On this installment of Buy or Bust we’re going to introduce you to a binocular that hits all the high points in price and function, one that will be worth the investment. The Cabela’s Intensity 10x42 Binocular is only $199.99, but provides a lot of features that often can’t otherwise be found in this price range.
The construction itself is heavy-duty which is important for active hunters. Walk mile after mile and your binoculars will bounce and jostle off of your chest and around your neck. It’s not uncommon to bump them against a tree or rock, have them hit the ground as you are crawling and stalking an animal, fall to the ground or even hit the floor of your vehicle after packing them away in your hunting pack. Binoculars need to be able to stand up to the rigors of your hunting lifestyle. The Cabela’s Intensity line can handle the beating you give them. They are made with a lightweight magnesium-alloy chassis. It’s lighter than aluminum, which is great when you don’t want to pack around 5-pound binoculars, however it’s still super tough. On the outside of that chassis is the exterior rubber armor finfish. This rubber coating protects, helps absorb shock and also creates an easy to grip, no slip coating for your hands.
They are also O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for fogproofing and waterproofing and are rated to withstand submersion for 30 minutes. Why does this matter? If you’ve ever hunted in the rain or snow, traveled on an airplane with your binoculars or found yourself in a different circumstance and realized the glass on your binoculars was fogged over or had moisture inside, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Moisture on your lenses creates a blurry picture and makes your binoculars of little use in the field. Having features to combat these issues helps ensure peak performance when you need it the most.
HD Extra low dispersion glass objective lenses – it’s a really long name for glass that creates a super clear picture. The Cabela’s Intensity line uses the fancy glass to provide long-range hunting visibility and extreme clarity. This happens by way of the coatings that are applied to the glass. Both sides of the glass are fully multicoated, not just one side which can happen with bargain optics. These coatings provide better light transmission, a sharper image, reduced glared, and enhanced image quality, especially in low light. In addition, the phase and silver coated roof prism helps to preserve natural image colors and greater resolution.
Those features make fine details easier to pick out of the landscape. Count the tines on a buck a few hundred yards away, pick out the flicking of an ear in the timber, spot the subtle movement of a coyote slipping through the grass and more.
The Cabela’s Intensity 10x42 Binoculars are $199.99. Considering you can drop a thousand or more on a pair of binoculars, that’s a price point that everyone can appreciate. The engineers that designed the Intensity line wanted them to be top quality with all the features of great glass, but at an affordable price point. That’s where the “You get what you pay for” phrase finds its exception. In this case, buyers get a great product at an amazing price point. They aren’t cheap in construction or performance, and Cabela’s is willing to put their money where their mouth is on this one. They back these binoculars with a lifetime guarantee, which covers all Cabela’s-brand products. So, if you pick a pair up and they fail you in the field for any reason, breaking under normal usage, Cabela’s will cover them.
The Cabela’s Intensity line can be purchased in 8x42, 10x42, 10x50 and12x50. They also offer compact versions in 8x25, 10x25 and 12x25. Head to Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops online or in stores and check out Cabela’s Intensity HD Binoculars.