Recently I had the opportunity to test out the newest Block target from Field Logic Inc. For 2010 the makers of the “original open layer system” have redesigned the popular Block 44, the Block Fusion is available now.
The outside of the Block Fusion looks very similar to the 44. The two noticeable differences are the built in plastic carry handle and the new “game face” target on two sides. While shooting at the original target faces on older style blocks was fine, the new “game face” adds some fun and challenge to your practice. The “game faces” and small animals printed on the target for practice at longer ranges. The built in carry handle makes transportation a breeze.
The new model is available in a number of sizes to fit your range or budget. The model I am using is the Block Fusion F-18, 1812×18 (19 lbs). I found this size to be adequate for practice out to longer ranges. Two sides of the target have the new game face and two sides feature deer sized vitals.
This is the third Block branded target I have owned in the past 5 years. The first was the original white and black model. That model was fine for field tip practice but I felt like it shot out pretty quickly when using broadheads. The Block 44 was better with broadheads but I still felt like durability was an issue. I found my self a little hesitant to shoot tons of broadheads into the 44 trying to keep the target fresh. While practicing before season I dont want to be hesitant to tune with broadheads.
I must say so far I am very impressed with the new Block Fusion. It’s apparent that in addition to the outer improvements (handle and game face) Field Logic changed the way the target is assemble on the inside. The outer surface feels and looks the same as the 44, but after shooting the new version its easy to see internal improvements have been made. Before when shooting broadheads, pulling the arrows out would result in large amounts of foam slivers (for lack of a better word) to fall out of the target. This caused the life of the target to be drastically reduced. When I shoot the fusion with broadheads the arrows and heads come out clean! I have shot expandables and fixed blade heads into it with no problems. I think they have solved the problem!
While the Block Fusion targets aren’t the least expensive targets on the market, I think this is one area where a little extra spent up front saves money in the end.
Normally when a foam target is very easy to pull arrows from means lack of durability. Arrows still come out of the Fusion without problem, but I think this target will last for a couple years of moderate use. I will post a second review of this target after shooting it all summer.
The bottom line: I think this is a very solid target for at home practice using both field tips and broadheads.