January 08, 2015
By Bowhunting Online Staff
Despite the fact that it usually lacks the popular attention of a newly released compound bow or crossbow, the bow sight is undeniably an indispensable part of the bowhunter's rig. After all, it's not always the biggest piece of gear that plays the most influential role for a bowhunter.
There were a lot of great new offerings at the 2015 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Ind., from some of the industry's top manufacturers. Check out the hottest new bow sights for the year:
Apex Gear | Covert Pro Sight
is touting its new Covert Pro Sight
as the most advanced single-pin sight to date. Harnessed in the sight housing is the all-new PWR-DOT Illuminated Center-Dot Technology, which incorporates an adjustable green LED center dot with 11 different brightness settings.
Also, the gravity-line rotational adjustment aligns pin movements with gravity, which helps treestand hunters with tough-angled shots. The Covert Pro includes over 60 pre-marked yardage tapes, is available for both right- and left-handed shooters, has an adjustable second- and third-axis illuminated level and a 1.8-inch diameter round pin guard.
Archer Xtreme | Ronin
newest sight — the Ronin
— was designed in the spirit of the Samurai with top-notch precision. To ensure that, a 2-inch HD Fiber Guard Sight Ring was developed to allow for quick target acquisition. Micro-adjustment knobs allow you to easily 'click ' your arrow placement into the dead center of the target, and the Sight Ring also offers protection for the .019-inch fiber-optic pins that feature the company's Center Core Pin Technology.
There's also plenty of durability, thanks to a rail locking system that increases the surface area of connectivity, which allows for unmatched rigidity in key areas. All hardware is stainless steel, and the Ronin is fully machined from 6061 T6 aluminum.
Axcel Sights | AccuTouch Single Pin Slight Sight
introduces the AccuTouch Single Pin Slight Sight
complete with Accu-Clicks for 2015. To put it simply, pick your distance, click your pin into place and stick your target! It's that easy. Set each Accu-Click at a specific distance so the slider will stop precisely where you want it in the field. A 45-degree, rear-facing sight scale is teamed up with the Accu-Clicks to allow you to easily recognize where the sight pointer is set so you are able to easily and correctly adjust the sight from an arm's length away.
Another of the many features is the Windage Lock Button that, when engaged, will not allow the micro-adjustment windage knob to turn. Also, the Red Elevation Tension Lever allows the archer to customize how easily the sight slides along the elevation bar.
Cabela's | Instinct Demon
As all bowhunters know, your instinct is one of the biggest things you carry to your treestand each time afield. Now, you can carry two instincts — the second being the new Instinct Demon sight from Cabela's
Features include an adjustable second-axis aperture and level, decreasing diameter pins (.029-, .019-, .019-, .010- and .010-inch), an easily removable micro-pod adjustable LED light, ultra-fine click adjustment for windage and elevation, a 1.8-inch circular pin guard and a glow-in-the-dark shooter's ring just to name a few.
CBE | Tek Hybrid Pro
Last year, the Tek Hybrid bowsight from Custom Bow Equipment
saw unwavering success. With that in mind, CBE took it a step further with the unveiling of the Tek Hybrid Pro
— the company's most advanced hunting sight ever offered. Highlights include a new-and-improved dovetail sight mount for precision sight placement and in turn more accuracy, a third-axis adjustment block and laser-engraved sight scales.
The Hybrid Pro has a fully machined aluminum construction with stainless steel bolts. Also, it's equipped with the Armed Guard Fiber Management System for even brighter pins and better protection, with 12 inches of fiber per pin. Choose between a 1-, 3- or 5-pin configuration in .010-, .019-, .029-inch pins.
FUSE | Helix Slider
For quick and easy yardage settings, the new Helix Slider from FUSE Accessories
has its primary adjustment point at the rear of the sight. Third-axis adjustability is also present, as well as one precision steel pin with durable .019-inch fiber. Stealth Band Technology kills unwanted noise and vibration, and the sight can easily be flipped to accommodate both right- and left-handed shooters.
The Helix Slider is equipped with bundled fiber optics for maximum pin brightness, as well as a sight light for low-light conditions. Available in Reatree Xtra, MAX-1, NEXT G2 and Black Out finishes.
119 (based on model)
Hoyt | Pro Series Micro
Hoyt Archery is one of the biggest names in bowhunting, but its work doesn't stop with just bows. For 2015, the company has released the Pro Series Micro and Standard Adjust sights
with proven Shock Rod Technology.
Features include precision, .019-inch steel pins, easy and precise elevation and windage adjustment, extra long fibers to provide perfect aiming brightness, second- and third-axis adjustability and an included sight light for low-light conditions.
Choose from the 3-, 5- or 7-pin models, as well as Realtree Xtra, MAX-1, Realtree AP Snow and Black Out.
119, depending on model
IQ | Ultra Lite
The newest bow sight in the IQ
lineup is the Ultra Lite
, available in both 3-pin and 5-pin models. Engineered with lightweight polymer construction, this sight is IQ's lightest yet. That being said, its impact-resistant construction provides excellent durability, as well as a silent-coat finish.
As always, Retina Lock Technology is included to eliminate accuracy-robbing hand torque. Other features include adjustable windage and elevation, built-in level, .019-inch fiber optic pins and stack tight pins. A rheostat sight light is sold separately. Available in both right- and left-handed models.
99.99 (3-pin), $
Trophy Ridge | React Pro
The new React Pro from Trophy Ridge
is a sight with all the features of a top-notch target sight, but it will also change your mindset about what a fixed-pin hunting sight should be. Using React Technology, it will be nearly impossible to miss out to 60 yards after fine-tuning your top two pins from 20 and 30 yards. After that's accomplished, the rest of your pins will be automatically set.
Features include aluminum construction, second- and third-axis leveling, micro-click windage and elevation adjustments, a glow-ring for low-light conditions and a bubble level.
Trophy Ridge | React-Trio
For 2015, Trophy Ridge
has combined the readiness of a fixed, 3-pin sight with the ability to extend your range using your bottom pin. With the new React-Trio
, your three fixed pins will be at 20, 30 and 40 yards. But by using its own popular React Technology, the 40-yard pin becomes moveable, allowing you to precisely dial-in all the way out to 120 yards in just seconds.
With multiple mounting holes for total versatility, the React-Trio also features a sight level with second- and third-axis adjustability, a rheostat light, .019-inch fiber-optic pins, all-aluminum construction and tooless micro-adjustment.
Trophy Taker | Option
With the 2015 Option
sight from Trophy Taker
, consumers will be able to transform a hybrid fixed and moveable pin sight into a true single-pin mover in seconds. The choice is simple — keep the moveable and fixed pins in view at€„€„the€„€„same time, or rotate the fixed pins completely out of the picture for maximum single-pin visibility. Magnets hold the fixed-pin guard in the open or closed position, while rubber dampeners ensure the operation will be completely quiet in the field.
Other features include completely protected fiber optics, stainless steel pins, second- and third-axis adjustment, clickable micro-adjust windage and elevation and much more.
TruGlo | Archer's Choice Ranger Rover Pro
For the upcoming season, TruGlo has added to its impressive line of bowsights with the Archer's Choice Range Rover Pro
. Equipped with Zero-In Technology, consumers are now able to zero in with an ultra-smooth dial that provides very precise Micro Adjust elevation tuning.
Long-distance accuracy is no longer a concern either due to PWR*DOT Illuminated Center Dot Technology. Other features include being able to accept a 1.87-inch scope lens, an adjustable green LED with 11 brightness settings, toolless yardage and windage lock and quiver mount.