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The new Mojave is out, and it seems like it is a fore runner for a 2015 facelift for the entire Mojave line.  Mid-price stuff seems to be getting better and better and this new Mojave is no exception.  It is Japanese and covered by Leupold’s lifetime warranty, which in my experience is second to none. 

This binocular is available in both 8x and 10x versions. 

Field of view is 8*, 420’/1,000 yards 140m/1,000m.

Listed weight is 17.0 oz. with a 4.75” (120.6 mm) length

Eye relief is listed as 16.0 mm

IPD range listed 58-74 Close focus is 7.0 ft. (2.1 m)

Body is aluminum

MSRP:  8x32, $439; 10x32 $459. 

The specification sheet lists the Mojave as 17.0 oz., however mine, sans covers, strap and case, is 19.0 oz.  It is 21.0 oz. with lens covers and strap, and the case is an additional 3.0 oz.   The same sheet says the minimum IPD is 58.0.  This one measures 56.0 mm. 

It comes in a small, flexible, soft case with a Velcro closure on the flap.  There are no internal compartments to hold the included microfiber cloth.  It has a nice, stretchy, 1.25 in wide, padded strap with plenty of flex.  The strap is black with “Leupold” lettered in gold in two places.  The strap has quick connect attachments (good idea, now make the same connectors standard across the entire Leupold line) with a metal split ring to attach to the binocular body.  I passed on the split ring and use a heavy cable tie.  It has nicely done, well fitting, tethered objective covers, and a more or less standard rain guard.  The eye cups have three positions.  The diopter is on the fore end of the focus wheel and is a click stop affair. 

The focus is counterclockwise to infinity and moves through one and one half turns.  This one focuses to the advertised close focus distance maintaining a unified image.  It will come about 18” closer if you use a single eye.  It focuses from close to 30 meters (100’) or so in one third of travel.  The second third takes you to infinity, leaving ample room past infinity if needed.  The focus seems well done, soft without being too soft, and is quite precise.  There was some unevenness out of the box but that worked out pretty quickly. 

Let’s get to a couple of niggles first off.  The choice of rain guard is not so well done.  The problem is that it is of a fairly stiff, amply heavy material, but is simply too slick.  The problem in this regard is the softer, grippy rubber on the eye cup and the slick eye guard make a suction seal right out of the box that takes some effort to break to just get the rain guard off.  This is compounded by the second niggle, which is the case is too short (sort of a recurring problem with lots of binoculars).  The eye cups need to be twisted down to fit inside, and it is still short enough that it ensures the tight suction seal with the rain guard when you fasten the case.  Almost any standard size rain guard will replace the standard one and will eliminate the problem, so it is not a real big deal.  I used a case from a Leupold Yosemite instead.  Put the binocular in sideways with the eye cups extended and there is enough room left over to fold the strap inside the case with the binocular.  It even says Leupold on it. 

Two other niggles that are likely to get more play are the eye relief for one.  It is listed as 16.0 mm but there is 12.0 mm available.  The eye cups do extend fully to 16 mm above the ocular lens, but you can only get within 4 mm with the eye cups turned down.  The eye cups actually roll over the edge further than needed and are thick enough to lose about 2 mm.  The rest is a metal ring around the ocular lens which extends above the lens surface another couple of mm.  Before the “woe is me” alarm sounds, I will point out that with my reading glasses and some of the sunglasses I use, there is ample relief for me to see the entire fov.  So eye glass wearers, do not dismiss this out of hand. 

The last niggle I will use as a lead into the review.  This binocular has no ED glass…GASP!  I hope you will take my word for it, I really do NOT see the need here.  I will hedge my bets a little here to remind people I’m not CA sensitive.  I realize there are those who are.  So here’s the deal.  This binocular is about impossible for me to find any CA in, even compared to other ED glasses I have compared it to.  There are other very well regarded CA control binoculars that are easier to get CA to show up in than this one. 

Leupold’s engineers and those from the Japanese OEM worked overtime fine tuning some eye piece geometry and refining coatings in this binocular.  Whatever they did seems to have worked, as the process was a large part of the delay in getting this glass out. 

L-Coat 

This coating plays a reasonably visible part in the packaging and in general information about this glass.  L-Coat is Leupold’s proprietary cold fusion 64 layer prism mirror coating.  This is part of the tweaking that went on with this glass.  While they certainly will not tell anyone what the secret sauce is, I was told that it is unique in that it uses a silver based compound in the formula at some point in the process.  

The lens coatings have a green tint.  The objectives perhaps darker than the oculars.  The ocular reflects three reflections, yellowish, then green, then pink.  The objectives reflect two. One green, and the deeper one pink. 

Field Performance: 

The first thing that stands out in examining the view in this binocular is how flat the field is. The view is certainly not as flat as a true flat field binocular, but it is much flatter than any non-flat field design I have experience with.  The edge performance is very good, and any edge distortion is minimal to nonexistent.  Both are better than the rest of the lesser priced, but still mid-price binoculars, hence the reason for a separate review.  The sweet spot is essentially 90% of the fov in terrestrial viewing. 

Image performance: 

The binocular has a somewhat warm bias. There is an indication of a reactive color balance here.  In other words the brighter it is outside, the warmer the color balance seems.  Personally in very bright light it is som

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Thanks for an excellent review Steve ExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
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Thanks for the review. I can see some of these in my elk forays.
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Originally posted by stickbow46 stickbow46 wrote:

Thanks for an excellent review Steve ExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent


I'll 2nd that.

I have a Nikon M7 8x30 that I like a lot, and I am really looking forward to comparing it to the Leupold.  I will post here if I get that chance. 

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I just want to echo Steve's comments on this model. I received my unit last week and have been using it daily...both by itself and in comparison to several other binoculars I have on hand.

This is another one of those true values out there. The optical performance should demand a much higher price than what I have seen these being advertised for. There really is very little not to like about this model. Its optical performance is excellent and, like the rest of you, I would like to place it against notably more expensive glass to really see how it compares. I can't imagine anything bettering it optically until you start reaching and exceeding the $1000 price point. For many individuals this is most likely all the binocular you would ever need.
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Not only a detailed and excellent review Steve, but I also agree with you on Every Point! For the $$$, my BX-3 10x42's offer All of the same positive qualities you mentioned about the 8x32's!

My Leupold BX-3 Mohave 10x42's offer a very natural 3-D like DOF that visually, appears to have field flattening technology, but it doesn't. The edge to edge tack sharpness "sweet spot" is at least 90%+ of the FOV, with the extreme edges almost equally sharp. I recently spent over 3 hours glassing at Cabelas, looking at details through 10 different 10X42's (about $9K of German, Euro, etc. glass), from the BX-3's all the way up to the Swaro El's. I'd pick the Swaro SLC's in a heart beat (Best Glass...Period), but not for 5X the price of the BX-3's, that were 95% optical equivalent of the SLC's!

In the end, I was well pleased at how the BX-3's stood up to the overall much more expensive competition and will be using those for my upcoming hunts! Very Sharp, excellent resolution, superb ergonomics, natural color, flatter (and visibly wider) FOV, lightweight, well balanced and great warranty. All for retail of just $500, usually found for $400 everywhere!

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The BX-3 Mojave is in for an upgrade in 2015.  I just finished up reviews on the new Mojave 8x32, which kicks butt in the price class.  You'll need to go Meopta HD or Zeiss Conquest HD to best it much. Decided it was a keeper and it won't be going back to Leupold.

This 8x32 Mojave is a better glass than the existing BX-3, so the upgrade should be interesting.

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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

The BX-3 Mojave is in for an upgrade in 2015.  I just finished up reviews on the new Mojave 8x32, which kicks butt in the price class.  You'll need to go Meopta HD or Zeiss Conquest HD to best it much. Decided it was a keeper and it won't be going back to Leupold.

This 8x32 Mojave is a better glass than the existing BX-3, so the upgrade should be interesting.



WOW...Awaiting new developments! Big Grin

Thanks Steve for the heads up info,

Ted
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