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I'm tired of ordering binos off the web, only to be disappointed by the feel, the focusing (too fast or slow), light gathered, etc.  Before I have to ship another pair back, does anyone have suggestions on how to find a brick-and-mortar retailer?  Googling 'binoculars columbia sc' was useless.

Thanks.

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Cabela's let me take a pair outside to try. They were very accommodating. I'm guessing other stores would do the same thing. For other store suggestions, maybe Bass Pro Shops or Academy Sports. I think Wild Birds Unlimited may also carry a few pairs.

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The local WBU had two pair.  Academy had a picked-over selection but they may have restocked.  No Bass Pro, Cabela's, etc. in a two-hour radius but it may come to that.

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Come to think of it, Academy Sports has their binoculars tethered to the counter. Another possibility is Gander Mountain. I think even their camper/RV locations are well stocked with a usual array of sporting goods.

I guess you could come and hit Phinizy Swamp and leave enough time for Gander Mountain and Cabela's. There is also a Dick's Sporting Goods but I haven't been there enough to know what they have. If you're not in a hurry, you could wait for fall migration and cooler weather.

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From my post in my separate discussion of what binos to get:

"The selection at the local Dicks' was lousy, maybe a dozen models, mostly entry level or unsuited for birding (high mag or high objective).  Academy would have had a better selection, 25 or 30 models, IF they had been fully stocked, but they were out of about two-thirds of them.

Sportsman's Warehouse had a great selection of several top brands (Leopuld, Zeiss, Nikon, Vortex, at least two more I don't recall today), with at least two models of each, and at least two mag / objective combos."

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I’m new to birding. I have purchased two pairs of Nikon binoculars- Prostaff and Monarch. Neither work for me. My eyes are spaced close together and the Nikons are too wide for me. I almost think I need something suited to a child. Any suggestions?  

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Hi Paula! 

 I won't be much help, I'm still just using a cheap pair from Walmart, but they do adjust width.

But I wanted to welcome you to Whatbird! Hopefully some more people can pipe in with useful info. 🙂

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12 hours ago, Paula Spenlinhauer said:

 My eyes are spaced close together and the Nikons are too wide for me. I almost think I need something suited to a child. Any suggestions?  

The old interpupillary distance problem.  My wife uses Vortex Raptors and can't use other models she's tried.  That said, we did find another person who had the same problem who wasn't able to use these, either.  I don't know what brick-and-mortar stores are still out there that sell binos to any large extent (there are several suggestions in earlier posts in this thread), but you're safest bet it to go somewhere where you can get your hands on the choices and try them out.  Your problem is a real one, but I suspect you can find a solution.  It would be helpful if the manufacturers would publish the interpupillary range for their various models, but I don't think I've ever seen that.

https://vortexoptics.com/binoculars/raptor-binoculars.html

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