Leica Sport Optics received a sought-after Editor’s Choice Award for its new Geovid HD-B laser rangefinder binoculars in Outdoor Life‘s 2013 Gear Test, presented by the magazine’s Shooting Editor, John Snow, at the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston. To determine the superior optics for 2013, an independent panel of optics experts and hunters tested the optics, evaluating each one for optical quality, perceived image, performance, price and value, and design and durability.

60050006Leica’s new Geovid HD-B won the Innovation category, receiving an overall score of four stars and a final verdict of best rangefinder in the industry. “We revolutionized sport optics when we launched the first laser range-finding binocular, the Geovid, in 1992,” Terry Moore, vice president of Leica Sport Optics, says. “We believed we did it again with the new Geovid HD-B, which features 2,000+ yard ranging plus sophisticated, customizable onboard ballistics capabilities. The Innovation recognition by Outdoor Life suggests we’ve succeeded in taking the category another leap forward.” The new Geovid-HD B contains advanced ballistics technology enabling users to add or create their own custom ballistics info for their specific weapon, as well as class-leading ranging abilities.

Africa May 08 Pumba 352The newly developed ballistic function Advanced Ballistic Compensation provides the proper aim point for the hunter and shooter. The Geovid HD-B’s integrated, highly precise ballistic processor can instantly gather and analyze the ballistic information with one touch of the button, giving accurate information for the correct hold over, turret adjustment, or drop-down reticle aiming point. When calculating the trajectory, the distance, angle, temperature, and air pressure are all taken into account.  Twelve ballistic curves representing most of the trajectories of modern hunting cartridges are programmed in the system. Plus, an integrated microSD card slot, located inside the battery housing, allows the hunter to program and save personal ballistic data for his or her cartridge/rifle combination. Different ballistic information data sets can be saved on separate microSD cards for multiple cartridge/rifle use. The result is extremely precise and accurate ballistics information. Within only 0.2 seconds, the Leica GEOVID HD-B 42 displays all of the necessary information for an accurate shot, especially with steep inclinations and at long distances.

Read Outdoor Life‘s entire optics review.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.