During our recent Peru disaster I managed to lose an eyecup from my beloved, beat-up 8×42 B3-X Mojave bins from Leupold. When we got home I called them about getting a replacement part. They told me instead to just send the bins back to them, so I did.
Today I got a package from Beaverton, Oregon. They could have just put a new rubber eycup on my old bins and cleaned them up… instead they sent me a new pair, an upgrade from my previous set. Wow, I was not expecting this! (The old bins went for about $500. The new replacements go for about $720.)
If you are in the market for the very best “mid- to high-range” optics, check out Leupold. We bought our original pairs many years ago. Claire and I went to a local Cabela’s (the US outdoors, hunting, and fishing chain, where there are more binoculars on hand than in any other store in our area) and tried everything they had, including Swarovskis. While I could not say that the Leupolds were exactly comparable to the finest high-end bins, I also could not say that the tiny difference warranted the insane price differential: a difference large enough to fund a couple trips to Central America.
Question: would Swarovski replace your (>$2000) bins with something 40% pricier after you beat them up over the years?
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