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2011 Binoculars For Bowhunters

by Bowhunting Staff Report   |  March 30th, 2011 0

Check out these 8 New hunting binoculars for 2011.


Bushnell’s Excursion EX Chuck Adams Binoculars
Bushnell’s new Excursion EX Chuck Adams binoculars are designed to help bowhunters enjoy more big-game success. The new 10×42 model includes fully multi-coated optics with BAK-4 prisms, including PC-3 Phase Corrective Coating for superior resolution and clarity. They are 100-percent fog and waterproof and feature a wide 341-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. They are protected by a durable, sure-grip rubber coating and covered in Realtree Max-1 camo. The twist-up eyecups accommodate use with or without eyeglasses, and the focus wheel can be locked.

MSRP: $371

Contact: Bushnell Outdoor Products, 800-423-3537;

Nikon EDG Binoculars
Next-generation EDG binoculars deliver ruggedness and extraordinary images via extra-low dispersion glass that eliminates chromatic aberration (light-ray dispersion through glass). Nikon ED glass produces brilliant, high-res images that are bright, razor sharp and free of flare. The redesigned chassis features a short bridge and additional rubber armor for an easier grip. The magnesium-alloy body cuts weight without sacrificing durability. O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged to be fog- and waterproof.

MSRP: $1,399 (10×42)

Contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 800-248-6846;

Cabela’s Alaskan Guide Binoculars
Cabela’s Alaskan Guide binoculars are rugged, full-sized, roof-prism optics loaded with features found in top-end competitors costing twice as much. Advanced roof prisms are phase coated, noticeably improving image quality. High-quality, multi-coated lenses enhance light transmission and clarity. They are rubber-armored and sealed to be fog and waterproof. They also include twist-up eyecups, lens covers and rain-guard cover and tripod adaptability.

MSRP: $480 (8×42), $500 (10×42), $520 (12×50)

Contact: Cabela’s, 800-237-4444;

TruGlo’s Tru·Brite Open-Bridge Binoculars
Featuring an open-hinge design, TruGlo’s Tru·Brite Open-Bridge bino series features phase-coated prisms, are fog and waterproof and nitrogen gas filled. Available in 8×42 and 10×42 models, Tru·Brite binoculars are made for the field thanks to a textured, non-slip surface and multi-coated, high-transmission silver coated prisms for exceptional clarity and performance. Both models offer a 387-foot field of view at 1,000 yards.

MSRP: $199-$229

Contact: TruGlo, 972-774-0300;


Kowa’s Genesis XD 33 Binoculars
Kowa’s Genesis XD 33 binoculars boast the high performance technology of Prominar XD lenses found in TSN-880/770 spotting scopes for chromatic aberration-free clarity binoculars in 8×33 and 10×44 configurations. This creates bright images with high contrast and accurate color reproduction. The diopter control includes a locking mechanism, the prism is phase-coated and the barrels filled with dry nitrogen gas to make them fog and waterproof. They can be focused as close as five feet and include twist-up eyecups and sure-grip rubber armoring.

MSRP: $1,285 (8×33), $1,440 (10×44)

Contact: Kowa Optimed Inc., 800-966-5692;

Minox BV 8×56 BR Binoculars
The all-new BV 8×56 BR binocular is perfect for those in search of an affordable low-light option. These glasses provide superb images with brilliant contrast and brightness at the very edges of legal shooting hours via 56mm objective lenses. Minox’s German engineers have created a sophisticated optical system featuring multi-coated lenses to enhance light transmission and phase-correction coated prisms to provide precise contrast and detail. They are covered by non-slip rubber armor and are waterproof to 10 feet, while weighing only 40.4 ounces.

MSRP: $499

Contact: Minox USA, 866-469-3080;

Alpen 10×42 Binoculars
Alpen Optics has teamed with industry icon Dick Scorzafava to create their Radical Hunter binocular. This 10×42 binocular includes Dick’s signature and logo and are made to withstand plenty of punishment. They are fully fog and waterproof and have long eye relief via twist-adjust eyecups for eyeglass wearers. Other features include fully multi-coated BAK optics and rubber armoring for a firm grip and shock resistance. They are backed by a lifetime warranty.

MSRP: $450

Contact: Alpen Optics, 877-987-8370;

Vortex’s Talon HD Open-Hinge Binoculars
Vortex’s Talon HD open-hinge binoculars deliver high-level optical performance in a mid-range price point. High Density (HD), extra-low-dispersion glass provides impressive clarity, resolution and color fidelity through fully multi-coated lenses with XR glass treatment to maximize light transmission. External glass surfaces are protected by ArmorTek coatings to resist scratching. A rubber-armored magnesium chassis provi
des a non-slip and rugged combination. O-ring seals and argon gas purging ensures a lifetime of fog and waterproof performance.

MSRP: $539 (8×42), $549 (10×42)

Vortex Optics, 800-426-0048;

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