Top 5 Rangefinding Binoculars

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Kill two birds with one stone by glassing and ranging at the same time.

Rangefinding binoculars allow hunters to glass for and evaluate game and determine the range without fiddling with multiple devices. Early examples were enormous and expensive, but today, the sizes and prices have diminished significantly. Which one is right for you? We gathered five examples to see how they performed.


LEICA GEOVID HD-B 10X42 BINOCULARS

leica hd binocular overview

This binocular featured typical—i.e., fantastic—Leica optics: bright, clear, and sharp. The two-button laser rangefinder function was simple and easy to use. One button gives you a lightning-fast range reading, and the other gives you the angle to the target, temperature, and barometer reading.

Leica Geovid 10x42 HD-B binoculars

The unit can also be configured to match the ballistics of your rifle and to provide aiming/dialing info instantly. The Geovids are at the top of the heap in a very competitive market.

Weight: 33.5 oz. $3,250; us.leica-camera.com

PROS: WORLD-CLASS GLASS AND A FAST AND ACCURATE LASER

CONS: PRICEY

BUY: 40049 Leica Geovid Sale


BUSHNELL FUSION 1 MILE ARC 10X42 BINOCULARS

bushnell fusion 1 mile arc 10x42 rangefinder binoculars

Bushnell’s Fusion 1 Mile Arc binocular is packed with modes and features—so many, in fact, that we had to consult the manual. The 1 Mile provides range, angle, and even ballistic holdover information if the user programs it to do so.

Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile sale

It has a unique feature that allows the user to account for changes in zero distance in the embedded software. This unit is on the entry level of rangefinding binoculars when it comes to functionality—and had some misreadings during testing—but overall you can’t beat the cost, and optically, this binocular is good for the price.

Weight: 31 oz. $1,050; bushnell.com

PROS: PACKED WITH FEATURES

CONS: COMPLICATED TO USE, SOME MISREADINGS

BUY: Bushnell Fusion Sale


VORTEX FURY 10X42 BINOCULARS

fury vortex hd rangefinding binoculars optics

This company has built a reputation for solid optics at reasonable prices, and this unit fits the bill. The Fury was simple to use, even one-handed, with only “range” – and – “menu” buttons to fiddle with.

Fury hd rangefinder binocular sale

The glass was very good for a binocular at this price point; clearly the rest of the world is catching up to the Europeans in that regard. We found the laser feature to be accurate and reliable though slightly slower (~1 -second delay) than the Leica, Zeiss, and Nikon units.

The Fury can be programmed to provide either line-of-sight or angle-compensated range to the target.

Weight : 31.8 oz. $1,600; vortexoptics.com

PROS: ADJUSTABLE BRIGHTNESS, BUILT-IN TRIPOD ADAPTER

CONS: SLIGHT DELAY IN READING DISPLAY

BUY: Vortex Optics LRF300 Fury Sale


ZEISS VICTORY RF 8X45 BINOCULARS

zeiss victory 8x45 T RF 9

I’ve hunted extensively in several western states with this line of Zeiss binoculars, so I was more than familiar with their capabilities. They are simple and fast to operate and provide fast and accurate range readings and the excellent optical performance that Zeiss is known for.

Zeiss Victory RF binocular sale

The Ballistic Information System embedded into this unit provides holdover data based on the ballistic curve and caliber chosen. The data inputs don’t get into the ballistic nitty-gritty, but they are plenty precise for 95 percent of hunting situations.

Weight: 35 oz. $3,333; zeiss.com

PROS: GREAT GLASS AND LASER PERFORMANCE

CONS: BALLISTIC SYSTEM NEEDS MORE FEATURES

BUY: Carl Zeiss Optical Sale


NIKON LASERFORCE 10X42 BINOCULARS

The Nikon was the most pleasantly surprising unit tested. Optics were excellent, laser readings were fast and reliable, and the unit registered the shortest minimum range of all the units tested, which is a plus for archers.

Nikon LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars

This binocular not only provides the angle to the target, but also calculates the actual horizontal distance to the target for angled shots—a feature that can prevent misses in the mountains.

laserforce range finder incline technology

Independently adjustable diopters allow users to calibrate the optics for each eye. Next to the Leica and Zeiss, the Nikon gave us the most accurate readings of the group.

laserforce reticle laser rangefinder

Weight: 30. 9 oz. $ 1,200; nikonsportoptics.com

PROS: VERY STRONG PERFORMANCE FOR THE PRICE, LIGHT WEIGHT

CONS: LACK OF INTEGRATED BALLISTIC SOFTWARE

BUY: Nikon 16212 Sale

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Top 5 Rangefinding Binoculars
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