Best Binoculars for Hunting 2019

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Why Use Binoculars for Hunting?

In most forms of hunting and in most terrains, be that walking in the mountains or from a static hide, deep in the forest, using firearms like a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, or more traditional archery weapons like a bow or crossbow, a good pair of binoculars is often a vital piece of equipment to ensure a successful hunt. Indeed there are many hunting experts that I have come across that go as far as to say that the right pair of binoculars for hunting is almost as important as your weapon!

Game Spotting, Identification & Evaluation
Their main uses include helping you to scout the surrounding terrain looking for game and then once spotted, they help you to get a better view of your potential targets to firstly identify the animal, then distinguish the sexes and sometimes ages and then finally evaluate trophies etc.

Terrain Evaluation
For many hunters, but especially those who need to walk and track animals over long distances, another very important use for their binoculars is to be able to take a look at the terrain in the distance and make decisions on the best way in which to pass a particular area.

For example, deciding which valley pathway to follow or at what point to cross a river before you get there can save a lot of time, prevent backtracking and therefore make sure the distances that you have to walk is kept to a minimum.

Buyers Guide

What To Look for in Good Hunting Binoculars

This specific niche within optics has a number of specific requirements that are a little different than say general use or binoculars for birding.

In this guide, I will go through all of the most important features to look for, paying particular attention to those that are most useful to the hunter:

Objective Lens Size

Many hunters will go out in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening and therefore the light gathering ability and the brightness of the image produced is critical. In general the larger the size of the objective lens, the better the binocular will perform in low light. Other factors including the quality of the lenses, lens coatings as well as prisms will also play a vital roll in transferring the maximum amount of light to your eyes. The down size to large objective lenses is that they not only make the binoculars bigger and heavier, but more expensive as well. So as with most things, you have to strike a compromise to get the best binoculars for your particular needs.

Most full size binoculars will have an objective lens diameter of 42mm, compact binoculars tend to have 26mm or even 22mm diameters.

A good compromise for many hunters wanting to travel light, but still want a good low light performance are mid-size binoculars that come with objective lenses of around 32mm. For me a good quality mid-sized bin often makes the ideal compromise between portability and light gathering qualities.

Magnification & Field of View

Most people imagine that the higher the magnification, the better the binocular. Not true. Large magnifications make it really difficult to keep the image that you are look at through the optics still (any slight movement is magnified more and more by larger magnifications).

Larger magnifications also generally reduce the field of view (width of the image that you see). A narrower field of view (FOV) will make it much more difficult to spot game, especially when scanning over large areas, it can also make it harder to track faster moving wildlife.

Having said this, the ideal magnification will also depend on your most commonly used terrain. Those who mostly hunt in the woods and forests will be best off choosing a binocular with low magnification (wide field of view) and plenty of light gathering ability, something like an 8x42 binocular or if you need a more compact binocular, an 8x30 or 8x32.

High Powered Binoculars for Hunting

Those hunting in wide open areas and in the mountains will obviously need to observe game at greater distances and therefore need a larger magnification: 10x, 12x or even greater magnifications may be required. But just keep in mind that the narrower FOV will hamper you a little when searching for game over large areas.

For more information on this, read an article I wrote on the Best High Powered Binoculars for Hunting, that includes advice on what to look out for, as well as a few suggestions on what binoculars to get.

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Binocular Durability and Design

Waterproof & Fogproof
Spending time in any wilderness will mean encountering all sorts of weather conditions, it therefore makes sense to choose a pair of binoculars that are fully waterproof. Sealed binoculars not only prevent moisture from getting inside the optics, but dust and other debris as well. Also look out for fogproof binoculars are filled with argon or nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging caused by temperature extremes.

To protect you binoculars from accidental drops and knocks, look out for models that have tough rubber armor.

Although not essential, a camouflage exterior can also be helpful for keeping you out of sight. Many manufacturers produce models in different color variations and include a camo version, that you should keep a look out for.

Steiner Predator AF 8x30 BinocularsSpecial Lens Coatings

Steiner Binoculars have a range known as the Predator that has been designed specifically for hunting and that feature special high contrast optics that are able to block out haze and reduce the vibrancy of green foliage, whilst at the same time, they enhance the visibility of browns, reds and other wildlife colors

At first, I was a little sceptical an thought it may be a gimmick, but after testing the award-winning Steiner Predator AF 8x30 binoculars, I can honestly say that it works and was really impressed as in many situations it will certainly help you spot hidden game.

For more on this, you can also read my detailed article on Steiner Predator Binoculars, or also take a look at my overview of the Steiner 10x26 Predator Pro Compact Binoculars.

Rangefinder Binoculars for HuntingRangefinder Binoculars

Binoculars like the Zeiss Victory Range Finder Binoculars that have LED displays within the view that, with a press of a button display the precise distance to the object you are viewing along with their integrated BIS™ ballistic information system.

Also worth taking a look at the Nikon LaserForce Rangefinder binoculars.

Stealth

For most general uses, being as stealthy as possible is not a major consideration. In fact even for some types of hunting this will also not be of major importance, but for those that need to remain completely out of view and earshot, stealthy hunting gear is essential and this includes your optics:

Camouflage - Many binoculars aimed more specifically at hunters will have a version with a camouflaged exterior. However depending on your preferences, a full camo binocular may not be necessary.

For most hunters, I think it is more important to just make sure the exterior has a dull, neutral color. Here a rubber armor is important, without it, the exterior will be very reflective. Even then look out for softer rubber armors and ones that have an engraved pattern etched into them, as this will reflect far less light than hard shiny surfaces.

Noise Cushioning - Once again here the exterior rubber coating can play a vital role in buffering sound. Hard metallic surfaces make a distinctive sound that carries far and wide when even lightly tapped. Think of your rifle or crossbow or other gear coming into contact with your optics.

So to minimize this risk ensure as much of the binocular has a rubber exterior as possible. Some binoculars will leave most of the metal central bridges exposed. If remaining super quite is important to you, this will certainly be something to look out for.

Eye Relief

This is very important if you use eye glasses. Take a look at Eye Relief in my glossary for a detailed explanation, but basically it is the distance behind the ocular lenses where the image is in focus. So if you wear glasses, you can't get your eyes as close to the lenses, you need a longer eye relief that basically projects the image beyond the ocular lens on the binoculars. So if you wear glasses, you should be looking for an eye relief of at least 15mm, to see the full image full image. The down side to long eye relief is that it usually reduces the field of view. Some people wonder if you need to wear glasses at all using binoculars, well If you are near-sighted or far-sighted, you can use your binoculars without wearing glasses and the binoculars focus will compensate, but if you have astigmatism, you will need to use your glasses.

Eye Cups

Eye-cups are related to the eye relief as they keep the distance from the oculars to our eyes, but also help keep stray light away from your eyes while using binoculars. Many eye-cups are made from rubber and can roll up or down another type are eye-cups that slide rather than roll, but these can be hard to keep in place.

The third type and now most commonly used are eye-cups that twist up and down and so they can be left at any position from all the way up to all the way down, some even have click stops at regular intervals with the eye relief distance for each stop marked on the cup so you can get the perfect eye relief for your vision.

Eye Shields
EyeShieldsEspecially for hunting, the best designs of eyecups, in my opinion, have flaps/shades on the sides, which not only prevent light entering from the side but also stop you being distracted by anything on the periphery of your view.

Indeed some of the very best hunting specific binoculars like the Steiner Nighthunter/Shadowquest 8x56 and the Steiner Predator AF 8x30 binoculars are supplied with the eyeshield design of eyecups and so they are good to go straight out of the box.

However all is not lost if your bins do not have this design as you can purchase a relatively low-cost shield that will fit over your existing eyecup, some of the best that I have used are EyeShields from Field Optics that I highly recommend.

S4 Gear Lockdown X Bino HarnessBinocular Harness Attachment

Because of the need to carry around other gear (like your rifle or crossbow for example) as well as your optics, many hunters prefer to carry use a binocular harness.

So whilst you can attach almost any binocular to a harness, there are some models that make this task far easier to do and come "harness enabled" straight out of the box.

What I mean by this is look for binoculars that have quick release clips on the neck straps. These make it possible to quickly and very easily remove the strap and then fix your instrument to the harness.

For mor on this subject, take a look at my guide to the Best Binocular Harness for Hunting.

Best Hunting Binoculars 2019

BBR Award Winners

Every year I highlight what I feel are the very best instruments that I have fully tested and then reviewed in a range of categories by giving them an award. This obviously includes a category for hunting. You can view all the Best Binoculars for 2019 here but for your convenience, I have listed the winners in the two hunting categories below:

Overall Winner Best Hunting Binocular 2019

Steiner Nighthunter/Shadowquest 8x56

Known as the Nighthunter in Europe or the Shadowquest in the USA, these large 56mm Steiner binoculars have been specifically designed from the ground up with the hunter in mind and especially those needing an instrument that can perform in very low light conditions.

Excellent in Low Light
Manufactured in Germany, using the very best components, optics and optical coatings, his instrument has an industry leading light transmission level of more than 96% (across all visible wavelengths).

This extremely high level of light transmission in addition to the large 56mm lenses ensures that they are able to produce an image that is brighter in low light than anything that I have ever used before. Seriously!

Faster Target Acquisition
The Nighthunter/Shadowquest also uses Steiner's fixed focus (Always in Focus) system. So all you have to do is set up the instrument to match your particular vision once and from then on, you never really need to make any adjustments to the focus. The advantage of this is that you can locate game quicker and it is much easier use these binoculars, even with just one hand which is super important when also carrying your weapon or rangefinder in the other hand.

Extremely Wide View
As we have already discussed, a wide view is really important to most hunters as it makes it easier to scan wide open areas searching for game, whilst at at closer range it helps you to more easily follow fast moving targets.

Extras & Accessories
Steiner Optics supply these with their excellent Click-Lock quick-release system on the neck strap which enables you to very quickly and easily swap between the strap and your bino harness.

Other excellent features include the eyecups with included side shields that are extremely effective in blocking out light and distractions from the periphery of your view.

Cost & Where to Buy:
These very high quality, high end instruments currently retail for around $750 in the US and £800 / €800 in the UK and Europe:

UK & Europe: Buy & Compare Prices: Steiner Nighthunter Binoculars
USA: Buy & Compare Prices: Steiner Shadowquest Binoculars

Winner Best Lightweight/Travel Binocular for Hunting 2019

Steiner Predator AF 8x30 Binoculars

Steiner Predator AF 8x30 Binoculars - Best Lightweight/Travel Binocular for Hunting 2019Steiner CAT™ Game-Sensing Lens Coatings
The Steiner Predator AF binoculars use special lens coatings specifically developed for the hunter as they enhance the reddish brown colors of game and reduce the vibrancy of foliage colors like green, helping you to more easily locate many types of wildlife.

Easy to Carry & Travel Friendly
A smaller more lightweight body is made possible by using relatively small 30mm lenses, but a real standout feature for me is the open bridge body design. Whist this is fairly common amongst roof prism binoculars, it is the first time I have used it on a Porro prism bino.

This combined with the porro prism shape not only makes for an extremely comfortable to hold instrument when holding them up to your eyes, but the gap between the barrels makes for a very secure region to hold onto when walking with them.

Like the Shadowquest/Nighthunter above, this instrument also uses a focus free optical system making it quicker for you to locate your subject and easier for you to use the binocular with just one hand and thus allowing you to hold your weapon or rangefinder in the other.

Cost & Where to Buy
At the time of writing, these Steiner Predator AF binos were available for approximately $340 / £340, which I feel for a mid to high-end instrument is excellent value:

Buy & Compare Prices: Steiner Predator AF Binoculars

Hunting Binocular Reviews

For more options, take a look below at some of the binoculars that I have tested and fully reviewed and which recommend as ideal hunting binoculars. I have divided them into their size categories for you:

Full Size Hunting Binoculars

The binoculars below all have objective lenses of around 42mm and are classed as "full-size" - these larger lenses ensure they perform well even in very poor light. On the down side, they are a little bigger and heavier than some of the compact and mid sized bins (see below), not a problem if you hunt from a hide, but may not be ideal if you also carry a lot of hunting gear over large distances and difficult terrain.

 

Athlon Midas 12x50 Binoculars Review

Quite possibly one of the best value for money long range hunting/wildlife binoculars currently on the market, the 12x50 Midas binoculars contain most of the features used on Athlon's top of the range Cronus and Ares series binoculars, yet cost far less.

Highlights include a very powerful 12x magnification, Argon purged magnesium chassis, ED glass lenses, phase corrected BaK-4 roof prisms with ESP Dielectric Coatings that deliver bright and very high quality images.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Bresser Condor 10x42 Binoculars Review

Aimed at the serious, but price-conscious outdoor enthusiast, the new Condor binocular from German brand Bresser combines a high quality exterior with optics that can perform well even when the light levels get poor.

Highlights include a tough fog & chassis with aluminium focus wheel, eye piece housings and diopter adjuster as well as a fully multi-coated optical system.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 78%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

GPO Passion ED 8x42 Binoculars Review

Offering extremely good value for money, these GPO Passion ED binoculars combine components like a magnesium chassis and a fully multi-coated optical system with dielectrically coated, phase corrected roof prisms with a whole host of very impressive specifications.

The result is a highly capable binocular that beats most in its class and competes very well with many far more expensive instruments.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 85%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Hawke Frontier 8x42 ED X Binoculars Review

When you factor in their price, the list of highlights on these mid-to-high end Hawke binoculars is truly impressive.

Highlights on the exterior include a magnesium housing, metal eyepieces and focus wheel. Optically they are fully multi-coated, have ED glass lenses with water repellent coatings as well as phase corrected, dielectrically coated prisms

The field of view is phenomenal as is the image quality and brightness....

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 87%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Athlon Midas 8x42 Binoculars Review

The best value for money range from Athlon Optics is the Midas series and in my opinion the best model within that series is this 8x42 version and is without question, one of the best value binoculars currently on the market.

Why I hear you ask? Well to start with they use all the high end components and features of far more expensive binoculars, then these also have an extremely wide field of view and...

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
 

Kahles Helia 8x42 Binoculars Review

Designed in Austria using high quality optics, components and hand-made accessories, these 8x42 Kahles contain all the usual features you would expect from a instrument at this level as well as a few interesting additions that certainly set them apart from the crowd...

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
 

Vortex Fury HD 10x42 Binoculars Review

The Vortex Fury HD combines high quality optical components with a powerful laser rangefinder in a tough shell that is sure to perform even in the harshest of conditions.

Highlights included dielectric coated prisms, tough exterior lens coatings, a laser range finder with a maximum range of 1600 yards with multiple modes including one which compensates for the angle from you to your target.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
 

Swarovski EL 10x50 Swarovision Binoculars Review

The big brother of the extremely popular Swarovski EL range of binoculars, the 10x50 version offers the user some very interesting advantages over the more standard 42mm versions and makes for a very interesting choice.

There is no question about the quality, so in this mini review, I take a close look at these advantages as well as the draw backs and compare them to the other Swarovski EL binoculars that I have tested to see what kind of user and which uses these are most suitable for.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 93%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 10/10

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Large & High Power Hunting Binoculars

Below are the best large sized hunting binoculars (objective lenses above 50mm in diameter) that I have reviewed and tested on BBR.

Many of them also have high magnifications, but this is not always the case, it just depends on your requirements. For example the large 56mm Steiner Shadowquest 8x56 Binoculars has a moderate 8x magnification, because it is designed to work extremely well in low light conditions.

Whilst the Vortex Kaibab HD 18x56 for example is the same size (56mm), but has a massive 18x magnification. here the emphasis is not on low light performance, rather on being able to achieve a detailed image a very long distances. More Info: Best High Powered Binoculars for Hunting

 

Vortex Kaibab HD 18x56 Binoculars Review

Premium quality optics combined with an very high 18x magnification and a tough outer body that Vortex a well known for, these just might be the ultimate long-range binocular ideal for hunters of big game in wide open spaces as well as general long range observation.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
 

Bresser Pirsch ED 8x56 Binoculars Review

Not much larger or heavier than many 8x42 binoculars, these 8x56 Pirsch ED Binoculars from the German Optics company Bresser offer a bright image with a superior low light performance.

Image quality is ensured with the use of ED glass lenses, phase corrected and dielectrically coated BaK4 roof prisms, whist the fog and waterproof body also contains features like an all metal focus wheel end eyepiece housing to ensure their durability.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 Binoculars Review

Great quality optics and coatings in combination with very large 56mm objective lenses and a moderate 8x power results in a binocular that is able to deliver the brightest images in extremely adverse light conditions.

These attributes as well as many others make this binocular not only suitable but excel in a wide range of uses and times where light is a limiting factor. This includes hunting, security, general wildlife, birding, marine and astronomy.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 83%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Steiner HX 15x56 Binoculars Review

High power, long distance binoculars from Steiner Optics that combine a high level of optics and coatings with a tough, long lasting exterior that will appeal to hunters, long range wildlife observers or indeed anyone wanting for more reach and/or greater image detail.

Highlights for me include an impressive and very bright image, the use of superior quality optical components, a tough, almost bomb proof exterior and a keen eye on the finer details that when all added up set these apart the ordinary.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 83%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

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Mid-Size & Compact Hunting Binoculars

The compact & mid sized hunting bins below all have objective lenses of about 32mm and under. These may not perform quite as well as larger bins in low light conditions, but due to their smaller size and lower weight are more portable and ideal if you cover large distances on foot or traverse difficult terrain when hunting:

 

Steiner Predator AF 8x30 Binoculars Review

Designed specifically for hunting, these Steiner Predator AF binoculars feature special lens coatings that enhance the colors of game and thus help them to stand out from their environment.

These porro prism binoculars also have an always in focus optical system that ensures you are able to quickly locate and then follow wildlife.

The small shape and open bridge design is extremely comfortable to hold and ideal for travel as well as those who carry a lot of other gear.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 78%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Snypex Knight D-ED 10x32 Binoculars Review

These high performance, mid-size Snypex binoculars offer the user greater image detail at longer ranges and are an ideal instrument for travel, safaris, hunting and general nature and wildlife observation.

Top specification optical components include APO lenses with ED glass elements, Bak-4 Dach roof prisms with phase correction and dielectric coatings that ensure the best possible views...

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 83%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Opticron Traveller BGA ED 10x32 Binoculars Review

Very high quality mid-sized 10x32mm binoculars that will appeal to the enthusiast and serious user and makes an ideal high end optic for any travel related adventure including safaris, hiking or backpacking.

Major highlights include an extremely high level of optical components that combine well to produce an image of superior quality. Add to this a very wide field of view, great close focus distance and plenty of eye-relief and many other features...

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 82%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 10/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Snypex Knight D-ED 8x32 Binoculars Review

These 8x32 Snypex Knight D-ED binoculars come about as close as any as being the perfect general use mid-sized instrument.

The highest quality optical components like APO lenses with ED glass elements, Bak-4 Dach roof prisms with phase correction and dielectric coatings all come together to deliver an image that is as good as many high quality full sized instruments...

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 83%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Pentax AD 9x32 WP Binoculars Review

With quality components and coatings, these mid-high end Pentax binoculars are aimed at the more serious users who need or appreciate the convenience of a more portable and lightweight instrument, but are also not willing to sacrifice too much in terms of optical performance.

Features include fully multi-coated optics, BaK-4 phase corrected prisms, water and fog proof housing and five stage twist-up eye-cups with 16mm of eye-relief.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 75%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Minox BL 8x33 HD Binoculars Review

The Minox BL HD is an updated and reworked version of the really popular and already excellent Minox BL 8x33, that now includes HD lens elements that improve the image quality even further.

Made and hand finished in Germany, other highlights include a fully waterproof compact and lightweight open bridge body design, phase correction coating on the roof prisms, long eye-relief and a really wide field of view.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

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More Hunting Binoculars

Nikon LaserForce RangeFinder Binoculars

Nikon LaserForce 10x42 RangeFinder BinocularsThe Nikon LaserForce comes with an onboard laser rangefinder that boasts an impressive range from 10 yards right up to 1900 yards.

Added to this you get a very high end optical instrument with highlights that include a full metal chassis, fully multi-coated optics and eco friendly lenses with ED glass elements.

The LaserForce is currently only available in a 10x42 configuration.

Verdict: An ED quality optic with a on-board rangefinder for a street price of just over $1000 is sure to make them very competitive.

More Details:

For more information with a full list of their specifications and features:

Shopping BasketPrice Range & Where to Buy
The LaserForce has a RRP of $1,199.95 which is good for a high end rangefinder hunting binocular and whilst still new this price has already come down to around $1125.00 in some stores. For the latest prices in your country check the link below:


 

Leica Geovid 10x42 HD-B Laser Rangefinder Binoculars

Binoculars.com's Innovation of the year Award 2013 -Leica Geovid 10x42 HD-B Laser Rangefinder BinocularsWinner of Binoculars.com's Innovation of the Year Awards 2013

What Binoculars.com say: "Advance Ballistic Compensation in a binocular. That's right. Leica has continued the tradition of continually upping the ante in high-tech optics with 2013 Innovation of the Year, the Geovid HD-B Laser Rangefinder Binocular. ABC, as it's called, allows hunters to upload ballistics data for their equipment and accurately calculate their shot based on ballistics curves and real-time distance, angle, temperature, and air pressure calculations. All within .2 seconds. This incredible technology is paired, of course, with state-of-the-art optics from Leica, with a new Perger Porro prism system and unparalleled optical performance. You didn't know it until just now, but you need this."

What I say: There is no getting around the fact that these Leica binoculars are not cheap, but if you hunt with a rifle and are looking for very, very best hunting binocular, then these must surely be worth taking a very close look at.

As well as all the hunting specific features that Binoculars.com have already discussed above these Leica's have all the optical components and coatings that you would expect to find in any standard binocular in this class. What is more all this comes encased in what must be said is a tough and beautiful looking open bridge body.

Price Range
These Leica Geovid Rangefinder Binoculars cost about $3000 in the US:


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