First Look: Nikon PROSTAFF 3S Binoculars

posted on July 1, 2016

Nikon's PROSTAFF line of optics has long provided hunters with affordable, reliable binoculars and riflescopes. The latest addition to the series is the new 3S, which will be available in 8x42 and 10x42 models. Here are five things you need to know.

1. They're surprisingly lightweight.
The PROSTAFF 3S binoculars feature very light, compact bodies. You're not adding any unnecessary weight here, that much is for sure. The 10x42 model I tested weighed just over 20 ounces, and the 8x42s weight just under 20 ounces. Not bad at all, given the 42mm-diameter objective lens.

2. You'll see everything.
Nikon wanted the PROSTAFF 3S line to appeal to folks all across the spectrum—including the newbies. The binos feature an impressively wide field of view and plenty of eye relief, ensuring that anyone should be able to pick up a 3S bino and spot their objective, be it a game animal or something else entirely. Nikon went out of its way to ensure that the design is friendly for those of us who wear eyeglasses, too.

3. They'll stand up to the elements.
The 3S line is waterproof up to three or so feet for up to 10 minutes, and fog-free courtesy of O-ring seals and nitrogen gas. They're designed to be able to join you on whatever adventure you've got in mind.

4. They're insured. Sort of.
Nikon offers a No-Fault Repair/Replacement policy for all of its binoculars and riflescopes. That means if your binoculars require service or repair that's not already covered by the company's Limited Lifetime Warranty, you can still send them in for repair or replacement. It's hard to argue with that.

5. They're light on the wallet.
Hey, if your hunting budget has the room to drop four figures on a set of binos, great. There's some really neat stuff out there, for sure. But if you're in a position that requires you to be a bit more frugal—or just want a binocular that you won't feel guilty about beating up—the PROSTAFF 3S is right up your alley. Nikon lists the 3S series at $129.95. Trust me when I say it vastly outperforms that price point.


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