Nikon ARROW ID 5000 Rangefinder (for Bow Hunting)

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nikon-arrow-id-5000Yard Range: 5-600 yards
Magnification: 6X 21mm objective lens
Display Type: LED/Red
Dimensions: 4.4″ x 1.5″ x 2.8″
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight/Slope
Use: Bow Hunting

Our Rating:


Update - 2018.02.12The Arrow ID 5000 has been discontinued and replaced with the Arrow ID 3000 which is more compact and has longer eye relief. Also new is the Arrow ID 7000 VR which ranges out to 1000 yards and features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction technology. Check them out to see which is best for you.


Nikon ARROW ID 5000 Laser Rangefinder Review

The Nikon ARROW ID 5000 rangefinder is a pocket-sized unit that has multi-coated optics, 6X magnification, and is fully weatherproof. With 600 yard distances at your disposal, you can get the true holdover points for your arrow with the Advanced ID Technology while appropriately switching between close range and long range with the Tru-Target Priority System to never miss that long shot again.

The ARROW is holding a steady rating online across multiple review platforms. Although it’s still relatively new to the market, it can be considered the upgrade on the Nikon Aculon and the Aculon has quite a substantial impact on its consumers.

Tons of reviewers are raving about the Aculon and you can assume that the ARROW will surely make a similar impression. The outstanding feature that stands it apart from the Aculon is that the ARROW ID sports the Nikon ID technology that makes it a great bow hunting rangefinder for any bow shooter enthusiast – there is a reason it made it onto our ‘Best Bow Hunting Rangefinders’ list.

So, to find out if the ARROW is going to be your bowhunting champion, read the pros, cons and Q&A below.


  • Price
  • Ultra-compact
  • Fully waterproof
  • ID technology
  • Tru Target technology
  • Product mix-up
  • Not for low-light


Arrow ID 5000 Q&A:

How does the ARROW ID 5000 maximize the Tru Target Technology feature?

The Nikon bow hunting laser rangefinder has a feature that maximizes the Tru Target Technology. It allows you to easily access an 8 second continuous scan mode that displays the various distances of targets as you pan across the landscape.

For bow hunting, this can be extremely helpful since your target could be on the move. The Tru Target Technology also helps you to quickly get your reading on your prize instead of the brush or branch that’s getting in the way.


How convenient is the size of the rangefinder to take bow hunting?

The ARROW ID was definitely made for the bow shooter in mind, since size is important to bow hunters because they typically carry their rangefinders in a holster strapped to a belt.

At a very compact size, 4.4 (L) x 1.5 (W) x 2.8 in (H), it’s one of the smallest rangefinders you’ll find on the market. The pocket-sized device can be strapped to a lanyard or a belt case to have easy access to during your hunt. You won’t even notice it’s there when it’s not needed.


Can it calculate angle compensation for steep terrain?

Whether you’re up in a blind or at the bottom of a hill, this rangefinder was designed to give you some serious bow action. This kind of hunting can take you from open fields to wooded areas and steep terrain.

The optic has the ID technology which can calculate angle compensation readings up to -/+89 degrees. That’s almost a full vertical angle. That’s bad news for your target and good news for you.

Another great rangefinder that has angle compensation and is in the same price range as the Nikon Arrow is the Redfield Raider 600A. The Raider is also comparable in terms of magnifcation and yard range capability.


How simple is the screen to read?

The nice thing about the Nikon ARROW ID is that it proudly sports a simple and uncluttered screen. While in Nikon’s ID technology mode, the screen only displays the angle compensated yardage number. This eliminates the possibility of grabbing the wrong number during a critical moment in your bow hunting event.


Can the rangefinder survive wet weather?

It is not only waterproof, it’s fog-proof too. This makes it the perfect companion to take with you rain or shine. You won’t have to worry about any condensation seeping into the lenses to interfere with your shot because it’s nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed.


Does it have any internal lighting for low light or bad weather conditions?

Although the LCD screen performs great in bright light conditions, it does present challenges during low light times of day. Specifically, the downside is it doesn’t sport any internal lighting, which can make readings difficult to read. The reticle is black which makes targeting on dark backgrounds or shaded objects a challenge.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of low light hunting, you might want to think about a rangefinder with a red reticle that could be either automatically or manually adjustable to the light conditions.


Does this rangefinder have any sort of eye protection for the lenses?

Unfortunately the ARROW ID doesn’t sport any removable or foldable eye cups to protect the lenses. This could make it more susceptible to damage during accidental drops and abuse.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Spot-on 600 yard maximum range
  • Tru Target Technology for various distance readings
  • Waterproof/Fog-proof for rain or shine weather
  • Nikon ID Technology to -/+89 degrees
  • Easy and simple two button operation
  • Compact and small design 4.4 x 1.5 x 2.8 in


Our Verdict

The aim of it is, the Nikon ARROW ID 5000 is specifically designed for the bowman. If you need a true distance, you’ve got it. However, some bad buyers are reporting difficult-to-use and cheap battery compartments and/or poor LED displays. The bad rep about the ARROW 5000 is incorrect as it doesn’t have an LED display and the battery compartment is large and easy to use. However, it does have an LCD display that’s difficult to read in low light conditions, though, this is true of all LCD displays on optics.

Nikon has dabbled with LED backlights, like on their archived Archer’s Choice rangefinder that is the predecessor to the Arrow ID. However, they don’t really make any rangefinders with the LED display. You might want to check out the new to 2016/2017 ARROW ID 3000 for an even better price.

An excellent alternative to the Nikon rangefinder for the bowman is Bushnell’s The Truth with ClearShot technology (which you can click through to check out here). It’s cheaper and you’ll be titillated with the instant shot clearance feedback!

Nikon has pleased their customers for eons. They know what they’re doing when it comes to packing in features for the best price out there. Why go anywhere else? Nock that arrow and prove Nikon right!


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