First thing you need to decide is whether to go with one of the compacts or the full size binoculars
on your list. There is quite a difference in packing an 8x25 versus an 8x42 in terms of not only size and weight, but also in terms of performance and ease of use and also in terms of suitability for your type of hunting. For instance, there is a huge difference in a binocular
suited for bowhunting from a tree stand, back in the woods, and a binocular
used to scan for game out in the open country of the west. Your style of hunting is very important when choosing a binocular
I love compact binoculars
, but they have some drawbacks and there are times when I would rather have a full size binocular
. For long observing sessions, as when scanning open country for game out west, compacts, with their small exit pupils, are harder to use than full size binoculars
and will cause more eye fatigue over long observing sessions and, in this country, you will be using binoculars
for hours, each day. Compacts are out of place, here, unless you are packing into the high country and every pounce counts. I strongly recommend a full size, 8x42 or 10x42 for this type of work and the very best you can afford. If that is too much weight, at least go with an 8x30 or 8x32. In terms of importance, a binocular
, for this type of hunting, is as important or even more important than your choice of rifle and scope
do have a place in hunting and are popular with archery hunters in a tree stand, for instance. Binoculars
, for this type of work, are a quick look tool; all the binocular
does is get you a quick look at an approaching buck to check a rack or distinguish a deer from the background brush. Bowhunters, in particular, have enough gear to pack and a compact binocular
makes sense in terms of the trade-offs. On the other hand, a lot of stand hunters using a rifle still opt for a full size binocular
to get that added bit of performance, in low light, early and late in the day, when game is moving and these hunters often will be taking long shots across pastures and openings.
Overall, when in doubt, I would opt for a full size bino, say an 8x42. This is definitely a more universal choice than a compact 8x25 and better suited to a wide variety of hunting.
As to the Leupold
, yes, they do make good binoculars
, but, as always, price is your best guide. Leupold
, as with so many other manufacturers, makes everything from budget to premium class binoculars
. The Acadia is a good value - my only concern is that it is not a phase-corrected roof prism and to get the most out of the roof prism design, a roof should be phase corrected. I would try to step up to the Leupold
Olympic to get this feature or opt for a different roof prism in this general price range that does have phase-correction, such as the Bushnell
Excursion EX or the Legend.