March 30, 2011
By Bowhunting Staff Report
Check out these 8 New hunting binoculars for 2011.
By Bowhunting Staff Report
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 10x42 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.
Contact: Bushnell Outdoor Products, 800-423-3537; www.bushnell.com
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 (10x42)
Contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 800-248-6846; www.nikonhunting.com
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 (8x42), $500 (10x42), $520 (12x50)
Contact: Cabela's, 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com
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 8x42 and 10x42 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.
Contact: TruGlo, 972-774-0300; www.truglo.com
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 8x33 and 10x44 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 (8x33), $1,440 (10x44)
Contact: Kowa Optimed Inc., 800-966-5692; www.kowa-usa.com
Minox BV 8x56 BR Binoculars
The all-new BV 8x56 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.
Contact: Minox USA, 866-469-3080; www.minox.com/usa
Alpen 10x42 Binoculars
Alpen Optics has teamed with industry icon Dick Scorzafava to create their Radical Hunter binocular. This 10x42 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.
Contact: Alpen Optics, 877-987-8370; www.alpenoptics.com
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 (8x42), $549 (10x42)
Contact: Vortex Optics, 800-426-0048; www.vortexoptics.com