With so many different types of bow sights, you may find it difficult to choose the best option for your specific needs. To help you on your quest for finding a good bow sight, we’ve taken the liberty of doing the research for you.

After spending endless hours, we’ve narrowed down the options to what we believe to be the best models currently available on the market. Each of the bow sights we’ve selected are high quality, well made, easy to operate, long-lasting, bow sights that will be sure to improve the accuracy of your shot and the success of your target practice or hunting excursions.

In this guide, we share comprehensive reviews of our top picks for the best bow sights. The reviews highlight the key features that each bow sight offers, as well as a list of pros and cons for each one. We also include a handy buyer’s guide, which discusses the key factors that you should take into consideration when you’re shopping for a bow sight.

To wrap things up, we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that consumers have about bow sights. With the information presented in this guide, you should have no trouble finding the best option to suit your specific needs and improve your shooting game.

Our Top Picks

We know that not everyone has enough time to read through all of the information that we present in this detailed guide; however, they still want to be sure that they can find the highest quality, most reliable, and easy to use bow sight. If that describes your situation, this section is for you. In this part of our guide, you’ll find brief reviews of our top three picks: the best overall, the best premium, and the best budget bow sights.

Best Pick: IQ Bow Sight Micro 3 or 5 Pin Compound Bow Archery Sight with Retina Lock Technology

IQ Bowsight Micro 5-Pin Compound Bow Archery Sight with Retina Lock Technology – Left Hand
  • RETINA LOCK TECHNOLOGY - Controls muscle memory, form and consistency, allowing you to shoot longer distances with tighter groups. Provides instant feedback that will identify the slightest change
  • MICRO ADJUST KNOBS - Allows quick, simple adjustment of the elevation and wind age to precise positions using the adjustment markings. TOOL FREE LOCKING KNOBS lock your wind age and elevation in place
  • LEFT HAND, 5 PINS - . 019 Fiber Optic Pins. Stack tight pins, built-in sight level
  • DUAL POSITION MOUNT - Gives you the ability to mount your sight to your particular shooting style
  • ADJUSTABLE 2nd and 3rd AXIS - IQ Micro Bow sight Weighs 7. 4 oz.

Our pick for the best overall bow sight is the IQ Bow Sight Micro 3 or 5 Pin Compound Bow Archery Sight with Retina Lock Technology. That’s because it is smartly designed and very well constructed and according to dozens of customer reviews, it’s highly efficient. It features Retina Lock Technology, which helps to control muscle memory form and consistency, which allows you to shoot over longer distances with tighter groups. It also provides instant feedback, which will allow you to identify even the smallest change. Micro Adjust Knobs make it possible to make adjustments via adjustment markings to the elevation and wind as quickly and as easily as possible. With tool free locking knobs, you’ll be able to lock your wind age and elevation into place, too. It features five left hand .019 fiber optic, stack tight pins with a built-in sight level. A dual position sight mount and an adjustable 2nd and 3rd axis round out the key features that this bow sigh offers, making it one of the most efficient models on the market today – and the reason why we choice it for our best overall bow sight.

Premium Pick: Garmin Xero A1 Bow Sight 2” Auto-Ranging Digital Bow Sight

Garmin Xero A1 Bow Sight, 2" Auto-Ranging Digital Bow Sight, LED Pins for Unobstructed Views, Right-Handed
  • Auto-ranging digital bow sight automatically measures distance to the target and provides an LED pin for the shot
  • LED pins allow you to clearly see your target, unobstructed by physical pins
  • Silent single-button trigger requires minimal movement; lets you range at rest or full draw up to 100 yards on game or up to 300 yards on reflective targets
  • Customizable for single-pin and multi-pin configurations or manual pin selection
  • 1 year of battery life with 2 Lithium AAA batteries (not included)

If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art bow sight and you have room in your budget to spare, then consider our pick for the best premium option: The Garmin Xero AI Bow Sight 2” Auto-Ranging Digital Bow Sight. Garmin is one of the most highly regarded manufacturers of global positioning systems, and they’ve made a name for themselves in the bow sight industry by offering high-tech, durable, reliable, and easy to use models. It’s an auto-ranging digital bow sight, which means it automatically measures the distance to your target and delivers an LED pin for the shot, which lets you clearly see the target, as it won’t be obstructed by physical pins. A silent single-button trigger means less movement, so you’ll have an easier time ranging both at rest and at full draw. It’s customizable for single-pin and multi-pin configurations or manual pin selection and is powered by two lithium ion batteries (though they aren’t included). It’s available in both right-handed and left-handed configurations, too.

Budget Pick: Truglo Carbon Hybrid Sight

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TRUGLO TG7515B Carbon Hybrid 5 Light 19, Micro, black
  • product type: sporting goods
  • item package dimensions: 21.336 l x 19.812 w x 6.858 h (cm)
  • country of origin: china
  • item package weight: 0.55 pounds
  • Sport type: Hunting

For archers who want to improve their shot with a durable, reliable, and easy to use bow sight but don’t want to spend a lot, the Truglo Carbon Hybrid Sight is a great choice. It’s made with the perfect combination of carbon composites and aluminum, which provides outstanding strength-to-weight ratio and exceptional durability. The Pro-Brite pin design combined with the hybrid construction increases brightness and durability. Extra-long fibers and an extra-long reversible bracket delivers maximum brightness, enhanced radius, and increased vertical adjustment range. Made of lightweight carbon composite and aluminum, this bow sight is incredibly lightweight. It has an aperture diameter of 1.9 inches and a standard adjustment/micro-adjustable windage/elevation, and it can be used by both left and right handed shooters. All of these features and the Truglo Carbon Hybrid Sight is also very affordably priced.

Bow Sights Reviews

For readers who have more time and want more information about the best bow sights, this section is for you. Here, we share more in-depth reviews of our top picks for the best overall, best premium, and best budget bow sights, as well as a few additional high-quality models. These reviews are more detailed, and they also include lists of pros and cons for each model so that you can easily scan the advantages and disadvantages of each one and determine which bow sight will best suit your particular needs and help you enhance the accuracy of your shot.

IQ Bowsight Micro 3 or 5 Pin Compound Bow Archery Sight with Retina Lock Technology

There’s a reason why we picked the IQ Bowsight Micro 3 or 5 Pin Compound Bow Archer Sight with Retina Lock Technology: It’s thoughtfully designed, very well made, is outfitted with advanced technologies, and is easy to use – everything a high-quality bow sight should be.

With a dual position mount, you’ll be able to mount the sight to your unique shooting style. Micro-adjust tool-less locking knobs make adjusting the elevation and the windage to your precise position with adjustment markings fast and easy.

State-of-the-art Retina Lock Technology combined with a built-in bubble level that delivers instant feedback lets you identify even the minutest change in your torque or anchor point. The high-grade aluminum construction is not only lightweight, but super durable while still delivering excellent impact resistance.

Loaded with a .019 fiber optics, this sight boasts stack tight pins to deliver highly precise targeting over long distance range.

What We Liked
  • Retina Lock technology controls muscle memory, form, and consistence so you can shoot over longer distances with tighter groups
  • Identifies the slightest change and delivers instant feedback
  • Tool-less micro adjust knobs make adjusting to elevation and wind fast and easy
  • .019 fiber stack tight pins with a built-in sight level
  • Dual position mount so you can shoot either left or right handed
  • Second and third axis adjustment
  • Durably constructed and very lightweight

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Garmin Xero A1 Bow Sight 2” Auto-Ranging Digital Bow Sight

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line bow sight that’s outfitted with the latest technologies and is super easy to use and will reliably improve your accuracy, the Garmin Xero A1 Sight 2” Auto-Ranging Digital Bow Sight.

It’s an auto-ranging digital bow sight, which means it automatically measures the distance to your target and delivers an LED pin for the shot so you can see your sight clearly because no physical pins will get in your way.

Thanks to the silent single-button trigger, very minimal movement is required and lets you range at rest or at full draw up to 100 years on game or 300 years on reflective targets. The sight is customizable for single-pin and multi-pin configurations or manual pin selection.

The Xero can be customized for single-pin and multi-pin configurations, or if you have a preferred yardage, you can specific manual pin selections, too; just toggle between fixed pin mode and single-pin mode.

An important note: while this bow sight is exceptional, you do need to check with your local area to find out if you can use it, as some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit electronic bow sights for hunting.

What We Liked
  • Features auto-ranging digital bow sight that automatically measures distance to the target and delivers an LED pin for the shot
  • LED pins allow you to see your target clearly
  • Silent single-button trigger requires minimal movement lets you range at rest or full draw up to 100 yards on game or 300 yards on reflective targets
  • Can be customized for single-pin or multi-pin configurations
  • Powered by two lithium-ion AAA batteries
  • Lightweight and durably constructed

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Truglo Carbon Hybrid Sight

If you’re looking for a high-quality bow sight that’s smartly designed, well made, and that will reliably improve your accuracy without breaking the bank, consider the Truglo Carbon Hybrid Sight.

It’s made with the ideal blend of carbon composites and aluminum, so it provides an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio and incredible durability. The Pro-Brite pin design keeps vibration transfer to a minimum and the exclusive pin design delivers increased durability and brightness.

The extra-long fibers and reversible bracket further aids in the delivery of high-level brightness, enhanced radios, and greater vertical adjustment range. All of these features and the Truglo Carbon Hybrid Sight is very affordably priced, so you can enjoy increased accuracy without having to spend a fortune.

What We Liked
  • Made of carbon composite and aluminum materials delivers excellent strength-to-weight ratio and outstanding durability
  • Pro-Brite pin design delivers increased durability and brightness
  • Enhanced sight radius and vertical adjustment range
  • Available in two colors : black and camo
  • Very affordably priced

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Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Long Bar Wrapped Bow Sight

Spot Hogg is one of the most trusted names in the hunting equipment industry, and their Fast Eddie XL Long Bar Wrapped Bow Sight Double 2-Pin .010 Right Hand Bow Sight is the latest addition to the Hogg Mobb series.

It features a 6 inch dovetail bar and bow mount and an enhanced bar design that reduces weight and maximizes strength. Easy to remove and reinstall while still maintaining the perfect sight marks, using the bow sight is a cinch.

It also features a New Mrt Multi-Pin Housing Lightweight 6” Dovetail Sight Bar with Quick Release Bow Mount Micro Adjustable 2nd and 3rd axis course horizontal and vertical adjustments, as well as a quick release lock and yardage knob HRD technology.

The advanced design of this bow sight makes it easier to grip and thanks to the solid 6061 aluminum construction, it’s also super lightweight, yet extremely durable. Tool-less horizontal and vertical adjustments make adjusting the bow sight a cinch. Thanks to the bubble level, you’ll be able to ensure you’re on-target.

What We Liked
  • Adjustable double pin sight with a .010 pin size
  • Constructed of high-grade, highly durable, yet very lightweight aluminum material
  • Tool-less horizontal and vertical adjustments with micro-adjust second and third axis
  • Quick release locking yardage knob
  • Six inch dovetail bar and bow mount
  • Spread out sight marks and a new and improved yardage dial allows for better grip

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Trophy Ridge Joker Bow Sight

Are you looking for a reliable and easy to use bow sight that you can count on to improve your accuracy, yet really doesn’t cost much at all? – If so, then the Joker Bow Sight from Trophy Ridge is an excellent choice.

Designed to offer both a 3 pin and 4 pin sight, you can customize this tool to suit your specific needs. With four ultra-bright .019 inch medium horizontal fiber optic pins, a green accent ring, and an easy to read bubble level, you’ll have no trouble setting yourself up for a straight shot.

With a bright rheostat light, you’ll be able to maintain great visibility in low light settings. Whether you shoot right or left handed, you’ll be able to use the Joker bow sight, because you can easily adjust the mounting positions.

With all of these features, the Trophy Ridge Joker Bow Sight is one of the most affordably priced bow sights on our list.

What We Liked
  • Features four ultra-bright .019 inch medium horizontal fiber optic pins for high visibility
  • Reverse mount design for left and right handed shooters
  • A precision installed bubble level properly aligns your shots
  • Multiple mounting holes for easy customization
  • Green hood accent allows for faster and better sight acquisition
  • Very affordably priced

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Truglo TG6410B Range Rover Bow Sight Power Dot Aperture

If you’re looking for a small, yet reliable bow sight that won’t break the bank and will reliably improve your accuracy, the Truglo TG6410B Range Rover Bow Sight Power Dot Aperture 1 Dot is a great choice.

This scope housing features a ½ inch diameter circle with an illuminated center dot for exceptional distance accuracy. The adjustable green LED with 11 brightness settings that can be adjusted with just the push of a button and the sight housing accepts 1.87 inch scope lens (which is sold separately).

This innovative zero-in adjustment dial offers ultra-smooth and super precise micro-adjustable elevation tuning so that you can improve your accuracy in all types of conditions. This bow sight can be adjusted for right and left handed shooters, too, and the accessory lens kit offers up to two times magnification.

All of these outstanding features and the Truglo TG6410B Range Rover Bow Sight Power Dot Aperture 1 Dot is also very durably constructed and super lightweight.

What We Liked
  • Features a ½ inch diameter circle with an illuminated center dot for outstanding long distance accuracy
  • 11 green LED brightness settings can be adjusted with just the push of a button
  • Sight housing accepts 1.87 inch scope lens
  • Idle auto-off feature preserves battery life
  • Durable, yet lightweight construction
  • Affordably priced
  • Can be used by left and right handed shooters

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Trophy Ridge React H4 4 Pin Bow Sight

Last, but certainly not least on our list of the best bow sights is another option from Trophy Ridge. Their Reach H4 4 Pin Bow Sight is a four .019 inch horizontal pin sight that’s perfect for shooting between 195 and 330 feet per seconds.

Thanks to the state-of-the-art Reach Technology, the sight automatically adjusts after two pin adjustments to ensure highly precise accuracy. Make exact wind and elevation adjustments can be made without tools, thanks to the advanced tool-less design and it improves accuracy over longer distances, thanks to second axis leveling.

With an advanced rheostat light, the brightness can be easily adjusted to meet the needs, no matter what the conditions are that you are shooting in.

A fiber optic ring, three bow positions, a precision installed bubble level, and aluminum ballistix copolymer construction that weighs just 0.6 pounds rounds out the notable features that the Trophy Ridge React H4 4Pin Bow Sight offers.

What We Liked
  • Four .019 inch horizontal pin sight is idea for shooting 195 to 330 feet per second
  • With Reach Technology, the sight automatically adjusts the remaining pins to ensure spot-on accuracy
  • Make fast and easy windage and elevation adjustments without tools
  • Three bow mounting positions
  • Fiber optic ring
  • Rheostat light
  • Brightness settings can be adjusted for optimal viewing in all conditions
  • Aluminum and ballistix copolymer construction
  • Lightweight and very durable

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Other Best Selling Options

SaleBestseller No. 1
Trophy Ridge Volt 5 Pin Bow Sight, Black
  • Five ultra-bright .019” medium horizontal fiber optic pins for ultimate visibility
  • Offset mounting holes for added customizability
  • Properly align shots with the precision installed bubble level
  • Green hood accent for quicker sight acquisition
  • Reversible mount design for use with left- and right-hand bows
Bestseller No. 2
Wearable4U Garmin Xero A1 Bow Sight, Right-Handed Auto-ranging Digital Sight Lens Cleaning Pen Bundle
  • IN THE BOX: 1 x Garmin Xero A1 Bow Sight, Right-handed Auto-ranging Digital Sight; 1 x Wearable4U Lens Cleaning Pen
  • Auto-ranging digital bow sight automatically measures distance to the target and provides an LED pin for the shot
  • LED pins allow you to clearly see your target, unobstructed by physical pins
  • Silent single-button trigger requires minimal movement; lets you range at rest or full draw up to 100 yards on game or up to 300 yards on reflective targets
  • Customizable for single-pin and multipin configurations or manual pin selection. 1 year of battery life with 2 lithium AAA batteries (not included).
Bestseller No. 3
TRUGLO Carbon Hybrid Lightweight Carbon/Aluminum Hybrid Bow Sight, Standard Adjustment, Black
  • TRU-FUSION hybrid technology construction combines the optimum combination of carbon composites and aluminum, providing an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and unparalleled durability; Hybrid construction transfers less vibration
  • Features unique PRO-BRITE pin design for increased durability and brightness, as well as extra-long fibers for maximum brightness; Features tool-less micro-adjustable windage and elevation adjustments
  • Extra-long bracket increases sight radius; Bracket is reversible for increased vertical adjustment range
  • Large, circular field of view (1.9-inch diameter) with a glow-in-the-dark shooter's ring; Sight can be mounted for both right and left-handed shooters
  • Includes a 2nd and 3rd axis adjustable sight level and a removable LED push-button sight light for increased sight visibility in low-light situations; Features TRU-TOUCH soft-feel technical coating
Bestseller No. 4
Trophy Ridge Fix Series Sight 5 Pin Bow Sight , Black
  • Dependable precision with micro-adjustable pins
  • Ultimate visibility with ultra-bright .019 horizontal fiber optic pins
  • Heightened accuracy over longer distances with second-axis adjustment
  • Adjust brightness to suit any Shooting Condition with the rheostat light
  • Pin adjustment tool stores on sight
Bestseller No. 5
TRUGLO HYPER-STRIKE Ultra-Light Long Range Bow Sight, DDP 5-Pin, Realtree Xtra Camo
  • Ultra-lightweight carbon-composite and aluminum construction; TRU-TOUCH soft-feel technical coating
  • Micro-adjustable windage and elevation; 2nd and 3rd axis adjustable level
  • Unique PRO-BRITE pin design for increased durability and brightness; Extra-long fibers for maximum brightness; Decreasing Diameter Pin (DDP) design uses smaller pins for longer distances
  • Large circular field of view (1.9 inches diameter); Glow-in-the-dark shooter's ring; Includes TRU-LITE PRO sight light for even more pin illumination and brightness control
  • MAXAMOUNT bracket offers three sight radius positions with high/low mounting holes for numerous mounting options; Adjustable for left- and right-handed shooters

Bow Sight Buyer’s Guide

Whether you’re a target shooter or a hunter, there’s no doubt that you’re going to want to make the most accurate shots as possible. No matter how much you practice and even if you have the keenest eye, if you want to ensure that your shots are on-point, a bow sight is an absolute must.

A bow sight is a device that is mounted onto the riser or a bow. The purpose of the device is to help you aim your bow. Similar to the bead on the end of a shotgun’s barrel, a bow sight tells you where your arrow is pointed, which, as you can imagine, will help to improve the accuracy of your shot.

Therefore, if you want to have a consistently accurate shot, you’re definitely going to want to invest in a bow sight. Finding a bow sight really isn’t difficult; just head to a sporting goods store, an online retailer, or even simply Google “bow sight” and you’ll be bound to find numerous options to choose from.

Now that you’ve read through the comprehensive reviews of our top picks for the best buyer’s guides, you’re probably wondering which one to choose.

While each of the models we’ve selected are very high-quality and very well made, they all offer different features and are better suited for some users than they are for others. In order to determine which bow sight you should choose, you’ll want to take some key factors into consideration. In this section of our guide, we share what those key features are.

The Type of Bow Sight

The first thing you’re going to want to do is decide what type of bow sight will best suit your needs. There are three main types of bow sights, including:

  • Fixed pin. These are considered the most traditional bow sights. With this type of bow sight, all you need to do is mount a bracket that features several vertical channels to your bow. In this pins, brightly colors sight pins can be vertically adjusted. It’s referred to as a “fixed pin” bow sight because the pins can be adjusted quickly. While they’re quite effective when used in combination with peep sight on a bow string and their inexpensive compared to other models, they aren’t as accurate as other modern bow sights.
  • Movable pin. Movable pin bow sights are equipped with a single pin, which swings vertically on a pivot. Usually, a gradient scale is placed on the rear of the sight, and this scale denotes the yardage distance adjustment. Movable pin sights allow for fast adjustment and yardage fine tuning; plus, you don’t have to remember what specific pin is used for what specific distance; but, you do have to calibrate for the velocity of the arrow. If you opt for a movable pin sight, ensure that you choose one that features an adjustment method so you can dial it in to accurately reflect the speed or the distance of the arrow.
  • Pendulum. If you shoot at an angle – because you shoot at your targets from a tree stand, for example – a pendulum sight would be a good choice for you. Typically, this type of sight hands freely, kind of like al plum bob, and they seek a level position on their own accord while you’re aiming. Pendulum sights do need to be calibrated, but it’s pretty easy, and once you’re dialed up, the results are quite accurate. Do note, however, that these sights are usually the most expensive.

Where You’re Shooting

In order to choose the correct sight for your bow, you need to consider the type of environment you’re going to be shooting in.  For example, if you’re going to be hunting in the forest, a simplistic sight is usually sufficient, while if you’re going to be shooting in an open field where the distances are less obstructed, an adjustable sight would be in your best interest, and if you’re shooting that changes from wooded to open spaces, a hybrid setup that can be used as a fixed or an adjustable pin sight would likely yield the best results.

The Size of the Pin

The size of the sighting dot on the pin itself is also important to consider. The smaller the sighting dot, the better because the smaller and brighter the pin is, the easier it will be to see while requiring less room on your target and will deliver better accuracy with target acquisition.

The Lighting

A lot of modern bow sights are equipped with adjustable lighting. Lower cost models may feature fiber optic only sights that function at one level, while more advanced sights are outfitted with adjustable light output.

The majority of fiber optic sights are pretty effective at being visible in late dusk lighting, but a rheostat adjustable light setting is your best bet, as you’ll be able to adjust the light to your preference depending on the lighting level in the setting, from full sun to almost total darkness.

Built-in Level

The best modern bow sights feature built-in levels, and they’re very useful, as they allow you to dial into and fine tune your shots. They’re excellent for confirming that you’re in a consistent stance when you are firing, too. The highest end bow sights even feature multi-axis levels that quickly and easily tell you if you’re on point.

Adjustment Knobs

The latest bow sights are outfitted with loads of features, and many feature elevation and windage adjustment knobs. With just the simple click of a dial, you will be able to adjust to a pre-determine amount. These knobs are usually featured on fix pin sights and give the sight a hybrid-like feeling, as they allow you to switch between fixed and adjustable pin sights.

The Material

In addition to the above-mentioned features, you’re also going to want to consider the material that the bow sight is made of. It goes without saying that you want the sight to be as durable as possible, as it’s going to be exposed to all types of elements and there’s a good chance that you’re going to drop it at least a few times. The most durable bow sights are constructed of stainless steel or aluminum, as these materials are very durable, yet they’re also light and won’t weigh your bow down.

Bow Sight FAQs

Should I invest a lot in a bow sight?

It really depends on your personal needs and what you’re looking for. With that said, just because a bow sight is expensive doesn’t mean that it’s better quality, as there are some very well made, durable, and feature-rich sights that are economically priced and are even better quality than expensive models.

What type of bow sight is the best for a beginner?

Generally speaking, beginners usually do best with a fixed pin sight until they get some good practice in and are very confident in their abilities.

Is a single pin sight good for deer hunting?

While a single pin bow sight can work for deer hunting, you’re going to want to check if it’s adjustable or non-adjustable. The latter style will only be accurate from a single distance (usually between 20 to 30 yards), so you won’t be able to use them at longer distances; if it’s the former, however, a single pin sight will be just as effective as a multi pin sight.

Conclusion

Whether you’re just learning how to shoot with a bow or you’ve been shooting for a while and you want to improve your success, a bow sight is an excellent tool to consider investing in. Bow sights are intended to improve the accuracy of your shot. With the information that we’ve presented in this guide, you should be able to find a high-quality and reliable bow sight.

Happy shooting!

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