Trijicon has announced what is likely going to be one of the most interesting optic solutions of the year.
The device is called Trijicon Ventus (or Ventus X) and according to the maker it is the World’s first handheld device with advanced wind mapping and range detection.
The Ventus is designed with a Doppler LIDAR engine that measures the headwind, tailwind, crosswind and vertical wind components at six different distances in front of you. Supposedly in any weather condition.
LIDAR is short for Light Detection and Ranging, and can be found in almost all makes and models of self-driving and autonomous cars. So not only will the technology help you hit the bullseye, but it will also drive you to your destination.
Together with what Trijicon calls WindPro™ Technology, the Ventus will provide the user with data and information that has previously only been available for very professional users (read The Military). This is not your ordinary LRF (Laser Range Finder) with some extras.
The Ventus can measure three-dimensional wind velocities at multiple distances up to 500 yards in front of the user and range targets up to 5,000 yards for accurate shooting at extreme distances.
Without knowing, I would think that this product is sprung out of some kind of project at DARPA.
Below is Trijicon’s description:
LONG-RANGE ACCURACY. NO MATTER THE ELEMENTS.
The Trijicon Ventus™ is the world’s first advanced wind-mapping and range-detecting handheld device. Powered by WindPro™ Technology, the Ventus can measure three-dimensional wind velocities at multiple distances up to 500 yards in front of the user and range real-world targets up to 5,000 yards for accurate shooting at extreme distances.
Trijicon Ballistics Calculator App
- iOS and Android Compatible
- Seamless Bluetooth Integration with Ventus™ X
- See Wind Map Overlay of Readings
- Remotely Fire the Ventus™ X from the App
- Provides Ballistic Solution on Trijicon reticle with the App
- Save Up to 1,000 Ventus™ X Readings within the App
Below is a YouTube video that summarizes all the features:
The product is said to be coming in the second half of 2020, and I can say that I am excited to try one out for the first time and see how it performs.
I don’t want to crash the party just yet, but a few concerns are the size and weight of the device as well as battery life. To me, it looks like something you would rather have on a tripod than carrying in your backpack and then holding in your hands, but if that is what it takes to get rid of the weather balloons and other secret spells to read the wind then I’m fine.
Another one is that while having LIDAR out to 500 yards (460 meters), it is about there where the wind really starts to have an effect on the ballistics (in very generic terms).
ITAR may also play a role for International customers outside of the USA.
There is no price announced yet, but speculations in various forums think this device might hit the $10,000 mark. Like I mentioned, don’t expect this to be in the price range of a Laser Range Finder with some extras. And remember: A first hit at long range is priceless.
You can find out more from Trijicon at https://www.trijicon.com/products/category/trijicon-ventus
Another place to keep a look at is Trijicon on the Book of Faces.
You’re more than welcome to discuss this exciting release in the comments below.