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Product Review – Swarovski 10×42 EL Range

August 1, 2016
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I have found what I believe to be the best pair of binoculars on the market, hands down. The 10×42 EL Range binos from Swarovski are incredible. The are small, lightweight, and unbelievably clear. They are unmatched in low light, and the rangefinder is spot on to 2000+ yards. Ive owned and used what I would consider to be their main competitor, the Leica HD-B’s, and theres no comparison. The Leica’s are bigger, bulkier, heavier, and not as good in low light. While the ballistic function of the Leica’s is really nice, I feel like all the other advantages the Swaro’s have make them the clear choice. Being able to range an animal while never taking my eyes off of it is invaluable to me as a guide when giving my clients ranges. Its also nice to not have to keep up with a separate rangefinder or worry about getting to the field without it. The only downfall to these binoculars is they will not range a target closer than 33yds. This isn’t a big deal to me because with todays archery equipment most people are shooting to 30 yds with their first pin, so if the range wont display, I know the animal is under 33yds and to use the first pin. Other than that they are an amazing piece of equipment and I’ll not go into the field without them. They have a rather hefty price tag, but if you take care of them, they will last you a lifetime.

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Zach Knowles

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Zach Knowles is a professional outfitter and guide as well as doing contract camera work for an outdoor television show in some of the most extreme destinations anywhere in the world. He thrives in the harsh places and isn't afraid to take on any challenge in any terrain. Zach’s family has been in the hunting and outfitting business since he was a small child and he spent a lot of his young years in Saskatchewan where his father outfitted 70+ deer and bear hunts a year. At 12 years old Zach harvested an elk, mule deer, and antelope on a trip to Wyoming and it was then that his love of the mountains and western hunting was born. Since then he has gone on to guide and harvest many more animals from Alaska to Mexico, to the Middle East. He owns and operates Xtreme Outfitters, running 60+ whitetail, mule deer, mountain lion, and sheep hunts a year. When he’s not guiding or hunting for himself, you'll find him in the team roping arena or at the ranch taking care of his commercial cow herd.