11 Hunting Binoculars That Break The Mold For 2018 [New]

Jaw-dropping value. Enhanced low-light performance. Built-in rangefinders and ballistic calculators. Whatever your wants, needs or budget, the year's newest binos deliver.

by Mark Melotik

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Jaw-dropping value. Enhanced low-light performance. Built-in rangefinders and ballistic calculators. Whatever your wants, needs or budget, the year’s newest binos deliver.

BinosLEAD 900BurrisDroptine 900

Burris Droptine 10×42 Binocular. Talk about a killer value. Burris Droptine binoculars ($249-$279) are available in both 10×42 and 8×42, and utilize the company’s time-tested Bak-4 glass with corrective coatings for clarity and maximum light transmission. They are rubber armored, rugged, lightweight, and designed for hunters.LeupoldBX-4Subalp900Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD Binoculars. With these new binos from Leupold, low-light viewing is poised to be taken to a whole new level. Specialized lens coatings—the same ones used in the award-winning Leupold VX-5HD and VX-6HD riflescopes—allow users to glass longer during the early predawn hours to well past dusk. The Twilight Max HD system


combines exceptional light transmission and glare management to provide vivid, bright, high-contrast images that will deliver relentless optical performance in low-light conditions. The BX-4 Pro Guide HD binoculars ($625-$875) are available in six configurations: 8×32, 10×32, 8×42, 10×42, 10×50 and 12×50. Shadow Gray, Kryptek and Sitka Gear finishes are available. The entire line is backed by the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.NikonMONARCHHG8x42 900Nikon Monarch HG. When it comes to hunting binos, brighter is better. Nikon engineered the optical system of the Monarch HG around its signature ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and enhanced multilayer lens and prism coatings for brighter, higher-resolution viewing.


Nikon’s all-new Field Flattener Lens System works in conjunction with this bino’s extraordinarily wide field of view—8.3 degrees and 6.9 degrees, respectively in the 8×42 ($980) and 10×42 ($1,000) models—to provide a sharp, clear view to the lens periphery. Field of view for the 8×42 model is 435 feet at 1,000 yards, and 362 feet at 1,000 yards for the 10×42 model.BushnellBinos 900Bushnell Trophy Extreme Binocular. Bushnell’s Trophy Xtreme binoculars (starting at $170) provide one of the best values in hunting optics available today. An armor coating encases fully multi-coated lenses in a waterproof, fogproof vault of impenetrability. The ergonomic design makes for easy handling while the three-step eyecups provide better fit and


comfort. Larger objective lenses with higher magnification deliver clarity and brightness and new lens covers are built to stay in place. The Trophy Xtreme is covered by Bushnell’s No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty and comes in 10×50, 12×50 and 8x56mm configurations. SIG ZULU9 900Sig Zulu9 Binocular. Building on its Zulu9 mid-to-long range binocular line, Sig has upgraded the series and added a 15x56mm model ($1,380) with built-in tripod attachment. The clarity and brightness extend to the edges of your viewing area. A specialized prism system


and HD glass ensure extreme brightness and light transmission even in the twilight hours. The magnesium body and rubber-armor coating, along with waterproof and fog-proof treatments, making it the right choice for rough conditions. It’s also available in 9×45 and 11×45.

TORIC10x42 900Tract Toric 10×42. The newest trend in the hunting market is direct-to-consumer sales, with great options in optics. Tract is offering premium binoculars at value prices, a great example being its 10×42 Toric binocular ($694). This bino features high-quality glass for optimal light transmission and clarity, and some “little things” that really add up: Special lens coatings, locking diopter ring, neoprene neck strap, and special rain guard coating.VorTexKaibab 900Vortex Kaibab HD. I’m sure legendary writer/outdoorsman Jack O’Connor would have thought the 18x56mm Kaibab binos ($1,300) were a technological game changer if available when he was hunting the Kaibab. Engineered for western hunts, anyone who has hunted Coues or desert mule deer will know the advantages. With large 56mm objective lenses there is incredible light transmission, and the 18x zoom brings distant critters into sharp focus. This bino weighs 2.7 pounds and should be used with a tripod; included is a quick release tripod adaptor. On Sale Now: 15×56 Kaibab binoculars (was $1,200, Sale $799.88) SwarovskiCompanion 900Swarovski CL Companion Binocular. The CL Companion binocular ($1,159-$1,189) has been upgraded, making them easy to use, with clarity and brightness brought to a new standard. The binos have a larger eye box allowing the user to see more detail, with a wide field of view. Lightweight, rugged and compact, these binos feature a nearly bombproof magnesium housing. The CL Companion is available in 8×30 and 10×30. ZEISSVictoryRF 900Zeiss Victory RF. Zeiss is well known for its quality optics, so it is sometimes difficult to see changes in its products. However, the Victory RF from Zeiss (starting at $3,250) includes an internal laser rangefinder and integrated real-time ballistics computer. So you can spot, range, and know exactly where to shoot in a matter of seconds. The binocular’s sensors take temperature, pressure, and incline/decline angles into account, and even syncs (using Bluetooth) with the Zeiss app. The unit is built on a magnesium housing and coated with a durable rubberized finish. The Victory RF is available in 8×42, 10×42, 8×54, and 10×54.  LeicaGeovidHD-B3000 900Leica Geovid HD-B 3000. The many-featured HD-B 3000 ($2,999) is like having a computer onboard your hunting binocular. With linear distance determination up to 3,000 yards, barometric pressure, temperature and angle included in the measurements, it calculates the correct point of aim. The system uses a microSD memory card and the Leica ballistic calculator, adjusted to load and caliber. Ballistic measurement is available in three formats, including holdover, click adjustment and equivalent horizontal range.FrontierEDX42mm 900Hawke Frontier ED X Binoculars. Here’s another stand-out value in quality hunting optics. The Frontier ED X offers exceptional clarity at a price far lower ($389 for 8X42; $399 for 10X42) than you’d guess, and they come complete with a lifetime warranty. Hawke starts with Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass that provides premium optical clarity. From there, Hawke uses Dielectric Coating that increases the reflectivity of the light coming into the lens. They then fully multi-coat the optics to further sharpen the clarity of the image you see, especially at greater distances.



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