Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get an item? All in-stock items are shipped within ONE business day, period.
Why are your prices so low? We are a small family-owned business, without many overhead expenses, and we generally buy directly from the factory, cutting out the middlemen. We don't have any CEO's making big bucks:-)
What's the difference between your 4Throws implements and the big name brand companies? Not much, other than the price. All of our competition-grade implements are built precisely to IAAF Specifications, and we routinely conduct in-house testing to ensure you'll have no surprises on meet day! Our training implements are quality products generally manufactured within IAAF specifications, but they are designed primarily for training. They are designed to be inexpensive implements used in daily training but can be used in competition.
What's the difference between inexpensive and expensive javelins? Most javelins are made from aluminum. The cheapest javelins are made from standard aluminum and are not hardened. For the money, it is recommended to go with the 4Throws Training javelins for most high school throwers. Advanced high school throwers will benefit from the stiffer Competition or Elite Competition javelins. These are built with a more expensive, aircraft-grade aluminum, and are hardened to increase rigidity and decrease incidences of bending the tails with a bad tail-first throw. After more than a year of in-the-field testing, we have had ZERO javelins with any bending whatsoever. These javelins are tough!, and are ready for thousands of throws.
Moving up the price ladder, our Polanik javelins are made in Poland. Polanik has 5 levels of javelins from lowest to most expensive, they are SCHOOL, AIR, SKY, SPACE, and PREMIER (CARBON FIBER). The carbon fiber javelins are top of the line and are extremely rigid, allowing less flex during flight, resulting in increased distances. The downside of carbon fiber is the cost, and the increased stiffness puts more load on a thrower's elbow and shoulder. It is thus common practice to use a more flexible javelin in most throwing sessions, and reserve stiffer (more expensive) javelins for meets.