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For bird watching, you may want a full-sized bino that is tripod adaptable. Eye reliefThis is important to glass wearers. A longer eye relief will allow you to hold the binocular at a safe distance from your glasses and still see the full picture. It’ll also keep you from creeping up on your stock and getting your brow gashed by your own scope if you’re shooting some shoulder-thumping round.

There are many different types, using Mil-dots, MOA, BDC, or other systems. They can get confusing, so pick one that you can use easily even when your heart is thumping, and you have a bit of buck fever. Finally, many long-range scopes have quick-adjust turrets that allow you to quickly and easily dial in the right elevation and windage for your range and ballistics, putting your crosshairs exactly where you should aim, eliminating the need to hold over.

The best news for budget-minded long-range shooters is that while many of these advanced features first appear in top-of-the-line scopes, the rate of change in rifle scopes is so fast that technology quickly trickles down to the affordable lines. These long-range scopes are perfect examples.

They’re packed with great features, quality components, and can shoot far better than most of us usually do. They all cost less than a grand, and often by quite a bit. Vortex Viper HSLR 4-16x50mm (pictured above)The HSLR stands for “hunting, shooting, long range” and this scope is well named.

Good eye relief and a very nice reticle.

It has all the features and qualities to hold its own in competition or in the field with scopes that cost a lot more. Typical of Vortex scopes, the optical quality is very good, with a bright, clear sight picture and good low-light performance. The turrets are simply great: they’re simply adjusted, lock solidly and incorporate fiber optics for ease of use. Good eye relief and a very nice reticle. It’s an all-around great scope.

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CrossFitter. Always up for an adventure or just relaxing and reading about them. Has to see what’s around the next bend. Related PostsHow To Fit A Backpack For HikingBest Hiking Watches of 2021How To Pack A Backpack For HikingBram Reusen2 ResponsesChristina November 14, 2016 This is an excellent list of key features to identify to ensure the best buy.

They’ve been around since the 1890s and are still just as classy and functional as ever. Patagonia Altvia Trail Pants ($119)Materials: 86% polyester, 14% spandex Weight: 11. 1 oz. Belt included: No What we like: Very stretchy build with zippered storage. What we don’t: Shorter inseam can impact fit.

A recent addition to Patagonia’s hiking pant line, the Altvia Trail combines a stretchy build with a very functional storage layout. Starting with the stretch, this slim-fitting pant includes a healthy dose of spandex (14%) for excellent mobility and all-around comfort. They’ve even incorporated elastic into the waistband to give it a jogger-like fit and feel.

That said, the Altvia is still sufficiently trail-ready with a DWR coating for shedding light moisture, good breathability from the stretch-woven fabric, and zippered closures on all five pockets. And with zippers at the bottom of the cuffs, the lower legs of the pant can be tuned to fit over anything from low-profile trail runners to bulky hiking boots.

What’s not to like with the Altvia Trail Pant? For one, the sheer number of zippers in the design has us concerned about its long-term durability (and we’ve unfortunately had a number of Patagonia zippers fail on us recently). Further, the 31-inch inseam is a polarizing choice: most pants either offer a standard 32-inch inseam or a 30-inch option, so this in-between length may not work for some folks.

But if the sizing is good for you and you like the security of zippered storage, the stretchy and comfortable Altvia has plenty of appeal. See the Men’s Patagonia Altvia Trail13. Montane Terra Pack ($100)Materials: Nylon w/stretch Weight: 8. 4 oz. Belt included: Yes What we like: Very light and packable.

What we don’t: Button fastener fell off early in our test. Trimming weight from their popular Terra pant, Montane’s Terra Pack has a streamlined and feathery ultralight build. The impressively low 8. 4-ounce weight is largely due to the proprietary Vector Lite fabric, which we found breathes well and offers excellent stretch for scrambling and crouching to take photos (a plus while backpacking Peru’s Huayhuash Circuit).

The pant also has one of the more customizable fit systems with an elasticized waistband, both a button and snap closure, and a removable belt. It removes 99. 9% of the bacteria and protozoa that are found in various water sources. It also gets rid of any microplastics as well.

This is essential because water treatment will fail in a serious SHTF scenario. One filter is rated for up to 100,000 gallons which gives you plenty of mileage. This not only will save you money (helpful if you’re hoping to keep prepping affordable), but it buys you time if you get stuck with only one filter for a while.

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