Meopta Meostar 15X56 HD Binocular
by Matt Cashell, Rokslide Staff
Most Rokslide readers know I have been using various optics from Meopta Sport Optics over the last decade. The Meopta Meostar HD 10X42 is my reference standard Western hunting binocular with its top-level optical performance, robust build quality, and moderate price.
Meopta has since expanded the HD series of full-size binoculars. The "fullest sized" of these is the Meostar 15X56 HD model, and the subject of this article. Thanks to Rokslide moderator, Travis Bertrand, I was able to compare the Meostar HD to the hunter's standard in this category, the Swarovski SLC WB 15X56. The SLC WB is revered by high-magnification binocular users, and provides a good baseline for comparison. The reader should note the WB model is now discontinued, however, and Swarovski has released a newer SLC model incorporating HD glass. A subsequent test is warranted but this current review will serve many hunters well as the WB is still widely used in the field and available for purchase through some outlets like Rokslide sponsor Camera Land Sport Optics.
Vortex Razor HD LH 3-15X42 Review
By Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Staff
Vortex Optics entered into the optics world somewhat quietly by introducing some great products and amazing customer service. Soon their marketing campaign blew up and serious hunters began to take notice. This wave hasn't slowed and I don't see an end to it!
When I was contacted by Vortex to do a review on a new riflescope for 2016, you can imagine my excitement. The new Razor HD LH (High Density, Light Hunter) is new for this year and is made in Japan. It carries the Razor name with a great price as well! The big brother Razor riflescopes are quite a bit bigger than this guy but it doesn't change the durability or great HD glass much at all. This new scope is designed to be a light weight, easily packable, and an accurate long-range scope that delivers the HD capabilities at an amazing price of around $950 to $1100 depending on the model. Any minimalist can appreciate that.
Maven B1 10X42 Binoculars
by Matt Cashell
Backcountry hunters have never had it better in optics. The "Big Three" Euro companies are pushing the ragged edge of performance with their flagship lines (at flagship prices). Budget optics companies have upset the market with good to very-good performing optics at low prices and often backed up by great warranties. In the middle, we have the mid-priced options that crowd the top in performance, but at around half the price.