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Cabela's Alaskan Guide Binoculars at Cabela's

Cabela's Alaskan Guide Binoculars

Author: Kathy Etling

Whether you’re after a wild turkey, a Kodiak brown bear or a super whitetail buck, Cabela’s Alaskan Guide binoculars are the way to go.

Whether you're after a wild turkey, a Kodiak brown bear or a super whitetail buck, Cabela's Alaskan Guide binoculars are the way to go. I know; I've tried them out and been impressed by their performance, even under the most extreme conditions.

Springtime hardly seems to deserve the 'extreme' label. But spring weather can be highly variable with its mix of everything from snow and freezing temperatures to high humidity and sweltering temperatures. But Alaskan Guide 10X42s, which weigh just 25-ounces, are more than up to any task, no matter what the weather conditions, since they are fog-proof and waterproof. That's good news when you never know what kind of weather will be lurking outside the door each morning.

Later in the year, choosing a fog-proof and waterproof model like Alaskan Guides will make even more good sense. When winds blow and temperatures plunge when you're waiting on a stand with snow swirling round you'll be glad you bought the best.

Take it from me, I'm hard on gear. And if you're hard on gear and then encounter major league weather, something's going to give, particularly if you've tried to economize. It's my belief that you can economize on a lot of hunting or bowhunting items, but you don't want to economize on your optics. That can lead to serious trouble. For example, a cheap pair of binoculars once fogged up on me so badly that I thought there would be no way of scoring on anything after I'd traveled thousands of miles to hunt whitetails in the Montana backcountry. Only because I'd had the foresight to pack a spare set of mini-binoculars was the day saved. Had I been toting Alaskan Guides instead, I wouldn't have had the problem. The quality of construction was that evident once I had them in my hands.

Waterproof and fog-proof are just a beginning. Alaskan Guides are shockproof and rubber-armored, too. These latter two features aren't just niceties. They're necessities, as far as I'm concerned. Any big game hunter worthy of the name spends a good part of the time crawling on all fours or slithering across some of the worst terrain in the country, often with binoculars bumping or dragging the ground. Now, have at it with no fear because these binoculars are T-O-U-G-H, any way you spell it! The ergonomic design, which feels like it belongs in your hands, is pretty nice, too. And the black matte finish won't gleam to reveal your position at an inopportune moment.

Have you ever almost lost it because your binoculars wouldn't hold focus? I have, so believe me when I say that this won't happen with Alaskan Guides. The handy click-stop center focus ring means your focus stays exactly where it's been set for ease in re-attaining targets. And when you use the diopter adjustment there really is a distinct, visible change in the image from one setting to another.

Call it crispness or call it clarity, the glass that's been ground for use in these sleek roof prisms is simply superb. Plus, the application of a phase-correction coating eliminates the phase shift inherent in any roof prism design. It's this phase shift of light that can wear eyes out after an extended period of spotting if manufacturers neglected to coat their roof prism models with a phase-corrected coating.

All lenses on Alaskan Guide binoculars have also been fully multi-coated for optimum light transmission. Some binocular manufacturers go hog wild on cosmetics, then scrimp on something as critical to performance as rare earth coatings on all lens surfaces. It's no secret that superior coatings plus a high degree of superior engineering equals an Alaskan Guide sight picture as good as -- or even better -- than any comparable pair of roof prisms out there today, bar none.

The light-gathering ability of these binoculars must be seen to be believed. I've compared Alaskan Guide 10X42s to many other 10X42s, even those costing twice as much, and the Alaskan Guides equal or excel in every test. They even gather more light than most 7X50s, which seems an optical impossibility when you apply the standard formulas for twilight factor or relative brightness. And yet you get more magnification for fewer ounces than the usual 7X50 weighs. That's right; since Alaskan Guide 10X42s weigh in at one meager ounce over a pound and a half, you won't be worn out as you clamber about in the thin, wild air of the high country searching for that mega-muley, or that once-in-a-lifetime sheep. Alaskan Guide full-size models are also available in 8x42 and 12x50 versions.

The telescoping eye pieces would have meant nothing to me a year ago. But since I recently started wearing glasses, I truly appreciate how quickly and easily they pull out for use.

Besides the full-size version, the Alaskan Guide Binoculars are also available in two compact choices - 10x38 and 12x30. They have the same glass and phase coating of the larger models in a more compact size.

I don't know how Cabela's can pack so many features into these good-looking binoculars. Alaskan Guides are the equal of brands that have long been considered to be the ultimate in optical performance, and yet are being sold at a price that almost any hunter or bowhunter can afford. That, in itself, my friends, is almost as magical as the clear, bright image you'll see whenever you put a pair of Alaskan Guides up to your eyes.

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