It’s not all about the awards, but awards are nice. They’re especially nice when you win them from a trusted source like Outdoor Life Magazine and Field & Stream. I have little to no doubt you’ve all heard of these magazines and turn to them often for their honest reviews and news of all things outdoors, hunting and fishing related.
THAT makes their awards extra special. And Alpen‘s continuing dominance shows just how amazing their optics truly are. Alpen just recently won their SEVENTH ‘Great Buy’ Award from Outdoor Life Magazine. That is more than ANY other optics company. Ever. Yeah, it’s okay to be impressed by that.
So what did they win for? The Alpen Apex 693 XP 8×42 Binocular. We just recently added these to OpticsPlanet, and it’s no wonder they won a ‘Great Buy’ Award. For a very reasonable price you get a fantastic lightweight binocular with the kind of optical clarity usually reserved for binos at a MUCH higher price. And they are definitely hunting binoculars. When you go out hunting you don’t want to use birding binoculars, astronomy binoculars or some general use binos. You want the features that help you find game and take it down. What features?
- The Apex 8X42s are rugged.
- They provide great clarity even at the edges of the glass.
- The eye relief is 20mm (what a relief!).
- The close focus is 5 feet, so you can get up close and personal even when you’re already pretty up close and personal.
- The Apex Binoculars are fully multi-coated for optimal light transmission at all times of the day.
- The Alpen Apex Binos are lightweight and very comfortable to hold for hours at a time.
And to sweeten the deal just a bit more, if you buy your Alpen Apex XP 8×42 Binoculars now you’ll get a FREE Binocular Harness System! This makes it even easier to carry your binos for hours and hours. Just look at how happy the lady in the photo is!
And remember, this is Alpen’s seventh award from Outdoor Life Magazine. Many optics Alpen has developed over the years have won these awards again and again because they always focus on the needs of the hunters and outdoorsmen who turn to them for quality. One of the other winners is the Alpen 788 20-60×80 Spotting Scope, which won in 2005. This is still one of their top selling optics. Imagine that. A spotting scope that’s been winning awards for seven years and it’s STILL super popular. This is because of how insanely well this spotting scope performs. The optical resolution is 1.8 seconds of angle. For you this means you can see target details as small as 1/32 of an inch at ONE HUNDRED yards. The Alpen 788 also has an angled eyepiece, which makes it much easier to use this spotting scope when viewing objects at a steep upward angle. If you like to do a little astronomical viewing in addition to your hunting this is a great choice.
I also mentioned a Field & Stream Award given to Alpen, and that was for their 711 20×50 Mini Spotting Scope. It won a ‘Best of the Test’ Award. The standout feature of this spotting scope is, as you can tell from the photo above, its size. This spotter fits in the palm of your hand while still giving you true spotting scope performance! Note that Alpen doesn’t call this a monocular, nor should they. Monoculars are great for quick handheld viewing, but they don’t provide combination of magnification and sharp optics of the 20×50 Mini. This scope is nitrogen purged, waterproof and super tough. No wonder it won a ‘Best of the Test’ Award.
That’s a lot of awards for a single company, and Alpen has received so many accolades because rather than focus on trying to satisfy critics and those who hand out these awards they’ve focused on giving you what you want. Awards are given to the best. And the best is Alpen.