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Equipment & Gear => Scopes and Optics => Topic started by: snake on October 30, 2020, 07:39:01 PM

Title: Best Bino for $500
Post by: snake on October 30, 2020, 07:39:01 PM
Looking for anyones firsthand experience. So many things on the market right now.  What are your guys opinion.  Looking for a versatile pair of Bino's. probably going with the 10x42. Thanks
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: Magnum_Willys on October 30, 2020, 08:11:06 PM
Got my son a pair of Meopta 12x50ís.  Wow are they sharp!   My Swaro 10x42ís are jealous - but much lighter. 

But These are double your budget. 
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: highside74 on October 30, 2020, 08:17:41 PM
Leupold BX-4 onsale at Cabelas for $399.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: Sutherland on October 30, 2020, 08:32:58 PM
Hard to beat the vortex HD's, I've been very pleased!
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: trophyhunt on October 30, 2020, 09:06:12 PM
The wife and I bought the future son in law the vortex HDís, they are nice.  I donít care for their rangefinders, but good glass on the binos.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: carpsniperg2 on October 30, 2020, 09:12:37 PM
We just picked up a pair of leupold alpines. Think they were 300 for a early Xmas present and man they are nice Iím super impressed for the money. I have 2 pair of the Mojave a 10 and 12x pair and I love them think they are right around 5/600?
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on October 30, 2020, 09:38:41 PM
Here ya go, you wonít be disappointed. Itís all I carry for binos nowadays, and, theyíre not huge and bulky.

https://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Terra-10x42-Binoculars-Black/dp/B01MR86J8Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=3210065455&hvbmt=be&hvdev=m&hvqmt=e&keywords=zeiss+terra+ed+10x42&qid=1604118925&sr=8-3&tag=hydusmmsn-20
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: X-Force on October 30, 2020, 10:40:25 PM
Buy a used pair of $1000 glass.  :twocents:

Look in the classified here, rokslide etc.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: bearpaw on October 31, 2020, 01:01:58 AM
Buy a used pair of $1000 glass.  :twocents:

Look in the classified here, rokslide etc.

 :yeah: best advice I've seen
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: Tiger1358 on October 31, 2020, 02:11:02 AM
If you're willing to spend a little more than 500, I can sell my Vortex Razor HD 10 x 42. Glass is in great condition, plus you got that awesome unconditional warranty.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: Dbourdo on November 03, 2020, 08:15:41 PM
Maven c series binos. Great glass for the price. Iíve had $300-$1000 pairs and these are as good as any. You can get them on amazon too


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Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: snake on November 04, 2020, 09:03:19 PM
So many options out there these days, after spending weeks reading reviews and getting different opinions, I have it narrowed down to the Maven C1 10x42 which are $350,  or the Zeiss-Terra 10x42 which are $499.  Still can't decide.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: snake on November 09, 2020, 05:49:59 PM
Ordered a pair of Maven C1 10x42
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on November 09, 2020, 05:55:26 PM
Snake, those look like a fine choice. Congrats on your new glass!
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: D-Rock425 on November 09, 2020, 06:47:14 PM
Here ya go, you wonít be disappointed. Itís all I carry for binos nowadays, and, theyíre not huge and bulky.

https://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Terra-10x42-Binoculars-Black/dp/B01MR86J8Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=3210065455&hvbmt=be&hvdev=m&hvqmt=e&keywords=zeiss+terra+ed+10x42&qid=1604118925&sr=8-3&tag=hydusmmsn-20
these are pretty good.  Also check out the sig Zulu line.  I have the 7s wife has the 5s both pretty nice for the price
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on November 09, 2020, 06:48:58 PM
Here ya go, you wonít be disappointed. Itís all I carry for binos nowadays, and, theyíre not huge and bulky.

https://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Terra-10x42-Binoculars-Black/dp/B01MR86J8Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=3210065455&hvbmt=be&hvdev=m&hvqmt=e&keywords=zeiss+terra+ed+10x42&qid=1604118925&sr=8-3&tag=hydusmmsn-20
these are pretty good.  Also check out the sig Zulu line.  I have the 7s wife has the 5s both pretty nice for the price

D-Rock, he already got a pair of Mavens.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: snake on November 09, 2020, 07:11:00 PM
Thanks. I should have asked earlier, but I didn't even think of it.  Any recommendations for a bino harness? I have never owned one.  I do a lot of hiking and shed hunting, so looking for something I can get up to my face for quick glances.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: highside74 on November 09, 2020, 07:17:07 PM
There is a recent thread about bino harnesses. You will find every opinion possible but short answer from the other thread FHF, Alaska Guide Creations and Outdoor Vision. 
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on November 09, 2020, 07:20:37 PM
Snake, did you get an elk this year?  I ask because an Alaska Guide Creation bino harness is one of the prizes for the 2020 elk photo contest over on WapitiTalk  ;)
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: snake on November 09, 2020, 07:28:11 PM
Snake, did you get an elk this year?  I ask because an Alaska Guide Creation bino harness is one of the prizes for the 2020 elk photo contest over on WapitiTalk  ;)
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Technically no I did not, There is a good chance I scared a few to death stumbling around the brush in N. Idaho! I called in about 20 of them under 150 yards but couldn't get a shot.
I have a buddy that takes about 30 seconds to get his Binos out of his harness and it drives me nuts! I will look in to the harness suggestions, thanks guys.
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: pd on November 09, 2020, 10:13:36 PM
Here ya go, you wonít be disappointed. Itís all I carry for binos nowadays, and, theyíre not huge and bulky.

https://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Terra-10x42-Binoculars-Black/dp/B01MR86J8Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=3210065455&hvbmt=be&hvdev=m&hvqmt=e&keywords=zeiss+terra+ed+10x42&qid=1604118925&sr=8-3&tag=hydusmmsn-20

So, when you say: "Here ya go," do you mean: "Here, you go," or "Here, I am sending you these Zeiss binoculars because you are a nice guy," or "Here, Merry Christmas."

Thanks, man.  I needed better glass. 
Title: Re: Best Bino for $500
Post by: snake on December 18, 2020, 05:40:10 PM
So after using the Mavens for a while, they is hardly any difference between them and the vortex diamondbacks.  I would say they are dead even in clarity and quality.