Category: Optics Reviews

Razor UDH 10x42 review

Vortex Razor UHD 10X42 Review

Vortex is one of the most loved brands in hunting optics, and quite possibly the entire hunting community. And for good reason. Top shelf customer service and VIP no fault lifetime warranty, Vortex is known for great glass at a great price. Do you want the best binoculars for your dollar? Then…

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2019 Optics Demo Results

S&S Archery lets YOU decide “What’s the best rangefinder”?

Our annual optics demo at the NW Mountain challenge @ Tamarack, Idaho is a perfect example of why you should consider S&S Archery when purchasing your backcountry hunting gear.  Where else can you…

Swarovski SLC’s or EL’s Which are the Best Hunting Binoculars?

Which are the Best Hunting Binoculars?

Get a group of dedicated hunters together for more than a few minutes and invariably the best hunting binoculars will become the topic of conversation. And yet, with so much focus on this topic, very few agree on what is the best make and model for our application. Many would agree…

2018 Optics Demo and Binocular Shootout

2018 S&S Archery Optics Demo

Our 2018 Optics Demo at the NW Mountain Challenge 3D Shoot turned out awesome!  The weather was great in Tamarack Idaho.  And the setting was high mountain timber, perfect for testing out some high end spotting scopes and binoculars from Vortex, Kowa, and …

2017 Optics Shootout Results

2017 Optics Shootout

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could get binoculars and spotting scopes from Leica, Swarovski, Kowa and Vortex. Line them up and have a whole bunch of folks compare them head to head? Who do you think would come out on top?  We were curious, so we…

Kowa 55mm vs Razor 65mm

Kowa TSN-550 55mm Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope Review

This scope is so important to us that we gathered a few well respected opinions outside of our typical review. First is our review, followed by some well respected hunter’s opinions.

Rob’s review:

Kowa TSN-553 55mm…

Kowa TSN-550 Prominar 55mm Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope preview

Its finally here!

We are very excited to be one of the very first to have our hands on the new, highly anticipated Kowa TSN-553 (angled) and TSN-554 Prominar spotting scope with a pure fluorite crystal 55mm objective lens. As backcountry backpack hunters we are constantly on the lookout for high end…


SLC vs Razor

Swarovski SLC vs Vortex Razor HD


SLC vs Razor

Is it worth spending the extra money for the Swarovski SLC binoculars over the Vortex Razors HD’s?  I’ve wondered this myself….

Kowa 77mm Spotting Scope Comparison and Review

Kowa TSN-773 77mm Spotting Scope

How did we come to comparing the Kowa 77mm spotting scope against the rest of the high end 65mm spotters? Well, about a year ago I made the…

Swarovski EL Binoculars

Swarovski EL Binoculars Review

Quite possibly the best hunting binoculars you can buy

Swarovski EL Binoculars Review

Friday morning Steve comes into my office with a green case in his hands.  He drops it on my…

Vortex Razor HD 50mm Spotting Scope review

Over the last year I have been able to get some extensive time glassing behind the Vortex Razor HD 50mm spotting scope.  Coming from a lightweight backpacking perspective I had been a fan and personal user of the Nikon ED50 spotting scope that has been on the market for a long time.   If you…

Best of the Best 65mm Spotting Scope Review

Best of the Best 65mm Spotting Scope Review- by Jason Wright

If you’ve ever hunted mule deer out west, you understand the importance of a quality spotting scope.  A quality spotter can save you miles of hiking and literally change the way you hunt.  But none of that matters if you leave the scope at the…

Zeiss Diascope 15-56x65mm Spotting Scope Review

Zeiss Diascope 65 FL


After scouring the internet for a decent review of the Diascope 65 and finding nothing, we were excited to get out and put it to the test.  There are 3 eyepiece options: 15-45x, 15-56x, and a fixed 30x.  We chose the 15-56x because it offered the best zoom range and…

Leica APO-Televid 65 mm Spotting Scope

Leica APO-Televid 65

Leica is known for having some of the best optics in the business but for the most part they aren’t heavily marketed to hunters like some of the other major brands.  Swaro is definitely the leader (at least from a marketing perspective among hunters) so we were excited to put…

Swarovski ATX 25-60x65mm Spotting Scope review

Swarovski ATX 25-60x 65

The new Swarovski ATX modular system is a revolutionary new idea in spotting scopes.  This system integrates the eyepiece and prism into one unit and then offers 3 objective sizes of 65, 85, and 95mm.  This allows you to buy different objective lenses for different applications, whether for lightweight backpacking with…

Vortex Razor HD 65mm Spotting Scope Review

Vortex Razor HD 65

After the huge success of the 85mm Razor HD, Vortex came out with the smaller Vortex Razor HD 65mm in 2013 as well as a 50mm version. The 65mm is a great lightweight alternative for those looking to cut weight without sacrificing too much in optical performance. The Razor…

BowHunters best rangefinder

When it comes to rangefinders there are a ton of different options on the market today. But we’re looking for the BowHunters best rangefinder.

For this review we are focusing on what we…

Zeiss Conquest HD vs: Vortex Razor HD review

I recently had the chance to test out these two binoculars side by side on a wolf hunting trip on a quest to see which one was better.  As you may know from my earlier blog post about the Conquest HD’s they were my choice of binocular for 2012 and putting it lightly I was extremely impressed with…