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    Quote Originally Posted by elkhunter View Post
    I went with the Zen Ray ED2's and so far I am really impressed.


    I'm glad you like them, elkhunter. I would like to hear how they hold up, and how your experience compares to mine.

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    What binos do you guys take into the back country when packing in? I really want to sell my leupold golden rings and get something lighter. My neck can't take another hunt.

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    Drhorsepower,

    I bet if you start a thread with that question, you are going to get a wide variety of answers. I would be interested to hear. Personally, I don't skimp on the glass, even on deep backcountry hunts. It is a full-size 10X42 that I take (currently SLCs, although it has been, and will be others, including the mentioned ED2s). A good bino harness, and I don't really notice the weight.

    It will be an interesting thread.

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    Look at the Steiner line. They have excellent quality glass and I can look through mine all day long and never strain. They don't break the bank and for the money I think are hard to beat. I have the Steiner Merlin 10x42's. They cost me around $800 when I bought them 4.5 years ago. I think they're in the $500 - $600 range now.

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    I shipped the Zen ED2's back today. They are nice glass but they allowed me to send them back in exchange for the ED3'S. I let you know what I think when I get them.

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    I recently heard about the ED3s myself.

    I will be waiting for your impressions, elkhunter.

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    In your price range I would look at Minox. Go to .....www.cameralandny.com... they are sponsers on a lot of hunting sites and they know optics. They will answer any questions you have, I have never heard a bad word about them and I have been seeing guys post up a lot of good things and good prices about camera land for a long time on a lot of hunting sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elkhunter View Post
    I am looking for some good advice. I am going to get some new 10x42 binoculars this year. I only have $500-$600 to spend. For the money, what would you buy?

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    Nikon Monarchs 12x42 $300-$350, awesome set of binoculars and saves you a couple hundred dollars for beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toadbrown View Post
    Nikon Monarchs 12x42 $300-$350, awesome set of binoculars and saves you a couple hundred dollars for beer!
    My hunting buddy and I have been using the 12x42 monarchs for four years in Wyoming, for antelope and mule deer and this will be our fith year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toadbrown View Post
    Nikon Monarchs 12x42 $300-$350, awesome set of binoculars and saves you a couple hundred dollars for beer!
    Possibly the worst advice I've ever heard lol
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