Vickie Gardner, vice president of Alpen Outdoor Corporation, often tells people, “If you don’t want to throw your binoculars to someone else, you paid too much for them.”
Well, Gardner has good news for those who carry binoculars in hunting trucks, police cruisers, DNR trucks and on water patrols. The Alpen APEX binos, Model 495 offer 10×42 magnification in an amazingly small and tough package and the BAK4 glass and prism design bring startling clarity for a binocular that retails for about $350. The folks at www.binoculars.com have this to say about Alpen products: “Alpen products feature the latest ergonomic designs, finest-quality glass and optical coatings, and cutting-edge technological advancements. Add Alpen's exceptional customer service and lifetime product warranty, and it's clear why Alpen products are all the rage in sports optics.”
All the rage? That’s likely because these are compact binoculars that provide bright, clear images and take the kind of punishment people other than birdwatchers dish out to their gear. The Apex binoculars weigh in at just 24 ounces and are waterproof and fogproof. The roof-prism design makes for a slim profile and the 304-foot field of view at 1,000 yards gives you a good look at distant objects. These binoculars provide all the durability and clarity of glass that costs twice the price. They will serve your needs.
If you want to get your hands on a pair of Alpen binoculars, check out www.alpenoutdoor.com.