I’ll spare you my usual Scrooge-like rant this year and simply state that since this blog is largely about greed, covetousness, and the acquisition of hunting gear in the first place, what follows should be perfectly in keeping with the holidays. So in the days to come I will present you with a number of items that you can lust for and whine about until you get them.

First on the list is Nikon’s new Monarch 3 binocular. A hunter without a binocular is like a cowboy without a pickup, or a Congressman without a slush fund. Most of the binoculars I write about range from medium-priced to the cost of a good heart transplant, but these Nikons are not in that bracket. The MSRP is $249, and that seems to be the real-world price as well.

I can’t find Monarch 3s on the Nikon website–they may be too new–but I can tell you that they bear none of the hallmarks of inexpensive binoculars. They are bright, sharp, have good controls, no gimmicks, and are light and waterproof. The pair I have is a 10×42, and I presume they make them in 8X as well. The overall impression is of quality way beyond price.

They will get the job done for you, and it’s hard to do better than that.