Re: Vortex or Vanguard or Leupold Binos?
Vanguard Endeavor ED binos arrived today. Very nice! Was outside testing them until dark tonight. Love them so far. Not an expert on bino/optics, but they are bright and clear. At dark, looked at a neighbor's tree about 200yds up the street. To the naked eye, it appeared as a black shape against the house's white siding. Through the Vanguards, I could pick out the branches and see the leaves. Again, very bright optics.
Regarding country of origin, I agree, but I didn't find any American optics made in the USA. Looked at the Leupold BX3 Mojaves and they were nice too. I didn't see the additional $50 over the Vanguards. Both companies have rebates now, Endeavor ED ($50) and BX3 Mojave ($50).
Vanguard has a "no fault" guarantee. One of their advertisements is "what happens in the woods, stays in the woods". I have become a fan of Leupold scopes, so it was a hard choice to go with Vanguards over Leupolds. My hunting buddy just bought a pair of the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD binos and really likes them. I looked at them in a 10x42 model. Really nice optics, but the overall construction didn't feel as well made as the Endeavors. I've faded away from Bushnell optics, selling off their "recent" models. Still have a couple older Bushnells on my kids rimfire rifles.
I am also very impressed with the service from Gander Mountain. They listed the Vanguards as "shipped from vendor" and expressed an additional 2 days to the delivery time. Not a fan of GM's website, hard to read and product listings are poor.