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 Function In The Field . Optical Clarity . Brightness .

Design Durability . Value For The Money

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Our Featured Binoculars 

Ultimate Value is for the better than average hunter who wants an affordable piece of equipment, but wants something that works well for its intended purpose. 

Performance Class is for the serious hunter who wants outstanding performance, dependability, durability, etc. In other words getting excellent “performance” for their money. 

Professional Hunter Grade is the absolute top of the products available in the higher consumer price range. It's a piece of equipment that will handle most any extreme, something worthy of day in, day out, professional-type use.  

 

Ultimate Value Category

Bushnell Falcon 133410 7x35mm Binoculars With Case In Black

 Field Score   8.72 out of 10   

  • Fully coated optics for superior light transmission
  • Instafocus System for fast focus on moving targets
  • Non-slip rubber grip pads for secure grip in all weather conditions
  • 7X magnification, auto focusing porro prism
  • 35-Millimeter lens diameter, 21-Ounce weight
  • 20-Feet close focusing distance
  • 12-Millimeter eye relief, five-millimeter exit pupil
  • 420-Feet field of view at 1000 yards

 Hunter Quick Review:  This is a super low cost, entry level set of binoculars that rates fairly high for its price of approximately $33.

Eye relief is good, it has a generous field of view, and optical clarity is adequate for general hunting and scouting.

This is really not a bad way to go if you are under a tight budget. We know lots of very experienced hunters who use the Bushnell Falcons as secondary truck binoculars and keep their primary pair in the hunting daypack. They throw the Bushnell Falcons in the glove box or under the seat, and then if they see something at a random time, they always have a secondary pair to check it out.  

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                    8.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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 Ultimate Value Series

Bushnell 133450 Falcon 10x50mm Wide Angle Binoculars Black

 Field Score   8.76 out of 10   

  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 10X magnification, 50-Millimeter lens diameter, and auto focusing Porro prism
  • 25-Feet close focusing distance, 27-Ounce weigh
  • 9-Millimeter eye relief and 5-Millimeter exit pupil, 300-Feet field of view at 1000 yards
  • Exit Pupil(mm):5, Eye Relief (mm):9 

 Hunter Quick Review:  This is another very low cost, entry level set of binoculars that rates higher than most binoculars in the low end price range of right around $42 because they generally work pretty well in the field.

Eye relief is good, it has a generous field of view, and optical clarity is adequate for general hunting and scouting. There is a little bit better light transmission on the 10x50s over the 7x35s.

We would have no problem hunting with these binoculars if we needed to. Sure, there are much better options in the higher price ranges, but these are pretty decent performers.  

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                    8.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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  Ultimate Value Series

Bushnell PowerView 10 x 50mm Porro Prism Instafocus Binoculars Realtree AP

 Field Score   8.80 out of 10   

  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • View 10 x 50mm
  • Instafocus binoculars with 10x magnification and 50mm objective lenses
  • High quality BK-7 prism multi-coated optics for bright, clear, crisp viewing
  • Fold-down eyecups favor all viewers including eyeglass wearers

 Hunter Quick Review:  This appears to be Bushnell's small step up from the Falcon line. The Powerview has a little better clarity and a little more durable design, and yet keeps the price in the lower range to put it in easy reach of most hunters' budgets at approximately $55.

Eye relief is generally good, field of view is good, and the optical clarity is adequate enough for general hunting and scouting.

We think the camo job looks sharp on the Powerviews. If you can afford the extra $15 over the Falcons, we'd go with these. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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Ultimate Value Series

Bushnell Trophy XLT Green Roof Prism Binoculars, 10x42mm

(Bone Collector Edition)

 Field Score   9.04 out of 10   

  • Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Fast focus
  • Fully multi-coated optics, New dura-grip rubber
  • Soft touch thumbgrips, Flip objective covers, Lead free glass
  • Magnification x Obj Lens:10x 42mm, Close Focus: ft/m:8.2/2.5, Eyecups: Twist-Up
  • Weighs 25 ounces
  • Michael Waddell Bone Collector Edition,

 Hunter Quick Review:  We get another jump up in quality from Bushnell with their Trophy XLT 10x42, but they still keep it right around the hundred dollar mark. Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x42 would be a good choice for hunters looking for a value based pair of binoculars and still have some fairly decent glass to look through during hunting or scouting sessions.

The Bushnell Trophy XLT has a lot going for it in the sense of its field worthiness. Good weatherproofing, durable housing, advanced glass, fast focus time, all make for a pair of binoculars that will hunt well. At about a pound and a half, these binoculars are light, but substantial, ideal for all day glassing.

For a sticker price averaging $110, this is truly a very good set of binoculars that will hunt back East or out West. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Bushnell Trophy XLT 10X42 Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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Ultimate Value Series

Bushnell PermaFocus Roof Prism Binocular 10x42mm

  Field Score   9.04 out of 10   

  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Roof prism binocular with 10x magnification and 42mm objective lens
  • Multicoated optics guarantee superior light transmission and brightness
  • Nonslip rubber armor absorbs shock while providing firm grip
  • Easy-to-use center focus system; 293-foot field of view @ 1,000 yards
  • Realtree AP camo finish; tripod adaptable; weighs 23.6 ounces 

 Hunter Quick Review:    Another entry level optic by Bushnell that can get the job done without breaking the bank. For around $65 the Bushnell Permafocus 10X42s are fairly good overall hunting binoculars with some decent features and better than comparable quality for most binoculars in this price range.

The Permafocus features are nice. The armor coating makes for a well protected set of binoculars. The glass is decent enough, the brightness is adequate, and the field of view is generous.

We actually like these binoculars and will be doing some further testing and evaluation this fall during deer season. We have a feeling that the Bushnell Permafocus has the real potential to be an all around middle of the road binocular that will be very fair in price, and give the hunter the performance they need come big game season.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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Ultimate Value Series

Nikon 8264 ACULON A30 10x25 Binocular In Xtra Green Camo

   Field Score   8.96 out of 10   

  • The ACULON A30 10x25 is an extremely portable binocular that weighs less than 10 ounces
  • The body design of the ACULON A30 makes it easy to hold throughout periods of extended use.
  • Featuring Realtree Xtra Green camo that will blend in with almost any green environment.
  • The ACULON A30 10x25 is an extremely portable binocular that weighs less than 10 ounces
  • The body design of the ACULON A30 makes it easy to hold throughout periods of extended use
  • Featuring Multicoated Eco-Glass lenses
  • This fast and smooth range of focus allows for quick viewing

 Hunter Quick Review:  Nikon's Aculon 10x25 gives the hunter a solid compact binocular option for an outstanding price of around $80. Lightweight (only 10 ounces), portable, and ideal for the hunter getting back in it, the Aculon is hunt pack friendly while giving overall quality viewing in a small package

The Aculon 10X25 is a good choice for the mobile hunter. We like the overall size to performance ratio. In other words, just because the Aculon is compact doesn't mean you are getting a cheap, scaled down pair of binoculars. On the contrary: the glass is pretty good in these 10x25s, the build is quality, all the adjustments work and feel positive, it has decent brightness (sometimes an issue in compacts), and clarity is nice.

All in all, this is one of our top performers in the compact size category for under $100. If you are looking for a compact hunting binocular for your hunting pack, this is a smart way to go. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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Ultimate Value Series

Nikon 8218 Trailblazer 10X25 Hunting Binoculars

 Field Score   9.0 out of 10  

  • Compact
  • Rugged
  • Waterproof/Fog proof
  • Long Eye Relief
  • Eco-glass Lenses and Prisms

 Hunter Quick Review:  This is an uber compact pair of binoculars - talk about slim and lightweight. 

The quality of the Nikon Trailblazer is pretty much in line with the Aculon as far as overall performance, but the design of the Trailblazer makes it even that much more compact and is perfect for the user who needs a minimalist optic for a minimalist price.

The Nikon Trailblazer rates well in our evaluation process. But, as an added measure of insight, we have also had lots of additional hours outside the normal process, literally thousands of hunter days of real-world experience with these binoculars: from wilderness Mule Deer in Utah, to Whitetails in Appalachia, to running traplines every day in Montana with the Trailblazer. We have never encountered any problems with these super compact binoculars and have put them through a real pounding - no fogging; no leaking; no issues.

Forget the fact it lacks a camo exterior, the Nikon Trailblazer is a perfect happy medium between low end and high end hunting compacts that comes in at about $85. They are ideal for the hunter on the go that needs a minimal weight, slim, packable, compact set of binoculars. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                            8.8

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                        8.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2 

 

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Ultimate Value Series

USCAMEL 10x42 Military HD Binoculars  Army Green

 Field Score   9.08 out of 10  

  • USCAMEL binoculars provide high-level outdoor performance, making them perfect for the avid hunter.
  • Magnesium Alloy Body: Lightweight, durable frame that will last a lifetime and handle use in the field.
  • BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings
  • Right eyepiece diopter adjustment knob: there may be differences between the left and right eye vision,can be adjusted using the left eye clarity, then slightly rotate the right eyepiece diopter ring directly to achieve the best results.
  • Fogproof - Prevents moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular

 Hunter Quick Review:  The US Camel 10X42 binoculars are one of the best value deals we have run across. They score very well for the money and will only run you about $65 - this is a great deal.

There are lots of good, solid performance features on the US Camel 10X42s. They are very portable, lightweight, very clear vision for this price, and have a ergonomically sound build that should last a good long while in the field.

We would consider these a sleeper pair of binoculars and we're surprised how well they scored out. Once hunters find out more about these we think they will become much more popular.

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                        9.4 

 

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 Performance Class

Leupold 119198 BX-1 McKenzie Green Ring Binoculars, Black, 10 x 42mm

 Field Score   9.28 out of 10  

  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for durability
  • Designed to be waterproof

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Leupold BX-1 McKenzie Green Ring binoculars are typical Leupold: high quality in the mid-range of price. Attention has been paid to the glass - nice and clear; the eye relief is good; all adjustment knobs work flawlessly; very good weatherproofing. No real surprises here, these binoculars are pretty much what you would expect from Leupold.

We feel that the build on these binoculars is what gets honorable mention and some extra plus points due to the overall ruggedness of the design - well done Leupold. These binoculars should last a lifetime for their price of around $125 and service a hunter season after season no matter the conditions outside. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Leupold McKenzie Green Ring 10X42 Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                                    9.2

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                            9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                        9.4 

 

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