light weight hunting binocular
I'm currently in the market for a new set of lighter weight binoculars for hunting. I tend to end up on rather long hiking trips while hunting and am interested in shedding as much weight as possible. I was thinking something in the 8X type. My current binos are the Vortex Razor 10x42, which I love, and would like to stay in the same quality range. Acceptable price range would be around $800 or so. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again
A lot of hunters and hikers have gone to an 8x32 for just that reason. It's a great compromise between weight and performance. That price would get you the excellent Pentax 8x32 ED, for instance. If you like your Vortex, you may also want to check out the 8x32 Viper HD
The Pentax ED really is Euro class when it comes to optics. Contrast is superb. Is it worth it? Only you can answer that, of course. If you like Pentax, though, the 8x32 DCF SP is no slouch, either at a more affordable price.
One of my all time favorites in a lightweight 30mm bino has always been the now discontinued Swarovski 8x30 SLC. Still hoping Swarovski brings this back as an HD model. Probably one of the sweetest to carry binoculars of all time. You could still probably find one used in that $800 range, too.
No, haven't had the opportunity to give them a test, but from what I read, I would say they are basically an open bridge version of the old 8x30 SLC. Definitely worth checking out.