Leupold Scopes for Rifle & Spotter, Laser Rangefinders & Binoculars are Reviewed for 2018

Last Updated on

Leupold LogoIf you’ve been serious about having the best optics then you’re probably already familiar with the Leupold brand. If you’re new to them, let me fill you in. For over 100 years now, Leupold & Stevens Inc has been in the business of making sure that those who want the best, most innovative technology to improve their sport optics, get it.

“German glass” has had a fine reputation and has been the most desirable in the optics market. And, that known fact definitely gave Leupold & Stevens a head start when German immigrants, Leupold and Voelpel, founded the company at the turn of the 20th century.

Although they didn’t have a start in the hunting or firearm arena, or the optics industry for that matter, they’ve certainly found their expertise in the years that they’ve evolved. And, when it comes to your hunting needs, they know how to deliver.

After serving a variety of hunters for many years and the entirety of the US military, the brand knows how to deliver optics in a convenient, easy-to-use, and high-performing way, whether it’s in the hands of a child or in the weathered palms of a battle-scarred pro.

gr-10-20x40mm-compact-shadow-gray
Read reviews of Leupold's best spotting scopes.
Leupold VX6 4-24x52mm
Read reviews of Leupold's best rifle scopes.
Leupold Mojave Roof Prism Binoculars
Read reviews of Leupold's best binoculars.
RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder
Read reviews of Leupold's best rangefinders.

Leupold Spotting Scope Reviews: Gold Ring, Kenai & Ventana Series

If you want options, options, and more options when it comes to buying a spotting scope, there’s about a brand a dozen that can throw a basket-full your way.  But, you only want to trust a brand that’s proven itself time and time again.

Leupold has been one of those brands that’s excelled in everything they do.  From fully multi-coated optics and Synergy Built pledges to compact, lightweight, and lens-specific coatings, you can expect the latest, most cutting-edge technology.

Their reputation of quality has grown exponentially over the last 10 years.  And, that may be thanks to the word getting around that the United States Marine Corps uses their scopes.  If there’s a brand with options that you can trust, it’s Leupold.

If you want reliability, value, and performance in your next scope, then make sure you read the reviews below.  We will get in-depth about features, fully-detailed about specs, and honest about ratings.


How do these Spotting Scopes Compare? (click to open)

The GR 20-60X80 has a price tag rivaling that of Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss and realistically, hunters shopping in that price range, may be more likely going to go with them. For hunters on a budget, we rely on Leupold for the same quality without spending swanky Swaro bucks. So although the GR 20-60X80 is a fantastic scope, I don’t feel it is the best buy of this line-up.

The Kenai is a mid-level scope, but it’s outfitted with enough features to justify it’s hefty price. And, it’s an excellent buy. But, the Limited Lifetime Warranty and the lack of a stay-on cover is nothing short of confusing. It could’ve had my top recommendation, but it just barely missed the bar.

My top recommendations actually end up going to the two most affordable, spotting scopes in the reviews, the compact GR 10-20X40 and the SX-1 15-45X60 spotting scopes. Although they’re entry level in price and features, they’re exactly what a hunter out in the field needs.

If you’re more of a close-range hunter that just needs a supplement optic to get the job done for 200 yard hunting or shooting, the GR is absolutely the best way to go! Not to mention, it’s also a nifty and lightweight optic to help train up young hunters or to pass on as a gift.

The SX-1 Ventana, although not stunning in features, is made better with the Gold Ring warranty, and is therefore, an excellent deal! For a little more magnification than the compact GR, it’s got excellent potential.


Leupold Rifle Scope Reviews: A Scope for Every Budget

Once it was made known you were shopping for a new rifle scope, how many times were you encouraged to buy a Leupold?

Probably more times than you can count and there’s several reasons for that. In the below reviews, you’ll find out why you should come over to the elite side of optics or remain a loyal buyer of the long-time American company.

Leupold & Stevens has a deep and well-established relationship with the optics industry and when you need a new rifle scope, they’re the brand you turn to. I would even dare say that they are the number one most recognized optics brand in the industry today.

While their scopes are far from middle ground quality, they have scopes priced in middle ground territory. Hunters look to this brand for quality scopes when they want to spend a little more without breaking the bank like they would for a Swarovski. In fact, many online forums are rife with loyal Leupold users that consistently admit that they’ll pay half the price for the Leupold to get the same quality glass as a Swarovski. That’s a well-done pat on the back for Leupold. For quality, ruggedness, and dependability, you can rely on them.

There are so many great hunting riflescopes in their line-up that it was difficult to narrow down the options. And, with scopes for long range shots, entry level quality, and even the Golden Ring scopes of the new 2016 series, we couldn’t resist doing a review on each of them.

With unsurpassed mechanical performance, crystal clear glass, and full waterproof integrity, all ingeniously packaged into a compact and ergonomic, light-weight scope, you can’t go wrong with one of these mouth-drooling gadgets.


How do these Rifle Scopes Compare? (click to open)

With options like these, oh, how do you ever choose? It can be tough trying to figure out how much you want to spend, how good you want to go, and how far you want to push your hunting skills. But, in the end you’ve got to make a decision. The good news is you won’t have to sell a kidney to get the Leupold name or glass.

If you are looking for an excellent quality entry-level rifle scope, the Rifleman 4-12X40 is exactly what you need. Affordable, reliable, and precise.

If you’re looking for a scope that you can depend on to sight in well, hold your zero, and stay with you in even the most rugged hunting conditions possible, the VX-1 3-9X40 will be your rifle’s best buddy. But, sometimes you want something that has been handled, dropped, and tested in the hands of many wrinkled, grubby, but skilled hunters like yourself. The ratings of the VX-2 3-9X40 cannot be compared. While it’s one of the older models featured, it’s got a reputation that can’t be beaten.

Now, there’s even some of you that can’t resist the new and shiny features of a big-ticket item, and trust me, you can spend some serious dough on the new VX-3i and VX-6 scopes.

One of the best buys to get you everything you could want from a quality scope is the VX-3i 3.5-10X40. If you want to be spoiled even further, I say go ahead and splurge on the fully loaded VX-6 4-24X52 that’ll keep you out after dark longer than your other half wants you to be. There’s no limitations with the VX-6, so why should you have a curfew?

If you’re looking for a scope with minimal power to get some close range hunting done, I would recommend that you check out the economical but nifty VX Hog 1-4X20 with the Pig Plex reticle.  It isn’t one we have reviewed yet but it might just be exactly what you’re looking for.


Leupold Binocular Reviews: High Quality, Affordable Prices

Take the kids on your next hunting excursion with you to teach them how to be the ideal spotter and pack them up with their own set of binoculars. Sounds like that could get pricey? You don’t have to avoid the best brands if you want to find a great deal on a pair of binoculars.

Leupold caters to the entire family and has everything you need from compact, weather-proof, small IPDs, low budget prices, and more. You’ll be surprised to find a couple of binoculars for less than $100 in the below reviews. So, whether you’ve got hundreds of dollars or even just a few bucks to spend, why buy anywhere else?

The brand has had many binoculars come and go throughout the decades they’ve been in the industry, and they’ve always been a trusted name by hunters. But, one thing remains constant: the consistent quality that goes into the crafting of their optics is unmatched.

And the below reviews will give you one product each of the best that they have to offer, no matter what hunting skill level you have – or lack. Expect to see incredibly smooth focusing, phase-corrected multi-coated lenses, lightweight and compact dimensions, stylish finishes, and more.


How do these Binoculars Compare? (click to open)

For the child hunter or even the serious adult who’s looking for an easy-to-use and hand-held unit for under a hundred bucks, the Yosemite is the perfect bino to get it done. Its wide IPD can even have you both sharing the optic if you needed to – it’s just that good. This one has a high recommendation from me because it’s going to be a hit, not just for your kid, but for yourself too.

The Rogue is also another compact bino that you should consider, and you might just save a few bucks on it too.

Now, the McKenzie. This full-size baby has everything you need in a lightweight and practical binocular. You can take this thing anywhere and use it on any target. For around $100, this might just be the best of what you can afford. All hunters with varying skill levels will find this a trustworthy and dependable friend.

Next in line is the Cascades bino. This is an excellent choice if you’re wanting something with just a little bit more quality. This puts you in the mid-range level of binos with matching price tags. If this is the best you can do with your budget, then this is the winner.

But, for the low light hunter who’s got some up-front cash to spend, I don’t think I need to pressure you into buying either the Mojave or its Pro Guide counterpart. More experienced hunters will maximize its potential and will truly practice safe and ethical low light hunting skills.

At the end of the day, the hard part isn’t in choosing which brand you want to spend your money on or what brand you want to put into your kids’ hands. The hard part is narrowing it down to just one Leupold, when you want to own them all. But then again, you could always buy one bino of each line and say it’s for each member of the family. That way you can justify the cost and you’re just “borrowing” them all when it’s time for the hunt.


Leupold Rangefinder Reviews: RX-650 & RX-1200i Series

If you’ve been hunting for the latest rangefinders to better improve your target-finding skills, then look no further. You’ve definitely come to the right place to get the nitty-gritty on the new-to-market Leupold RX rangefinders that can be the best asset in your recreational activities. From display-reading ease and clear target images to angle calculations, I’ve got all you need to know about what you want from a rangefinder.

So kick those dollar-store binoculars to the curb, because by the end of these reviews you’ll have your new sidekick riding shotgun in that right-hand pocket of your camo hunting jacket. The RX rangefinders are quality optics that’ll do all the work for you when you’re ready to pull out your hunting rifle.

You know you’re getting a superb product when the engineers of this American and family-owned company have provided services for the U.S. Army and Navy. But, impressive history aside, this new line of RX rangefinders speak volumes for themselves, they are superbly made to provide the best laser quality and accurate readings, especially for their prices.

Whether you want a top of the line product for top dollar price, or just a quality product that won’t break the bank, there is a rangefinder to suit your needs in the reviews below.


How do these Rangefinders Compare? (click to open)

If you’re a pretty avid hunter and accurate readings make the difference between dinner on the table or honing in on that perfect shot, then the RX-1200i with TBR and DNA Digital Laser Rangefinder is the one for you. You’ll get the guesswork done for you especially when you don’t have the luxury of a flat environment.

The RX-1200i with DNR Laser Rangefinder, like its former-mentioned counterpart, has an excellent long range distance that serious shooters and hunters would appreciate. But if you’re new to seeing what optics can do for upping your shooting game, the RX-650 is more than capable of getting the job done with no fuss.

Although they’re still relatively new products, with any Leupold rangefinder you’ll still see a track record of high overall satisfaction ratings by consumers. I did say something earlier about the RX line speaking for themselves right?

Now, although I’m confident that I told you all about their accuracy capabilities, range distances, and even angle calculations to set up the perfect shot, what I’m not sure about is how good of a shot you are. The only way to find out is to put on some mossy oak, grab your new RX rangefinder, get in stealth mode, and meet me at the range.


A Leupold for Every Hunters Budget

Leupold is a reputable, American-owned, family-run business that has some of the best engineers on its payroll, all to produce innovative, quality, and practical optics with cutting-edge technology. It’s done to get you most accurate readings at the furthest distances for the best prices possible.

What that means for you is that turning to this brand to make the most of your hunting season doesn’t have to be expensive. They have affordable and budget-friendly optics that you’d probably warm up to faster than you’d realize.

With Leupold, even their cheapest offerings could still easily rival the high-end optics of inferior brands. They don’t make inferior products, they only make superior optics with the lowest cost that they can get it to you at – without outsourcing or cutting quality.

So, if it seems like they’re more on the expensive end of the cost spectrum, you know they’re worth it.

next - meopta opticsback to leica optics