that you need to use when throwing darts ‘for real’ during competition. It’s also incredibly satisfying to see a dart take that perfect route through the air and land home.
To achieve this weighting and balance, darts need to use the right materials – which will also impact on their resilience. Cheap ‘beginner’ darts are often made from brass, which is a soft material. That in turn means that the darts need to be much thicker in order to achieve the desired weight. That then creates its own problems – one of the most severe being that the darts will then crowd each other out when they are attached to the board.
For this reason, the best darts are made from the much harder and heavier tungsten. Or to be more precise, they are made from a tungsten alloy that also includes nickel. The higher the quantity of tungsten as compared with nickel, the better quality the darts will be – the slimmer, heavier, and more aerodynamic.
Other things to consider are the flights used and how they impact on the trajectory, the grip and how the darts feel in the hand, and how well the pieces are held together.
Viper is generally respected for ticking all these boxes and more. That said, they are also a little more affordable than some of the competition.
Now you know what to look for, let’s go through some of the best Viper darts on the market right now.
Top Viper Darts for 2019
Here are some of the best soft and steel tip Viper darts to buy in 2019:
1. Viper Wind Runner Soft Tip Darts, 18 Grams
These Viper darts have ben build using nickel and silver plated barrels, so they are not tungsten nor brass. That means they don’t have the narrow, aerodynamic design of a true professional grade dart and it means they may feel quite different to use.
That said, there’s still a lot to like here, such as the diamond cut aluminum shafts with locking holes to keep everything in place. The flights are specially designed to increase speed, and the look is also quite eye grabbing.
2. Viper Sinister 95% Tungsten Soft Tip Darts
So just how much tungsten are we generally looking for if we want to class a dart as ‘professional grade’? The answer is generally agreed to be 90% - meaning that these 95% tungsten darts go above and beyond the call of duty. Given the very attractive price, these are great value.
We also love the look and the black and white design. Then there’s the smooth, sleek barrel, the locking holes that are found on so many Viper darts, the drag-lowering flights, and the specially designed gripping points.
3. Viper Sure Grip Soft Tip Darts
These darts are built using a high quality nickel, meaning that once again they are not truly suited for professional level play. They have a slim profile nonetheless, and good speed thanks to the flights that are designed to reduce drag.
Red gripping points make it easy to hold these darts correctly and makes them intuitive to use on the whole.
4. Viper Blitz 95% Tungsten Steel Tip Darts
As you can see, Viper make some darts that are well-suited to beginners and those on a budget. But they also make highly professional quality darts that retain their great value. The Viper Blitz 95% steel tip darts with storage/travel case are the perfect example.
These darts can range in weight from 22 to 28 grams, making for some extremely weighty and solid feeling darts. The grip provides a large amount of friction, and the assembly is sturdy thanks to the locking holes.
Exceptionally balanced and designed to reduce rebound via the Spinster shafts.
Buying the Best Viper Darts
There are a wide range of different types of dart available from Viper. This is a company that caters to the professional level and to beginners.
Either way though, you can rely on the brand to make high quality darts that are fun to use and that will make you highly competitive.
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