I work guiding wildlife film crews, so good binoculars are a must for me. Over the years, I have used everything from cheap to bank-breaking field optics. I’ve found that for the ratio of price versus quality, Vortex products are hard to beat.

I trialed their recently released Diamondback 15×56 HD binoculars on hunts after Sitka blacktails and the fall bird migration. They do well in low light, are durable, and are designed for use with a tripod. At 35 ounces, they are a little heavy to pack if you are going on an epic, though Vortex made them with enough magnification for you to consider leaving your spotting scope at home. Shockproof and waterproof, these binoculars are made for heavy field use. If you are looking for a good all-around pair of binoculars, I recommend checking out Vortex’s Diamondback HD 15×56 binoculars.


Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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