First Look: Bushnell Engage Binoculars

posted on May 26, 2017

Last month, Bushnell used the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta to announce its new Engage binocular. I only had a little bit of time to play with them at the show, but came away impressed. Last week, I had a chance to really put them to the test during a black bear hunt in Manitoba. Here are five things you need to know.

They’re part an entire new series of Bushnell products.
Bushnell didn’t just announce an Engage binocular line—the company launched an Engage riflescope series, too. Together, they represent a whole new world of sorts for Bushnell.

They’re packed with features.
The entire Engage line is backed with all-weather insurance thanks to the inclusion of Bushnell’s EXO Barrier lens coating, which is designed to repel dirt, debris, oil and moisture. The multi-coated optics are designed to deliver maximum brightness and clarity, and the entire package is stuffed into lightweight and tough-as-nails magnesium chassis. The binoculars feature ED prime glass and a locking eyepiece diopter.

Four models will be available at launch.
Out of the gate, you’ll be able to find Engage binoculars in 8x42, 10x42, 10x50 and 12x50 configurations.

They’re tough!
That magnesium chassis holds up—I learned as much firsthand in Manitoba when I accidentally left my Engage binos close to the quad…which promptly ran them over. No damage done, aside from picking up a nice coat of Manitoba dirt. If you’re not as lucky, the Engage line does come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. That said, it’s important to note that, at launch, at least, the Engage series is not included in the company’s “No Questions Asked” Lifetime Warranty program.

They’re good value.
The 8x42 Engage binos ship with an MSRP of $349.99, and the big ol’ 12x50s top the line’s price chart at $409.99. That’s absolutely a value-price, given what the binos offer.


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