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Has anyone had experience with the XT?  I went to Cabela's yesterday and these seemed on par with Bushnell Legends and Nikon Monarchs.  They were also cheaper in price.  The salesman said they had a satisfaction guaranteed waranty.  Would you buy them or get something else.

 

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For what they are asking for the full size XT's I would pass on them & go with a sounder investment.
Actually, investing in a porro prism binocular, in the same price range, will give you much higher quality optics all around.
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I have also had the opportunity to try the new XT models from Cabelas. The full size XT models are actually quite good optically. I thought perceived resolution levels were actually at least as good as the Monarchs and Legends if not a bit better. The flatness of field was certainly as good if not better. In fact the only optical attribute which was not as good as the Monarchs and Legends was the brightness level. I thought they were a bit dimmer than either of the other two but when you consider the price difference and the wonderful handling of the XTs then I think they are definitely worthy competition for these two.

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Thanks for giving us your honest evaluation. It is always better to check out a binocular in person. I wish I had the opportunity to do it more often.
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Just out of curiosity, do you know where Legend and Monarch binoculars are made?

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"Thanks for giving us your honest evaluation. It is always better to check out a binocular in person. I wish I had the opportunity to do it more often. "

 

Your welcome. I am always willing to share any experiences I may have relevant to the subject at hand. I have yet to take them home to try out for an extended period of time but I can see that just such a situation won't be too long in coming. ;)

 

"Just out of curiosity, do you know where Legend and Monarch binoculars are made?"

 

I know your comment wasn't directed at me but I would be willing to bet "China" is the answer and probably in the same factory as the XTs. :o)

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I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that the XT fullsize binoculars are made in Japan. I talked with one of the Product Associates at Cabela's this morning. He also told me that they are using BAK-4 prisms as well.
It is not often that we see quality, inexpensive roof prism binoculars coming out of Japan, but, the XT's seem to fall into this catagory.
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Japan you say? Well it makes sense though as I know their Alaskan Guides are Japanese made. I remember hearing rumors that their Pine Ridge binos were manufactured by Fujinon on more than one occasion.
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