Standard or Slim Dart Flights? Choosing the Right Shape and Texture for Your Style

Can you be new to the game of darts and confused by the large variety of styles, sizes and textures of dart flights? Trouble finding the flights that will help you perfect your game? The next article is for you! Each of the different versions in flight style have an use and picking the right ones can really help improve your score! letenky

Thus, why different dart trip styles? Generally speaking, smaller and smoother flights enables darts to cut through mid-air faster with less drag, yet they will be less forgiving to variations in angle of attack. Conversely, bigger, more textured flights could make darts fly slower through the air with more pull and they’ll be more forgiving to variations in angle. 

Let’s look into the two most common airline flight shapes, standard and sleek…


Probably the most frequent condition and also one of the greatest. Standard flights should be applied if you chuck with less force or love to “lob” your darts at the board. You may also want to use standard flights on steel tip darts, if your darts are bulkier, or if they have longer shafts. Heavier darts require less force to stick in the dart board and larger travel arrangements will help keep darts aloft for longer with a lighter throw.

Normal flights can also help to straighten and support the path of a dart in the air. If your darts are constantly sticking in the board with the trip angled to the floor, you really should raise the size of your flights. The added drag from larger styles will push the base of the dart up-wards, helping to correct a downward angle. Ideally, you want your darts going to the board at a correctly flat angle, or with the flight pointing a little bit upwards, not more than 5-10 degrees. Additionally, as longer shafts can have a tendency to “fish-tail” through the air, darts with longer shafts may take advantage of the stabilizing effect of larger dart flights.


Smaller than standards, thin flights are good if you want to put harder, want to avoid “lobbing” your darts, if you use lighter darts or short shafts. Smooth tip darters may gain from using slim routes because soft tip darts are generally lighter, thus requiring a harder chuck to stick in the board. Additionally, if your darts stick in the board at a high, upward angle (greater than 10 degrees) you may want to switch to slim flights. Smaller routes will help reduce lug in the air, allowing the final of the dart shed slightly when chucked. Finally, slim flights will help decrease the chances of bounce-outs and ruined flights from tight groups, particularly if your darts have short shafts.

Other Designs

Beyond the common standard and slim shapes, there is a huge variety of other shapes including pear, butterfly, vortex, fan longest tail, etc. These shapes range from larger than standard to smaller than thin.

Think about from the less common flight styles just remember –

Much larger flights are better for:

softer throws or “lobs”
heavier darts
longer shafts
steel tip darts
More compact flights are better for:

harder or straighter punches
lighter darts
shorter shafts
soft tip darts