Boomerangs are considered one of earliest flying machines invented by humans. The aboriginal people of Australia are known to be the first to have made and utilized boomerangs for tasks such as hunting. Today, many boomerang manufacturers create old and new age boomerangs for all to enjoy.
This article will give an overview of how to choose the best boomerangs and give you a snapshot of the most popular boomerangs on the market.
Factors to Consider
When it comes to buying boomerangs, it’s important to assess its various features to determine its durability and suitability for your boomerang needs.
Types of Boomerangs
There are 3 primary types of boomerangs: hunting boomerang, returning boomerang and cross boomerang.
1. Hunting Boomerangs
Hunting boomerangs have sharp edges and are mainly used to kill animals for food. Unlike returning boomerangs, they are not designed to come back to you after throwing. In general, hunting boomerangs have a curved teardrop shape, weigh between 64-112 ounces, and measure to 2.5-3 feet in length.
2. Returning Boomerangs
Returning boomerangs weigh significantly less than hunting boomerangs and would not serve well as a killing device. They’re primarily used for recreational purposes for all ages. Returning boomerangs are normally 16-20 inches long.
3. Cross Boomerangs
Cross boomerangs are made with two flat pieces of wood tied together in the middle. You may also find cross boomerangs made out of other materials and constructed in one piece instead of two separate pieces tied together. They’re generally made small with sharp edges. In Australia, aboriginal people in Northern Queensland would use them to hunt rainforest birds. However, modern cross boomerangs have been designed for recreational use, as well.
When choosing a boomerang, the material you choose comes down to personal preference and aesthetic appeal. On the market, you’ll find traditional wooden boomerangs and boomerangs made out of plastic and leather. The quality of the material will depend on the manufacturer you choose to buy from.
Size and Weight
To determine the size and weight of your next boomerang, it’s important to assess your intended purpose for the boomerang. For playing and recreational use, smaller and lightweight boomerangs will suffice. If your intention is to buy a boomerang for hunting or sporting, then you’ll have better success with a boomerang that is bigger and heavier.
Country of Origin
This factor is important if you’re looking to invest in a traditional boomerang. You’ll find the best traditional boomerangs in Australia or Australian outlets. With that said, there are a number of other countries, such as the United States, that manufacture high-quality, modern boomerangs. They may have a boomerang that will be suitable for your needs.
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the best boomerangs you’ll find available on the market.
Colorado Aussie Fever Wooden Boomerang
This Aussie Fever Boomerang is an authentic returning boomerang handmade by Roger Perry in Australia. It even features beautiful aboriginal artwork with flared wings. The boomerang is 13 inches in length and weighs about 2.4 ounces. It’s lightweight, easy to throw, and can reach distances up to 98-131 feet. As a traditional boomerang, the Aussie Fever is a consistent flier and has a distinctive hovering descent, making it easy to catch on its return flight. Also included is Colorado Boomerang’s How to Throw Boomerangs booklet. Be aware that this boomerang is right-handed only and cannot be bent/tuned.
Colorado Hummingbird Jarrah Finnish Australian Wood Boomerang
The Hummingbird Jarrah is a handcrafted wooden boomerang made in Australia. It’s made with Australian laminated wood and features a traditional aboriginal boomerang design. As a traditional returning boomerang, the Hummingbird Jarrah flies consistently with a high degree of accuracy. The boomerang is durable, yet lightweight, and can be thrown long distances of about 90-120 feet. It’s 12 inches long and weighs about 9 ounces. Included with the boomerang is Colorado Boomerang’s How to Throw Boomerangs booklet to help guide even the most novice boomerang thrower.
Colorado Kilimanjaro Wooden Boomerang
Colorado Boomerangs designed the Kilimanjaro to fly long distances before returning back to the thrower. In light to medium winds, it can reach distances of up to 180 feet before coming back. The Kilimanjaro may take time and practice to get used to with varying wind conditions, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a great outdoor companion. The boomerang is 14.5 inches in length and weighs about 5.6 ounces. Included with the boomerang is a 24-page illustrated instruction booklet to help you learn how to throw a boomerang properly. It’s important to note that the Kilimanjaro is for right-handed throwers only.
The Lotus was manufactured to be the best mid-range flying boomerang around. It can reach distances of up to 147 feet and fly back to you with ease. This returning boomerang has been specially designed to curve out to its peak distance, flatten out, then “walk” back with the wind. The Lotus is made with high-quality birch imported from Finland, and weighs about 2.2 ounces. Also, included with the boomerang is an instruction manual to help you improve your boomerang skills.
Cold Steel 92BRG Boomerang
Cold Steel has designed a non-returning boomerang ideal for hunting, target throwing or distance throwing. The boomerang is injection molded from high-impact polypropylene and designed with a wood grain surface texture. The overall length of the boomerang is 28 inches, and it weighs a total of 25 ounces. It’s heavier than most boomerangs and may require extra practice to get a feel for its optimal throwing technique. The 92BRG model is ideal for long distance throwing because it can catch breezes with ease. Not only that, but it can cause some serious damage to game, targets or any object that it hits along the way.
When it comes to choosing a boomerang, it’s important to assess your intended purpose(s), whether it’s for hunting, sport or recreational play. Be sure to research different products on the market to find the boomerang that will be most suitable for your needs.