Friday, November 1, 2013

Is the EO Shrike a good binocular for hunting?




Hello,
I was referred to your site by a well-regarded outdoors journalist here in Massachusetts.  

I am on a budget, and am considering the Eagle Optics Shrike or Atlas Optics Radian.  I have read many, many good reviews of the Eagle Shrike, yet when I sort your binoculars by "Hunting," the Atlas Radian appears as the lowest-priced recommended set.  

Is there a particular reason why the Shrike is not considered a good hunting binocular? They seem to have comparable specs, and I have also noticed the Atlas Radian shares a strike resemblance to binoculars made by your sister corporation, Vortex - are they intended to be the "poor man's Vortex"? If so, terrific, because that's my kind of product!

Thanks,
Anthony

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Hi Anthony,
The Eagle Optics Shrike and the Atlas Optics Radian share a lot of the same features and I think both would work well for a hunting application.  Between the two models, the Radian has the nicer optical system and will be both brighter and sharper.  I would rate it as one of the nicest binoculars out there for under $200.
 
They aren’t intended to be a “poor man’s Vortex”, but we are the sole distributors and importers of the Atlas line, and we consider it to be a “house brand” of ours.  If you are looking for a binocular with performance that exceeds its entry level price, you can’t go wrong with the Radian line.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to call our office.

Thanks!
Eagle Optics

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