The Apex Elk Hunter

 

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The Apex Elk Hunter

In order to tag that dream bull, the Apex Elk Hunter has to be willing to go to the extreme. Whether it be hunting the far ranging Rocky Mountain Elk of the Western Highlands or the elusive Roosevelt Elk of the dense conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest, Elk are the ultimate big country, big game animal. They can cover 30 miles in a night, melt like ghosts into a stand of dog-hair pine, make strategic breaks out into a sea of sagebrush when pushed, and are notable for frustrating even the very best of hunters.

Elk are just not your backyard, farm field game animal. Elk are survivors. They have survived as a species by living out there existence on the periphery. With this in mind, any real Apex Elk Hunter knows that when you are on the trail of that trophy 7x7 miles off the roads, there's no playing around. Things can go wrong. Too much is on the line, so there can be no compromise - you absolutely have to have the very best hunting gear to be successful. apex-elk-hunter-header.jpg

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The Best Hunting Gear For

The Apex Elk Hunter

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The Apex Elk Hunter's Best Daypack Options

In order to hunt trophy Elk, a daypack is an absolute must. It is quite literally your home on the roam. You are going to have to spend all day out in it with a pack on your back; eat your breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a rocky outcropping; spend hour after hour glassing remote valleys and hillsides; take your midday nap under an aspen tree; make your long evening trek back to camp under the starlight. This means you need a daypack that has enough room for all your essential hunting gear. You will also need a pack that is correctly balanced so you can negotiate rough terrain, because it's about getting to where the Elk are. 

Professional Grade

 Eberlestock X3 LoDrag Pack 

   Field Score   9.78 out of 10   

  • The X3 is a variation of the popular X1A1 model, and incorporates a weapon-sized scabbard.
  • The LoDrag packs have a unique contour shape that tapers at both the top and the bottom, giving the pack an excellent close-to-the-body ride
  • Fully compressible with pairs of side-mounted compression straps that draw the load upward to optimally position the pack's contents over the wearer's center-of-gravity.
  • Well endowed with PALS/MOLLE compatible webbing
  • Cubic Inches: 2,000 / Weight: 5lbs 8oz / Dimensions: 22L x 11W x 8.5D 

 Hunter Quick Review:  We really like how the Eberlestock X3 functions out in the field. This is a very unique day bag with a unique feel: very tight and right. 

The X3 would be an excellent choice for mountain hunters, both out West and back East, or the stealthy, deep woods Whitetail hunter who needs sure footed quiet on the game trail. The slim carry design with quick gun access is very functional for stalking, and the close fit contoured to the body has a very good balance and center of gravity. 

At 2,000 cubic inches the X3 can carry all kinds of gear; lots of webbing means attaching even more gear is no problem; the side compression straps pull the load in and up meaning even heavy loads can be adjusted for just the right balance out in the field.  The integrated gun scabbard works well on the trails, keeps the load balanced to the middle, and allows for super quick weapon access for those critical few seconds when game has been spotted and you have only a very small window to do the deed. 

The X3 is a very comfortable carry, and if anything, it gives the user a sense of better physical control in loose or unsure footing conditions. 

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Function In The Field 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Comfort 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Unique Gear Features 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8 

 

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Professional Grade

 Badlands Clutch Camouflage Hunting Pack -

 Hydration Compatible Rifle and Bow Carrying

 Camo Backpack 

   Field Score   9.84 out of 10   

  • VERSATILE-The Badlands Clutch does it all. Built-in rain fly and meat shelf, spotting scope pocket, convenient zipper system, lash patches, accessory webbing, load lifters, detachable hydration system
  • HIGH STORAGE CAPACITY-Space will never be a problem for the Clutch pack. 9 strategically placed, easily accessible pockets, a built-in rifle boot, and compartments for all the essential hunting gear
  • CARRY HEAVY LOADS WITH EASE-The load-lifting aluminum frame and molded foam suspension make this hunting backpack a prime choice for big game hunters
  • HIGH QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP- We use KXO-32 fabric that is the strongest, quietest, most waterproof material in the hunting world. Backed by Badlands UNCONDITIONAL LIFETIME WARRANTY
  • TECHNICAL SPECS- 27"X18"X12", 2L Hydration Compatible, 3879 CI Total Volume, 9 Pockets, Weighs 7LB 2OZ, Zippered Back Panel Access, Detachable Hydration Pack, T-6 Aircraft Aluminum Frame 

 Hunter quick Review:  If you hunt deep, miles and miles into the backcountry on long day trips, and if you need the flexibility to stay on the track of a trophy, no matter if it gets dark or not, then this is your kind of pack. 

The Badlands Clutch has over 3800 cubic inches of cargo volume. While it has the volume of a smaller backpack, it's more the dimensions of a larger all day pack. This means it is not too bulky and big to overkill a smaller load like a larger backpack will do, but it has enough real working room to bring along a sleeping rain fly, a micro down sleeping bag, and an ultra-light pad for those occasions when walking back to the truck means losing that rack of a lifetime. The Clutch has no problem carrying the bigger loads over backcountry terrain with total stability. The T-6 aluminum and molded foam suspension of the Clutch makes every mile that much more comfortable to handle. 

The design and construction of the Clutch is superior. We have seen and used many, many pack bags over the years, but this one ranks close to a "10". The Clutch is priced at just over $300. 

The Badlands Clutch is truly an Apex hunting daypack. If you are a no excuses trophy hunter, then this is one daypack you need to seriously consider. 

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 Function In The Field 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     10.0

Comfort 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Unique Gear Features 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Value For The Money 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     10.0 

 

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 Performance Class

Badlands Diablo Pack Camouflage Hunting

Backpack Compatible with Bow and Rifle

   Field Score   9.52 out of 10    

  • ELIMINATE SHOULDER FATIGUE: The Diablo has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any hunting pack on the market. The load-transferring frame allows you to move in the field with ease
  • UNMATCHED DURABILITY: Dupont Durable Water Repellent fabric protector repels moisture, dirt, oil, blood, and more, while Hypalon reinforcement prevents wear and tear in high stress areas
  • HYPER VENT SUSPENSION: Allows air to pass between you and your pack, reducing back sweat and keeping you cool during warmer hunts. This lightweight pack is ideal for an active bow hunter or rifle hunter
  • HIGH QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP: KXO-32 fabric that is the strongest, quietest, most waterproof material in the hunting world. Backed by Badlands UNCONDITIONAL LIFETIME GUARANTEE
  • TECHNICAL SPECS: 13.5in X 22.5in X10in, 3 liter Hydration Compatible, 2100 Cubic in, Weighs 4 pounds, Hypervent Suspension, Multiple rear compression straps, Hip belt pockets, Load transferring frame

 

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Diablo by Badlands is one of the most stable daypacks we know of when you find yourself hunting in the real rough stuff. The framework that Badlands has incorporated in this pack, and their design around this particular pack's cargo volume has led to a daypack that a hunter can pack in really tough terrain, and yet carry their gear with complete surety of foot.

 

At 2100 cubic inches, the Diablo is an all day pack, and then some, with plenty of room to bring all the gear and essentials. It is both gun and bow carry compatible. The daypack's construction is top rate, and you can tell that lots of attention has been given by Badlands' designers to the ruggedness of this hunt pack.

 

The Diablo will run you around $165, and we would consider it worth every penny for a pack with this kind of real getting back in performance. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Comfort

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Unique Gear Features

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4 

 

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The Apex Elk Hunter's Best Binocular Options

The right pair of binoculars for deep country elk hunting becomes a watershed issue in the field. The discipline needed to scout mile after mile of terrain, hour after hour, day after day, with a keen hunter's eye is what separates the decent elk hunters from the great elk hunters. In order to glass this much country the right way you need binoculars that can give you that added visual capability without unduly straining your eyes from lackluster resolution. You also have to have a rugged design, your not glassing a softball game - you're out in it. So between the trail falls, the hot coffee thermos leaking in your bag, and the surprise rain squall that gets you soaked to the skin, your binoculars are simply going to take a beating. Thus, your binoculars need to be superior in every way: clarity; light gathering; strong exterior design; weatherproofing. On this there can be no compromise.

Performance Class

Vortex Optics Diamondback 10x50 Roof Prism Binocular

   Field Score   9.56 out of 10  

 Hunter Quick Review:  Yet again, another great Vortex optic. And for the quality and no nonsense guarantee, we consider this a fantastic deal at around $250. If you want to invest in a lifetime optic that performs, this is a very smart way to go.

The Diamondback binocular is a 10x50mm, the 50mm Lenses give better light transmission in low light conditions. If you scout at dusk and dawn, the extra few bucks to get the 50mm will come in more than handy. The build is strong, durable. The glass is very nice with good clear definition and great quality of overall view. All moving parts are fluid with no real play to speak of. Weather proofing is excellent.  This is a pair of binoculars that would work equally well out West scouting elk herds or in the Midwest or back East glassing field edges for Whitetails.

This is a higher end Performance Class pair of binoculars that comes very close to being Professional Grade. For all intents and purposes, we would consider the Diamondback just a small step down (and we mean small) from binoculars that sell for 3 times the price tag. 

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 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6 

 

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Professional Grade

Carson 3D Series 10x42mm High Definition Waterproof Binoculars With ED Glass In Hunter Camo

 Field Score   9.64 out of 10  

The Carson 3D 10x42 is a very good optic with professional grade quality and a high-end feel. It will run a hunter right in the neighborhood of $300.

The ED glass on the Carson 3D brings your viewing experience into a whole new level of brightness and superior clarity. If your hunting takes you to where you need to see the tip of an antler on a cloudy day at 300 plus yards, the Carson 3D can hone in on finer texture. This will help you decipher whether what you see is a branch or the rack tip-end of a wallhanger bull or buck bedding low in a clump of brush.

The weatherproofing is excellent and should keep a hunter in business during the worst conditions. All moving parts are tight and sure, but not so tight as to be anything but smooth. BTW, we really like the exterior texture feel of these binoculars in our hands.

The Carson 3D comes in a really sharp looking camo exterior. For just under 300 dollars, this is an incredibly good deal on a high-end set of hunting binoculars with this level of ED glass clarity. 

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 Function In The Field 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Optical Clarity 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Brightness 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6 

 

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Performance Class

 Bushnell Legend 10x42mm Ultra HD Roof Prism Binocular

  Field Score   9.56 out of 10  

 Hunter Quick Review:  Bushnell is a househoild name and one of the main players in the binocular industry. When you start getting into their more high end stuff, it is here where Bushnell shows it knows exactly what it is doing.

The Legend 10x42 is simply an outstanding piece of glass for the money. For just a little over $200, the Bushnell Legend is one of the best price to value pair of binoculars that we have evaluated to date. 

The Bushnell Legend is distinctly strong in its design. The exterior is well rubberized for shock dampening and the barrels are robust and solid; you can take these binoculars hunting and not have to worry too much about kid-gloving them. The moving parts are consistently true and smooth. The glass is very clear with ED lenses. The Legend is waterproof and fog proof, weather should not be any issue in the field. The field of view for a 10 power is adequately generous. 

If you are use to lower end Bushnell optics, do not be fooled. These are exceptionally well made binoculars for this kind of price, and as our reviews go, the Bushnell Legend is sitting squarely up with some of the best binoculars on the market.

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 Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Optical Clarity

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8 

 

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Professional Grade

Vanguard Endeavor 10x42mm ED Binoculars

  Field Score   9.64 out of 10  

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Vanguard Endeavor edges out the close competition (Bushnell Legend, Carson 3D) in a 10x42 ED glass side by side comparison. When viewing, the edge definition these binoculars produce is some of the best we know of from a pair of binoculars. For a price right at $200 these binoculars are at a Performance Class price level giving Professional Grade optical quality.

The build on the Vanguard Endeavor is solid, weatherproofing is good, and overall functions of the Endeavor are right on track with expected design quality in this price range.

We believe that the Vanguard Endeavor is probably the best set of binos you can get in this price range for this level of optical definition and brilliance. We think some of the other binoculars in this price range may be just slightly more rugged than the Endeavor when it comes to day in, day out, hard trail hunting. The Endeavor is certainly more than rugged enough for hunting conditions, so please don't get us wrong. We just think that the Endeavor excels in the optical quality arena, where other models excel in the durability arena. With that said, we would have zero issue taking the Endeavors on a hunting trip deep into the wilderness glassing in the toughest of conditions. The pay off for the kind of fine definition the Endeavor produces, especially when glassing all day, would be worth any ever so slight loss in possible durability.

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 Function In The Field 

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Optical Clarity 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Brightness 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability 

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Value For The Money 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8 

 

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The Apex Elk Hunter's Best Rangefinder Options

When that monster bull is staring at you through your riflescope bedded up on a far off hillside and you are about to take the shot of a lifetime, having exact yardage can make the difference between posting your happy hunter photo online or humbly explaining to your forum group how close you came to getting the big one. A top-of-the-line rangefinder makes this a dead issue. Knowing how much exact holdover you are going to need to do the deed is "business as usual" hunting big boy bulls out West.

Professional Grade 

Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 with Horizontal Component Distance Rangefinder RRF-101

    Field Score   9.68 out of 10     

Rubber-armored coating

Fully multi-coated lenses are anti-reflective and provide a brighter view

O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris - waterproof performance

Rugged design is built to handle tough situations - compact and lightweight

Rubber armor provides a secure, non-slip grip

Diopter adjusts for precise Focus 

 Hunter Quick Review:  If you are a really serious hunter, you hunt more than the average hunting enthusiast, and you are willing to put out something around $300, then this is probably the direction you want to go. Why? The Vortex Ranger 1000, for all intents and purposes, is a top-end professional grade rangefinder with a top-end performance class price. For the money you put out, you just can't beat what you get.

The first thing you will notice is how sturdy this rangefinder is: just solid as can be; it feels like you can drop the thing without giving a second thought of worry as to actually damaging it (we don't recommend it though). Next you will notice the superior manufacturing of the product, this thing is built right, looks good, and has been well thought out. You will then try it out and find that the optical quality of the Ranger 1000 is just excellent, crisp, bright, and clear as a bell.

Then, to top it off you will read through the Vortex literature and find that your new Ranger 1000, as with all Vortex products, comes with a lifetime, no questions asked, unconditional warranty. If you actually ever talk to Customer Service at Vortex (rarely needed) you will be more than impressed.

So, do we sound like Vortex Ranger 1000 fans? We absolutely are.

The only thing we don't like is the triple tap to range - a little psychologically cumbersome since we are all pretty much geared for 2 taps. Other than that, probably one of the best RFs for the money.

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 USHuntGear's Vortex Ranger 1000 Performance Rating

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8

Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6

Reflective Sensitivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8 

   

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 Professional Grade

 Leupold RX-1200i TBR/W with DNA Laser Rangefinder Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity OLED Selectable 

    Field Score   9.68 out of 10   

Excellent Quality Optic

Easy to Use Functions

DNA Laser Rangefinder  

 Hunter Quick Review:  Here is a rangefinder that can compete with the Vortex Ranger 1000 at this price level: It is the very excellent Leupold RX 1200.

Well designed, well thought out, and superb optical quality, the RX 1200 is simply top of the line.

In a direct head to head between the Vortex 1000 and the Leupold RX 1200 this is how we would sum it up:

Both the Leupold and the Vortex are neck and neck as far as optical quality. Both range equally fast in practical use.

The Leupold RX 1200 is easier to use, in our opinion. The Leupold has a really cool downloadable BDC feature which gives you bullet drop compensation data for the cartridge you shoot, a really useful feature that the Ranger 1000 does not have. We think the Leupold is more aesthetically pleasing with a nice exterior camo option.

The Vortex on the other hand is built better, in our opinion, and built to be sealed and totally waterproof. The Leupold is well sealed, but does not have that level of weatherproofing. The Vortex comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty that is proven; Leupold does not have a warranty as solid as the Vortex.

Ultimately, for us, it is a toss up. We would take both rangefinders anywhere.

At the same time we owe our customers our real-world recommendation...so here goes: if you hunt in very tough, rugged conditions; you pack in backcountry; you hunt in wet weather and adverse conditions all of which really put your optic at risk - go with the Vortex Ranger 1000. If you hunt hard but less adverse; do a lot of bench rest type shooting; hunt open country or expansive agricultural fields much of the time - go with the Leupold RX 1200. 

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 USHuntGear's Leupold RX 1200 Performance Rating

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6

Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6

Reflective Sensitivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6 

   

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Professional   Grade

Bushnell Hunting Series Elite 1 Mile Con-X Laser Rangefinders, 7 X 26, Brown

     Field Score   9.76 out of 10   

Ranges from 5-1,760 yards with 1/10-yard display precision and 7 times magnification

Laser wirelessly communicates with the conx app on both iOS and Android platforms and allows configuration via a smartphone and the ability to load up to three Custom Ballistic curves

Wind data is incorporated into holdover values with the use of approved kestrel wind meters (not included)

Arc rifle mode provides bullet-drop/holdover in in, MOA or Mils and vs I allows sight-in distance options of 100, 150, 200 or 300 yds

Built with a fully waterproof housing with fully-multi coated optics, rain guard HD and a diopter adjustment 

 Hunter Quick Review:  Ok, so let's say you are pretty well funded and want to go hard-core ranging...?

The Bushnell Elite Con-x is pretty much at the apex of the range finding world. This ranger has tons of bells and whistles, incredible accuracy, wireless communication from laser rangefinder to smart phone, bullet drop rifle mode in MOA or Mils, etc., etc.

And this RF isn't just pretty to look at. It is built very well. The Con-X is completely waterproof, has specially coated optics, rain guard HD, and it has a solid diopter adjustment.

This unit is already the darling of the long range shooting crowd. Our guess is it won't be long until the long range hunt crowd figures out what this thing can really do in the field. And for just over $400 it is a heck of deal. 

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 USHuntGear's Bushnell Elite Con-X Performance Rating

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8

Optical Performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8

Ease Of Use

                                                                                                                                                                                                    9.6

Reflective Sensitivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                        9.8 

   

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The Apex Elk Hunter's Best Spotting Scope Options

Big Bulls get big by being recluse when they need to be. In elk country this means big bulls are masters of isolation and distance. So how do the Apex Elk Hunters even the playing field? They use distance as an advantage. This means instead of spooking target animals by physically encroaching an area, the smart hunters use tools to insert themselves into potential elk hot spots without giving away their presence. One of the main tools they use to do this is a high quality, high magnification spotting scope. With the right spotting scope and its ability to peer into every shadow, every alder thicket, every rocky recess, distance becomes an ally, not an obstacle. 

 

Professional Grade

 Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope 

 Field Score   9.72 out of 10   

  • Premium (High Density) extra-low dispersion glass delivers the ultimate in resolution. Ultra-hard-coated Armor Tek protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.

  • Dielectric prism coatings provide the clearest, brightest most color-accurate images.

  • Proprietary XR anti-reflective coatings increase light transmission for maximum brightness.

  • Triplet apochromatic lens reduces chormatic aberration. Porro Prism offers maximum image quality and performance.

  • O-ring sealed optics prevent moisture, dust and debris - results in waterproof performance. Argon gas purged to inhibit internal fogging.  

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Vortex Razor is an exceptional spotting scope that uses extra low dispersion glass - AKA the best lenses you can buy. The quality is excellent, the optical clarity is outstanding, the build is rock solid, the design is as good as it gets. The weatherproofing is top of the line, as well is the unconditional warranty that Vortex is famous for. 

Yes, the Vortex Razor costs more: around $1200 to $1500 depending on the model and the options. But if you are a very serious hunter and spend lots of money and time pursuing big game, then this spotting scope will do it all for a lifetime; and then some.  

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

General Clarity And Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Fine Definition

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6 

 

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Professional Grade 

 Swarovski Spotting Scope HD ATS-65 High Definition Glass 20x60x65mm 

 Field Score   9.88 out of 10   

High definition aluminum spotting scope with 65 mm objective lens

Flouride containing HD lenses

Minimal color fringing and bright, high contrast images

Rubber amour protects housing

Submersible to 13 feet

Lifetime Warranty

12.79 in long

Weighs only 36 ounces 

 Hunter Quick Review:  Swarovski Optics are simply some of the best commercial optics available. The HD ATS-65 is no exception. 

The clarity is perfect, the housing is surrounded in rubber armor, the functions are flawless, and the line of eye appeal is truly European. In some ways, this is more a piece of optical art. 

The ATS spotting scope also comes in 80 mm which is even more shockingly brilliant in clarity, if that's even possible..

If you have around $2500 for the ATS-65 (price depends on the model and objective size - 80 mm is about $500 more), and want to get the very top of the line spotting scope, this is it! The warranty is limited however, and we suggest buying insurance on your Swarovski glass. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                     10.0

General Clarity And Brightness

                                                                                                                                                                                                     10.0

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Fine Definition

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8 

 

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Performance Class

 Konus 7122 20x-60x100mm Spotting Scope with Case 

 Field Score   9.60 out of 10    

  • Camera Adaptor and Carrying Case Included. Tripod NOT included.

  • 20-60x100 Zoom

  • FIELD OF VIEW AT 1000M/YDS: 29m /88FT AT 20x - 15m/44FT AT 60X

  • EXIT PUPIL 5mm AT 20x - 1.67mm AT 60x

  • LENGTH 480mm/18.8"  

 Hunter Quick Review:   In our opinion, Konus is a much under-rated optics manufacturer that really deserves a much better following. Anyone who has owned a Konus is aware that you are usually pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price. 

The Konus 7122 is, quite frankly, one of the better spotting scopes on today's market and it is very hard to believe that you can buy this kind of quality for the $350 mark. The optical clarity and brightness is just exceptional for this price. 

If you have read a negative review out there in regards to the Konus 7122 it is either a phony or a fluke mishap of some sort. This spotting scope cannot be beat for this price point, and we would rate it up at a much higher price level value. 

The only drawbacks we can find are in the size and bulk of the Konus 7122...it is a 100mm scope, and that is definitely going to add some size, no way getting around it. But we think the extra size is worth the extra viewing quality. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Konus 7122 20x60x100 Performance Rating 

Function In The Field 

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

General Clarity And Brightness 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability 

                                                                                                                                                                                        9.4

Fine Definition 

                                                                                                                                                                                            9.6

Value For The Money 

                                                                                                                                                                                                9.8 

 

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