I got a few hours to hike around FHL this weekend and try out the new binocs and bino pack before the DFG pig clinic this last Saturday. All I have to say is WOW, what a difference. I ended up going with the 8.5x50 diamondbacks. From the reviews I found on here and other sites, they had some pretty good reviews and for me the price was right. First time looking through them, I was taking my dog for a walk at night. I brought my little 10x25 and my new diamondbacks. I tested with an orange tree at about 75 yards. With the compacts, I could hardly make out there was a tree there, but could kinda see a dark silhouette. Then I looked at the same tree with the 8.5x50's and man! These things let in tons of light. I could see the leaves, branches and count the fruit. It was like day and night, literally! Didn't spot any hogs at FHL on the quick hike, but I had that same wow effect looking through them in the early morning light. I can't wait till I can get out there and put them to use.
I picked up the Alaskan Guide Creations binopack. I love it. I wrote to Jaret and asked him if the pack would fit 50mm binocs since on the website is states "up to 42mm." Jaret called me later that day and talked to me for about half an hour. He assured me 50mm would fit no problem and he was right. The pack is nice, light, comfortable, and looks pretty cool. I got the desert camo pattern. Really nice guy and answered a bunch of questions I had. Even gave me some general hunting advice since he could tell I was pretty new to it. He even sent me a pretty cool boot knife with it for free. Also, the little pockets on the bino pack are prefect for a little puff squeeze bottle or anything else you'd want really handy, but I'll probably just keep the puff bottle there and keep it light.
Thanks for the earlier threads, helped me to learn about optics and gave me a bunch of good info to get fitted up
:-D always glad to help out a new guy. Wish there was a forum like this one when I first started hunting unfortunately for me and my friend we had to learn the hard way with lots of wore out boots and lot and lots of reading of the hunting books