From binoculars to spotting scopes, rifle scopes, thermals, etc. – they really set a high bar. The BX-2 Tioga HD 10x42mm from Leupold certainly fits that criteria. Our BX-2 Tioga HD 10x42mm binoculars are “Shadow Gray” which is essentially a matte gray finish. Some may balk at the finish, who cares, right? Well the matte gray, rather than a shiny black finish reflects less light and if you are stalking and pursuing game, this is definitely something you want to consider. You don’t want the shine off of your binoculars to be a locator beacon. The grip is textured along the contact points making handling easy, and more importantly helpful to hunters afield when glassing in various conditions. The textured grips make sure you have a solid hold even when it’s wet or when you’re wearing gloves. Now, to the meat and potatoes, the performance of the glass itself. The BX-2 Tioga HD 10x42mm has Leupold’s Twilight Max Light Management System which essentially maximizes light transmission letting you see better during dawn and dusk hours as well as the middle of the day when working in the shadows. With this system you get better light transmission, glare reduction as well as better contrast and resolution because of the high-quality lens coatings and top-notch prisms. What does all of that mean? A clearer, brighter, more defined picture at all points of the day. We’re believers that everyone should use quality optics, because let’s face it, having good glass truly does make a difference. However, in many cases, consumers are put off by the price tag of top notch glass. However, Leupold has really hit the sweet spot and can offer buyers a fantastic product at an affordable price point. Don’t be fooled, a smaller price tag doesn’t mean reduced quality or a sub-par product, they are still backed by Leuopold’s excellent warranty and fit the budget of the average hunter. Now we’re talking specifically about the 10x42mm binoculars, however, depending on where you are hunting, your needs might be a little different in the magnification department. So, it’s worth mentioning that the Tioga HD line has a variety of options from 8x32mm to 12x50mm, and everything in between, and each one has a price tag that won’t make you swallow your tongue! Check out this week’s Buy or Bust and find out more!