It’s those experiences that can make it difficult to pick a pair of binoculars and drop your hard earned cash on them. Do you go with something very expensive, because surely if it’s expensive that means it’s the best, right? Or, do you go with a cheap or more budget conscious binocular and risk getting something that severely underserves your needs? There are plenty of brands out there that surely won’t disappoint you when it comes to quality, and they will have a price tag that matches that kind of reputation. However, “quality” and “affordability” don’t have to be mutually exclusive, there is a happy medium for outdoorsmen and women who need the performance of good glass at a working man’s price. Cabela’s Intensity optic line fits that niche. The line as a whole offers compact to full size binoculars, a rangefinder, monocular and riflescope. With binoculars as our focus here, on this week’s edition of Buy or Bust we’re taking a closer look at the Cabela's Intensity HD 10x42 Binoculars.
Depending on your personal situation, location or planned hunts the magnification you need from your binoculars varies from hunter to hunter. This particular model happens to be a 10x42 which is extremely versatile and a solid pairing for the kind of hunting we do on a regular basis. However, the Intensity line offers 8x25 all the way up to 15x56 so hunters can decide what best serves them. While magnification is one of the most important factors when choosing a pair of binoculars, it’s certainly not the only thing to look at. The Cabela’s Intensity line is loaded with features that are designed to enhance the picture you view. Hang on, this is going to get thick with technical talk:
- Long-range hunting visibility and fine detail clarity.
- Constructed with HD extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass objective lenses that improve image quality and clarity, even against high-contrast backgrounds.
- Phase- and silver-coated roof prism helps retain good natural color balance while also working to improve the overall resolution for true-to-life views at longer distances.
- Fully multicoated lenses and advanced ultrawide-band coating technology.
- Anti-reflective lens coatings help light transmission and make for brighter image quality and enhanced visibility in low light situations.
While all the fancy lens technology is great, it means nothing if the body of the binocular isn’t able to hold up to the normal wear and tear that hunters put them through. The Cabela's Intensity HD 10x42 Binoculars were designed with a lightweight rubber-armored magnesium-alloy chassis that is incredibly tough and built to resist shock or impact. Also important is that your fancy glass doesn’t fog over when you need it the most. The Intensity line is O-ring sealed for fogproof performance and an IPX7 waterproof rating that withstands submersion for 30 minutes. These are the kind of features you’ll find on high priced optics, but they are available in the Cabela's Intensity HD 10x42 Binoculars and the entirety of the Intensity line which is cost effective for almost anyone. In addition, they are stamped with a Lifetime Guarantee, so if something goes wrong they’ll take them back. That kind of guarantee alleviates the risk many hunters feel and is a great way to round out the Intensity line.
With all this talk of price point, where do these ring in at? You can pick up the Cabela's Intensity HD 10x42 Binocular for $199.99. You can go in and check them out in stores or order a pair online at both Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.