Beginning with the glass is the Forge’s EXO Barrier Coating. This EXO Barrier adheres to the glass and provides superior protection that is darn near impervious to scratches and repels dust, oily fingerprints, moisture and the like, with ease. Traditionally, I was never one to pay tribute to special coatings because I never noticed a visible difference in performance. That all changed with the advent of the EXO Barrier because I now have firsthand experience in seeing it in action while I was coyote hunting in freezing rain and snow, plus while hunting in sub-zero temps. The EXO Barrier Coating acts as a first response to unwanted debris and overall protects your investment.
The Forge’s ED Prime Glass is at the pinnacle of quality and is ranked as Bushnell’s premiere line of glass. I spend most of my evenings and nights out calling coyotes and when I was on my initial outing with these Forge Binoculars, I was taken back at how efficiently they gathered light and enabled me to see clearly, much after sunset. The Forge’s low-light capabilities stem from their ED Prime Glass that collects true to life colors and contrasting colors and displays them vibrantly to you the viewer in unbelievable resolution. In essence, while our eyes are no longer capable of seeing color much after the sun has set, Forge’s Prime ED Glass gathers all remaining light and color variation, much as a heat pump collects warm air particles that are floating around outside in the cold winter season.
Another notable feature is Forge’s PC-3 Phase Coating. Again, this coating is applied to the prisms and further enhances resolution and contrast for crystal clear viewing pleasure. I have also found that in extended glassing sessions, my eyes no longer become fatigued, watery and fuzzy after 30 to 45 minutes of glassing. It’s my understanding that it’s a combined culmination of technologies found in the Forge line of Binoculars that relieves strain, but I believe the PC-3 Phase Coating plays a vital role in fatigue reduction.
Finally, I’m sure you’ve heard of P90X, that was all the rage before the Crossfit morons came on the scene. But what I’m more interested in is the Forge’s IPX7. See, Waterproof construction in your optics is incredibly important, a failure here can be catastrophic on a hunt if you don’t happen to have a backup pair of binoculars (which most people don’t bring along). The Forge binoculars are made with IPX7 waterproof construction where O-rings are used to seal them which keeps them dry on the inside. They can be immersed in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and keep moisture sealed out. A buildup of moisture, condensation and/or fogging on the inside of your glass is never a good thing and it hinders your ability to get a clear sight picture. Airplanes have been notorious for busting the seal on optics leaving hunters who travel great distances high and dry, so to speak. The pressure and temperature fluctuations in the baggage cabin can be too much for some binoculars to withstand. That makes quality, waterproof construction like the IPX7 all the more important.
Here’s the takeaway, I would, with total confidence, pit the Bushnell Forge binocular against any of its $2,000, or above, competitors. And while the Forge can be purchased for around $500, that leaves you with lots of extra cash for buying more tags to fill your freezer. Now, take a listen to our Buy or Bust audio review below of the Bushnell Forge Binocular in 10x42, and be sure to leave some feedback. Like aforementioned, my 2018 pursuits will be solely with the Forge line of binoculars and the impressive Forge Riflescope in 4.5-27x50, and I couldn't be more elated with both.
P.S. – You can pick them up at Cabela’s!