Our test team, which consisted of five highly experienced optics users, critiqued 33 new instruments, including 15 binoculars, 9 spotting scopes and 9 riflescopes-our biggest field ever! We don't claim that our rating system is infallible, especially since certain attributes, such as ergonomics, aesthetics and applicability, are extremely subjective. Our team members sometimes saw things from different perspectives and subsequently disagreed, which is why we value their opinions. In ergonomics, for example, a binocular that perfectly fits one person's hands might be too large or too small for another's. Team members were charged to lay aside their brand loyalties, personal preferences and prejudices and, above all, to look for faults as well as virtues in each product. Their ratings and comments show they did just that.