The Kestrel 5700. This sort of replaced the Sportsman as now a more affordable option.
So what's the difference in the 5700 and the Elite Model? The Elite has the proprietary Applied Ballistics software. The 5700 has ballistics software, but it's not Applied Ballistics. If you want the best, get the Elite. If are watching your money more in the expensive sport, here is what you need to know on the difference.
PRICE: you can upgrade later to the Elite for $401.81.
COLOR: Only available in Tan.
LiNK - It only comes with LiNK which is where you'll get any firmware updates.
DSF - It does not have Drop Scale Factor, so if you are shooting transonic (past 1200 yards), do not get this meter, get the Elite. Shooting less than 1200, it won't matter.
CUSTOM CURVES- The Elite has the custom curves. The 5700 does NOT. People who rely on G1 / G7 rely on what the bullet manufacturer wants you to believe and is on the box. Sometimes this is marketing by the manufacturer. Companies are known to fudge their G7 factors to make it sound better than it is against the competition. The Custom curves have been tested and proven. They are measurements to a specific bullet, so there is a lot of value to someone who cares. This has tremendous value, which is what costs you $401.81 more for the Elite but will easily save you that in bullets over time.
Some have heard of the new Easy Mode. This feature is on both the 5700 and Elite. It walks you through a simple step-by-step guide to using your Kestrel so you can learn faster and start shooting long range with confidence.
Compare Chart: See the differences in these easily laid out along with the older models.
There are a number of great user videos on Youtube to check out and see people using the Kestrel Meters.
Here is a great channel covering most everything.
Kestrel 5700 Review & How-To Videos
Know where your bullet will hit before you pull the trigger. The Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter measures wind, altitude, and all critical weather and ballistic variables to calculate an accurate aim point for long-range shooting. No more DOPE cards, re-zeroing or guessing at the wind. This all-in-one compact tool combines onsite environmental measurements with a powerful G1/G7 ballistics calculator to deliver precise elevation and windage solutions for any gun, any round, any shot. Get first-shot confidence with the all-in-one, long-range shooting solution trusted by long-range hunters and shooters.
Employs a G1/G7 ballistic solver, correcting for Aerodynamic Jump, Spin Drift, and Coriolis to achieve accurate long-range shots.
Easy Mode walks you through a simple step-by-step guide to using your Kestrel so you can learn faster and start shooting long range with confidence.
Muzzle Velocity Calibration Guide allows for accurate measurement of bullet speed without a chronograph to improve accuracy.
Environmental Capture measures and adjusts for actual conditions wherever you are and automatically updates the ballistic solution - eliminating the need to re-zero when moving to a different altitude.
LiNK connectivity powered by Bluetooth® low energy provides wireless communication to mobile devices and computers and integration with LiNK compatible laser range finders for improved speed and accuracy. (Note: LiNK Dongle sold separately)
Choice of solution units (Mils, MOA, Clicks, Inches or Centimeters)- works with any gun or targeting scope.
Weather mode offers all the environmental measurements, storage and charting capabilities of the Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter, including wind speed, direction, crosswind, temperature, humidity, pressure, and altitude.
Large, hi-res, hi-contrast, graphics display is perfectly readable in the brightest sunlight. Includes both bright white and night-vision-preserving red backlight. It's really easy to read.
Kestrel LiNK for Ballistics app on iOS and Android provides convenient gun management/backup, and the ability to view your Kestrel’s solution remotely on your mobile device.
Rugged (drop tested to MIL-STD-810G standards), waterproof (sealed to IP67 standards).
Protective pouch, neck lanyard, and Lithium AA battery included.
You can upgrade to the Elite model for $401.81 down the line.
Backlight - Switchable White/Red
Ballistics Calculator - Applied Ballistics®
Battery Life Indicator
Data Log Graph View
Data Logging - Adjustable Interval
Date & Time
Drop-Tested to MIL-STD-810G
High Contrast, Sunlight Readable Monochrome LCD Display
Integrated Flip Open Impeller Cover
Intuitive Tactile Up/Down/Enter Keypad
LiNK Wireless Communication - When Option Selected (Bluetooth low energy)*
Multilingual Menus (English, French, Spanish, German)
Relative Humidity Sensor
Temperature Sensor (Patented External Isolated)
Waterproof to IP67 (3'/1M for 30 minutes)
Aerodynamic Jump Correction
Basic Ballistic Data Table
Connect with LiNK Compatible Range Finders
Create and store 1 Target
Create and store up to 3 Gun/Bullet Profiles
G1/G7 Drag Models
Muzzle Velocity Calibration
Spin Drift Correction
Supports Mil, MOA, Clicks
Standard and Night Vision Preserving Backlight
Target Range Estimator
Battery - 1 x AA
Certificate Of Conformity (Spec Sheet)
Protective Drawstring Pouch