Right now my main binos are Nikon Monarch ATB-8*42. As far as looking through them goes they suit me fine. That being said I’m really disappointed with the durability factor. So far this season both covers for the big lenses have broken off, and one of the twist out eye cups fell off somewhere and is mia. So they are now useless and I’ve had to break out some cheap bushnell sportsman. They are terrible and I think I can see better through my rangefinder. Nikon does have the $10 repair deal and that’s good but I know they will tear up again and I’m going to need a better backup.
I’m looking at Vortex I can’t remember the name for sure (in a tree right now) but I think it was talon. They were $219 at cabelas. After I submit I will check on the model name and repost if needed.
Anyone with input on them let me know what you think.
Also off the subject but cabelas has some killer sales going on right now. Especially on expensive clothes. I also picked up a Garmin e-Trex 30 bundle for $249.99 which includes a topo card, one year free script for Birdseye imaging, case, USB cable, and belt clip. Sold separately was gonna be like $450.The model is Diamondback.
I really hate the fact that this will be like the 5th pair I’ve bought which money wise is going to put me close to 1/2 the price of some Swarovskis. But they are really over my budget and always have been. Binoculars used to be lower on my list of hunting gear though. I just never really used them. Last year I started using them more and have used the heck out of them this year. So that does change the budget thing a little.
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I own a pair. Went through a 3-D course in steady rain with them and moisture got in them. They eventually dried out but the clarity has never been like new since.
IMO it would be fine to purchase a pair for the glove box or sports event, but not for hunting since they are not water proof at all.
Joined: 1/12/2009save your money get the best binoculars you can a good set isnt cheep but will last you and your kids a life time worth every penny you will spend
Joined: 1/20/2008I have a pair of 8×42 Vortex Diamondbacks and love them. Best glass you’ll find for the money.
Nikon does have the $10 repair deal and that’s good
Still a great price to freshen yours up, and a lot cheaper than buying new noc’s every year.
I really hate the fact that this will be like the 5th pair I’ve bought which money wise is going to put me close to 1/2 the price of some Swarovskis. But they are really over my budget and always have been. Binoculars used to be lower on my list of hunting gear though. I just never really used them. Last year I started using them more and have used the heck out of them this year. So that does change the budget thing a little.[/quote:3i94y1wx]
Buy once, cry once. I still think buying my Leica Ultravids was one of the best purchases I have made, though it almost killed me to fork out that green. I get a lot of enjoyment from them, but use them for more than just hunting season.
I also have some Monarch 8×42′s I keep in the car and let other people use, and I like them for what they are (though I will be the first to say the twist out eye cups are their weak point).
During Gun season a couple weeks ago a friend realized his Vortex noc’s had a crack in them when an eye piece fell out (some people can break anything). I didn’t even feel bad loaning him my Monarch’s with their repair policy.Saved up for a year to get my swarovskis and haven’t been happier. Great warranty and better clarityI am aware that buying the right stuff once is the way to go, rather than trying to save money only to end up spending what you could have bought to start with on multiple duplicates of budget items that don’t add up to squat in the end. I learned this through experience like most.
That being said, with a six month old, bills, and my wife in a masters program I can’t afford Swarovski at this time.
So my thinking is for now I could have the nikons and vortex both with great warranties. Tear up a pair send it to be fixed and use the extra set while repairs are being made.
I’m just trying to see if anyone knows if the vortex will suit me as well as the nikons.
When I am able to get the Swarovski set I would still want a decent backup because things happen.
I dropped my hat and grunt call yesterday morning from 25′ up a tree.
Joined: 3/15/2008Stienner Merlins are an excellent binocular. Thy=ey are made for hard hunting in rugged conditions. The 8x42s are right around $500. Not cheap but less than what you’ve spent for binocs that haven’t held up.
Joined: 8/4/2004The vortexs are AWESOME! I use the Furys, and my stepdad has the diamondbacks. You will be very happy with them.
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