5 Wind Meters for Long Range Shooting Worth Checking Out in 2017

 

Whether you’re looking for the best of the best or just something to give your long range shooting a little extra accuracy, our top 5 wind meters can help you narrow down your options. We’ve made our picks based on the accuracy,  features, and  technology behind each device. Professionals, beginners, and everyone in between can use wind meters to ensure that they make safe shots that always land on target. See where each brand falls, and then decide for yourself which one is best for you!

 

 

Product Our Rating from 1 to 5 Best for...

  Kestrel 5700 Elite w/ Applied Ballistics




Kestrel 5700 Elite w/ Applied Ballistics

 

4.5 Extreme Range Shooters
Nikon 16144 Spot On Wind Meter  | WeatherStationary.comNikon 16144 Spot On
3.5 Value for money
Kestrel 5700 Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics  | WeatherStationary.comKestrel 5700 Sportsman w/ Applied Ballistics 5 Camping
Caldwell Crosswind Professional  | WeatherStationary.comCaldwell Crosswind Professional 4 Amateur Hunters
WeatherFlow Precision Shooting  | WeatherStationary.comWeatherFlow Precision Shooting w/ Bluetooth 4.5 Top Mobile Pick

 

 

Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with LiNK and Applied Ballistics (Our Top Pick for Advanced Extreme Range Shooters)  

 

Model

           Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics | WeatherStationary.com 

Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with LiNK and Applied Ballistics

Price from $609

Pros

  • Excellent extreme long range shooting calculator and smartphone app
  • Screen navigation is very intuitive
  • Allows user to create their own shooting models to find perfect down-range shot
  • High-res screen is easy to read at any time of day and it's anti-scratch
  • Fully waterproof and designed for extreme conditions.

Cons

  • Expensive

Special   Ballistic Features

Applied Ballistics Solver Engine that takes into account the Coriolis effect, spindrift, and aerodynamic jump.
Ease of Use

Intuitive for advanced shooters. Those familiar with long-range shooting wind meters for shooting will not need a major tutorial.

Value for Money Decent. This product is expensive, but dedicated shooters will get their money’s worth.

Notable Features

 

Compatible with Android, iPhone, and works with Bushnell CONX Range Finder. Shooters can use G1 or G7 ballistic coefficients when calculating trajectory. Battery located away from the motherboard in case battery leaks. Programmable in English, French, German, or Spanish.

Technical Specs

 

Dimensions: 5.0 x 1.9 x 1.1 in | 12.7 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm

Weight: 4.3 oz | 121 g

Battery Life: Approx. 400 hours

Battery Type: 1 AA Battery

5 Year Warranty

 

Kestrel wind meters are among the most popular wind meters for shooting. Kestrel Elite handheld wind meter continuously scores well with sportsmen enthusiasts for its precision, and it rates well as a product that’s worth the splurge. The calculator on this wind meter is so good that it can make a 900-yard range shrink into something you can manage. Kestrel Elite Applied Ballistics accounts for any aerodynamic jump the bullet will undergo after it leaves the chamber as well as Drop Scale Factor (DSF) based on observed data. The display on this Kestrel weather station is easy to read when you need to shoot quickly, and it’s incredibly durable. LiNK is Kestrel's way of saying that it connects to your mobile via Bluetooth - and unlike your mobile Kestrel can take some of the hardest nature's punishments.

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Nikon 16144 Spot On (Best Value for Money)

 

Model

Nikon 16144 Spot On Wind Meter  | WeatherStationary.com

 Nikon 16144 Spot On Wind Meter

Price from $27

Pros

  • Plugs directly into smartphone, and gives user instant measurements of wind speed and gust to smartphone
  • Shows not only the precise, real-time calculations, but also gives the average speeds as well
  • Screen allows for easy conversion from meters to miles, depending on user preferences
  • Powerful mobile app, includes optics database for selection

Cons

  • Not as user-friendly as other mobile wind meters (i.e. WeatherFlow)
  • Accuracy is inconsistent

Special Ballistic Features

Nikon Spot On w/Custom Turret Technology
Ease of Use

Simple. This is one of the least complicated machines on the market.

Value for Money Excellent. For this product’s price, amateur hunters can improve their shot for very little money.

Notable Features

 

Compatible with either Android or iPhone. Can be used with custom turrets.  

Technical Specs

 

The product is extremely small and lightweight. It is a widget designed to attach to your phone.

 

 

 

For those who don’t want to spend a lot for a meter, this is an excellent choice. It lacks some basic features that other wind meters have, such as barometric pressure or relative humidity but for this price it's a good meter! It’s even compatible with Nikon’s Custom Turret technology, which can give you more information regarding the rate of bullet drop to make your shots picture-perfect. Simply plug it in and download the app. All you have to do is choose your ammo, scope, and location, and you’ll get the info you need to adjust your approach.

 

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Kestrel 5700 Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics (Best for Camping)

 

Model

Kestrel 5700 Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics  | WeatherStationary.com

 Kestrel 5700 Sportsman Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics

Price from $419

Pros

  • Designed for extreme conditions
  • Backlight for easy use while camping
  • Excellent for logging and storing data, and includes customizable data storage
  • Provides graph and recall trends

Cons

  • Some beginner sportsmen may find it too complicated for their needs.

Special Ballistic Features

Applied Ballistics Solver Engine that takes into account Coriolis, spindrift, and aerodynamic jump.
Ease of Use

Fairly Intuitive.

Value for Money Good. For hardcore sportsman in dangerous conditions, they’ll find that they can track their data to improve overall results.

Notable Features

 

Comes with data logger, clock and calendar, and neck lanyard. Spotter Pack includes wind vane, carrying pouch, companion app download and wireless data transfer, and night-vision backlight. 5 languages available. 

Technical Specs

 

Dimensions: 5.0 x 1.9 x 1.1 in | 12.7 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm

Weight: 4.3 oz | 121 g

Battery Life: Approx. 400 hours

Battery Type: 1 AA Battery

5 Year Warranty

 

This handheld wind speed meter is specifically designed for the avid sportsman who’s obsessed with tracking every bit of data they have. Hunters can crunch and analyze the numbers to figure out when, where and how to shoot. Features such as G1 & G7 ballistic coefficients, muzzle velocity calibration, and spindrift correction all make for better-applied ballistics long range shooting. Advanced sportsmen shooting targets over 1000 yards might benefit by using the Kestrel 5700 Elite, however, for hunters looking to obtain accurate data for closer targets, Kestrel 5700 Sportsman is ideal.


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Caldwell Crosswind Professional (Best for Amateur Hunters)

 

Model

 

Caldwell Crosswind Professional  | WeatherStationary.com

Caldwell Crosswind Professional

Price from $65

Pros

  • Accurate measurements for crosswinds
  • Water resistant, protective holster
  • Very simple to use

Cons

  • OK for basic measurements, but not meant for more complicated conditions (e.g., high barometric pressure.)
  • Inaccurate at low wind speeds.
  • Battery might drain rapidly when in standby

Special Ballistic Features

No
Ease of Use

Very Intuitive

Value for Money Very Good. Users are consistently impressed with the quality and accuracy they get from this product.  

Notable Features

 

Large buttons for easier use, and automatic power-off to save battery life. 90° rotating head so you can see the force the crosswind will have on the bullet from all directions.

Technical Specs

 

Dimensions: 7.9” x 6.8” x 1.5”

Weight: 4.8 ounces

Battery: CR2032, 3.0v coin cell battery - usually not supplied with the product

 


 

Caldwell makes a variety of shooting accessories that give casual shooters a way to get professional information without the professional price. If you’re thinking about stepping up your shooting game with a handheld wind meter but don’t quite want to buy a Kestrel yet, Caldwell might be a stepping stone to see how you fare. Putting the emphasis on the crosswind allows the shooter to better understand how they can aim to account for everything from air pressure to unexpected wind gusts. The more a hunter learns to rely on the data they have, the safer they’ll be.

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WeatherFlow Precision Shooting (Best Mobile Pick)

Model

 

WeatherFlow Precision Shooting  | WeatherStationary.com

WeatherFlow Precision Shooting Weather Meter with Bluetooth

Price from $85

Pros

  • Excellent mobile widget and app
  • Calculates humidity and adjusts for altitude.

Cons

  • Very few - Temperature may not adjust properly if device was in your pocket for a long time.

 

Special Ballistic Features

Compatible with Ballistic ARC mobile app which is one of the most powerful free ballistics calculator available.
Ease of Use

OK. May take users some time to adjust to meter.

Value for Money Very Good. Tech-savvy users will appreciate this wind meter and its app.

Notable Features

 

Shows dew point, heat index, wind chill, along with temperature. Attaches to any ¼-20 camera mount, and can be mounted up to 100 feet away. Calibrated by aerospace engineering team at the University of Florida Aerospace Engineering for accurate measurements. Connects with Bluetooth on your mobile and compatible with Android version 4.3 (and higher) and iOS 7 (and higher.)

Technical Specs

 

 

Dimensions: 8.9” x 6” x 1.4”

Battery: CR2450, 3.0v coin cell battery, 500 hours (low power), 300 hours (high power)

 

 

 

For the semi-professional hunters who want something that can be easily mounted on their mobile phone, then this is the device for you. It’s never going to be as complicated or detailed as a more traditional wind meter, but it gives you the right calibrations at the right time. WeatherFlow puts a heavy emphasis on their technology, so you can trust the app to work when you need it most. The mobile app can pull data from nearby weather stations which is a big plus.

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