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Binoculars are one of the most important pieces of equipment a hunter brings into the field. A good pair of binoculars can make hunting more enjoyable and a hunter more successful. The problem is binoculars often cost a small fortune. As a result, many hunters buy a good gun or bow, have the best backpack and hunting boots but they buy an inexpensive pair of binoculars and regret that purchase later.

“Hunters who have to do a lot of glassing need to spend as much as they can on a good pair of binoculars,” said Cody Nelson from the Outdoorsmans. “Cheap glass can make spotting an elk or deer at great distances more difficult.  If you glass a long time using cheap glass, you may get a headache which can ruin a good day of hunting.” If a hunter is on a budget, Nelson suggests they consider Vortex Optics.“There are many different brands of binoculars out there that cost less than a thousand dollars that are good,” said Nelson. “For the money, it is hard to beat Vortex. Their binoculars have a great warranty, the glass and features are hard to beat for the price, and they are very durable.”


Matt Guedes from Journey Hunts, a hunting booking agency, has traveled the world and says his Vortex binoculars work great. “I am not easy on my equipment, especially when I am traveling to Africa one week and New Zeeland the next week.  Even in low light conditions, Vortex binoculars really shine,” Guedes noted.  

Sometimes it is difficult to know which pair to buy, especially if a person is on a tight budget. Nelson suggests the 10X42 Viper HD"The 10X42 is a great all around binocular. It can really bring something a great distance away in close.  The binoculars are not really bulky so they can be worn all day and easily packed,” Nelson explained.

If you look at all the features listed below, it is easy to see why so many hunters buy Vortex Optics when they want high quality glass without the sticker shock. The Viper HD is a great buy and they retail for much less than a thousand dollars.

The features found on the Viper HD’s are too numerous to mention but here are a few noteworthy features I really enjoy. The Viper HD’s come with (High Density) extra-low dispersion glass that results in great resolution and color.  It delivers impressive resolution and color fidelity, which makes everything appear color correct and sharp. The Viper HD’s come with fully multicoated lenses which greatly increases light transmission. On top of being fully multicoated, the HD’s come with Dielectric Prism Coating which makes the image the user is seeing extra bright and clear. 

The HD’s come with a locking diopter so once the user has everything in focus, the binoculars can be locked in place so constant adjustment isn’t needed. The HD’s come with adjustable eyecups and the center focus wheel is smooth as butter.

The Vortex Viper HD’s truly are a great buy for the hunter on a budget!


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