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PRODUCT FOCUS

Vaavud
Shaka

Pocket-size Anemometers

A

side from the debate on whether to read
the wind at the firing line, midpoint down
range or from the mirage at the targets,
most shooters agree on using some form of wind
gauge. Whether you use a piece of yarn tied to the
spotting scope or a full-fledged weather station
with wet ball humidity data and altitude readings,
only indoor marksmen have escaped the wrath
of the wind gods. A high-end Kestrel handheld
model, for example, can cost more than $300.
The new smart phone models, on the other hand,
are very accurate, sell for $34.95 - $70 and offer
more features than bargain basement handhelds,
like saving location/speed data and reading wind
direction from the magnetometer in the phone.
In the last few years, smart phone
anemometers have become popular with
outdoor sportsmen such as day sailors,
kite flyers, remote-control model pilots
and hunters. Both the WeatherFlow
and Shaka models employ a network of distributed users whose
wind readings are plotted on
websites such as Sailflow and
WindAlert for all to see.
Review comments from
in-house staff included
"convenient," "affordable"

and "accurate." Watch this WeatherFlow
video to see just how accurate they are:
http://vimeo.com/74974334. And because
most models use sensitive, jeweled bearings,
the protective box/case that comes with the
WeatherFlow model is a desirable feature.
Whether you like the idea of propping your
phone and wind vane against a scope stand with
sound muted is a personal choice. Having one of
these meters stashed in a range box for recorded/
archived wind speed and direction might make
more sense than a $300 model used by only the
most discerning wind shooters. This new genre of
gauges does require a smart phone and a downloaded, free "App," so those of you still holding
on to your Motorola flip phone will have to wait
a little longer before you can order pizza from the
ready area, while recording the wind speed (average and gust), wind direction and location. Want
to impress? Begin posting your local wind speed
via Twitter, SMS, e-mail and Facebook.
Other models don't seem to have quite the
feature-per-dollar bragging rights as the $34.95
WeatherFlow. They include the $50 Vaavud that
uses a larger wind vane: and the $70 Shaka.
If you have a favorite ballistics application,
contact the developer and request they support
these devices.

WeatherFlow

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