As any hunter can tell you, animals love to come out in low light, either in the morning or in the evening.
And if you've used a low-quality riflescope in the past, you know just how frustrating it is to locate a bruiser buck, only to throw the rifle up and see nothing but indiscernible black in your reticle.
Leupold has given the VX-3 line a facelift this year in an effort to solve that problem. The new VX-3i features Leupold's Twilight Max Light Management System, which maximizes light transmission in the red and blue spectrum, which are the colors most present in lower light conditions.
The lens coating Leupold uses not only improves light transmission, it also provides better contrast for a crisper image. The VX-3i also features edge-blackened lenses that help reduce light diffusion and glare, further increasing resolution and contrast.
The scope also has a DiamondCoat 2 finish on the lenses to help prevent scratching.
The other updated item on the VX-3i is the power selector ring, which has been recut for better use with gloved hands.
While it's available in multiple options, we tested the VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm CDS with a Wind-Plex reticle for making quick windage adjustments in the field. The Custom Dial System (CDS) features a top turret that can be removed and replaced with a turret from the Leupold custom shop.
Simply send in your ballistic data and the crew at Leupold will craft a custom turret with yardage markers instead of standard MO A adjustments. The scope also features a left side focus ring (parallax) and lockable Fast-Focus eyepiece.
Ultimately, the proof comes in the field when your hunt is on the line and the light is fading. We've shot the VX-3i in similar low-light settings, and it's every bit the performer it's billed to be. It comes with Leupold's legendary warranty and is built to last a lifetime.