All Flights Sold in a set of 3
Hard Flights - Made of a stiff polyester plastic that holds shape well. The layers are permanently sealed together by heat during manufacturing. Because the plastic is harder, they don't tear as easily as Soft flights... however if they do tear, they cannot be resealed and are ruined.
Hard flights do not flex like Soft flights when hit, but do "pop off" the shaft when hitting another dart. This is desirable as it reduces deflection and allows tight groups. Hard flights were originally made of a clear plastic, which resulted in fairly dull colors in printed designs.
During the last few years, Melinex, a type of opaque plastic, has been used for printing hundreds of brighter designs.
Nylon Flights - made of ripstop nylon fabric, ar by far the most durable type of flights. These dart flights are are very hard to tear. The stiffness varies according to the weight and type of fabric used by the manufacturer, but is roughly midway between Soft and Hard flights.
The most common point of wear with this flight is at the front, where it is inserted into the shaft. Since ripstop nylon fabric is a thicker material, it is important to pry open the slots on the shaft for a properly loose fit to avoid damage to the flight. Nylon flights are extremely common and available in thousands of differents designs.
Dimplex Flights - and other similar styles are actually hard flights which have been embossed with a texture. The bumpy or ribbed surface tends to stiffen the flight, which some darters consider desirable. The extra surface area also adds a small amount of drag to the flight, which makes the dart slightly more stable in some cases.
The various embossed types of flights are generally a little harder to insert into a metal shaft, due to increased thickness. Use a dart tool or knife blade to gently spread open the slots at the back of the shaft.
Flight Protectors - are small metal or plastic devices that fit over and protect this area. The life of a set of flights may be greatly extended by using Flight Protectors. They are also reusable and may outlast many sets of flights.
Soft Flights - are made of a flexible plastic sheet, preprinted with a variety of designs and then folded into shape. Adhesive (glue) holds the layers of plastic together. If the flight is torn during use, the layers can be pressed together with fingers and the adhesive will "heal" the tear.
Another benefit of this type of flight is that a Soft Flight will often flex out of the way if another dart hits it. These flights are available in hundreds of bright, attractive designs. Also known as "Reseal Flights".
Soft Flights have fallen out of favor in recent years, and are now rarely available