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Anyone have experience with Minox, specifically these 15x56 binos?  I have been trying to buy some Vortex Viper HD 15x50s since the trip to AZ last year, but something always comes up that takes financial priority.  The other problem is that I can't make up my mind on which to buy.  I don't think I'll use Swaros here in northern WI enough to justify their cost, but can't stop thinking about them...  Cameralandny.com has Minox demos for about the same price as the Vipers.  I doubt Minox has as good a warranty as Vortex, but might be better glass for the same money.  The Minox are lighter and cheaper than Vortex Kaibab 15x56, way cheaper than even used Swaros.  Headed to AZ again for archery mule deer and want to have binos worth carrying this time.  Thanks.   

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I've looked through both the Kaibabs and Swaros.......Ended up with the Kaibabs, without a single complaint, they go with me everywhere!!!

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Thanks for chiming in.  I haven't had a chance to compare them side by side, but have heard the Kaibabs are hard to tell apart from the Swaros - one reviewer liked Kaibab better when wearing glasses, which I often do.  They're still more money and heavier than the Vipers or the demo Minox.  What I can't decide is whether the extra money on Kaibabs is worth it to only use once or twice a year.  Dealers tell me Vipers are great sellers, for whatever that's worth.  I started leaning toward the Minox for the extra light they would gather at Viper price.  I've never seen any Minox in person and don't hear anybody talk about them.  Vipers accept the Vortex doubler, which Kaibabs don't.  I had planned to get Vipers and the doubler before I started rethinking this whole thing again.    

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I use the Minox BL 10x42 binos and love them. They are light weight, easy to grip and hold onto, and are some AMAZING glass for the price. Plus the warranty is outstanding!

The warranty for Minox Scopes and Binos is a Lifetime No Questions Asked Warranty. Here is the warranty information for Minox pulled from their site:

"By registering your purchase you will gain the full benefits of our MINOX Lifetime Total Coverage Warranty. This extraordinary plan provides protection against manufactures defects, functional failures, or any accidental damages to the covered Product, including breakage, water damage, or any accident."

http://www.minox.com/index.php?6289&L=2

Hope this helps! If you have any quesitons please let me know. Here is a good review of the 15x56's on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy7S1xzs5Ss

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 Ok few things to ponder on here..first...and formost...If you can swing it...get the sworos...they are compered to every peice of glass for a reason!!!!  If you can not justify spending the exta coin on the sworos...dont go any ferther then the Kaibabs, there a great peice of glass for the money. 

Ok on to the next thing here, If you have ever looked through 15s on a tripod in the Az desert, you know already, If you havnt well you have no Idea what your missin and how much game you are not seeing. My son, daystalker hunted with me a few times last year and was tear stuff apart with my 15s....needless to say he is now a beliver for a reason. there not a bino your going to throw around your neck and go on a 5 mile hike with, but you set some 15s on a tripod get a good seat and get to work and you will be amazed at what you will see. think about it this way, your commin a LONG way to hunt these desert deer, you need every advantage you can get, if you end up killin a buck of a life time, cuz you glassed him up under a palo verde tree a mile a way cuz you could finally see enough detail out that far...well that right there for me is well worth it

Also, give these guys at the  outdoorsman a call, there right there in Az, and are a wealth of knowledge, and can get ya what ever you need

 

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Thanks idahohunter and hunt crazy.  I didn't know Minox has that good a warranty.  I have no doubt I would use high end binos at home if I had them, but close to $2K for optics I'll really only get to use in big country once or twice a year ain't happenin.  I'd have to keep them hidden for fear of what the neighbors might think.  I think Kaibabs for $1200 is the absolute limit (and that seems like too much).  Everybody tells me they're 99% of what the Swaros are and some say they're even better for eyeglass wearers.  No major stores within a 4+ hour drive carry quality big eyes except maybe the occasional Swaro.  Vortex offered last year to send Kaibabs to a local dealer (if there is one) for me to check out.  I can send the Minox back if there really is a $600 difference.  I appreciate everybody's input, but they have to work for me and my eyes.  It's about the only way I can settle this debate.  It'll be hard finding a spot near a dealer in the northwoods where we can test their long range capabilities, though.  I'll look into getting hands on both to compare and report back.  I do NOT want to play the never ending trade up game if I can help it.  I've done that with camo, packs, camp gear, etc.  I want new glass to take to AZ in December and to take my father in law out west when he returns from Afghanistan.  More than anything, that's motivation for me to spend a little more.  Thanks again guys.        

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 This is an old thread but I'll throw in my opinion for those doing a search on 15x's like I am.  In short I would stay away from minox.  

 

Theyre warranty sounds great but I had a horrible warranty experience on something as simple as a broken eye cup.  It took 4 or 5 months, and a threat of pressing theft charges before I got my binocs back.  It's a long story.  At any rate, when I received them, they weren't mine.  The person i threatened charges on bought a set of the same kind and had them mailed to me.  This set was nowhere near as good as my original pair.

 

Apparently the quality from pair to pair varies significantly.  This other pair now has an eye cup seized up in one position.  They haven't been my primary set for years so I haven't sent them back.  It's not worth the hassle.

 

if you do a search on minox customer service you will see lots of complaints.  Just keep that in mind when you're getting ready to shell out a thousand bucks.