View Full Version : Entry level field binoculars suggestions

01-05-2014, 10:24 AM
I know the mantra of buying the best glass you can afford, but I am looking for an entry level set of field binoculars that are compact enough for hiking and hunting but have good clarity for the money. Main usage would be hunting/hiking and keeping in the truck for taking in views and wildlife.

I have been looking at some of the Nikon and Leupold models. I'd love to be in the sub $250 range, so I am open to any other brand as well.

Thanks! :thumb:

01-05-2014, 10:58 AM
Take a look at Vortex Optics ... very pleased with what they've produced. I have a couple of their scopes and a pair of their Viper HD binocs:


01-05-2014, 11:18 AM
Leupold Cascade 10x42 (http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-bx-2-cascades-10x42-roof-prism-binoculars.html)

I researched and tried out a bunch before purchasing last year. I was looking for the same thing, hiking/scouting/hunting and wanted it under $300. I decided on the Leupolds. Optics planet had them on sale and Leopold had a rebate at the time so I got the Mojave for around $300. The Cascades had the same quality, just a slightly different body for about $50 less.

01-06-2014, 05:05 PM
Vortex wins my vote generally $4$ against most others. I have an older pair of the Viper HD model that I really like. The warranty is had to beat too. Leupold gets my 2nd vote.

01-07-2014, 08:31 PM
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology just released a great review of the best binoculars of 2013 (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2674). Id start there. In a past life I had the pleasure of using Swarovski Swarovision 10x42 EL, Swarovski Swarovision 8x32 and Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 for doing field work. Epic optics, but the cost is dear.

01-09-2014, 09:41 AM
Test drove some vortex diamond backs at bass pro. 8x28 and I putthemheads up against the luepold in the same class, the vortex were impressive. I was happy to see them come in a little cheaper than I was hoping to spend at $160.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Uncle Ben
01-09-2014, 05:15 PM

Uncle Ben
01-15-2014, 10:20 AM
Just got this smoking email blast from Midway. Upper end medium grades for sure!