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Great hunting bino for the $
on January 1, 2016
Optically, these binoculars are excellent. They have exceptional clarity for their size. I spotted a deer over a mile away and could tell he was a spike while glassing. When properly set, they are as good as my Prostaff 7s binos. They weigh 3/4 pound. When wearing glass on your neck all day, saving a pound or more makes a huge difference. I hardly notice them. The same cannot be said for my Prostaffs.
As far as negatives, I found a few minor ones. They lack a mount for a tripod adapter. This is not a big deal by itself, most users of these glasses won't even care. If you plan to glass all day, you probably won't use these binoculars. But if you want an ultralight bino for this purpose and need a mount, look elsewhere. Otherwise, plan on trying your best to hold these steady for long periods of time. They are light and comfortable to hold. But holding such lightweight optics makes them subject to shake. Since they are 8x25mm, the exit pupil is narrow and further complicates the shake issue. Lastly, the eye piece extends for eye relief but tends to retract back. This is more than a minor annoyance for the spot and stalk hunter. When retracted, the ocular lens fogs badly in cold weather when placed against a warm sweaty face. This is less of a problem with the eye pice extended for relief. It costs the hunter critical time to defog and adjust the eye piece. The eye piece should hold its position and require deliberate rotation to retract.
So these little glasses are excellent but not very forgiving. If you can take the time to adjust and don't need to run and gun, they're perfect. If you are a fast paced hunter, they work but you might get frustrated with them. I
All in all, these are fantastic for the price. If you need a lightweight optic that won't break your neck or the bank, I can see no better option on the market. Despite a few criticisms, I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again or recommend them to a friend looking to shed some weight from his glass.