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Which Binoculars Took Top Awards For 2013

Updated on November 4, 2013

Binocular Of The Year

Binocular manufacturers unveil their new models every few years get recognized for being excellent products with advances that are truly noteworthy. Most often, you will see new models appear that are upgrades and slightly varied versions of existing ones, but occasionally manufacturers introduce entirely new models or series.

To determine the winners, experts thoroughly inspected each binocular and graded them according to specific criteria. They were tested in the field for performance and quality. Each category had it's own set of standards being judged. There are a surprising number of binocular variations, and this set of awards touches on just a few of those available.

Bushnell Takes Top Honors

For the third year in a row, the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 Binocular wins Binocular of the Year!

Only introduced a few years ago, this Bushnell has proven to outshine all the competition.

Take a look at some of the features of the Bushnell Legend:

  • High quality ED glass coated with Ultra-Wide custom band coating
  • Provides high definition lines and defined colors
  • RainGuard HD water-repellant coating
  • Comfortable lightweight rubberized body and soft touch grips
  • Comes with a premium case, neck strap, microfiber lens cloth and deluxe binocular harness
  • Ultra wide field of view; locking diopter
  • 100% waterproof/fog-proof casing
  • 10x magnification, 42 mm
  • Limited lifetime warranty, 100% satisfaction guarantee

Pentax 8x43
Pentax 8x43

Nikon Wins Best For Birdwatching

With amazingly fast focus and easy turn and click eyecups, the Nikon has several reasons why they placed first for best binoculars for birdwatching.

The features include:

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Waterproof, fog proof rubber-armored body
  • Nikon Eco-Glass lenses
  • Prism elements with dielectric high-reflective, multi-layer coating
  • Turn and slide rubber eyecups with a Smooth Central Focus Knob and Flip Down Caps
  • The glass in these binoculars provide a sharper, clearer field of view for birdwatching.

Leupold Wins For Best Hunting Binocular

The 10x42 Leupold BX-4 McKinley HD 10x42 is an new model this year and has good reason to win the best hunting binocular.

This is a lightweight model that has a full flat field of view, which gives sharp lines and vivid colors.

Let's take a look at the features:

  • Advanced HD Lens System
  • Central Focus Dial that is fast!
  • Waterproof and fog proof
  • Twist up eyecups
  • Light weight
  • Extended Twilight lens coating

It is important to a hunter to have as much light as possible entering the lens, to have the best lenses possible for early dawn and twilight lighting. Hunters tend to carry a lot of gear, so the lightweight, ergonomic design is a welcome feature.

A quality hunting binocular that you will enjoy for years!

Steiner Safari For the Best Compact Binocular

The Steiner Safari Ultrasharp 8x22 Binocular is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket, but is still powerful enough to give crisp 8x magnification.

They are . . .

  • Waterproof and fog proof
  • Extremely fast, sharp focus as close as 10 feet.
  • Field of view at 1.000 yards: 411 feet
  • Rugged, easy gripping body style
  • Ergonomic eyecups that fold down for use with glasses
  • Lightweight - 8.0 oz.
  • Includes padded travel case and neck strap

Best of the Best with the Zeiss Victory!

Quite an impressive title and well earned. The Carl Zeiss 10x42 Victory HT Binocular has specifications that are unparalleled!

The judges say "they are better and brighter than literally anything else we've looked at through the year, in a uniquely elegant ergonomic body."

You've got to take a look at these features"

  • Schott HT High-Transmission glass + enhanced T coating for 95% light transmission
  • German made
  • Comfort focus concept and ergonomic easy grip barrels
  • FL lens system for superb color fidelity
  • 5 year no-fault policy and Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Carl Zeiss T* multi-layer coating
  • Abbe-Konig prism system

A well deserving win for the Zeiss Victory Binocular!

The Zeiss Victory

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