Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gear Review - HHA Optimizer Lite Ultra DS-5519 Archery Sight

Originally posted on the Pocket Ranger blog.

New bowhunting technology fascinates me and I love improving my chances at filling my freezer with some wild game. I have almost always used multi-pin archery sights because I thought they were the best options. When I was introduced to the HHA Optimizer Lite Ultra DS-5519 Single-Pin Archery Sight from HHA Sports my views on multi-pins changed immediately! The HHA sights are Made in the U.S.A., carry a lifetime warranty, and have been voted moveable sight of the year by Bowhunting World readers an astounding 9 years in a row!

For the past two months I have been shooting exclusively with the HHA Optimizer DS-5519 Single-Pin Archery Sight (with an additional 4x lens) and I am beyond impressed. When I read the directions (my first impression) I felt a bit nervous as they seemed too simple, but don’t let them frighten you. They are meant to be short and to the point, and that is an excellent tool for any archer. You can find the directions in a PDF file here.

Some information from the HHA Sports website:

All Optimizer Lite Ultra Series Sights are constructed from 100% Machined Aluminum and feature our green sight ring, Totally Toolless micro windage adjustment system, A.R.M.O.R. Sight Pin Technology, Patented DS-TAPES and Mathews® Harmonic Damper™. They also include a revolutionary yardage dial that allows for rapid adjustment by the yard. Simply sight in at 20 and 60 yards and select one of the included 52 color-coded tapes, numbered in one yard increments. New for 2013, sight tape ranges have been extended from 20 to 80 yards on faster bows.
  • Weight: 10 oz. 
  • 1 5/8” sight housing 
  • 5 feet of fiber optic
  • Accepts Lens Kit B and All HHA Blue Burst Lights 
  • Exclusive mechanical rheostat feature adjusts pin brightness in seconds
Installing the 4x lens kit.

Attaching it to the bow was very easy, but be sure to take a look at the directions. The directions were very helpful with installation of the sight and the 4x lens attachment. Pay close attention to how low you install the sight on your bow as this could affect your arrow clearance.

Once installed it was time to hit the range! The one thing I found about the Optimizer Ultra that really intrigued me was that you sight it in at 20 yards and then at 60 yards. There is a sight-in tape on the adjustment wheel that you only use to record the number on the wheel when you are punching X’s at those two ranges. It can seem intimidating and hard to believe, but it actually works very well!

The HHA Optimizer fully mounted on the bow.

The single pin allowed me to focus without any distractions. The 4x lens allowed me to see the target clearer and more defined. Having never utilized a lens before, I found this to be an excellent addition! The five feet of fiber optic cable makes a big difference, too. I was a great test subject because I don’t see well in the early morning or late evening hunting hours. I was able to test this out in twilight and it was super bright and I used no extra lighting. The .019” pin was illuminated with plenty of light and seemed to glow even in the waning hours of the day. What if the pin is either too bright or not bright enough? HHA Sports has taken care of that! The Optimizer Lite Ultra has an exclusive mechanical rheostat feature that allows you to adjust the pin brightness in seconds!

After some adjustment of the sight, due to shooting a faster bow, I was able to fine tune the sight and begin shooting out to 80 yards. Once I moved back in to 30 yards and then 20 yards I noticed my groups were the tightest they have ever been (see below).

The HHA Optimizer Lite Ultra single-pin archery sight mounts easily, can be adjusted to suit your needs, and when utilized properly will have you shooting some of the tightest groups ever! It has dramatically affected my shooting style. Quality products like this are worth every hard-earned penny. The suggested retail is $239.99 and with that you can count on quality craftsmanship, solid construction and a well-performing single-pin sight that has certainly increased my confidence on the range. This is one archery product I highly recommend to any bowhunter looking to increase your ability of consistently hitting the center of your target.

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