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Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Greg


Alpen Optics Apex XP 8×32 Binocular: Make Everything Up Close And Personal

We visit quite a few stadiums and arenas in New York City- from Madison Square Garden to the Barclays Center, Metlife Stadium to CitiField. Whether we’re cheering on a team, or seeing a concert, it’s nice to have a good view. But with events being so pricey, and average ticket costs only increasing, it makes a lot of sense to save some cash on seats. Even good seats can offer limited views. For nature lovers and hunters, as well, spotting birds or wildlife would be nearly impossible without some optical advantage.

The Alpen Optics Apex XP 8×32 Binoculars are waterproof and even fogproof, multi-coated, nitrogen-filled, and come with a “no fault, no problem lifetime warranty”. Weighing in at only two pounds, they are a versatile, all-weather option, perfect for indoors or outdoors, low light or daylight conditions. Plus, they are compact and durable- we dropped them a couple of times and they shrugged it off completely. The XP here stands for eXtreme Performance, and the range offers something for just about every need, including camoflauge options and up to long-range 12×50 (12x magnification at 50 feet).

It can be tough to decide on binoculars based on anything but price and the magnification range- but there are plenty of other considerations that are important. For instance, cheaper models are bulkier and hard to focus, with lenses that scratch easily and eye cups that are uncomfortable. Alpen’s Apex range includes twist lock eye cups so they don’t fall off while carrying them around, and a nicely wide strap, as well as a good carrying case. The rubberized outside is textured and grippy, so you’ll be able to hold on to them even in the rain, and they offer a fair bit of adjustability so you can be sure they’ll fit.

One other rare addition is the super close focus, allowing you to zoom in on things only four feet away. The Alpen Apex XP binoculars are all tripod adaptable, and were impressively clear and sharp- we could see sweat bead on players during a recent basketball game, and enjoy awesome views of the surrounding areas from our office rooftop. Expect to spend around $300 for the XP 8x32s, with other models varying in price, online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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