First and foremost is a built-in rangefinder. Once the desired target is acquired, release the Xero trigger. Data is collected for review to determine what may be causing some off shots, this then allows you to correct whatever you might be doing in order to make you more precise at connecting with your target. There is a small red dot that needs to rest inside that circle and you have to make adjustments to the sight until that dot is inside the circle every time you come to full draw. I purchased my first rangefinder last year, after 38 years shooting bows. While the multitude of features is a lot to chew on, the initial setup is not complicated. Whether high tech watches, cameras, sat navs or any other of their products.
This review is based on three days of testing during a recent trip to Texas. It really improved my shooting, and fast. The A1 also has a built-in level, and built-in level indicators to help you eliminate cant. It has been a little over a year since Garmin introduced 2 auto ranging digital laser archery sights, which are the Xero A1 and A1i. Unlike the 3D target competition, hunting allowed for a variety of natural conditions under which to test the.
The Garmin Xero A1 and A1i are durable and lightweight 14. You should always be aware of the current law and legislation before using this particular kind of bow sight. As a group, bowhunters are all very different. A pin will appear on the screen for you to use. The A1 is jam-packed, and combining its multiple, digital features with a ridiculously high cost calls for a recipe of seriously skeptical bow hunters. After my 5 hours of initial practice, I was ready to head to the field. Of course, with all things there can be an improvement.
The red pin is visible when ranging and functions as a rear iron sight on a rifle barrel. Field Operation Once you set arrow profiles and calibrate the sight correctly, the product goes to work. The user may select from either red or green-colored pins when setting up their bow. I have started shooting across one ridge to another. After having adjusted the primary pin you can carry on with sighting in your arrows on different ranges.
Attach the sight to the bow, then rough sight it in using hex keys like most modern sights. The beauty of the built-in rangefinder is that it instantly compensates for the precise angle distance to targets up to 100 yards and can go as far as 300 yards on reflective targets, whether you are at rest or full draw. A small screen above that transparent panel shows distance, true horizontal distance, and shot angle as determined by the integrated sensors, which the device then uses to create a virtual sight pin basically a small dot of light , which you should use as a guide for precise arrow placement. Unfortunately, I found the display to adjust wrong once while target shooting, and once in the hunting blind. The information is then sent to your Garmin-compatible device and navigates you to where your target was hit.
It's a major innovation in archery. Especially when light falls from behind the archer. I think that Garmin should be congratulated for putting most, if not all, of the main criteria to successful shot placement into one package. The list below details my 15 hours of using the bow for this review. It offers angle compensated distances, an integrated sight light, and five.
A wild blur of green arrows and a red dot met my eye. Basically, the work is done for you by this. I quickly became very fond of the bow sight shooting experience and could see that my groups immediately began to look a lot nicer After the basic mounting, I was somewhat challenged by dialling in the sight. I had to start over a few times before getting it right because less than 1 millimetre of movement makes a big difference. The silent single-button trigger requires minimal movement, at rest or full draw. Overtime these types of sights will get lighter, cheaper, and more advanced. But it could also raise some potentially legal questions.
The technical design is very good, its big housing allows for a wide field of view and great light transmission. This product is right at the centre of the discussion about where bowhunting is heading. The only thing stopping me from recommending it to everybody is cost. Once set, the range finder will read distance out to 100 yards, but will only create a virtual pin up to your farthest pre-set range. Garmin Xero Bow Sight: How It Works The Xero comes in two models, the A1 and A1i. Final Thoughts The Garmin Xero has many more features, which I touch on in the embedded video review. Once The Arrow Flies Garmin built a Laser Locate function into the Xero that stores the range and compass heading for each shot into the device.
The sight screen will go blank except for the shooting pin for the range you just took. Adaptability of a dovetail mount giving the ability to shorten the overall length. It even figures out variation for elevation when shooting uphill or downhill. I chose a single-pin configuration, but the sight allows for multi-pin as well. A sunlight-readable display helps the user configure and customize the sight and provides information like target distance and angle. I have shot at 60 metres with it on several occasions and can hold groups of 6-10cm. But the fact it takes the place of both a rangefinder and bow sight may soften the blow a little.