January 27, 2014
Great Budget Binoculars: Leupold BX-1 Yosemite and McKenzie
By The Editors
This is one of the brand-new full-featured, roof prism binos we saw for well under $200. Again, this one has the phase-coated BaK-4 prism and fully multi-coated lenses; it’s also waterproof, rugged, comes in 8x42 or 10x42, and has a full lifetime warranty—all for around $150. But while we were looking for new bargains, we spotted an old friend, the Porro prism BX-1 Yosemite, which goes for around $75.
If you think you can’t get decent binos for so little money, you need to look through these. In the past, Porros fell out of favor for being too big and clunky, but that’s not what you get here. The Yosemite gives you an incredible-for-the-price image in a quite compact package. It comes in 6x30, 8x30, and 10x30, be we especially love the 6x for its big field of view and bright picture—perfect for bowhunting or for still-hunting the big woods, where you don’t need a lot of magnification.