Range Finder Binoculars

Does it make sense to get binoculars with a built-in laser rangefinder?

In many ways, this is a similar question whether you should get a rifle scope rangefinder. This combines the range finder into one of the key pieces of equipment that you were likely going to have anyway. It seems to make sense, but there are relatively few models from which to choose.

A good idea but not without limitations

The number of hunters that carry binocs when they’re hunting is pretty decent. In fact, more hunters probably should. Yes, you give up some field of view when you look through any magnified device, but sometimes there’s no better way to see far-off movement or that bedded-down deer that you would never see with the naked eye. If you’re in dense cover or part of a deer drive or something, binoculars may not do you much good, but in a bow hunting stand or still hunting or plenty of other scenarios, they’re a great addition to your gear.

Unfortunately, one of the main limitations is the small number of models to choose from, especially if you want to keep the price under four figures. Also, if you weren’t going to carry a set of binoculars, they’re considerably heavier and more bulky than a standard handheld range finder. And finally, there’s that whole golf thing again. Pesky little issue.

These are the range finder binoculars we have reviewed:

NameMagnificationMax RangeWeightAngle ModeApprox PriceOverall RatingInfo
Leica Geovid Rangefinding Binoculars: Elite Optics And A Rangefinder Too10x2000 yds34 oz$2500

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Bushnell Fusion 1600 Rangefinder Binoculars: Two Tools In One10x1600 yds31 oz$800

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Once again, it’s convenience vs. versatility and cost

It seems that there would be more models to choose from in this category. The Leica Geovid and the Swarovski Optik are extremely high quality and are rated very well, but they are quite expensive. The Bushnell Fusion is more within reach of what it would cost to get a separate unit for both items, but that’s about it.

While more versatile than a rifle scope rangefinder, a bino combo still has limits on where and when you would use it. They’re not the smallest items in your gear bag and you wouldn’t want to treat them too roughly. The key to any combination unit is that the combo must perform as well or better than the separate units would. The limited selection of rangefinding binoculars will do that – but you’ll most likely pay for it.

And one more thing – make sure you’re allowed

Be sure to check your State, County and City laws for restrictions before ordering this product.

Range Finder Binocularsunrated2015-07-05 14:32:37Range Finder Binoculars
Does it make sense to get binoculars with a built-in laser rangefinder?
In many ways, this is a similar question whether you…
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