The Best Binoculars for Hunting

Best Binoculars for Hunting 2024

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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 2024

BBR Award Winners

Every year since 2010, I have highlighted what I feel are the very best instruments that I have fully hands-on tested and then reviewed in a range of categories by giving them an award. This includes a category for hunting, which in the past, I would only award a single binocular the overall title.

However, there have been many occasions when I wanted to offer a number winners in sub-categories within the overall hunting niche (best overall, best budget hunting binocular, best for low light conditions, best at long range, etc) and so this year I am devoting a whole section to of the awards to hunting and below are the winners:

Overall Winner: Best Binoculars for Hunting 2024

The winner in this category must be a truly excellent general all-round instrument and which must be able to perform in a wide variety of conditions and environments:

Vortex Razor UHD 10x42 Binoculars

With a BBR score of 92%, the Vortex Razor UHD 10x42 sits very comfortably alongside the very best binoculars that I have ever used, tested, or reviewed, and thus I had no reservations in recognizing them as not only the binocular hunting binocular in 2024.

From the top-hinge designed magnesium frame to the incredible APO Lens System and Abbe-Koenig roof prisms, almost every single component used on the Razor UHD is the best that you can get.

This combined with excellent attention to detail and build quality that is second to none results in a binocular that comfortably compares and in some cases beats the top 'alpha' level instruments from the more established brands from Europe.

Body Quality: 9/10 92%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 10/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 9/10

A Few Highlights:

  • Extremely high level of body components and build quality, which includes a magnesium alloy chassis, all-metal eye-piece housings, ultra-smooth focus wheel, and lockable diopter adjuster.
  • As with the body components and perhaps even more so, the level of optical components and coatings used is as good as it gets. This starts with the APO Lens System, goes through to the Abbe Koenig design of roof prisms, and finally ends with anti-reflection coatings on all optical surfaces and protective ArmorTek coatings on the exterior lens surfaces.
  • The combination of all these extremely high spec optical components results in what I thought was a truly exceptional view. Indeed I gave it a score of 10/10 and thus truly believe it is as good as it gets.
  • Another important highlight for me was the level of the included accessories. For starters, the carry case doubles as a fully enclosed bino harness and the package comes with all the necessary straps as well as an extra accessory pouch that can fit onto the front of the case or indeed anything that has the standard MOLLE webbing system.

Main Specs & Features:

  • Very High-End Binoculars, RRP Approx: $1500 / £1500 / €1600
  • XR Plus Fully Multi-Coated Optics with:
    • APO Lens System
    • ArmorTek Exterior Lens Coatings
  • Abbe-Koenig Roof Prisms
    • Dielectric Coatings
    • Phase Corrected
  • Single "True Open Hinge" Body Design:
    • Magnesium Chassis
    • Water & Fogproof (Argon Filled)
    • Central Focus Wheel
    • Locking Diopter
    • Twist-up aluminum eyecups with 16.7mm of Eye Relief
    • Tripod Adaptable
  • FOV: 346ft @ 1000 yards
  • Close Focus Distance: 4.5ft
Buy & Compare Prices: Vortex Razor UHD Binoculars

Past Winners:

Best Hunting Binoculars with Rangefinder 2024

ATN BinoX 4K 4-16x Day & Night Vision Binoculars with Laser Rangefinder

Winner Best Night Vision Binoculars 2024 - ATN BinoX 4K Day and Night 4-16x BinocularsMuch, much more than just a laser rangefinding binocular for hunting, the ATN BinoX 4K Binoculars are an extremely versatile instrument:

You can use them during the day like standard binoculars, and at night as they have night vision (with built-in IR illuminator), they also have a variable magnification range of between 4x to 16x, BIX (Ballistic Information Exchange) and on top of this, you can also record what you see in 1080p resolution!

Range Finding:

  • The rangefinding capability of these ATN binoculars enables precise distance measurement (± 1 y/m) during the day or night, thereby improving accuracy in targeting and identification of objects no matter when you go out.
  • The laser rangefinder is particularly useful for hunting and long-range shooting (it has a range of 5-1000 y/m), aiding shooters in estimating target distances and making necessary adjustments for precise shot placement.

Low Light & Night Vision

  • Impressive digital NV enables excellent observation during very low light
  • The inclusion of multiple color modes enhances the viewing experience, allowing users to adapt to different lighting conditions and environments.
  • Integrated night vision technology delivers enhanced visibility at night, extending the binoculars' utility to nocturnal activities such as wildlife observation and security monitoring.
  • The integrated IR illuminator further enhances nighttime visibility, providing additional illumination for clear observation even in complete darkness.
ATN Binox 4K Binoculars - Sample Video (Day & Night) - Full Video on YouTube

Daytime Binoculars & Laser Rangefinder

  • Crisp and clear daytime viewing thanks to a high resolution screen, providing excellent detail and clarity.
  • The 4-16x magnification range allows for versatile zooming, enabling users to observe distant objects with precision enhancing the binoculars' utility for various outdoor activities such as hunting, birdwatching, and surveillance.

Recording What You See:

The built-in video recording capability allows users to capture high-definition footage of their observations, making it convenient for documenting wildlife encounters, surveillance footage, or outdoor adventures.

Main Specs & Features:

  • High-End Binoculars, RRP Approx: $900
  • 4K resolution for high-definition viewing
  • 4-16x magnification range
  • Multiple color modes for versatile viewing
  • Built-in rangefinder for distance measurement
  • Night vision technology for low-light and nighttime observation
  • IR illuminator for enhanced visibility in the dark
  • Photo and Video recording capability

Overall, the ATN BinoX 4K Day and Night 4-16x Binoculars offer a comprehensive solution for just about any hunter or outdoor enthusiast, providing excellent performance both during the day and at night. With its array of features, including high-definition recording and rangefinding capabilities, these binoculars are well-suited for various recreational and professional applications.

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Buy & Compare Prices: ATN BinoX 4K Binoculars

Best Hunting Binoculars in Low-Light 2024

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, this 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

Best Long Range, High Power Hunting Binoculars 2024

Maven B5 18x56 Binoculars

Maven B5 18x56 BinocularsIf you are looking for a ultra-high quality long distance binocular at a sub-alpha level price to mount in your hide or at the target range, then look no further than the 18x56 Maven B5 binocular.

Designed to deliver very high quality, very highly detailed views at long distances and that is exactly what I found when testing them. Already the overall winner as the Best High-Power Binoculars 2024, selecting them as my choice as the best long range hunting binocular this year was a complete no brainer and certainly one of the easiest choices that I have had to make this year.

Main Strengths:

  • Excellent build quality using a very high level of components: e.g.: the metal focus wheel and all-metal eyepiece housings and removable eye-cups
  • Alpha level optical components made in Japan which directly results in a much higher than average quality of view, far less color fringing and greater image brightness than what I would have expected with such a high magnification
  • When you consider the build quality & components and a price that is far lower than much of their direct competition it makes the Maven B5 18x56 binocular great value for money
  • Long eye-relief with excellent quality metal eye-cups make these an ideal choice should you wear some sort of eye protection or glasses
  • One of the best focus wheels and focus mechanisms in the business: looks great and works even better!
  • Excellent image detail as a result of the 18x magnification and use of high-quality optics

Reviews
For More, read my full Maven B5 18x56 Binocular Review

Price & Where to Buy
Whilst not cheap, these top-end binoculars still cost way less than the Alpha brands from Europe, yet in my opinion they deliver a performance that is every bit as good. At the time of writing, they cost around $1500 / £1500. Check the links below for current prices in the US, UK as well as other countries:

Winner Best Lightweight/ Travel Binoculars for Hunting 2024

In this section I am looking for an easy to carry, lightweight binocular that you can easily take about wherever you go and on any hunt. This winner would thus be a good option for those who carry lots of other gear and who don't want to have to lug about a full-sized binocular on top of everything else:

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.

 

Kite APC 14x50 Image Stabilized Binoculars Review

Improved Image-stabilisation, higher quality optics and several other unique features have in my opinion eliminated most of the downsides of using an Image-stabilized binocular and thus make these Kite APC binoculars a truly viable option as an everyday, general-use binocular.

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

 

Alpen Teton 10x42 Binoculars Review

The Alpen Teton binocular incorporates many metal components and magnesium chassis that protect very high-end optics at a price well below what you would usually expect to pay for an Abbe-Koenig bino.

The result is a tough, versatile instrument that delivers a high-quality image and what I consider an excellent low-light capability for a 10x42 binocular.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 87%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Maven B.6 12x50 Binoculars Review

Assembled in the US using Japanese-made components, these Maven B Series binoculars form part of Maven Optic's elite line of optics that have evolved from their award-winning B.1 Binoculars.

Combining a magnesium chassis with metal components, a fully multi-coated optical system that includes ED glass lenses and Dielectric components, this 50mm model is both strong & lightweight and delivers an extremely bright high-quality view for a 12x50 binocular.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 87%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Maven B1.2 10x42 Binoculars Review

Updated from the B.1 series, the 10x42 B1.2 binoculars are smaller, more lightweight, come with improved optics, a much wider field of view, longer eye-relief, a closer minimum focus distance as well as other improvements.

The fact that Maven Optics has managed to do all this and keep the cost at the same level results in a high-performance binocular with an incredible performance to price ratio.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 88%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 10/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

GPO Passion HD 10x50 Binoculars Review

Extremely high-quality binoculars designed in Germany, made using premium class optics and components in Japan.

Standout features include a Magnesium housing, fully machined aluminum rotary eyecups, a focus wheel with an integrated & lockable diopter adjuster, Dielectric coated Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms, Double HD glass lenses with hydrophobic exterior coatings.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 88%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 9/10

 

Kite APC 16x42 Image Stabilised Binoculars Review

With 2 degrees of correction, these 16x42 Kite APC Image Stabilised Binoculars offer a lightweight and compact alternative to a high-powered binocular and tripod combination making them extremely useful in a wide variety of uses.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
 

Vortex Razor UHD 10x42 Binoculars Review

Ideal for nature lovers, wildlife observers and hunters alike. Vortex Optics new flagship binoculars, the Razor UHD uses the very highest level of body and optical components and coatings to deliver a truly superb performance.

Highlights include an APO Lens System, Phase Corrected Abbe-Koenig Roof Prisms that deliver an extremely high quality image with a wide field of view. Optics are protected by an Argon purged, waterproof Magnesium Chassis.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 92%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 10/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 9/10

 

Kite Lynx HD+ 10x50 Binoculars Review

These high-end 10x50 binoculars from kite Optics are only slightly larger and heavier than most 10x42 binoculars, yet at the same time they offer the user a superior quality and very wide view with an image brightness and low light performance that match many high-quality 8x42 binoculars.

other highlights include Aluminium Twist-up Eye-cups, Phase Corrected Schmidt/Pechan Roof Prisms and lens with Scratch Resistant & Water-dirt Repelling Coatings.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 83%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

View >> All Binoculars for Hunting that I have reviewed.

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

Maven B.5 18x56 Binoculars with MOA/MIL Reticle

Maven B.5 18x56 Binoculars with MOA/MIL Reticle Winner of the BBRaward for Best High-Power Binoculars and reaching an "outstanding" 88% on the Best Binoculars Ratings scale, it is no secret that after fully testing the Maven B5 18x56 Binoculars, they are a firm favorite of mine and in my opinion certainly one of the very Best High Powered, Long Distance Viewing Binoculars on the market.

But did you know, Maven Optics now also produces a modified version of these B.5 18x56 binoculars by integrating a fixed reticle into the view.

Maven B.5 18x56 MOA / MIL with Reticle

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Prices & Where to Buy
As with all other Maven binoculars that I have reviewed, including the standard Maven B.5 18x56 Binoculars and this version with the MOA/MIL Reticle, Maven foregoes the normal retail channels and instead uses a direct-to-consumer business model they can keep unnecessary costs to a minimum.

Even so, this level of quality does not come cheap: Maven has set an RRP for the Reticle version at $1,700, whilst the standard Maven B.5 18x56 binoculars have an RRP of $1,600. Current Retail prices are sure to be lower than this:

Vortex Diamondback HD 15x56 Binoculars Review

For the most part, these high power, long range binoculars from Vortex manage to achieve that very difficult balancing act of a reasonably priced, reasonably high performance binocular that delivers a bright, high-quality image in combination with a high magnification.

As well as the instrument, the level and sheer number of included accessories is also impressive...

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: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details:

View >> All Binoculars for Hunting that I have reviewed.

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:

 

AGM Asp-Micro TM160 Thermal Imaging Monocular Review

Small, lightweight, easy to use, low-cost thermal imaging monocular that punches well above its price tag.

For me, the AGM Asp-Micro TM160 is a game-changer and has now been added to my must-have pieces of gear for use around the home as well as being one of the first instruments I put into my bag on any outdoor/nature/wildlife adventure where I will be spending the night.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Thermal Imaging Monoculars
 

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

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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.

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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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