When it comes to finding the best compound bow sight that suits you you’ll be faced with a 1001 choices, often becoming daunting and leaving you unsure of what to pick.
So, we’ve knocked up this post on a mixture of the top 5 best compound bow sights available on the market at current.
compound bow sights surely have a come a long way since they first come out. Originally some genius decided to stick some pins on his bow, and well the rest from there is history. These days though your head will literally be left spinning from the array of choices out there. You’ll see terms like Multi pin, Reticle, fixed pin and single pin thrown around left right and center and half the time not have a clue what there talking about.
The truth is at the end of the day, they all do the same thing. Put you on target and enhance your accuracy.
The different types of sights however provide advantages in different areas, but ultimately the choice is yours, and the right choice generally comes down to experience and use of different styles of sights.
So, on that note before we go further we’ll run through a little bit of education that will help you understand the 3 main sights we’re reviewing here today.
Multi-Pin Bow Sights
Probably the most original and one of the first to come onto the market (Along with single pin) is the much beloved multi pin sight. This is usually what most beginner hunters start out with, and many stay with this style of sight their whole life. Theirs absolutely nothing wrong with them and they’re extremely effective.
The idea behind a multi pin sight is that you have several pins that sit on top of each other. Most bow packages will come with a 3 pin sight but there are sights that will have as many as six pins. Generally the pins will vary in size and be a fiber optic pin so they help to illuminate the light. Usually the larger pins are for shorter distance targets, while the smaller pins are for longer distance targets.
When you sight in the bow, you’ll space the pins out for varying distances. Let’s say you have a 3 pin sight. Your first pin, being the largest, you might want to sight for 20 yards, 2nd pin 30 yards, and 4th pin, being the smallest for 40 yards.
That’s the idea behind a multi pin sight, they come in many different shapes and sizes but ultimately, they all do the same thing.
As I said, extremely effective and extremely accurate with practice.
I personally still use a multi pin sight myself on on my Matthews SE5.
Vertical Pin Sights
Vertical pin sights are more of a modern sight, where the old meets the new. I guess you could all them a hybrid in a way.
They combine the benefits of both worlds. A simple 1 pin set up, with the clear uncluttered sight picture of which a reticle sight can provide.
Sighting these bad boys in is pretty easy and the concept is the same as any other sight.
They work on a system thats similar to a turret on a rifle scope, whereby you’ll sight for different distances and be able to dial straight into that distance once it’s been sighted.
The benefits of a sight like this are that there’s no really no clutter as opposed to a multi pin. For some people a multi pin can cause dramas because of so many different pins, but I’ve never really had a drama and many others out there haven’t either.
I’ll let you be the decider of that one.
Reticle sights are by far the most modern sight on the market for bow hunters.
I love it when we advance and new creative in-genius ideas come onto the market.
The thing with a reticle sight is extremely similar to a rifle scope, in the way that they usually have a cross hair, or sometimes a red dot, like a red dot rifle-sight.
This appeals greatly to the rifle shooters transitioning into bow hunting as its something very familiar to most rifle shooters.
They also combine modern scope like sight pictures with an aesthetic appeal, making it have tacticool look about it.
The concept is till the same when sighting it in, and its probably one of the easiest to sight in.
Along with modern engineering capabilities comes a modern price tag though, usually a little heftier of the latter two styles of sights. As the saying goes though, you get what you pay for, and if you want these styles of sights, your going to have to dig deep in the pockets.
That’s really the only downfall to these sights, is the price tag. The rest of it is, pretty friggen cool.
So, now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into some reviews…
Best Compound Bow Sights
Truglo Carbon XS
Trophy Ridge Pursuit Vertical Pin Bow Sight
Field Logic IQ 5