Vortex Kaibab Binoculars And Outdoorsmans Tripod Review
The Vortex Kaibab binoculars that I used are bright, clear and easily focused. The edge to edge sharpness is excellent and near to that of the best German optics costing many hundreds more. Contrast is very good and there was never the hint of eye fatigue throughout the many hours I spent using them last fall.
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Named in honor of the famous North Kaibab plateau in northern Arizona, home of some of the country's largest mule deer, the Vortex Kaibab is the sort of high-powered binocular preferred for western hunting—especially during the productive late season when the mulies are bedded down in pockets of trees in the canyon heads and draws. It takes serious patience and the highest quality optics, like the Vortex Kaibab 15x56 binocular, to consistently locate trophy deer.
They come with a tripod mounting system that gives the choice of an easily removable setup or a more solid, rigid attachment to a tripod head. I chose the solid attachment for maximum steadiness.
The head I used was the “Jim White head”, well known among serious western trophy hunters who spend many hours behind their tripod-mounted glasses for days on end in a quest for the ultimate big horn ram or Coues deer. You really can’t imagine what it is like panning and tilting with a superior designed and built head like this one. It is a smoooooth and solid feeling!
The street price of the Vortex Kaibab 15x56 binoculars is around $1,200. The Jim White head is $249 and the Outdoorsmans tripod is $399. If you are hunting with a $3,000 rifle, a $1,500 rifle scope and a $2,000 spotting scope, a cheap tripod and head makes no sense at all. Without a quality tripod and head you can’t physically take advantage of the superior glass resolution of high end optics.