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Yard Range: 8-1000 yards
Magnification: 6X21 mm objective lens
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 3.9″ x 1.9″ x 3.0″/7.1 oz (w/out battery)
Angle Compensation: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight/Slope
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting
Nikon Arrow ID VR 7000 Rangefinder Review
Nikon leads the world’s most advanced rangefinder technology again with the Arrow ID VR 7000. With two models sporting the VR (Vibration Reduction) technology, Nikon proudly touts that they’re the first to do it on a laser rangefinder.
This is impressive news for both gun and bow hunters. Being able to reduce image shakiness up to 80% is a big deal. When you’ve got your 10-pointer in sight, adrenaline kicks in and making a steady shot can be difficult, let alone trying to get a rangefinder to hold still directly on target.
The Arrow ID 7000 is a bow hunter’s dream rangefinder with its VR feature, of course. However, it sports more than that. It even has Nikon’s HYPER READ technology to produce instantaneous readings (half a second) with accuracy to -/+.5 yards. Even better for long distance hunters, you have a maximum of 1,000 yards to play with.
Without assumption, you know you also have Tru Target technology, ID angle compensation, and a fully waterproof body. But, what about the optics? 6X magnification, 21mm objective lens, 18mm of eye relief, and an ultra-compact unit that’s specifically made for unobstrusive use in the field. What more could you want?
To hunters that aren’t fooled by the bells and whistles of any optic, you’ll appreciate the crystal-clear views that are iconic features of a Nikon product. You’ll also be convinced by the ease of set-up and its high-performance rate when in the timber or the open fields. Since this a very new optic to the market, little has been said about it by the masses, so you’ll just have to take our word for it.
- VR technology
- ID technology
- Hyper Read
- Tru Target modes
- No LED display
- Identical to Nikon Monarch 7i VR
Nikon Arrow ID VR 7000 Q&A:
This rangefinder tops a retail and street price of around $350-400 (approx). That’s quite steep for a rangefinder, but what can you expect for the world’s first laser rangefinder with vibration reduction? Comparing it to more expensive rangefinders in the market that don’t have this new technology, it’s sporting a price tag much lower than what we would’ve expected.
Short version: yes. It has exactly the same optical, dimensional, and feature specs as the Monarch 7i VR. The two rangefinders even sport the same prices. However, there is one difference that Nikon focuses in on for marketing purposes. The Arrow ID is aimed towards bow hunters while the Monarch is aimed towards rifle shooters. In our opinion, with the exact same features, either rangefinder would work for both purposes.
Unfortunately, the vibration feature is always on as long as the rangefinder is on. It’s activated once you power on the unit and will deactivate when you power down the rangefinder. Once you’ve found your target, the laser beam automatically aligns with the target to ensure positive target acquisition. This can make all the difference in the field when you need a dead-on shot.
With long eye relief of 18mm, you’ll have forgiving-enough eye relief to keep your specs on while you range. There’s no limitations when it comes to the Arrow ID.
The Arrow ID rangefinder has an LCD display with black font (as shown in the picture).
You would expect that for a rangefinder with these features and for the cost that it would sport a high-end display.
This may be a drawback for those who prefer the red/LED display, however, with Nikon’s glass quality, you can be assured that your display will be readable in most light conditions.
Yes. The rangefinder purchase does include a full 21 page instructional manual in both English and French. You can also download the online PDF version here.
You might hear audible clicks or sounds when every time you depress the power button. This is normal for the rangefinder, but it won’t be loud enough for game to distinguish. The minute motion sounds are due to the vibration reduction motor. Continue use of rangefinder as normal.
The Arrow ID is completely waterproof and will have no damage done if it’s submerged in up to 1 meter of water for no longer than 10 minutes. Just a reminder, the battery compartment is rainproof not waterproof.
No. The rangefinder has no tripod bushing for mounting. However, the need for tripod use is practically eliminated since it does have VR technology.
- Long ranging distances of up to 1,000 yards
- Ideal and specifically designed for bow hunters
- Vibration Reduction technology to minimize shaking up to 80%
- Tru Target technology for various hunting terrains
- ID technology for angle compensated distances
Our Verdict on the New Arrow ID
The aim of it is, Target Tamers loves the new Nikon Arrow ID VR 7000 rangefinder. It’s the first of its kind to sport vibration reduction technology in a laser rangefinder. This gives “unshakeable confidence” a whole new meaning when you head out for the hunt. However, it would’ve been nice to upgrade the display with an LED one just for the sake of going all out on a premium unit.
But, we do have to admit that $400 (approx.) is a lot of money, and if it’s not there, you will have to forgo the VR feature. However, bow hunters be not dismayed. The Arrow ID 3000 is cheaper, has Tru Target and ID technologies, and up to 550 yards of ranging distance. You are compromising on the waterproof body with a water-resistant one, but you’ll be saving more than a few bucks.
It’s hard to top a rangefinder that has the world’s latest rangefinder technology, so to even the playing field, let’s forget that feature for a second. For about the same price, you could be the owner of a fantastic Sig Sauer Kilo 2000. With extreme distance ranging of 3,400 yards, an LED display, and angle compensation with both Best and Last target modes, the Nikon may be outdone. Check it out for yourself!
Nikon shows the world and the optics industry how it’s done. It’s no surprise that they’ve done it first on a laser rangefinder, and they did it well. We wonder who is next to follow the trend with the release of the Arrow ID VR 7000? It’s definitely going to be an interesting comparison if they can do it as well as Nikon has!
- Accurate measurements from 1000 yards away
- Tru Target Technology for choosing between the furthest and the closest targets among the group of targets measured