January 06, 2021
By Tony J. Peterson
Apex Gear MAGNITUDE
Designed to handle everything bowhunters can throw at it, from weekend whitetail sits to serious backcountry excursions, the new 5-pin MAGNITUDE from Apex Gear is a well-priced, fully loaded sight. For ease in setup, this sight offers micro-adjustable windage and elevation and is second- and third-axis adjustable. Suitable for right- or left-handed shooters, the MAGNITUDE is built from aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless-steel hardware to keep it both lightweight and nearly bombproof.
MSRP: $120 - $140; apex-gear.com
Black Gold Mountain Lite
While not new this year, Black Gold’s Mountain Lite sight is worthy of some love just because of how sweet it is. With its high-performance PhotoChromatic shell, you’ll get pins that are just as bright as you need them no matter what time of day it is, or what conditions you’re hunting in. This sight, which comes with 54 different sight tapes, is third-axis adjustable and features one of the smoothest dials in the market. While this might not seem like a big deal, the 3-pin Ascent Mountain Lite is also compatible with one-piece quivers, which means you won’t need bracket extensions or anything else extra to mount your favorite arrow holder on your rig.
MSRP: $284; blackgoldsights.com
CBE Tactic Hybrid 3
CBE has built a solid reputation around affordable, quality offerings. If you get your hands on the Tactic Hybrid 3, you’ll see why. This 3-pin sight, which weighs a shade under 10oz, is built with an ambidextrous design and smart mount multi-positioning mounting holes. Visual laser engraved markings allow for ease-in-setup with both windage and elevation, while the fiber management system not only produces bright pins, but also protects them from the rigors of the hunt.
MSRP: $130; custombowequipment.com
HHA Sports Tetra Max
HHA has pretty much set the standard for single-pin sights for a long time. In a move to keep that precedent going strong, they released the Tetra Max last year. Utilizing HHA’s patented R.D.S. (Range. Dial. Shoot.) Technology, this sight allows users to fine-tune their rigs at 20 and then 60 yards. After that, simply affix the correct sight tape and everything will be dialed at those yardages and everything in between. The Tetra Max is available with either a .019” or .010” pin and is proudly made in the USA.
MSRP: $380+; hhasports.com
IQ Bowsights Micro Sight
The more weight you hang off the side of your hunting rig in the form of accessories, the more likely you are to introduce unwanted canting during the moment of truth. This is why, if you can find a sight that is truly lightweight yet built to last no matter how hard you hunt, you should buy it immediately. IQ’s new 5-pin Micro Sight meets those standards and more thanks to it’s 10.5oz overall weight and all-aluminum construction. It sports the company’s well-known Retina Lock Alignment system, full-captured .019” pins, and is second- and third-axis adjustable.
MSRP: $200; feradyne.com
PSE Black Mountain Sierra Micro Sight
PSE is most well-known or churning out killer bows, but they’ve also got an extensive lineup of accessories, which includes offerings like the Black Mountain Sierra Micro Sight. This five-pin (.019”) sight features a 2” diameter housing, a True Blue sight light (included), and a satin black finish. To allow bowhunters the opportunity to truly fine-tune this sight, it’s built with micro-adjust windage and elevation.
MSRP: $60; psearchery.com
Trophy Ridge React Retaliate
If you want the easiest sight-in process of your life, from say 20 yards to 60, then you need to check out the Retaliate from Trophy Ridge. Utilizing the company’s revolutionary React Technology, this sight makes it almost impossible to be inaccurate if you set it up correctly. The 5-pin Retaliate is designed with the Ballistic CoPolymer System to keep it super lightweight and vibration free. It’s also built to operate tool-free so that you can adjust windage and elevation easily, precisely, and quickly.
MSRP: $170; trophyridge.com
TRUGLO Archer’s Choice RANGE•ROVER M4 Sight
Bowhunters who favor a hybrid sight will want to check out TRUGLO’s latest, which offers five fixed pins that are built in a lockable housing. If those pins don’t offer enough range, an elevation knob allows you to slide the housing down to stretch out your shooting distance. To further aid in your ability to shoot well beyond typical whitetail distances, this sight is also built with Decreasing Diameter Pins that start at .019” and end with two .010” pins. The RANGE•ROVER M4 features laser-engraved reference markings for elevation and windage adjustments and allows for a quiver to be mounted directly to the bracket, which isn’t the case with a lot of movers.
MSRP: $136; truglo.com