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What Binos for less than $400???

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by JC9995, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    I cant decide. Let me know what you guys think. I have yet to find a store that as the three I am looking at all in one place, to do a side by side, so its difficult to tell which ones I like better. Any thoughts?

    things they MUST be:
    Roof prism, using Bak4 prisms.
    Waterproof, shockproof..... blah blah blah... I think they all will be in this $ range.
    Compact and lightweight
    Very rugged
    Lifetime warranty
    FULLY multi coated optics.

    Binos I am considering right now:
    Leupold Mojave 8X42mm
    Leupold Pinnacle ( #2 on my list, but most expensive)
    Bushnell Infinity 8X45mm
    Bushnell Elite E2 8X42mm ( my fav at this point but $$$ :()
    Nikon Monarch 8X42mm (my least fav at this point).

    I know most people dont like Bushnell, but I have a cheap pair of binos that have done me very well, as well as an elite 3200 rifle scope that I love. I favor them due to the Raingaurd coating and you dont pay for the name. HOWEVER I know a few buddies that have destroyed, literaly destroyed, their Leupold scopes (one in a car accident) and they gave him a new one. I cant argue with customer service like that.

    Please provide any experience you have, particularly on the Bushnell's, I already know EVERYONE loves Leupold.:bluelaugh:
     
  2. A2theK

    A2theK Olympia Member

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  3. dementia

    dementia kent wa Member

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    i love my nikon 10x42
     
  4. jaredpost

    jaredpost Puyallup Member

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    I'd go with the Nikon 10X42 as well. Great binocs for the money.
     
  5. yotehunter

    yotehunter north west Active Member

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    Zen-Ray they are amazing
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I like Bushnell products and I think Leupold are way over rated even though I have a pair. I bought a set of Vanguards at sportsman that were $150 off and they are fantastic. Give them a look. It is all in the user.
     
  7. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    You know if you call Leupold at 1-800-538-7653 they have a full time product technical support team to help you refine your selection. It is free to call them and ask them their opinion. Tell them what your mission profile is (what you intend to do with these binos) and they'll dial you in and will be honest what works/doesn't work.

    I personally know many of them working on this team and they're all hard core hunters and most of them train at OFA on a regular basis. These are not some sporting goods store commandos stuck in some dark call center in Topeka. Their team is composed of real, serious, hunters, fishermen/women, and shooters. They use a lot of gear! And they know what works/doesn't work. They'll not obviously bad mouth their own product line but they will steer you toward equipment that works for your mission profile. I'm biased and am a Leupold junkie. When I had my gun shop I slowly started eradicating the other brands and became an exclusive Leupold re-seller. For the price point you can't go wrong. Is there better glass on the market - yes! But unless you're willing to pony up some substantial $$$ you can't go wrong. They'll back up their products if something goes south.

    I know one guy on the team extremely well. If you PM me off line I'll give you his name and you can call and ask for him personally. He is super squared away. Mega big time successful hunter and one heck of a defensive revolver shooter!
     
  8. cash$$cow

    cash$$cow Eastern Wa Member

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    I have a pair of Sightron binocs. The best pair I have had. I have put them side by side with several Nikon, bushnell, and not be disapointed at all
     
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    86-0134 north willamette valley Member

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    i love the nikon monarch 8x42's. ive had mine for 7 years and they have been heavily used with no problems. they are truly waterproof! the 25 year no questions warranty is cool too!
     
  10. sparkly_flea

    sparkly_flea Beaver State Member

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    I really like the Canon Image Stabilized family of binoculars. Great for over caffeinated hands. :) Get very good reviews. I have the least expensive 8x25 model. Not bulky and work as advertised. Great for sports too. Check them on Amazon and other places for non-MSRP prices. Not sure if they meet all your requirements but they work darn good!
     
  11. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    another vote for nikon monarch ATB 10x or 8x42. best binos for the money.
     
  12. Buzzard

    Buzzard Vancouver New Member

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    Yeah I love the Nikon Monarch 10x42 ATB. I bought mine on Amazon for $249 new in box which was the best price I could find on them at the time.
     
  13. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Thanks guys. I spoke with the counter guy at Wholesale sports yesterday (the old sportsmans wharehouse on 82nd). They actually had all of the binos I am looking at. It was nice to see them all side by side.
    The Nikon's are nice. In fact he said those Monarchs are their top selling bino. I was surprised at the lack of difference between the $500 Leupold Pinnacles, and the Nikon and Bushnell offerings. Leupold customer service better wash windows for the price premium they are offering. I just cant justify it at this point.
    Anyways, He also said they are closing out the Bushnell Elite E2 that I am fond of. Man those things are nice. Still my favorite.
    Now they just need to go on sale. :)
    Thanks for all the help..... I may go with the Nikons anyways. Amazon has them for $219 right now. I had some Action series for a couple of years that were pretty good for the money. But this year, halfway through the season the seals decided to go out and they leaked and fogged up. Only 4 years. Not thrilled with that... but they were only $80.
     
  14. Greenbaum

    Greenbaum Vancouver, WA Member

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    I'm not sure if your still looking for bino's??? Take a look at the Brunton Eterna's or just the Brunton brands. I've owned my Eternas for seven years now, they are amazing.... The newer ones are designed slightly different than mine and I have an unconditional lifetime warranty. I haven't priced them lately, but I do know they have come down. I've owned Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, and some off-brands. I use to buy a new pair every year or two, until my buddy introduced me to Brunton. This company makes high-end Mt. gear and accesories. You can spend the money Like I use to and get disapointed three years from now. You'd be better off just saving and buying Swarovskis(?) Stiener, or Lieca. Brunton also makes a high-end line that is equal to those three, if not better(seriously). Anyways, good luck. Ps... sorry for the spelling and punctuation!!!
     
  15. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Try to buy the very best you can afford. And cry once.

    I don't own Swarovski's, but my wife does for coastal bird watching. There really is a huge difference between the so-so (like Bushnell...we have those too) and the really top end. The Swarovskis are amazing in terms of clarity and in color rendition, and totally waterproof for nasty conditions, like hunting usually is.

    You might check out these guys:

    http://www.deutscheoptik.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=11

    They have USED higher end optics and you can get some occasional deals on older binos, often military surplus. You can almost always get higher quality used for the same money as so-so quality in new. Some of their Eastern Europe offerings are usually underpriced for their quality.
     
  16. Trick

    Trick St Helens Active Member

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    Before you buy get your hands on some Zen-Ray ED's and try them out. Read the reviews online.

    I bought a pair of the lower end Vistas a couple years ago and they kick the crap out of my Leopold Gold-rings.

    I'm picking the ED's this spring.