Several bowhunters that I know don’t own a rangefinder for one reason or another. They are either very good at judging yardage or extremely lucky with their guesses. I found out on a recent bowhunting trip how important it is to account for the degree angle to the target when hunting from an elevated stand. Clearly what I ranged to be twenty and twenty-five yards at the base of the stand was not what I needed to shoot from the platform…the proof was a clean miss.
There are several brands of rangefinders on the market and the prices range from economical to quite pricey. I have found that some of the more economically priced binoculars did not offer the features and quality important to bowhunters. I have even witnessed a hunter who purchased a rangefinder at what he felt was a great price only to have to spend more money to upgrade the next season due to the poor quality and performance of the original rangefinder that he purchased. It is understandable that not everyone is going to pay top dollar for rangefinders and most do without because of product pricing.
HALO Optics has released a quality, affordable rangefinder that offers a variety of important features for the bowhunter. The HALO XL450 Laser Rangefinder is not only limited to bowhunting, the maximum yardage of 450 yards to reflective target makes the HALO XL450 a great all-season rangefinder. Bowhunters, rifle hunters, and muzzleloader enthusiasts will be excited about this affordable product.
The HALO Optics XL450 offers up to 6x magnification, an easy one-button LCD display of a +/- one-yard accuracy reading. The unit is compact, lightweight, ergonomically designed with a tie loop keeper built into the design. The Angle Intelligence™ technology accounts for slope to the target and is very important when elevated above your intended target. The convenient feature of Scan Mode allows for constant ranging when you have a target approaching or walking away. The HALO XL450 is water resistant for use in harsh weather. The unit uses a CR2 lithium battery, which is included, for a long battery life.
The only issue some users may have with this product is that the LCD display is somewhat hard to read in low light conditions because it does not emit an illuminated LED readout. I prefer LCD display because the illumination of the LED burns the image into my retina in low light and I get blurred vision in that eye for several minutes. I have learned to range my yardage and move the viewfinder to a lighter object or area such as the horizon for the LCD reading.
The HALO Optics XL450 Laser Rangefinder is a quality product at an extremely affordable price from a reputable optic company. The MSRP is under $100 and the product comes with a 1-year warranty. You can read more about this product and view the entire line of HALO Optics Rangefinders at www.HaloOptics.com.
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