Leupold Binoculars Reviews – Are They really worth it?

Striving for excellence, a special project team got together consisting of more than 20 skilled innovators, designers, production personnel, and quality control specialists and they put thousands of hours into Leupold’s new binocular line.

The BX binocular line delivers waterproof, comfortable to use, easy handling binoculars that are built to withstand harsh field conditions.

This lineup is geared towards hunters, shooters, and wildlife observers.

Best known for their high quality and rugged dependability, the BX binoculars also offer a distinctive look and feel.

Leupold Binoculars are made in Leupold & Stevens, Inc. It is an American company located in Beaverton, Oregon, United States.

They develop and manufacture optical instruments, which include hunting and shooting scopes, rangefinders, golf rangefinders, telescopic sights, red dot sights, binoculars, spotting scopes, hunting and shooting trail cameras, and eyewear.

This family-owned business was established in 1907 and has been run by five generations to date.

It all started when a German immigrant Markus Friedrich (Fred) Leupold and Adam Voelpel, who had been brother-in-law for eight years and close friends before that, started a business together.

Their company, Leupold & Voelpel made surveying equipment by hand. Shortly thereafter, the company became well-known for its quality service regarding repairs of survey equipment.

In 1911, the company was contracted by John Cyprian (J.C.) Stevens to manufacture a water level recorder, which he had designed and patented. J.C. Stevens invented the first water level recorder, and became a partner when he brought it to the company.

The company was renamed Leupold, Voelpel, and Co. Fred Leupold’s son, Marcus (avid outdoorsman), came aboard as well.

Besides the water level recorder, the company also managed to invent several other innovative pieces of equipment. J.C. Stevens invented the Telemark, a revolutionary water level recorder that uses telephone signals to transmit information.

This helped the company to grow and prosper during the depressed economy of the 1930s.

It is speculated that once Marcus Leupold missed a buck because his scope fogged up. He is said to have sworn that he could make a better scope, which he later did.

In 1942, along with the changing family and company, its name also changed to Leupold & Stevens. In 1944, co-founder of the company, Fred Leupold passed away.

It was finally in 1947 that they made the first fog-proof rifle scope. After World War II ended, the company started making gun scopes.

Leupold then invented the Duplex Reticle, which most riflescopes use currently. After 20 years of inactivity, the company once again started manufacturing binoculars, this time the Golden Ring binocular line.

Currently, Leupold & Stevens delivers its optical products to its customers all around the globe.

The production is done mainly within the United States, while some of its high-quality lenses are imported internationally, most of which come from Europe and Asia.

The 11 Best Leupold Binoculars

Binoculars provided by Leupold & Stevens include the following models, listed with their key features:

Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD 10x42mm Binocular

Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD 10x42mm Binocular
9.6/10 Our Score

The Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD binoculars are made from aluminum and shrouded in rubber armor. The slim, lightweight, and ergonomic design ensures it fits well in your hands. These binoculars are both waterproof and fog proof so you can use them in any weather condition.

Its high-definition calcium fluoride lenses provide excellent image quality at any stage of magnification. The lens system is fully multicoated to offer good brightness ensures you get a perfect balance of clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.

It also gives you generous eye relief with twist-up eyecups for a comfortable viewing experience. It also features Twilight Max HD Light Management System and gives you a Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.

You can choose between six total variations: 8x32mm, 8x42mm, 10x32mm, 10x42mm, 10x50mm and 12x50mm. If you are wondering what happened to 10×42 mm Kryptek Typhon Black, it was discontinued.

Leupold BX-2 Alpine Binocular

Leupold BX-2 Alpine Binocular
9.4/10 Our Score

Leupold BX-2 Alpine HD is a versatile pair of binoculars housed in a strongly built magnesium chassis. Its compact design makes it suitable for convenient handling.

It features a state-of-the-art Twilight Max HD light management system that makes it ideal for low-light situations.

The large eye box and fully multi-coated lenses optimize light transmission. It provides you with detailed, crisp, and high-quality images.

If you wear glasses, you will appreciate its 15 mm eye relief. You will also be benefitted from a lifetime guarantee giving you worry-free time.

It comes with Pro Gear accessories that will make your life outdoors a lot easier.

Pro Gear Accessories consist of GO-Afield Bino Case, Objective Lens Covers, Eyepiece cover, and GO-Afield Deluxe Shoulder Strap.

It is available in four different variations: 8x42mm, 10x42mm, 10x52mm, and 12x52mm, with a beautiful shadow grey finish.

Leupold & Stevens BX-2 Cascades 10x42mm Roof Prism Binocular – Black

Leupold & Stevens BX-2 Cascades 10x42mm Roof Prism Binocular - Black
9.5/10 Our Score

Leupold BX-2 Cascades binoculars provide you with surprisingly good low-light visibility using its fully multi-coated lens, along with phase-coated BAK prisms. This is also the roof prism model but has a slim and lightweight design. It is made with wet conditions in mind, so expect it to feel super grippy.

To provide you maximum comfort, it includes a long eye relief mechanism with twist-up eyecups. Its chassis is made up of magnesium- known for its lightweight and high durability. At about 1.5 lbs, you can carry it for long periods without hand fatigue.

This waterproof unit has the moisture-laden air molecules purged from inside, making it a vacuum after which the removed air is replaced with nitrogen gas. This restricts extreme temperature changes, making it fog-proof as well.

We found the center focus wheel to be very smooth and easy to adjust, while its focus shifted with uniform resistance with focus closing into infinity. This unique trait makes it suitable for you to observe nearby objects, as well as peek over long distances without hassle.

The BX-2 Cascades are available in three sizes: 7x42mm, 8x42mm, and 10x42mm. All three are available in black, but the 8x42mm and the 10x42mm are also available with a Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo finish.

Leupold BX-1 Rogue Binocular

Leupold BX-1 Rogue Binocular
9.4/10 Our Score

Leupold BX-1 Rogue ticks all the right boxes when it comes to features, it has a waterproof design, is easy to use, and is made from high-quality materials.

Its solid construction is meant for rugged use. You will find it extremely durable, so you can use it for many years to come.

It has an inverse Porro prism design, which keeps it compact without making a compromise on the quality of images. It also provides good magnification and brightness.

The lenses used here are multi-coated, which means that you will not find any compromises made on contrast, clarity, color fidelity as well as brightness. It also means these are anti-glare and anti-reflective.

Eye relief is the maximum distance at which you can still get a full field of view. This might be extremely important for you if you wear glasses.

Without high eye relief, people would be forced to take their glasses off to get that full field of view. But as you might expect from this brand, you get decent eye relief.

More than the needed 13 to 14 mm of eye relief, this one provides you with 15 mm.

The Leupold BX-1 Rogue comes with Pro Gear accessories including a GO Afield™ shoulder strap, binocular case, lens covers, and lens cloth included making it good for sightseeing and surveillance with its massive range.

And like all Leupold binoculars, it is fog-proof, waterproof, and guaranteed to perform for life.

These are available in two compact variants of 8x25mm and 10x25mm with a Black Finish.

Leupold BX-1 Yosemite Binocular

Leupold BX-1 Yosemite Binocular
9.4/10 Our Score

Leupold BX-1 Yosemite Binoculars were designed with young people in mind. This line of binocular hopes of providing newcomers with the best first-hand experience. But you need not worry about its small size, as its width can be adjusted between the eyes of adults, as well as children, making this binocular an excellent choice for both. Either you’re an adult, or just want to gift it to your child, it is the best fit for both situations.

Don’t let its small size fool you, as it stands right up there with other binoculars in terms of quality. Thus, it is both waterproof, as well as fog-proof. Similar to other units, they’ve managed to purge the air from the inside of the binoculars and replaced it with nitrogen gas. It removes the molecules laden with moisture, which could have caused massive fog issues on the insides.

While the focus adjustment isn’t as smooth as you’d expect, but given its size and utility, it should keep small excited hands from turning it round and round, causing wear and tear. After some usage, it should get quite normal so no long-term issues with it.

This unit comes with a Porro prism, fully multi-coated lenses, and tweaked eye relief. This allows for a quality image, even for novice users. The included eye relief ensures you get the best experience even with long viewing sessions, without any eye strain and fatigue. This makes it even better for young people.

BX-1 Yosemite binoculars are available in a few variants. The 6x30mm and 8×30 mm are available in either black or a natural tan finish. For Mossy Oak Treestand camo finish lovers, there is also an 8x30mm variant that comes in special clamshell packaging.

Leupold BX-1 McKenzie Binocular

Leupold BX-1 McKenzie Binocular
9.4/10 Our Score

Leupold BX-1 McKenzie gives you bright, crystal-clear sharp, high contrast, and high-quality images. This unit comes with an advanced optical system with HD calcium fluoride lenses, which gives you exceptional quality crystal-clear images without any edge distortion.

They handle low-light and twilight conditions quite well thanks to its Twilight Light Management System and high-density fully multi-coated glass. Leupold McKenzie’s signature edge-to-edge view comes from phase-coated roof prisms. It enables you to have great clarity over a far distance.

Despite the optics and accessories being imported from China, these pairs of binoculars come with a lifetime limited warranty. It shows very high standards during production, into which you can put your trust without any hesitation.

As with other models, this pair of binoculars is also waterproof and fog proof. So, you can use it in foggy and rainy conditions without any hassle. Its body is made from aluminum and covered with shockproof rubberized armor, which makes it quite impact-resistant. This ergonomic pair is lightweight, giving you a comfortable hold.

It comes in four variations: 8x42mm, 10x42mm, 10x50mm and 12x50mm.

Leupold BX-2 Acadia 10x42mm Binocular , Shadow Gray

Leupold BX-2 Acadia 10x42mm Binocular , Shadow Gray
9.4/10 Our Score

Regardless of all the features that manufacturers are adding to the binoculars, having good quality optics makes the most difference in quality. That brings us to Leupold’s BX-2 Acadia binocular series.

These binoculars are unique, in the sense that it combines the handling characteristics of a roof prism, with the performance of Porro prism design. This model satisfies your picky nature, whether you’re a fan of roof prism’s look and feel, or you just want the performance of BAK-4 high-density Porro glass.

The BX-2 Acadia is known for its four-lens system and phase-coated prisms. Its ergonomic design makes it very satisfying, as well as comfortable to hold, irrespective of hand size. In addition to being waterproof, it also comes with rubber armor.

These pair of binoculars deliver excellent contrast, clarity, and brightness. It provides multi-coated optics with a wide field of view. In addition, the mechanism in the front of the center focus wheel provides diopter adjustments.

You will be surprised by how different it feels from other compact-type binoculars. You can feel the slight difference in its surprisingly lightweight, sleek design that makes you instantly happy with the comfortable grasp designs. Even though it is lightweight, it does not leave the toughness as it comes with armor-coated housing.

This unit is available in two sizes, 8×42 mm and 10x42mm. These binoculars come in two variants: a black, as well as a Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo color, finish.

Leupold BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide HD 10x42mm Binocular Kryptek 120906

Leupold BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide HD 10x42mm Binocular Kryptek 120906
9.4/10 Our Score

The Leupold BX-3 Mojave binocular comes with Cold Mirror Coated BAK4 prisms. This refers to the dielectric coatings. These roof prism binoculars provide exceptional low-light performance with fully multi-coated lenses and phase-coated BAK4 prisms.

This as well as all other non-electronic products features their Lifetime Limited Warranty. This warranty ensures that as long as you own the product, Leupold will repair or replace any defects regarding materials or workmanship, so it will perform till the end of time. Overperforming compared to its competitive models,

The BX-3 Mojave is available in four sizes: 8x42mm, 10×42 mm, 10x50mm, and 12x50mm and two color schemes: either Black or a Mossy Oak Treestand finish.

Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD 15x56mm Binocular

Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD 15x56mm Binocular
9.4/10 Our Score

The BX-5 Leupold Santiam HD Roof Prism Binocular features an Xtended Twilight Lens system. It optimizes the transmission of low light wavelengths, giving you incredible details of low light scenes.

Abbe-Koenig Prism maximizes light transmission, clarity as well as a super-resolution at extended ranges while the PAK-4 Prism delivers a perfectly round exit pupil with virtually no edge distortion giving you a crisp and clear image.

These binoculars are slim, lightweight, and super ergonomic giving you a good grip even in harsh weather conditions. You can mount it using the built-in 1/4-50 tripod adapter port. Leupold uses their best glass in the BX-5 Santiam, giving it exceptionally good contrast, crisp images, and great light transmissions.
Its adjustable eyepieces will provide you with decent eye relief, regardless of whether you use glasses or not. The eyepieces will lock securely into place during use providing you with a comfortable viewing experience for long periods, with minimal eye strain.

You can choose between its five total variations: 8x42mm, 10x42mm, 10x50mm, 12x50mm, and 15x56mm with its Optifade subalpine variant discontinued.

Leupold BX-T 10x42mm Mil-L Reticle Binocular, Black

Leupold BX-T 10x42mm Mil-L Reticle Binocular, Black
9.4/10 Our Score

The BX-T HD Tactical binocular is built to give you the tactical advantage needed to succeed in any situation. It gives you incredible ultra low-light performance and the body is extremely durable as well.

The optional inclusion of MIL-L Reticle gives you measuring, range finding, and spotting capabilities that make it ideal for field applications. Our unit came with a Berry Compliant MOLLE case and straps. It includes a tripod adapter for easy mounting of tripods, which you might want to consider for stable viewing.

Its Twilight Light Max HD Light Management System comes with Guard-ion Hydrophobic Lens Coating making it water, dirt, fingerprints resistant. Being tested extensively for superior ruggedness, this 10x42mm binocular will remain waterproof, and work for a long time. If it doesn’t, Leupold’s Full Lifetime Guarantee has you covered.

The BX-T Leupold HD is available in a 10×42 mm MIL-L variant with Black Finish.

Leupold GR 8x32mm HD BrownGold Ring Binoculars

Leupold GR 8x32mm HD BrownGold Ring Binoculars - Mfg# 62800
8/10 Our Score

The Golden Ring series consisted of binoculars with a wide field of view which made it perfect for large area spotting. This eased monitoring of the activities occurring over a large area. Currently, this series has been temporarily suspended.

These spotting binoculars provide you with long-distance reach with the brightness, contrast, and resolution that just feels right. It comes in a lightweight but feature-packed package. These binoculars are backed by the Full Lifetime Guarantee.

Built for a lifetime of performance, it gives you a guarantee of performance. Meaning, if the binoculars do not perform, it’ll get either repaired or replaced for free. This is provided at the company’s own expense, you don’t have to worry about additional charges.

The best part of the lifetime guarantee is you don’t even need to be the original owner. There is no proof of ownership or a warranty card involved, also there is no expiry. This shows the confidence of Leupold over their superior quality and craftsmanship.

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