January 10, 2019
By Tony J. Peterson
Some accessory categories just don’t get us too excited, but others do. Of the various gear you can attach to your bow to enhance the shooting experience, nothing changes the game quite like a new sight and because we know that, we eagerly await their release at the ATA show.
The biggest trend in bow sights last year, which has certainly carried over to this year, is the rangefinding options that will have you feeling like you’re living in 3019. If getting too techy isn’t your thing, don’t fret. There are plenty of electronic-free sights that will cover you in the elk mountains or the whitetail woods from dark to dark.
Black Gold Ascent Whitetail
Black Gold’s roots run deep out west, but they’re not only producing solid sights for elk and mule deer hunters these days. The new Ascent Whitetail is a compact, lightweight sight that offers first- and second-axis adjustment. It’s a three-pin mover that is housed in a PhotoChromatic shell, which works with naturally available light to keep your pins bright in low light, and somewhat subdued in high light so no matter the time of day, you’ll be able to see your pins and aim precisely.
Garmin Xero A1i
If you’re plagued with the affliction of choosing the wrong pin or gapping incorrectly when a buck walks in, consider Garmin’s latest - the Xero A1i. This next-level version of last year’s popular Xero allows you to range targets at full draw and then aim with a pin for that exact distance eliminating any guesswork on your part. The Xero A1i is highly customizable, operates for a full year off a single set of batteries and features Laser Locate technology, which works with compatible Garmin GPS devices to tell you exactly where the target was located (or where you were located) when the shot was taken.
HHA Sports Tetra Tournament
HHA has dominated the single-pin mover market for a long time, and with the release of the new Tetra Tournament I’m not sure they’ll relinquish their title any time soon. Their latest offering is micro-adjustable, comes with pre-printed yardage tapes and is very easy to set up. Choose from .019- or .010-inch pins as well as two different scope-housing options to truly customize you Tetra. If you’re still not convinced to drop the coin on this sight, consider that it’s backed by a 100-percent lifetime warranty and made right here in the good ol’ USA.
IQ DEFINE Pro
IQ released their first laser rangefinding sight last year, and this year they’ve improved on it by creating the DEFINE Pro, which is 30-percent lighter than last year’s model. It’s also capable of ranging out to 150 yards, with yardages instantly displayed on the illuminated blue OLED. The DEFINE Pro comes standard with seven .019-inch pins (each pin is removable), is second- and third-axis adjustable and is a breeze to set up.
TRUGLO Storm G2
Anchored by an aircraft-grade aluminum mounting bracket, the new Storm G2 from TRUGLO is a great sight that won’t leave you with sticker shock after checking out the price tag. It’s a seriously lightweight sight that features PRO-BRITE pins (3- or 5-pin models available) and a full 2-inch aperture for a clearer view through the sight window. The Storm G2 is adjustable for both right- and left-handed shooters, meaning it’s an excellent option for all bowhunters.