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When one thinks of the West, vast landscapes come to mind! Living in Montana’s “Big Sky Country” means searching for animals at long distances. I recently met Scott Parks from Vortex optics and he mentioned their stand alone binocular called the Kaibab HD. With a 15 power optical rating and large 56 mm objective lens, I knew they would work perfect in helping me spot game while shooting a new outdoor reality series in Wyoming. Having good optics in your hands is a must for any outdoor enthusiast. Vortex Kaibab’s felt great right out of the box. Mark Boardman, Vortex’s marketing manager, was quick to point out the Kaibab HD’s are a standalone roof prism binocular. Touted as the “Ultimate Western Hunting Binocular”, the Kaibab’s fit the bill. Looking through them for the first time is something you’ve got to experience. The surrounding Wyoming high country began to unfold its distant occupants. With a 226’ field of view at 1,000 yards, antelope, mule deer, grizzly, wolves and elk began to pop out of the woodwork.
Weighing a modest 44 oz. the Kaibab HD’s are 22 oz lighter than the average 20 power spotting scope and provide you with an incredibly powerful set of optics in the palm of your hand. Other noted features that set apart the Kaibab’s include; Armortek coating, which protects the optical glass from dust, dirt and smudges. The glass itself is made up of HD (High Density) premium extra dispersion glass, which delivers the ultimate in resolution and color fidelity. The fully multi-coated lenses eliminate annoying, image-degrading reflections and offer extraordinary brightness. I deal with high-end video production equipment on a daily basis and having perfect focus and clear images is a must. Vortex Kaibab HD binocular provided me with the crystal clear images I’ve grown accustomed to while shooting HD video.
With the new Kaibab’s in hand I realized glassing just got taken to the next level! Spot, stalk and film… that was the order of business while shooting on my latest assignment in Wyoming. Several thunderstorms rolled through while on location and these babies never fogged once. Argon gas purging guarantees superior fogproof and waterproof performance. I was able to spot animals at distances my 10 power binoculars only dreamed of! I would recommend using a small tripod to stabilize the Kaibab’s, but found sitting with my arms on my knees worked well too. I can’t wait to put them to the test this fall while filming a new show I am currently producing called Skull Bound TV. Host Jana Waller will be hunting New Mexico for Elk, the rugged Missouri River Breaks for mule deer, gators in Florida and much more! Now we’ve got a new weapon in our arsenal that’s sure to put more wildlife on film and more meat in the freezer. Whether you need to spot hidden mule deer in the sagebrush to mountain goats on high, the Kaibab HD’s are the real deal and will help you go the extra mile.Vortex Optics 15x56 Kaibab HD Field-tested,
Built to last, the Kaibab HD's rubber armor provide a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection.
During field testing the Kaibab HD binocular provided me with the power I needed to spot game at long distances.
With a MSRP of $1,499.00 don't fret. The Kaibab HD Binocular has a street price of $1,199.00. You get what you pay for with the Kaibab HD and a whole lot more.
I would most definitely recommend the Kiabab HD binocular to anyone interested in taking spotting and stalk hunting to the next level.