Published on March 14th, 2014 | by Greg0
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.