Last fall, I was invited to Kodiak Island to hunt Alaska's blacktail deer in some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world. The purpose of the hunt was pretty simple: Test gear in the most-rugged conditions available.

For the trip we were outfitted through Cabela's ( for most of our outerwear and optics and were asked to give our opinions about each piece once we returned. The gear held up without a hitch and most impressive to me were the optics.

The scopes and binoculars we used were from the Cabela's Euro HD line and is possibly some of the best glass I've ever had the pleasure of using.

We spent hours upon hours behind the binoculars watching the openings of hills and valleys sizing up deer and determining if they were worth the long hikes to get to them. Some deer were as close as 250 yards when we spotted them, while others were more like a half-mile away. Regardless of their distance, however, the 10X Euro HD binos I was using didn't let me down once. I could determine the size and tine length of just about every buck we spotted and was able to discern small details on each animal from great distances.

The Euro HD optics line features phase-corrected prisms to deliver 99.9-percent light transmission and almost no color distortion. I spent a ton of time sitting behind those binos over the course of a week and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed with the glass, or the price.

The HD line is an upgrade to Cabela's already-superior Euro line, offering a couple more tweaks to give even better results. The binoculars feature a MeoBrite 550 fully multicoated optical system and on an aluminum-alloy body coated with a textured rubber grip all the way around. The grip makes it almost impossible to drop even when it's wet and you're wearing thick gloves. Each pair is completely nitrogen-purged, sealed and guaranteed to provide a lifetime of fogproof and waterproof performance.  I can assure you tested these binos in extreme cases of weather – from bright sunshine to complete downpours – and they never missed a beat. In fact, these are still my go-to optics when I'm in the woods.