Caldwell Introduces the CrossWind Professional Wind Meter

It would seem the glut of AR-centric accessories is finally coming to a temporary pause. I have noticed the last few weeks that AR accessories and rifles are waning and manufacturers are turning their attention back to other platforms.


Caldwell has released their CrossWind Professional Wind Meter for the long-range shooter in you. With its rotating fan assembly, the meter can easily be used without contorting or taking your eyes off target to get accurate information on conditions. The meter also calculates temperature, pressure, altitude, density altitude, and wind chill (never know when you need to know exactly how miserable it is outside).


Full PR below:

The Caldwell CrossWind Professional Wind Meter was designed to be the best wind meter on the market for ballistic application. Knowing wind speed gives the shooter the ability to more accurately judge shot placement in varying wind conditions. The 90ï‚° rotating anemometer head allows you to measure exactly how much CrossWind will be applied on the side of your bullet without ever having to move the wind meter or do angle calculations. Both compact and portable, this wind meter reads Current Wind Speed, Average Wind Speed, Max Wind Gust, Temperature and even Density Altitude, Altitude or Barometric Pressure. The included holster protects the wind meter and makes it easy to keep handy. The Caldwell CrossWind Professional Wind Meter is the ultimate tool for indicating wind speed and calculating a reliable firing solution. 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
Also Measures/Calculates: Temp, Station Pressure, Barometric Pressure, Altitude, Density Alt. and Wind Chill
Features a Data Hold Function
Water Resistant
LCD backlight
Auto power off

For more information about Battenfeld Technologies products visit or call 573-445-9200.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • JumpIf NotZero

    I can’t say I’ve ever had a problem turning a kestrel to the direction the wind is coming from. I’m almost certain I’d prefer that to a little motor and rotating fan assembly next to me. I guess I do get the idea though.

  • Julio

    If it turned automatically to show the wind direction that would be a thing,,, but I don’t think it does. For that you have to buy Kestrel’s outrageously-expensive vane mount.

    • flyingburgers

      The idea is not to turn it in the direction the wind is coming, but to point it in the direction you want to shoot, and then point it 90 degrees from that. These two measurements will give you all the information that you care about.

      • Julio

        OK. I’ve always assessed the wind speed and direction by finding the angle that produced the maximum wind speed on the meter, and then evaluating fluctuations in speed and angle, before entering the data into my ballistic solver, with the angle as a clock value. But if there’s a better way, I’m interested. How does the 90-degree method work?

        • flyingburgers

          Total wind speed = sqrt(wind speed component on boresight^2 + crosswind speed ^2)
          Wind angle = acos(crosswind speed/boresight speed)

          If you do the calculations by hand, you’ll find all you care about is the crosswind speed and the speed on boresight: your solver is just undoing the above calculations.

  • Matt

    120 USD and 59 for a cheaper one on the website.
    I got a much cheaper one here.

  • Limonata

    Perhaps someone can explain how valuable this meter is for long distance shooting. When I BR 22lr at 50yrs and 100yrds and we have flags down the line, you can often see flags point in all different directions of the wind. Rarely are they all pointing the same direction due wind swirl etc.
    If you are shooting say 600 yrds out, how effective is this from where your shooting versus the path the bullet has to pass. Doesn’t the wind change or would it not be different all along the path to the target?

    • It’s not always changing as the bullet tracks to the target. There are gust at times but the meter gives a good general feel for what you should use as you setup the shot.
      Of course I’m talking about the 600 yard and further shots. 100 yards wouldn’t matter.

    • raz-0

      TO rephrase your question, I think: To those who know, is this type of thing good in that it gives you more information ot make an educated guess on, or bad in that it essentially lies to you and other methods of wind estimation are better?