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I am interested in your opinions on which is a better hunting Bino. The new Leupold Mohave has an open bridge design which I have never own any with that design. I notice alot of High dollar binos always use that design but I dont know if its because it is more desirable and comfortable or just because it saves weight.   Does anyone have a pair of Mohaves and can you tell me how they compare to a Monarch atb or Leupold Pinnacle and can you tell me if it has a slow or fast focus adjustment?
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Neither design is "better."  The open bridge design just happens to be in fashion right now, largely because it looks cool.  All else being equal, though, it can help reduce weight as well.  Really, it's all a matter of what feels best to you.  The open bridge design allows you to wrap your fingers around the barrels more, possibly giving you a better grip on the bins, however, whether a given open bridge bin is comfortable to you or not depends a lot on how far apart the hinges are and how they are integrated with the barrels.  Like every other design decision, some people like it, some don't. 
 
I've never looked through a Mojave, so I don't know how it compares to the Monarch.
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Zeiss was actually the first to do the open design many years ago but gave up on it because they were not as durable as the central hinge design.
 
Swarovski was first to reincarnate the design in their top end EL line and instantly the design became synonymous with high quality and every one started jumping on the band wagon.
 
When Leica first launched their Trinovid BA series they were the first ever 42mm binoculars.  Leica wanted their 7x, 8x and 10x binos to use the same chassis and they decided that 42mm for the objective would be the happy medium for all three powers.  Then instantly 10x42 was the standard for high end binos that every one started copying.
 
Optics manufacturers have to come up with new innovations to give you a reason to buy a new pair of binoculars.  The open hinge is just the latest.
 
FYI, we get more complaints about open hinge binoculars getting knocked out of collimation (double vision) than center hinge binoculars.
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Thanks Chris, thats a good thing to know. Im sure since its Leupold it would be covered by warranty for sure but Im the type who hates to mess with having to have something sent in to fix it. Im curious what Three Binos you recommend in the under $400.00 range for hunting Chris. Which ones do you get the least and most complaints about for any reason?
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Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

...........   Im curious what Three Binos you recommend in the under $400.00 range for hunting Chris.   ............
 
 
I would not count out the Leupold Mojave, you just have to handle them with a little more care.  I would also consider the Leupold Pinnacle and Pentax DCF SP if your budget has any room.
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Wow, I figured for sure the Nikon Monarch atb would be on the list, they seem to be a popular choice.
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Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

Wow, I figured for sure the Nikon Monarch atb would be on the list, they seem to be a popular choice.
 
The Nikon Monarch is a dissapointment and not worthy of the Monarch name.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

Wow, I figured for sure the Nikon Monarch atb would be on the list, they seem to be a popular choice.
 
The Nikon Monarch is a dissapointment and not worthy of the Monarch name.


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