+I am no optics expert at all, but I have wanted a pair of decent bins for a while for hiking, camping etc. Vortex is located about 1.5 hours from me so a couple weeks ago dad and I drove out there to check out their showroom. Very cool. Their building is set right next to a nature conservancy and sprawling farmland so you can test all the optics you want at basically any range you want. I was able to take a bunch of different bins outside to try them out and settled on the Diamondback HD 10x42. I found a good deal on them from a dealer online when I got home (they don’t sell out of that showroom, it’s basically a distribution warehouse). For my simple occasional needs they are terrific.
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Decided to go with the Nikon PROSTAFF 3S 10x42 for my cousin and his family.
At $120 total cost, it's very hard to beat the performance per dollar.
Really like Vortex & Nikon ,, their warranty & per dollar value.