We picked up five well-known binoculars for 2014 that you’ll probably see at your local gun store this summer. And then we picked them apart. Editors found a lot of quality glass, mostly easy adjustments, hunter-friendly finishes and some room for improvement.
We’re hoping our research helps you when you’re looking for the right glass for your hunting.
- <h2>Bushnell Legend Ultra HD</h2><a href="http://www.bushnell.com/hunting/binoculars/legend-ultra-hd/8x-36mm" target="_blank">These binos</a> show that you can get good quality for a low price. The rubberized armoring is easy to grip, and BaK-4 (barium crown) prisms are a big step up from BaK-7 prisms, which you might see in cheaper binos. If we could change anything, we’d like to see less eye relief: you have to hold them a bit away from your face to get the correct sight picture. <p></p> <strong>Magnification, Diopter Adjustments:</strong> <p></p> Diopter ring locks. Although a bit stiff, the magnification wheel is big enough to easily find when concentrating on looking through the glass. <p></p> <strong>Fit and Finish:</strong> <p></p> We love the Realtree AP camo. They’re perfect for deer hunting; just don’t drop them, since they’ll be hard to find. <p></p> <strong>Optical Resolution:</strong> <p></p> Fared well against even the best binos. We distinguished line spacing of .02 inch at 10 yards, meaning the binos resolved to about 8 1/2 arc seconds. <p></p> <strong>Specs:</strong> 8x36 | 4 7/8 in. tall | 20.7 oz. <p></p> <strong>Price $: </strong>370