Editor's Note: Mark Kayser had the opportunity to put all of this gear to use on a mule deer hunt in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. You can catch up on that story here.
You may not have the cash to hunt with the high-end gear of the rich and famous, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality, especially in the optics department.
The new Nikon Pro Staff 3S binocular offers hunters an affordable option constructed from the best elements of Nikon’s full lineup. Pick up one and the first thing you notice is its light weight; at less than 20 ounces, it fits in nicely with backcountry hunts. It’s waterproof and fogproof, plus it has a rubberized ergonomic design for fit and durability.
In 8x42 or 10x42, the objective transmits ample light for nearly all legal shooting conditions, and the multilayer-coated lenses ensure a vivid field of view. Eye positioning is easy with multi-click adjustments built around rubber eyecups to accommodate eyewear. Perhaps the best news of all is the price, only $119.95 for the 8x42 and $129.95 for the 10x42.