Field & Stream Online Editors
Field & Stream Online Editors

**Magnifications available: **8×42 and 10×42 roof prism, 8×50 and 12×50 porro prism.

Model tested: 12×50.

Weight: 33.5 ounces.

**Exit pupil diameter: **4.2mm.

Focusing range: 13 feet to infinity.

Other features: Rubber-armored, pop-up eyecups, waterproof.

Suggested retail price: $1,737.

**Real-world price: **$930.

**Comments: **For most hunters, 12X is more power than they’ll ever need, but for those of us who hunt in the open spaces of the West or over beanfields, such a binocular can be invaluable, because it provides a considerable boost in power over a 10X glass, but unlike a 15X, it can still be handheld.

For a porro-prism glass, this Elite model is highly compact, and while it isn’t light, it isn’t onerous. Optically, it is excellent, very sharp and very bright. One person I loaned it to did not care for the way the glass balanced, or for the deep thumb cutouts, but he was alone in his complaint.

Conclusion: A highly specialized hunting tool, and an invaluable one.