The Bottom Line
Armor-coated in a pleasant color (Forest Green), these binocs are tough. The body is magnesium, which is both light and strong - but you won't see the body due to the rubber coating.
These binocs are comfortable, and are very bright and clear. They're tough, too. They spent a lot of time crammed in my pack amongst other gear on elk and deer hunts, and they still look as good as ever.
- The provided strap is the most comfortable binoc strap I've used.
- Adjustable twist-out eyecups with blinders allow easy, comfortable use with or without eyeglasses.
- Focusing is reasonably fast - and sharp.
- Rubber coating keeps them from freezing your hands, and helps you hold onto them.
- Very bright and crisp - gathers light well and offers very clear viewing.
- They're fairly heavy (30 ounces).
- Front (objective) lens cover is not tethered to binocs, so it could easily be lost.
- The price is very high for most hunters.
- Steiner 8x44 Peregrine XP Binoculars; Item number 804.
- Shockproof, waterproof, fogproof.
- Can be clearly focused as close as about six feet.
- Carries a 30-year warranty!
- Weight: 30 oz. Size: 7.7" long x 5.3" wide x 2.5" high.
- 44mm objective lenses; 8x magnification; 390 foot field of view at 1000 yards.
- Left side diopter allows focusing for differences between your eyes.
- 20mm eye relief.
- Soft neoprene cover keeps rain, dust, etc, off of eyecups.
- Includes a good quality semi-hard fabric case with its own strap.
Guide Review - Steiner 8x44 Peregrine XP Binoculars
I first tried them on an archery hunt for whitetails, and they easily proved their superiority over my much less expensive compact binocs. They later accompanied me to Colorado, where I greatly enjoyed them while hunting elk for five days. I took them deer hunting again a few days ago, and once again they proved their worth.
When I first got them, I was surprised to find they had only 8x magnification. Bear in mind, though, that different companies rate their optics' magnifications differently, and don't let the 8x rating put you off - these 8x Steiners provided almost as much magnification as a 4x-12x Leupold Var-X IIc rifle scope.
When viewing both elk and deer at a distance, I found that the scope did provide a slightly larger image, but I kept returning to the Steiners for their brightness, comfort, clarity, and wide field of view when studying anything for very long.
These binocs are rubber coated. I've had bad experiences with rubber-coated binocs before (the rubber softened up and turned to goo, leaving a sticky mess), so I'm not sure I'm a fan of it. With a warranty that spans three decades, however, I think it's worth a gamble here. The gel thumb pads under the rubber provide a comfortable, secure grip that I really like.
The rubber armor makes them tough, too. They spent a lot of time knocking around in my pack amongst other gear on elk and deer hunts, and came out looking as good as ever.
This is a good quality product, and I recommend it to those who can afford it.
- Russ Chastain
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