TruGlo Archery Sight Review: Razor and Tru-Site Xtreme
TruGlo is a Richardson Texas company that has been in the sight business for years. From archery to pistol and shotgun sights, TruGlo's name has become synonymous with bright fiber optic based sights. For this review we are taking a look at two of TruGlo's sights. One is the new, buzz generating, Razor sight and the other is the Tru-Site Xtreme series of sights.
TruGlo's new Razor sight is different, when you first see one, the natural instinct is to pick it up and figure out how it works. The Razor uses what TruGlo is calling Vertical Blade Technology (VBT). VBT works by light reflection on a thin, mirror-polished piece of stainless steel which is at the vertical center line of the sight aperture. The clever design reflects the pin light on the mirror which you view and use to line up on a target.
Side view of the mirror.
Three Razor models are offered in 2008, two of which use micro-adjust controls and come in four and six pin variations. We reviewed the standard four pin model (model# TG7101B) that requires tools to make windage and elevation adjustments. The micro adjustment retails at ~$140.00 and the standard model at ~$110.00. The Razor's aperture is 1.7" in diameter which makes it a bit smaller than a typical 2" aperture but larger than most compact apertures. If you are a south paw, the Razor is universal, working as a left or right hand sight.
The big advantage of the Razor is its strong construction. Since no pin fibers are extended out of the sight shroud there are no pins to accidentally break or bump. Another advantage is that the reflection of the pins only works when you are perfectly aligned with your peep. Torquing the bow causes the reflection to disappear. The sight also features a small two post bubble level to allow the shooter to get quick confirmation that they are not canting the bow. Both of these visual indicators allows the sight to force the shooter to line up consistently with each shot. This should improve a shooter's consistency and accuracy.
The fiber optics are protected and glow in from the side.
The Razor sight, notice the bubble level.
The Razor has a wide open field of view compared to most multi-pin sights. The single blade allows you to clearly see both sides of your target, although if field of view is a strong concern, one may prefer a single pin traditional sight, since that can offer even more field of view, although you give up the multi-pin ability.
Adjusting the Razor is straightforward, the pin reflection adjusts in the same manner as a typical fixed pin sight. On the back and front of the sight are a few screws that you loosen to move the pins up and down.
Getting used to the center sight blade with what appear to be floating pins takes awhile; furthermore the reflected pins are somewhat dimmer than a typical fiber optic pin sight. To help with the dimness, TruGlo includes a removable LED light that has adjustable output. The LED improves the brightness of the reflected pins, but is not legal in all regions while hunting.
TruGlo Razor Sight Blade
The Tru-Site Xtreme is the flagship of the TruGlo sight line up. It comes in both standard (2" aperture) and compact model (1.6" aperture) versions. Tru-Sites are available with three to eight pins depending on which model is selected. Expect to pay between ~$50 and ~$110 depending on the model, configuation, and number of pins you select.
The Tru-Site Xtreme sight.
We reviewed the larger five pin 2" aperture model (model #TG5311C) with micro-adjustable windage and elevation as well as tool-less lock down cams, which retailed at ~$90.00. Like the Razor all the sights in the Tru-Site Xtreme series are universal sights, working as either a left hand or right hand sight.
Overhead view of the Tru-Site Xtreme.
The Tru-Site Xtreme's tool-less micro-adjustment is a great feature. A shooter simply rotates the cams and then adjusts the sight windage and elevation dials to the desired setting, then lock the cams down in order to hold the new setting tightly. Micro-adjust sights really shine when moving from field point to broadhead, or when switching to a new arrow. Simply loosen the twist cams, make a few click adjustments, tighten up the cams, and shoot.
Side view of the Tru-Site Xtreme. Notice the locking cams and gradation marks on the side of the sight.
The sight's pins are bright and clear even with the 0.019" pins that we selected for our review. The brightness is surprising since the Tru-Site only uses a single coil of fiber optic per pin around the sight shroud. When comparing the Razor and Tru-Site Xtreme pins, the Tru-Site was noticeably brighter under low light. TruGlo also includes a removable LED light that brightens the sight pins, although like the Razor it is not legal while hunting in all regions. The Tru-Site LED is simply an on/off function, while the Razor has a rheostat for adjusting the intensity of the LED light.
View through the sight.
Like the Razor the Tru-Site Xtreme also includes a small two post bubble level to allow the shooter to get quick confirmation that they are not canting the bow. Both the Razor and the Tru-Site also have a glow-in-the-dark ring that circles the entire shooter facing portion of the sight aperture. The glowing ring appears behind the bubble level and helps to illuminate it while shooting in low light.
As an option TruGlo offers what they call a TFO pin that can be used in place of or in addition to one of the standard pins. The TFO is a Tritium Fiber Optic which gives a bright pin picture regardless of lighting. The fiber optic pipes in the light during good lighting and the tritium glows under low light giving a consistent glow regardless of the lighting conditions. While we did not use the TFO pin for this review, the same technology is used on their handgun sights and the brightness is impressive. One downside to the TFO pin is that it is quite a bit thicker at 0.040" which is double the size of our review sights 0.019" pins. Some may not like the thickness of the TFO pin.
The only minor downside to the Tru-Site Xtreme with micro-adjustment is that the locking cams and dial adjustments add a small amount of weight. This is not noticeable while shooting, but some hunters are always on a quest to slim down the weight of their archery equipment and may not like even a minor increase in weight. The standard Tru-Site lacks the cams and micro-adjustment dials and should be slightly lighter than our review model.
In closing TruGlo has offered up a solid fixed pin sight with the Tru-Site Xtreme Series. If you find yourself breaking sight pins or the fiber optics that feed the pins, or you simply want a clearer field of view at your target, you may appreciate the Razor sight. Either way, both sights are worth consideration if you're thinking about getting a new bow sight this year.
For more information visit the TruGlo website at www.truglo.com.
Razor LED (Top) Tru-Site LED (Bottom). The Razor's rheostat
LED light provides a more intense blue beam, than the purplish
weaker wider beam of the Tru-Site Xtreme.