Glass for the glen

Get spying with these binoculars, which boast the optical quality and stability you need for hind stalking on the hill.

Vortex Fury HD 5000

Two of the most important pieces of hunting gear combined into one powerful, long-ranging unit, Fury HD 5000 rangefinding binoculars make glassing and ranging ultra-fast and efficient.

Right-side button controls make one-handed manipulation of both functions quick and easy, cutting down on set up time in the field. And don’t forget – these Fury HD 5000 binoculars, in common with all other Vortex products, are completely covered by a VIP Warranty, and that includes electronic components.

Price: £1,355
Vortex
01462 743223
VortexOptics.com

Hawke Frontier EDX

Hawke’s flagship bino, designed around extra-low dispersion glass, produces stunning colour retention, crisp definition and excellent light transmission.

Controlled chromatic aberration eliminates colour fringing, allowing all detail to be clearly visible, while the water-repellent lens coating offers extra clarity in all conditions.

A robust high-performance hinge design, replaceable twist-out eye cups, high grade aluminium and a lightweight rubber coated magnesium alloy chassis ensure this binocular can withstand all you throw at it.

Price: From £389.99
Hawke
01394 387762
hawkeoptics.co.uk

Steiner Ranger Xtreme

Looking distinctly new-age but offering generous amounts of traditional quality, the Ranger Xtreme binos boast a two-way-valve nitrogen pressure system and ClicLoc strap attachment for ultimate security. The ergonomic eyecups use a twist mechanism for easy adjustability.

A balanced grip and long-life rubber armouring make these binocular tough and comfortable, while the high-quality optics give good light transmission to boot. For a small outlay, there’s a lot of performance here.

Price: £470
GMK
01489 579999
www.gmk.co.uk

Leupold BX-4 Pro-Guide

If you’ll be doing plenty of shooting at the start and end of the day, these binos are for you – they’re optimised for low light conditions. In fact, they’re an excellent all-round optical package, with brightness, edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal glare.

A wide range of specifications are available – from 8×32 to 12×50 – in a number of colour finishes, ensuring there’s a model in this range to suit absolutely every kind of rifle shooter.

Price: From £587
Viking Arms
01423 780810
vikingshoot.com

ATN Binox 4K

Go high-tech with ATN’s digital binos, which for the first time can rival their traditional glass-based brethren for daytime glassing as well as shooting at night.

That’s thanks to the 4K sensor and dual-core processor that give a truly rich, bright image. There’s a laser rangefinder and ballistic info built in as well, which you can send to the ATN smartphone app and back.

Plus there’s video recording, NV mode and laser illuminator, 15 hours of battery life – these binos are truly packed with features.

Price: £1,201.99
Highland Outdoors
0345 099 0252
highlandoutdoors.co.uk

Swarovski EL binos

Available in 8×42 or 10×42, the ELs set the binocular standard for many. Designed around HD glass, they offer glorious picture quality and colour fidelity, while a host of extras such as a padded neoprene strap, flattened lenses for wide field of view, and dioptre adjuster make this a truly impressive package.

Sporting Rifle reviewer Chris Parkin has had them out in the field – here’s what he had to say: “I see a lot of optics these days and it is the little features that make them special. On the ELs, the little things really do add up to bestow a product with a rating I can only describe as ‘customer delight’.”

Price: £1,980
Swarovski
01737 856812
swarovskioptik.com

Kite Cervus

Built for the highest light transmission imaginable, these binos are probably the largest of the pairs featured, here but that size gives you an awful lot of glassing power.

In 8×56 spec, these binos’ big lenses pick up every last drop of available light, boosted by an MHR advance coating. So last-light stalks can continue until the very end. For their size, these Kite Cervus binos are refreshingly light too, and balance well in the hand.

Price: £560
Browning
01235 514550
browning.eu

Leica Geovid HD-B 3000

With a huge effective range of 3,000 yards for its ranging capabilities, Leica’s latest binos are hugely powerful, but they aren’t just about their max distance.

They also boast a revamped display that makes it easier to grasp the information provided during those crucial fractions of a second in a hunt. A fast scan mode gives a fresh reading every half a second, while out to 200 metres, you’ll get a reading down to decimals. Plus, those Leica optics give you incredible image clarity and sharpness.

Price: From £2,525
Leica
0207 629 1351
leica-camera.com

Minox BL-HD 8×44

You’ll find deer out on the hill at all times of day and night, and you need a binocular that can keep up with them. That’s where these ultra-compact, ultra-versatile HD binos from Minox come in. The unusual 44mm objective allows ample light for dawn, dusk and flat light conditions.

The glass was developed by Minox specifically for this range and gives a sharp, high-contrast image with excellent colour rendition. The BL-HDs use a poly-carbonate chassis, have an ‘open bridge’ design, and are therefore light and easy to carry for long periods without fatigue.

Price: £470
Blaser Sporting 01494 481004
blaser-group.com/uk

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