Bowhunters have never had so many sight options as they do today. APEX GEAR makes finding the right one for you easy and affordable.
by Brad Fenson
Modern archery equipment represents advanced engineering that gives hunters and shooters performance benefits never imagined by 20th century bowhunters. In other words, a lot has changed since Fred Bear promoted archery to North American hunters. Bows are shooting faster and producing more energy; arrows are lighter, thinner in diameter, and straighter than ever; and sights are lightweight, durable, and come with options to suit individual sight windows.
Apex Gear offers a premium line-up of bow sights designed to help you achieve the full performance potential of your modern archery gear. After all, if you can’t fine-tune your aim points, achieve a clear sight picture, or be assured of consistency with today’s hypersensitive archery equipment, results will more than vary—they can be downright unacceptable.
One of the things we like about APEX GEAR, aside from their reliable performance, is their relatively low price point compared to similar gear on the market. Basically, they make proven equipment but offer them at prices that won’t bust your hunting budget. For sights, APEX GEAR makes five different multi-pin sights and three different single-pin options to cover the needs of any archer, and each sight delivers benefits for different styles of hunting.
A simplified view of the sight and target can be beneficial for anyone struggling to sort or see the pins. Shooters using progressive lenses often appreciate the single-pin and its simple focus. One pin promotes consistency in aiming, especially in changing hunting situations. This is where the versatility of the single dot becomes obvious.
Having a single aiming point in your sight picture simplifies target acquisition and eliminates pin confusion. Once you have zeroed your pin and installed the yardage tape appropriate for your bow/arrow setup, simply dial in the shot distance with the range adjustment wheel and you’re on target.
The COVERT Single-Pin has micro-adjustable windage and comes with pre-printed yardage tapes for precise calibration. The pin is set for distance with a gear-drive that adjusts smoothly with one hand. A line is used in the sight for rotational adjustment that aligns pin movement with gravity. The sight has an adjustable 2nd and 3rd axis illuminated level and can be mounted for right- or left-handed shooters. An LED light and fiber optic makes the sight easy to see in any light condition. Three different models offer options for the pin and mounting bracket. MSRP $130 to $177.
COVERT PRO (aperture only)
The COVERT PRO Aperture Only offers the same yardage tapes, single pin, and mounting as the COVERT, but includes a scope housing that has a 1/2-inch diameter circle with a lighted center dot for fine-tuned accuracy at long range. An adjustable green LED with 11 brightness settings helps customize the view for light conditions. The PRO sight housing accepts a 1.87-inch scope lens that is sold separately. MSRP $118 to $130.
COVERT PRO Series
The COVERT PRO SERIES is a pinless sight that looks like a riflescope reticle. It comes with yardage tapes, level, gravity line, and is easy to adjust and see. The pins are replaced with illuminated LED dots for improved brightness and offer precise adjustment. There are several center-dot or double-dot options. All the single-pin options use quality fiber optic and LED dot visibility enhancement for marginal ambient light conditions. MSRP $236 to $259.
Western shooters, or those who enjoy spot-and-stalk adventure, love a stack of pins in their sight. Many archers developed their shooting skills with a multi-pin sight and still find it easiest to acquire a target for any range. There are no adjustments, just sight, and shoot. A multi-pin sight is quick, accurate, adjustable, and lightweight, making it ideal for any hunting situation.
This sight offers the best of both worlds, with locking pins for close range and a long-range sliding single-pin. When locked, the COVERT Four-Pin can be used like any multi-pin sight but unlocked it can be dialed in for precise long-range accuracy. An easy-to-adjust wheel moves the sliding pin. A level offers adjustable 2nd and 3rd axis illuminated level. The fiber optics make the sight bright and clear in any condition. Adjustable for left- and right-handed shooters, this sight is a great value with an MSRP from $153 to $177.
APEX ACCU•STRIKE XS Series
The ACCU•STRIKE XS five-pin sight features an adjustable level and reversible bracket, allowing a greater range of adjustment by loosening the Allen-head screw and sliding the housing. The bracket can be reversed to allow the housing to be mounted higher in the sight window. A level is included for 3rd axis adjustment to correct for shooting up or downhill. A luminescent tape illuminates the bubble in low light conditions. This ambidextrous sight is compact and weighs 5.5 ounces, making it the perfect match for a lightweight bow. The sight is coated to keep it quiet and reduce vibration. MSRP from $86 to $99.
APEX ACCU•STRIKE Pro Select Series
The ACCU•STRIKE Pro Select Series sight is a clear winner when it comes to illuminating individual pins with its three light intensity options. The pins are easy to see and minimize gaps in the three or five-pin models. The tool-less adjustment provides flexibility in the field. The aperture has a 1.8-inch inner diameter with a glow-in-the-dark shooter’s ring. The sight is adjustable for left- and right-handed users. The lightweight, compact design makes the ACCU•STRIKE Pro Select Series a great hunting sight with and MSRP of $83 to $95.
The option between standard or micro-adjustable windage and elevation adjustments make fine-tuning your bow easy with the Attitude Series sight. The knob on the micro-adjustment allows for pinpoint accuracy. The pins are illuminated, and the yardage tapes are luminescent. This sight is adjustable for left- or right-handed shooters and comes in eight different options, with three, five, and seven-pin configurations. MSRP $106 to $153.
A 1.8-inch aperture, glow-in-the-dark shooter’s ring and state-of-the-art pin design improve the sight picture in the Tundra Series sight. The design protects the optic fibers, which can be replaced. The lightweight, compact sights are reversible for greater adjustability and can be used by left- or right-handed shooters. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better value with an MSRP between $32 $43.
Bow sights for hunting applications have come a long way from the old days, allowing us to take full advantage of bow equipment’s potential for longer shooting distances under extreme terrain and lighting conditions. Finding a sight that best suits your equipment, shooting style, and hunting needs can take some trial and error. Fortunately, the reasonable pricing of the APEX GEAR bow sights allows you to find the one that’s best for you in short order.