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Like so recommendation on some binoculars, around 500ish.. could go a little more but trying to keep it under that. Looking for a nice 8x 42 or 32 for hunting. Binocular wise I just own some Zen ray zrs HD 10x42 and a Leupold Yosemite 6x30. My razor ii rifle scope and pentax Ed spotter has spoiled my eyes. Would like something more alpaish but that's my price range   Need something long eye relief since i do not always were contacts.

Right now my top choices are:
Pentax 8x43 zd wp
Vortex talon 8x42
Hawkeye sapphire 8x42
Bushnell elite 8x42


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stork, spend $550 and get a Tract Toric 8x42.   My side by side comparisons put it on par with the Meopta Meostar HD, SLC HD, and Vortex Razor.  It is superior to the Conquest HD as well.  It is head and shoulders better than anything you listed.  I had mine in Namibia recently for 10 days and it is very well built, clear, and sharp.
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Never heard of that brand, are they new?
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2016 at 20:08
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Yes.  competitor is their site.  

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+1 to JGRaider's post.  None of the ones you mentioned will come close to the Tract Toric.  The Toric is the best sub-$700 bino I've ever seen, so at their current sale price of $565, the choice is a no-brainer.  Do whatever you can to come up with another $65.  Sell a kidney if you have to.

Good people to deal with too.......

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The guys running Tract are ex Nikon folks.
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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

The guys running Tract are ex Nikon folks.

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Son of Ed -- that's a very, ummm..... interesting haircut you have there......
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http://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/hunting-binoculars.php
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Yea I've checked out best binos website. Got some good info. Toric sounds to go to be true, is not that I don't trust your opinion on them it's really that is a new company, ya know will they still be around in 5 years to back their product? If I'm gonna spend 500+ i think I'd prefer to go with a brand that has stood the test of time. I'll read some more on toric though, not ruled then out. Sounds like a great bang for buck
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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

The guys running Tract are ex Nikon folks.




Forgot to say I knew Jon Allen from our days repping Nikon. He was the sales manager at the time.

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Stork,

I ahve not tested Toric, so I do not have any opinions on them.  Frankly, if you want a quality binocular for around $1k or so, my nearly default recommendations are Meopta Meostar either in 8x32 or 8x42 or Leica Trinovid 8x42.


The new Kahles looks promising, but I need to test it.

If you are trying to get that wow-factor you get from your high end riflescopes, that is the way I would go.

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I think your right,if I cheap out I will end up regretting it and still end up having to buy something nicer.
I'll just have to save my pennys a while longer.
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stork,   I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.  

I will guarantee you one thing though, if you think you'll be getting a better binocular than the Toric, even though you plan to save up to spend more $$$, you'll be sadly mistaken.  I compared them directly to my SLC HD, Meopta Meostar HD, the Razor HD, all costing well over $1000, and a Conquest HD at about $900.  The Toric held it's own with the SLC HD (couldn't tell any difference), was slightly sharper,  better resolution than my Meopta HD, and slightly sharper and better resolution than my buddy's Razor HD and Conquest HD.  We had them on tripod's just to eliminate shake.  I also compared them to a Swarovision 8x32, as I bought it anticipating taking it to Namibia for 10 days.   While I do think the SV's are the finest glass on the planet, the Toric was easier to use, less finicky eye placement, had much better glare control, and had a smoother focus than the SV.  I sent the SV back to competitor and took the Toric to Africa.  While in camp, there were the following binoculars on hand.....SLC WB 8x42, SLC WB 8x30, Conquest HD, Mojave Pro Guide ED, and an SLCneu in 8x42.  The Torics were the best of the bunch, passed around to everyone including the PH's, and the best binocular in that bunch was obvious.  

Just food for thought, as I do think a guy should buy whatever he wants at whatever price he wants.  I do understand the thought of Tract being the new kid on the block as well.  If you want more user comments on the Toric, go to the birdforum and look there.   They came to the same conclusions as I did.  

Good luck, and have some fun with it.  

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