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.
- These binos 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. Magnification, Diopter Adjustments: Diopter ring locks. Although a bit stiff, the magnification wheel is big enough to easily find when concentrating on looking through the glass. Fit and Finish: We love the Realtree AP camo. They’re perfect for deer hunting; just don’t drop them, since they’ll be hard to find. Optical Resolution: 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. Specs: 8x36 | 4 7/8 in. tall | 20.7 oz. Price $: 370