I was looking at upgrading optics for packing in the mountains for elk and muleys. I am considering two options. 1 Buy Vortex kaibab 15x56 binoculars and only take them into the field instead of my 10x binos and a spotting scope. I'd pack a tripod also. 2 Buy a Nikon field scope 13-30x50mm and keep using my 10x binos. I'm open to other brands also, but I've read good reviews on these and want to keep weight down if I pack both. I don't want to go over the $1200 the Vortex binos would cost, that will take long enough to save up. I haven't seen any reviews good or bad on the Leupold gold ring compact either. Also what are the best lightweight tripods? Thanks!