January 07, 2014
Although it might not always get the attention of a new compound bow or crossbow, the bow sight is an indispensable part of the bowhunter's setup. It's not always the biggest pieces of gear that play the most influential role for a bowhunter.
There were a lot of great new offerings at the 2014 ATA Show in Nashville, Tenn., from some of the leading manufacturers. Check out the hottest new bow sights for the year.
The brand new Helix Series
of sights from FUSE Accessories
literally has something for everyone. Whether you choose the micro version or the standard, you can expect to receive the toughest, quietest, most accurate sights the company has ever produced thanks to design aimed at minimum mass and maximum dependability. Helix sights feature Stealth Band Technology that will eliminate shock, noise and vibration. Available in Black Out or Realtree Xtra, you'll also get your pick of Stealth Band. Black is the standard color, but feel free to choose any of the other eight (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink or white) to customize your setup. You can choose from 3, 5 or 7 .019-inch fiber optic pins that. Comes with Sight Lite.
Starting at $
99.99 (Varies by finish, model and pins)
Apex Gear Covert Series
The newest bowsight introduced by Apex Gear
is the Covert Series featuring Versa-Pin Technology that allows for interchangeable pin size and color. The single pin sight comes with one .019-inch diameter pin and one .010-inch diameter pin that can be quickly and easily swapped. The sight aperture has a 1.8-inch diameter and showcases an adjustable second- and third-axis illuminated level. Other features include stainless steel hardware, adjustable push-button light, lightweight, 8.5-ounce design and the option to mount it for both right- and left-handed shooters.
Archer Xtreme Driver 4-Pin Bowsight
The A.X. Driver 4-Pin Bowsight from Archer Xtreme
is ready to take your game to a higher level. Cover all the yardages you'll ever need with just four pins with the Elevation Drive Gear system. No more shooting and thinking through the cluster of up to seven pins for no reason. The sight picture is innovative, too, as it features the company's HD Fiber Guard Ring system for unmatched peep sight alignment. Hillsides and shots from leaning stands will no longer be a problem thanks to second- and third-axis adjustability.
Custom Bow Equipment Sniper Pro X
Custom Bow Equipment
has been excelling in sight design for many years and 2014 certainly is no different. This year, the company has unleashed the Sniper Pro X
. You get the best of both worlds with a fully machined aluminum construction for the durability that you're looking for and an ultra-light, compact design. Also, it is equipped with the improved Armed Guard Fiber Management System for even brighter pins and better protection with 12 inches of fiber for each pin. Dovetail elevation gang adjustment with laser-engraved markings are present and accounted for, while an improved Smart Mount offers multi-positioned mounting holes for more versatility. Available in 3 or 5 pins, the sight also has third-axis leveling, an enclosed rheostat light, micro-adjustable windage and stainless steel bolts.
Cobra Archery Buckhead Sight
If you're in need of a new sight for the upcoming year, look no further than the Buckhead
line from Cobra Archery
. The line comes with a variety of different choices for customers — target, gang or tool less; 3 or 5 pins; black, Realtree Xtra, Lost Camo or Muddy Girl — and features a 2-inch hooded housing for glare reduction and an optimal view of your target. Comes equipped with a Mathews Harmonic Damper and bright, all-metal pins that work great in low-light conditions.
PSE Galaxy Sight
is a 5-pin sight from PSE
that features .019-inch, high-quality fiber optic pins. It has a machined aluminum sight body and a micro-adjustable third-axis level. There are more than eight inches of fiber optic in each pin for the best situation you can put yourself in come last light of the afternoon. A fully adjustable UV light is included as well as a phosphorescent glo ring around the pin housing. Consumers have their choice of a black sight or one in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity to cap off their favorite PSE rig.
74.99 (black), $
89.99 (Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity)
Hawke Sport XB30 Scope
crossbow scope was released by Hawke Sport Optics
in 2010. This year, the company has upgraded the popular scope with features sure to make it a favorite for many more years to come. The new design allows for calibration on crossbows shooting up to 450 fps. Once you get sighted in from 20 yards, the variable-power magnification system can be used to provide 10-yard aiming points all the way out to 100 yards. The XB30 is encased in a 30mm mono-tube chassis for durable performance, as well as being water-, shock- and fogproof.
Sure-Loc ICONX Sight
When you show up with the new ICONX
competition sight from SURE-LOC
, your opposition will instantly know they're in for a fight. The device is equipped with reliable and accurate micro-clicking elevation and windage adjustments at tiny .002-inch increments. The ICONX has a true second-axis scope leveling system, and the hex rod provides additional horizontal adjustment. Manufactured with weatherproof components that make it easy to shoot in any and all weather conditions. The ICONX is made in the USA from the folks at Field Logic
. Why settle for second when first is just a few inches away?
Trophy Ridge React-One
The React from Trophy Ridge
changed the way a lot of people looked at bow sights last season. That didn't stop the folks at Trophy Ridge from working on the React-One
single-pin model for 2014 though. Equipped with Smart Pin Technology, the new sight will accurately predict what each yardage gap will be based on the distance between your 20-yard setting and any other range. This means that if you can sight in your rig at 20 yards, the React-One will do the rest — and it will do so all the way out to 100 yards using the Master Adjustment Knob. Features include 100 percent aluminum construction for durability, a Rheostat light, .010- or .019-inch fiber optic pins, multiple mounting holes and second- and third-axis adjustability. The most convenient sight on the market just got even better!
TruGlo Rival Hunter
Everybody's got a rival in life, so why not get yours in the form of the new Rival Hunter archery sight series from TruGlo
? Inspired by the success of the Rival FX just one year ago, the new series is available with either 3 or 5 sight pins. A reversible bracket is also present for greater vertical adjustment and each sight comes complete with a removeable, push-button light. Tru-Touch soft-feel technical coating enhances the shooters' experience both in the field and on the practice range. The pin housing is illuminated with luminescent tape, and the Rival Hunter has an adjustable
second- axis aperture. Available in black, Realtree Xtra and Lost Camo.