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Max Mutter
Max Mutter

Max Mutter

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Max’s background as a climber, cyclist, and wildlife ecologist has led to much time spent in the outdoors. Over the years he has worked and adventured in national parks on 4 continents, mapped thousands of acres of forest, and designed a statistical model to help combat the negative impacts of natural gas drilling. After a brief stint studying ecology and conservation in the UK, Max is happy to call the Sierra home, though he does miss the maple syrup making opportunities afforded by his previous stomping grounds in the northeast.

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Best Binoculars of 2022

Best Binoculars of 2022

What are the best binoculars? We took 15 different models through rigorous testing in the outdoors to find out. We went birding at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, used them on the...
Leica Ultravid BR 10x25
Top Pick

Leica Ultravid BR 10x25

As Leica says on their website, this pair of binoculars is "the reference standard". These are the compact binoculars that everyone compares other compact models to. They are the smallest...
Vortex Viper HD 8x42
Editors' Choice

Vortex Viper HD 8x42

Hitting a near-perfect balance between price and quality, the Vortex Viper is a great pair of bins for enthusiastic wildlife watchers that don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a...
Swarovski EL 8.5x42
Editors' Choice

Swarovski EL 8.5x42

Crystal lenses and thoughtful design touches make the Swarovski EL the best binos you can buy. If you want the absolute best, these are the binos for you.
Celestron Nature DX 8x42
Best Buy

Celestron Nature DX 8x42

For those seeking a low cost introduction to birdwatching, or those that want an inexpensive way to get a better look at their children's soccer games
Vortex Diamondback HD 8x28
Best Buy

Vortex Diamondback HD 8x28

If you're looking for binos that are both inexpensive and lightweight, look no further. These tiny optics pack an impressive mix of clarity and quality, making them a great choice for...
Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42
Best Buy

Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42

Offering potentially the best price to performance ratio of any bins currently on the market, the Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42 is a perfect choice for almost anyone.
How to Choose a Cooler

How to Choose a Cooler

How do you choose the right cooler among so many fantastical claims? We've spent years testing the best products and break down what makes a great cooler so great...
Celestron Outland X 10x50

Celestron Outland X 10x50

While these bins are very bright, they also have some very notable clarity issues. If you're only looking at birds that are 13-50 feet away, you can get passable images, otherwise you'll...
Vortex Diamondback 8x28
Best Buy

Vortex Diamondback 8x28

For those looking for an inexpensive and portable pair of bins, the Vortex Diamondback mostly fits the bill. However, the small lenses do produce dim images
Grizzly 75

Grizzly 75

The Grizzly 75 was the worst high-end performer in our insulation test. While it does garner high marks in durability, we don't' feel that makes up for its insulation...
Leica Noctivid 10x42

Leica Noctivid 10x42

Leica offers top-of-the-line optical quality in the Noctivid, but slightly misses the mark on a couple of design points when compared to other high-end models
Steiner Predator 8x42

Steiner Predator 8x42

Offering average quality at an average price, there are definitely better deals to be found than the Steiner Predator. If you're looking for a budget pair
Vanguard Endeavor ED II 10x42

Vanguard Endeavor ED II 10x42

This model builds upon the successful foundation of the award-winning Endeavor ED binoculars, bringing Vanguard Optics to another level. There are even rumors that Nikon lowered their...
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