Regardless if you spend just a few hundred bucks or a smaller fortune on your scope, we all appreciate some kind of cover or protection. A dirty or a broken glass helps no one.
All my rifles are “users”, and while I’m not overly concerned about scratches on anything but the glass itself I always try to use some kind of protection. Most of the time I use what the maker of the scope suggests, Schmidt & Bender for Schmidt & Bender and Zeiss for Zeiss and so on.
My biggest problem is actually to keep the (expensive branded) covers on. I have a habit of bringing the rifle, but never the cover. Something tells me I’m not alone.
Alpine Innovations claim to have the last scope cover we’ll ever need. Their new ScopeSlicker NX stays where you put it as it’s designed with two retaining bands that fit under the optic. This keeps it secure on top of the optics while you’re scoping. If you need to cover your optics, just flip both ends of the scope cover down.
The .5mm neoprene design includes two handy finger pocket microfiber cleaning cloths, one on each end of the scope cover, to keep your optics free from smudges and dust. The ScopeSlicker NX also has the ability to fit a wider range of the most commonly used scope sizes, ranging from 12” to 17” in the regular size, to 14” to 20” in the large size. ScopeSlicker NX’s flexible fit even accommodates scopes with high turrets, so it’s sure to fit your preferred optic.
Just black would have worked for me, but there are four different colors/patterns with creative names.
ScopeSlicker™ NX gives you all the features of our ScopeSlicker DX, but with the additional impact protection of our premium neoprene. The slim fitting .5mm neoprene is available in a variety of hi-resolution patterns, and fits a wider range of most commonly used scope sizes.
- Blocks dust and mud
- Quick access
- Double retaining bands
- Two finger pocket cleaning cloths
You can find more information at Alpine Products. The price is $24.99. For that price, I’d be ready to evaluate one when I find it in the shops.