In a sea of fighter heads to choose from, the Jekyll from Evolution Outdoors is a blade that rises easily to the top.
It seems like with every passing year there are new revolutionary fighter heads come to market. The claims are almost always the same: field point accuracy, devastating wound channels, and insane durability (among other things).
Some of these advertisements are much more specific than others. To be honest, it can be quite confusing, especially when trying to find the right hunting head for your hunt. As an avid bowhunter, I’m here to tell you that Evolution Outdoors’ Jekyll doesn’t just talk, it tracks.
In short: From front to back, Evolution Outdoors hit a home run with their wide tip, the Jekyll. This is a head that will appeal to the most hardcore bowhunters and do it in stride.
Evolution Outdoors Jekyll Broadhead Review
Evolution Outdoors may be fairly new to the hunting industry, but owner Dale Perry is no stranger to it. He is the original creator of the Grave Digger Broadhead, a highly efficient hybrid broadhead that many people love.
Dale has since left Grave Digger and started a new business called Evolution Outdoors. It offers both a fixed blade (Jekyll) and a hybrid head (hyde). We’ll touch on the Hyde a bit, but our focus here is on the Jekyll.
The Jekyll is a fixed quad blade wide point with 420 stainless steel blades. Up front you have a ¾ inch cutting diameter blade, and a one inch cutting diameter follows the blade. main.
It’s a little thicker by a blade than others at .060, a spec that helps increase edge retention and overall durability.
Jekyll wide points are available in 100 grit (7075 aircraft aluminum), 125 grit (416 hardened stainless steel), and 150 grit (416 hardened stainless steel). Evolution even offers a 100 grain (7075 aircraft aluminum) crossbow version rated for 385 fps. All heads are machined and assembled to the tightest tolerances in the USA.
This broadhead is anything but ordinary. Here are some noteworthy notes on the Jekyll.
The most important feature that Evolution offers with the Jekyll has to be the multifunctional ferrules. I mentioned earlier that Evolution also makes a hybrid fighter head called Hyde.
The Hyde sports the same fixed ¾-inch blade in the front, but has a devastating 2-inch mechanics where the one-inch blades sit on top of the Jekyll. The Jekyll and the Hyde use the same ferrules. This means that a hunter could swap out the Jekyll’s one-inch main blade for the Hyde’s 2-inch mechanical blades.
This feature eliminates the need to purchase both flush heads individually. You can buy the blades and reap the rewards of both versions to your liking, all while removing a screw in the ferrule.
Coherent groups with field points
Now, I know that almost every loosehead builder in the game claims point accuracy on the field. I also know that a ton of this is just rubbish. There are simply too many variables at play.
As long as your arc is set, the Jekyll will group with your field points and do so consistently. I’ll get to that in more detail in a moment, but I feel like the reason is a combination of several things. It is a low profile fixed blade vented and aerodynamically designed. Combining this with quality construction, it will fly clean and consistent.
Practice heads available
It is absolutely imperative that you get out there and shoot your hunting heads before hunting season to make sure everything is flying and running smoothly. Some will refrain from it because they don’t want to dull their blades.
Evolution offers you training heads just for these circumstances. You don’t have to worry about compromising sharpness or adding the task of resharpening your broad tips.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to see Dale come out with a new wide spike. The Grave Digger was my favorite head in its heyday, so I knew the Evolution heads were sure to impress. I saw them as the Grave Digger 2.0 with the option of having a fixed head.
As with everything, only time will tell how they worked.
In the past, when it came to fixed blade broadheads, I had tinkered with broadhead tuning, bare shaft tuning, etc. I was always trying to achieve that point-of-field accuracy that everyone craves. I got there – to varying degrees.
The Jekyll took me there immediately.
The first time I shot a Jekyll next to my field tips, the arrows hit the X at 20 yards. I was amazed. Mainly because at that time I only had paper set at 3 and 6 meters. That’s it. No bare shaft tuning or anything. Just precision.
The same results occurred at a distance of 60 meters. This is an impressive feat for a fixed blade wide point, as they are known to have adjustment issues. Heading into a spring bear hunt, I was more confident than ever.
On the fifth day of my spring bear hunt in Arizona, I was lucky enough to catch a large bear. The bear moved away at 30 meters. On a downhill shot, my arrow hit exactly where I was aiming, resulting in a full pass.
The bear traveled 20 meters and fell. Again, I was amazed. For such a small wide tip, she delivered in big manners. Even after running through the bear, hitting the offside leg bone, and kicking straight into the ground, the broadhead was still in excellent condition.
As much as I love this broad tip, there are two downfalls.
The first is to remove my broadhead arrow from my quiver. I have a seven-arrow TightSpot quiver, and those broadheads are hooked to the rubber on the hood. I try to push my arrows all the way into the rubber for a more secure fit, so maybe that’s why. This may not be an issue at all with quiver hoods that feature foam instead of rubber.
Noise is the next problem. Specifically, flight noise. The 125 grain pattern of the Jekyll is vented on both the front blade and the main blade. The increase in noise comes from the air passing through these vents in flight. Vented broadheads will always be louder than unvented broadheads, but it’s worth noting.
None of these cons are a deal breaker for me, as I think the pros vastly outweigh them.
Evolution Outdoors Jekyll Conclusion: No gimmicks, just results
Bowhunting opportunities are rare. When the moment of truth hits you, you need to have absolute confidence in your equipment and know that it will perform as intended.
This rings especially true with wide spikes. Once we let go of that arrow, we have no control and the broad head points. With the Evolution Jekyllthere are no gimmicks, just good old fashioned results.
For me, these results speak volumes.