While TecTecTec may lack the pedigree of a lot of the classic optics manufactures being only about 4 years old, they have proven they can knock out a solid product that is in a class with other manufacturers but at a price that should easily slide into most people’s budgets. Everywhere you look, the reviews are off the charts for this reasonably priced but overall high quality rangefinder.
Unlike most rangefinder manufacturers, TecTecTec doesn’t offer a large number of options, instead opting to develop a solid product and make technological advancements to upgrade and make each rangefinder as good as it can be. The ProWild lineup has three rangefinders all of similar capabilities but with a few small changes in color and style
One thing immediately noticeable about the TecTecTec is the quality of the glass which is absolutely superb for a rangefinder costing so little. It is multi-coated and comes across as very bright and clear with good resolution even at farther ranges and almost no issues with mirage or distortion.
As with all units the laser is the standard eye-safe class 1 and does its job admirably. The receiver and software do an excellent job of processing the data from that laser into a +/- 1 yard accurate measurement, even on targets that may be moving at the time. The laser also features a speed display to show how fast a target is moving which may be of marginal use to a hunter but is fun information to have.
Feature wise, the ProWild is somewhat lacking with no notable software to assist the hunter other than range. This rangefinder doesn’t have an inclinometer, any type of drop compensation, or even distance compensation for angled shots. It is a bare bones and basic unit but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful.
For the hunter who just wants an accurate range to the target and nothing more, this is a very good rangefinder. It is fast and super easy to use. There is no clutter in the display, just a solid measure of the range to what you are looking at. Its one nod to features is a very fast and accurate scan mode to give you an idea of all the ranges around you.
What does it do?
I would give the number one reason to own this unit to the high quality glass. Sure it’s a rangefinder and glass is often not among the most sought after traits but it means more than most people realize. Good quality glass will help you get a solid reading and possibly do more for the accuracy of your reading than any other single thing. If you can’t see it clearly, there is no way you can range it accurately.
The second point about this unit that I love is the ease of use. There are no rangefinders easier. Just turn it on, hit the button, and you have an accurate range. There is no fiddling with setting or attempting to get things in the right mode for what you are using the rangefinder for. Just get your range and get on with your shot.
Most people see simple and immediately assume its lower quality but with the ProWild nothing could be farther from the truth. The lack of features makes the rangefinder more robust and more accurate as a result. There are no complications that can happen or no misunderstood settings. The range is the range and that is that.
Having a scan mode is quite a good idea and takes nothing away from the rangefinders simplicity. Being able to get a good gauge on the ranges around your hunting area can help with those occasions that you don’t have time to get to your rangefinder and back to your shot. It works as well on the ProWild as it does on any rangefinder on the market.
The speed mode is an interesting choice. I have never been one to take a shot at a fast moving target and in most cases I won’t shoot at any moving target but having the speed setting there makes for a fun way to pass the time while the field is empty of better targets. It also teaches you to be more accurate with your rangefinder.
The final noteworthy feature of the ProWild is the durability. The body is fully rainproof and quite resistant to bumps and dings that are so common on anyone’s hunting gear. While very few rangefinders can handle any hard abuse, the ProWild holds up as well as any of them while still being very small and lightweight.
All around this is a good unit at a great price.
What doesn’t it do?
There are a lot of things this unit doesn’t do. It has no ballistic compensation, no true horizontal distance calculations, and no advanced software at all. It doesn’t even have an inclinometer to start with. This can be a big limiting factor if you are looking for a more full featured unit. This is as simple as a rangefinder comes.
If you are looking for more out of a rangefinder than just a range measurement, this may not be the best choice for you. However, the simplicity does mean that it is equally useful with rifle or bow. It will accurately measure ranges out to around 500 meters so it has plenty of range to get out to most any target and give you good data. It just won’t do anything to make that data better.
The Final Word
For the simpler hunter, I can’t think of many units that would be better and none that are in the same price range as the TecTecTec ProWild. For a company founded in 2014, they are producing great stuff at great prices. It is very likely that these prices will go up over time as the reputation of TecTecTec improves. I would also anticipate seeing vast changes to the level of technology used in their units in the near future.
For now, this simple unit is a great choice to get you started on rangefinders and really learn the basics of how they work. The price makes it a prime example of how modern technology doesn’t need to cost a fortune to be good. It’s simple, cheap, easy to use, lightweight, and very capable.