Review of the Garmin Xero Bow Sight
For hunters who rely on a variety of GPS devices to find their targets, the Garmin Xero Bow Sight is the one accessory that you cannot do without. Its GPS functions are among the best in the business and it makes finding your next kill a piece of cake. It comes with two laser markers that provide precise, yet easy-to-see targets that will help you in the long run.
The Garmin Bow Sight allows you to easily zero in on your chosen target with its infrared LED pin pointers. Auto-ranging digital bow sights instantly measures distance to your selected target and even gives an icon for the next shot Dual-colored LED pointers make you able to clearly view your chosen target - even when surrounded by physical pins placed on the other side of the bow. This allows you to easily zero in on a pre-determined distance, without worrying about getting hit by another bowler who was aiming at your target.
To ensure that your targets are visible from more than forty yards away, the Garmin Bow Sight has what we call a zero turning indicator. The indicator consists of red and green lights which indicate the minimum and maximum distances you would need to be at to hit your chosen target from a given distance. This means that you would not have to guess how far you should stand to get a specific target distance, but can easily see it just by looking at the markers. The auto-range feature also allows you to vary the range of the markers, making them useful whether you're hunting in open or thick cover. With these features and its ability to easily zero in your targets, the Garmin Xero Bow Sight is definitely worth having.
Some consumers may be concerned about the low quality of their GPS units. The Garmin Bow Sight has similar features to many other low quality models like the Garmin a1i. The issue lies with the durability of the hardware itself. While the hardware is rugged, the pins that hold the transducer to the bow are cheap and easy to break. For these reasons, the durability of this product falls somewhere between that of the a1i and a high-end GPS unit.
A major complaint about many of the GPS models is that they require a lot of time and effort to setup. While the bow sight software required to set up the unit is relatively easy to follow, the process of actually installing the device on the hunting tree is much more time-consuming. It is unfortunate that it has to be done because many consumers do not know how to set up a bow sight properly. Thankfully, the Garmin Xero Bow Sight eliminates this problem by allowing users to quickly install the transducer and marker units themselves without any complications.
Another potential frustration for many potential buyers is the fact that the only thing that connects the transducer and the sight is an ambient light sensor. This means that the user must physically place the transducer against the tree in order to get accurate measurements. This can make it difficult for inexperienced users or those who have been hunting for a long period of time without using a sight. Luckily, the Garmin Xero Bow Sight fixes this potential problem by allowing users to quickly connect the a1i to the computer in order to obtain the most accurate measurements and readings.
So while the overall functionality of the two models is similar, there are some differences worth pointing out. The first major difference is the price. While the a1i is cheaper than the aio, it does come with less features. Additionally, both models use micro chips that track hunting speeds and other vital conditions. These chips are connected to an armband that is removable. However, the removable armband tends to be more susceptible to damage and abrasion than the one attached to the aio.
On the other hand, the Garmin Xero sight does not use the removable armband. Instead, the device attaches to the archer's belt with five small pins that plug into the belt and release when they are pressed firmly. This prevents the pins from damaging the bow, which is important because this type of bow has blades that are highly prone to wear and tear. These pins also help keep the aligners in place as the bow is shot.