Best Bow Sights Reviewed & Rated for Quality
Criteria Used for Evaluation
We tried something a little different and started out with extras as a criterion. This covered sights that complimented specific styles over using a universal approach. It also looked at models that went away from specific pin assignments and tried something new with their system. Pins that embraced new methods like vertical or pendulums were praised by both hunters and competition level archers. We didn’t take points away from traditional sights, but we were wary about leaving barebones models on the list that didn’t bring anything special to the table. With all of the feature-packed models that made the list, it made no sense to keep lesser products.
Durability was next, and it was a criterion that covered the quality of materials for the model as a whole. Pin durability was judged alone further below, so this section covers everything else. There have been reports of users breaking their sights on installation. This type of shoddy craftsmanship has no place with any bow accessory, especially where quality is expected to trickle down to all attached equipment. When durability was low, it also pointed to other failings within that specific bow sight. Models that couldn’t pass a standard durability test were removed from the list in favor of better choices.
Ease of Use
We judged installation based on a company’s provided instructions. Manuals that passed this test didn’t need to go too in-depth with their instructions. By defaulting to layman’s terms, it opened up installation options to new users. Bow sights that were complicated and downright lacked documentation were not included on the list. There are even instances of instructions not taking into account the user isn’t familiar with handling a multi-pin setup. So the first time they sight in, they may be doing it wrong. Brands that marketed online instructions received a healthy boost with these criteria if they pointed the customer in the right direction.
Accuracy was a tough criterion to go through since a lot of it depends on the user’s own ability. But there are some bow sight features that enhance accuracy, sometimes to an incredible degree. Models that had good extension in front of a bow are a good example of accuracy boosters. Another feature is pin related, which will vary from brand to brand. A general idea of pin accuracy has to do with sighting style or specialized pins that are made to promote long-range accuracy.
Adjustments were all about how easy the manufacturer made it for users to customize the bow sight to their liking. When you first install a bow sight, it can be a little off from where you actually want it. Good products will let you make slight adjustments without having to start from step one. For competition users, this was an important feature for us to highlight since they are sometimes expected to adjust at a moment’s notice. Any products that lacked ease of adjustments was left off of the list since we felt this was an important all around criteria to represent.
Best Bow Hunting Sights
1. TopPoint Archery 3 Pin
It’s rare that one of the big brands doesn’t make the top spot. But this bow sight has been a revelation in the industry and has changed how some people view high-end sights.
Built To Last
It was both efficient and smart to use the lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum. Hard hits won’t be a problem and the sight is built for years of use.
This has markings for elevation and windage and is also built to be shake resistant.
Cost and Value
For such a low price it is a hard deal to beat since it is the #1 bow sight. Add in the extra durability and this is a solid winner in the top spot.
2. Field Logic IQ 5
If the sighting genius of the IQ 5 doesn’t get you interested, then nothing else will. Field Logic made a lot of important decisions with this model that has really made customers happy.
Built-in Sight Level
It may not seem like a huge benefit at first, but after a few uses, the built-in sight level really works wonders. With a little practice, it will become the most used feature of this product.
Easy to Use
This is incredibly accurate with simple to use windage and Elevation micro-adjustments, but it ups the ante with stack tight pins with tool-free (and we love tool-free) locking knobs
Cost and Value
Hovering around the average-high price, buyers will find great value if they can master the Retina Lock technology. Along with the sight level, it is a huge main feature and takes a little bit of practice.
3. Trophy Ridge Volt
Trophy Ridge is on the list a few times, and Volt cracks the top 3. It is basic, yet effective in its job. It comes with everything you need to get started and is a great choice for beginners who want quality, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg getting it.
The Price Is Perfect
A low price for a high-end bow sight is pretty great, and the many reviews backing it up also helps. The Volt is the safest bet out of any other bow sight on the list.
Cool Bubble Level
The sight is all about accuracy with five 0.19 medium horizontal fiber optic pins and a precision installed bubble level to help you hit the target.
Cost and Value
This is the best price+value combo on the list, second to none. Customers can buy the Volt and feel safe with their purchase decision.
4. Trophy Ridge React
Accessories shouldn’t be bulky or weigh down your bow. The React was created to be an invisible helper to improve your aim by a lot.
Lighter And Better
The Ballistix Copolymer System is lighter than aluminum by at least 24%, and all without losing any durability. This plays a big role in how it is used compared to other bow sights on the list.
High Tech Lighting
this sight comes with a rheostat controlled light that allows adjustable lighting, as well as a reversible sight mount.
Cost And Value
Customers can nab this model for a high price, but it’s worth it. There are just too many positives to ignore what this sight can do for your accuracy.
5. HHA OL-5519
Sighting in quick is important when you’re on the move with your bow. And even for reasons of convenience, being able to sight quickly is why the OL-5519 is an impeccable bow sight.
Easy To Use Sighting Controls
Users can quickly sight in between 20-60 yards without fumbling around too much. With the five-yard increments directly on point while in action, you’ll spend less time messing with controls and more time aiming.
This is huge when you're out in the field and this sight can be adjusted easily with only your own two hands.
Cost and Value
Right out of the gate this bow sight retails at an average-high price. More experienced users will get better value out of the product long-term.
6. TRUGLO Pendulum Ultimate Treestand Bow Sight
We chose the TRUGLO for our list because we wanted to offer a pendulum sight. These bow sights are great for hunters that use tree stands. When using a tree stand, the vantage point is high off the ground so hunters can definitely benefit from the advantage of 35+ yards of compensation this sight gives.
One of the biggest draws to this bow sight is that the pendulum locks in place. This is super beneficial because you do not have to take this sight off and mount another one when you decide to hunt from ground level. This one is versatile whether you are on foot or up in a stand.
Automatic compensation adjustment
This sight is perfect for bowhunters that rely a little on compensation (nothing wrong with it). With the TRUGLO, you will get up to 35 yards of compensation, and this bow sight also adjusts it automatically. This is a huge advantage for hunters. It is able to automatically adjust because the ring is on a pivot, so it moves with the position of your bow.
Cost And Value
With the TRUGLO it’s like buying two sights in one. Again, you can use this one on the ground or from a high vantage point simply by locking the pendulum. Overall, this site is well-made and is an affordable option.
7. Trophy Ridge React One Pro Dovetail Bow Sight
The Trophy Ridge React One Pro Dovetail is one for serious bowhunters whether you are right-handed or left-handed. This bow sight is on your team, meaning that it works for you to get the most accurate shot, adjusts automatically to your needs and has fiber optics so that you can see through many environmental conditions.
Super accurate adjustments
This bow sight is designed to help you get that ultimate accurate shot. It features windage and elevation adjustments and fiber optic indicators that help you get the best shot no matter what environment you find yourself hunting in. The ultra-bright fiber optic pin helps you see even in low or changing light, like dusk or dawn. Lastly, the triple-axis leveling strengthens your accuracy at severe angles (great for treestands) over far distances because it auto-adjusts to the movement of your bow.
What would a great bow sight be if it wasn’t durable and well-made? This one from Trophy Ridge is made from stainless steel and fashions well onto your bow.
Cost And Value
This bow sight is definitely going to be a pricey option and investment. But, if you are a serious bowhunter, it should serve you well and be worth the investment. The precision, easy use, and overall solid build are worth it.
8. Axcel Hntng
Described by some as one of the best bow sights on the market, the Armortech continues to be dominant. It’s all about user-friendliness and one of the deepest feature sets of all the optics available.
Sighting Is Easiest With The Armortech
Rather than worry about getting an optimal sighting, purchase an Armortech and it is almost guaranteed. Very little experience is required to maximize the pros of this optic.
Harmonic Dampers make sure a dropped bow isn't going to be the thing that spooks your prey. These things really work, so consider them.
Cost and Value
This is the highest-priced bow sight on the list, and it still retains its value. Just make sure you’ll use at least half the features and you’ll get the worth of the product.
9. HHA Optimizer Lite 3019
This single-pin model bow sight from HHA is one that bowhunters know and choose time and time again. It has high-quality standards that are constantly recognized. This is a durable and excellent option.
Ultra-bright fiber optics
Whether you are shooting targets or out hunting, the fiber optics on this bow sight won’t let you down. It has a super bright light that helps you keep sight in low or changing light.
Again, this HHA Optimizer Lite sight is well-made. It has top-grade materials and because you don’t have to worry about the construction of the sight, you can focus on your accurate shot.
Cost And Value
The HHA is on the pricier side, but it’s not outlandish. You get what you pay for. If you want a super-quality bow sight that won’t let you down, then this is your one.
10. Garmin Xero A1i 2
For the ultimate in precision, the Garmin Xero A1i 2 measures the distance to your target automatically and provides you with an LED pin for the perfect shot. It requires little movement to use the single-button trigger and allows you to range whether at full draw and rest position at up to 300 yards. It’s also the first of its kind to measure the angle-compensated distance and features LED pins that adjust to the lighting for convenience.
Dual-Color LED Pins
Pins are a great way to measure distance and aim for your target. Unfortunately, they can sometimes get in the way and obstruct your view. The dual-color LED pins to give you all of the same benefits and still allow you to clearly view your target
This bow sight has a laser locate function that works with a compatible Garmin GPS Device to provide you with the exact spot the range or shot was taken. This will you locate arrows that missed the mark.
Cost and Value
This is one of the most expensive items on the list and its amazing, high-tech features are one of the main reasons. It’s perfect for hunters and sharpshooters who depend on precision shots.
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