My current binoculars are 8 power, and sometimes that is less magnification than I wish I had. The Vortex Viper HD Ranging Reticle Eyepiece is one option, but typically it is too much to carry such a system around. The new Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56 binoculars come with a powerful 15x magnification, and with what Vortex call High Definition Optical System. Typically these represent the high-end lenses.
The chassis is made out of magnesium. Regardless of magnification or quality, the best binoculars are usually the ones you have with you. My experience is that a low weight increases the chances that you bring them with you.
The press release reads:
THE ALL-NEW DIAMONDBACK® HD 15×56 BINOCULAR. CARRY LESS. PACK OUT MORE.
BARNEVELD, Wis. – Hunting open country is demanding enough without having to carry inadequate or unnecessary gear. For the dedicated hunter looking for a binocular powerful enough to replace a spotter in their pack, the new Diamondback® HD 15×56 packs all the optical strength you need into a lightweight package that will keep you in the field and on budget.
15x magnification gives you the raw power to glass at distance, while the HD optical system provides superior image resolution and improved light transmission to make long glassing sessions easy on your eyes. And, crucial to hunters, the HD system also helps make the Diamondback® HD 15×56 extremely effective in low light, such as first and last light, when game animals tend to be on the move.
You might think all that optical strength would make these binoculars hang heavy on your neck, but a lightweight, Magnesium alloy chassis keeps them under 35 ounces, and ensures a tough build capable of handling tough country.
Plus, the Diamondback® HD 15×56 comes standard with a GlassPak™ for worry-free carry and storage, and a tripod adapter for rapid mounting and dismounting to keep you mobile.
Simplify what you carry into your hunt with all the power and clarity you need to help make sure you’re packing more out.
Due to this optic’s magnification, we recommend use with a tripod.
A lot of these press releases boil down to “so how much is it going to cost me?”
The MSRP is $474.99. I’ll leave it up to you how you find that price, but please let us know in the comments below.
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