The Nikon Archer’s Choice Laser Rangefinder is a high tech rangefinder made for bows. The rangefinder boasts many impressive features including compensation for inclines and declines, 89 degree angular range, and a close ranging distance of within five yards. Additionally, the rangefinder is advertised as both waterproof and fog-proof, making it ideal for bow hunters who shoot in nearly all weather conditions. Overall, the rangefinder lives up to its claims, and gives hunters a high tech option for improving depth perception during a hunt, with just a few areas that could be improved.
The is very easy to use and fast to use, so you can get in shots even when you don’t have much time. The rangefinder also performs very quietly, making it a great choice for hunters. The compact size of the Archer’s Choice makes it very easy to carry when you’re walking a long distance. Its smaller size also makes it manageable, especially when you are in a confined space.
The rangefinder is incredibly accurate and is able to give a reading in just a few seconds. After shooting against measured distances, its distance reading was right on every time. Perhaps the best performance feature of the rangefinder is that it maintains accuracy even as targets are on the move, although you need to make sure to keep the button pressed while following the target. Even in the rain, it maintained an accurate reading of distance.
The rangefinder can be used while wearing glasses, and it is easy to use even if you’re visually impaired. It does perform as both waterproof and fog-proof and worked perfectly when used in cold, rainy conditions. Optics on this Nikon are impressive, although the field of view could be slightly larger. It would also be nice if this product could also be used with a rifle, but given its performance for bow hunting and shooting, it is a high quality product with little room for improvement of its performance features.
The Archer’s Choice is built with very sturdy construction and also comes with a camouflage carrying case for added protection when you’re on the move. The carrying case is comfortable to carry even when walking long distances and provides good protection for the rangefinder. One of the reasons I was drawn to this rangefinder in the first place was the endorsement it got on Supreme Finds, which toted its abilities to withstand tough conditions.
The display on the rangefinder is black on grey. Although the display performs adequately in most conditions, it is somewhat hard to see it in low light conditions. It would work better if the display were another color, but in most conditions it performs acceptably.
Some possible shortcomings of this rangefinder are the fact that the protective cover for the front lens is only secured with one snap, making it possible that the cover could easily come loose and get lost. It is easy to bump the cover while moving around and cause it to fall off. You must pay close attention to make sure you don’t lose the piece. The rangefinder also seems to become less accurate when tracking small objects, but given the fact that most bow hunters won’t be shooting very small game, this is probably a small issue.
It is not inexpensive, but overall the price is worth it since it is so effective and accurate. The Archer’s Choice would be especially useful for those with vision or depth perception problems, given its accuracy in reading distances. It is also great for those who hunt in wet or foggy conditions, as it performs well even in extreme weather conditions. The rangefinder is a great choice if you’re looking for a quality, compact rangefinder.