Caldwell Professional Crosswind Meter
by Mary and Dr. Jim Clary
If you haven't already used a Caldwell Wind Wizard II, you are missing one of the best on the market. The Wind Wizard II does everything that the average shooter could ask for at a reasonable price. For details on the Wind Wizard II, you can read the review on this site.
The question is, how do you improve a device that is already almost perfect. Well, the folks at Caldwell did just that. Instead of a fixed anemometer, they installed one with a 90o rotating head which allows you to measure exactly how much crosswind is involved and make the appropriate adjustment in your shooting.
No longer is one required to hold up your wind meter, face it into the wind and do some mental calculations as to how much crosswind to compensate for. Now, you simply face the meter downrange, rotate the anemometer head into the wind and you have your crosswind value. It can't be more simple than that.
We found the Crosswind Meter to be especially useful in our blinds in Texas where we could not step out to get a reading. We simply held it out the window, rotated the head and had our crosswind adjustment for our shots (when the deer eventually showed up). Knowing the proper crosswind adjustment is really critical when you are shooting a muzzleloader. And, of course, when you are using a bow.
And, as with the "regular" Wind Wizard, this device measures/calculates: temperature, station pressure, barometric pressure, altitude, density altitude and wind chill factor. No, this is not a weather station and it is not supposed to be. It is simply an incredibly useful device for range shooters and hunters. It gives you all the information you need to remain on target at the range or harvest your game in the field. Add in the automatic power off function to save the battery in case you forget to turn the meter off and the LED backlight for low light conditions and you have a device that is as perfect as one can make it .
The specifications for the Professional CrossWind Meter are:
• Operates on one CR2032 battery (included).
• Wind Speed measurements in: mph, ft/min, km/h, m/s, or knots
• Measures Max Wind Gust, Average Wind Speed and Current Wind Speed
• Anemometer head rotates 90 degrees to calculate the applied crosswind to the projectile
• Measures/Calculates: Temperature, Station Pressure, Barometric Pressure, Altitude, Density Altitude and Wind Chill
• Features a Data Hold Function & Water Resistant LCD backlight
• Auto power off
• Protective holster
It is well worth the MSRP of $109.99. At the time of this writing, there is no other wind meter on the market with a rotating anemometer head. If you are an active shooter or hunter, we encourage you to check out this handy device at www.battenfeldtechnologies.com.