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#6428430 - 08/28/16 06:18 PM Good binos
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 28
Hey all,
Just got my first Swaro scope and I think that I'm a glass snob now.

Probably don't have the 2k+ laying around for a pair of Swaro binos, but want something better than what I currently own.

Are there any brands out their that produce binos outside of their price range?

And, I don't mind spending money if it is cost justified - might take me a couple years to get a great pair - but buy once cry once.

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#6428690 - 08/28/16 09:08 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Brother in-law Offline
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Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 24467
Look into the vortex binos with the hd glass or the meopta.
It's been a couple years or more but head to head swaro and vortex the swaro was better but not $1000 plus better.

Watch the weight, lightweight is another huge plus of swaro

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#6428730 - 08/28/16 09:38 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Grizz Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 5844
Loc: Granbury, TX
I'll second the Vortex Viper HD. My son has a pair of 10x50 and the clarity is incredible. I tested them side by side with my Leupold BX-2 Acadias and I wanted to throw mine in the trash (not exactly apples to apples I know, but still...). Zeiss Conquests are also extremely good glass for the money.
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#6428746 - 08/28/16 09:48 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
cblackall Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/12/16
Posts: 114
Loc: Lewisville, TX
I've got the Meopta Meostar 10x42 HD's, and they're a lot of glass for the money.

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#6428761 - 08/28/16 09:56 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Brother in-law Offline
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Registered: 07/08/07
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I have a hard time getting quick full view with zeiss Bino my dad has. Good binos are a game changer

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#6428779 - 08/28/16 10:04 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41089
Loc: Metroplex
Maven.

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#6428811 - 08/28/16 10:33 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Txhillbilly Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 439
Loc: Johnson County
Zen-Ray makes some great bino's,and you can buy demo units directly from them at great prices.

http://www.zen-ray.com/shop/demo.html

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#6428869 - 08/28/16 11:49 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
westexhunt Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 862
Loc: San Angelo
Not an absolute but good in theory is vortex in whatever price range you buy will be the best value In that price range. I like the vortex binos better than the vortex scopes within each price range. Optics bring on more opinions than rifles it seems.

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#6428891 - 08/29/16 02:15 AM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Texas buckeye Offline
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 2959
Loc: Keller
When I tested binos a couple years back, vortex was right there with swaro, Leica, and Zeiss, and miles ahead of anything else. I did not have meopro or zen-ray to test, but did test against leupold, bushnell, nikon. It wasn't even close when going too of the line other cases mid range vortex. I ended up with talon hd 10x42 and couldn't be happier. Can glass all day, and never get tired eyes or feel like I am strained.

I am sure there is better stuff out there now, but with the warranty and the quality, hard to beat.

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#6428911 - 08/29/16 05:55 AM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
RiverRider Online   content
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6217
Loc: Wise Co.
There's a new player, Tract Optics. Their Toric line is getting some very good reviews. They seem to be following the same business model that Vortex has laid out. Their binos are built in Japan.
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#6428989 - 08/29/16 07:37 AM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 17893
Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Vortex Razor, or Viper is where I would look first. Good glass, awesome warranty.
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#6429256 - 08/29/16 10:37 AM Re: Good binos [Re: RiverRider]
Jgraider Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 263
Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: RiverRider
There's a new player, Tract Optics. Their Toric line is getting some very good reviews. They seem to be following the same business model that Vortex has laid out. Their binos are built in Japan.


I'm an optics junkie myself, and this statement is 100% correct. I compared my new 8x42 Tract Toric to my Meopta Meostar HD, SLC HD, Vortex Razor, and Conquest HD recently. The Toric is on par with the Razor HD, Meostar HD, and better than the Conquest HD IMO. You would have to have the Toric and SLC HD side by side (I did) to notice any difference at all. I also just returned from Namibia with the Toric's, and in camp there was a Conquest HD, Swaro WB, Swaro SLCneu, and a Leupold Mojave Pro guide HD. The Toric was the best of the bunch, and everyone there agreed.

The Toric is a fantastic binocular, and a fantastic value since they are a direct to customer seller, eliminating the middleman and the middleman's 30-40% markup. You will have to spend $2k to get something better.

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#6429448 - 08/29/16 12:21 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
RiverRider Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6217
Loc: Wise Co.
Your review was at the top of my unspoken list, Raider. Had I not already bought a ZenRay 10x42 HD Prime, I'd probably have shopped for the Tract.
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#6429511 - 08/29/16 01:06 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 28
Tract optics seem like a pretty good deal. Sure wish I could look through a pair before plunking down the money.

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#6429886 - 08/29/16 04:40 PM Re: Good binos [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
RiverRider Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6217
Loc: Wise Co.
Amarillo, check this out:

Tract Optics Terms and Conditions / 30-day no risk


12. Return Policy

Buying a high-end optic online has its challenges, you obviously canít hold it or look through it. So, if you get it and itís not the optic we said it

was, then contact us within 30 days and as long as itís in like-new condition in the original packaging, then we will exchange it or give

you a full refund. You will be responsible for shipping it back to us and we will do everything we can to make it right.

Contact us by email at: support@tractoptics.com
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