The Zeiss Victory HT 8x42 (Est. $2,200) are durable and have excellent color contrast -- three very important characteristics of a good pair of hunting binoculars. The Zeiss binoculars weigh 27.7 ounces. While they are not the lightest on the market (the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 weigh 22.5 ounces), they are certainly not the heaviest. The Victory HTs are praised for their superb optics, especially the color representation and contrast, which many believe is among the best on the market. When hunting, this could mean the difference between spotting your target and being spotted first.
The Victory HTs are made of a rustproof magnesium alloy and coated with rubber armor. Waterproof and fog-proof, they are well made and durable, unlike the Bushnell Legend Ultra HDs, which have been known to arrive in their packaging with broken or missing parts.
While Leica's Geovid 10x42 HD-B Laser Rangefinders (Est. $3,000) have a superior maximum range of approximately 2,000 yards, many find them to be a bit overkill for hunting purposes. They are also significantly heavier, weighing 33.3 ounces, which tends to deter people from bringing them on hunting trips. The Victory HT's minimum focus distance of 6.2 feet coupled with its 8x magnification should be more than enough range for any type of hunting situation, making them the more ideal binoculars for this purpose.
When attempting to maneuver through rough terrain, carrying ability may be the single most important factor when choosing a pair of hunting binoculars. Most people find the Victory HT 8x42 very comfortable to carry and find that they refrain from putting too much stress on the wearer's neck. All in all, the Zeiss Victory HTs are a well-rounded binocular with hunting in mind.