Leupold Cascade 10x42
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.