Swarovski Optik relaunches Z8i rifle scopes, designed to see more so you can act faster

Leading optical instruments manufacturer Swarovski Optik has announced the launch of a revised version of its Z8i driven-hunt rifle scopes, which has been designed with a larger field of view than its predecessor.

In the 0.75 version, the Tyrol-based long-range optics experts have increased it by 15% compared to the previous model. The field of view in the model with the 1x version has been increased by 17%. A shorter zoom rotation and the proven CLICKONE function also help hunters concentrate on the essentials at the crucial moment. The Z8i+ models will be available from selected retailers from September 4, 2023.

Stefan Hämmerle, Member of the Executive Board – Marketing and Sales at Swarovski Optik, commented: “You have to maintain an overview, sight in the game correctly in difficult terrain, then act quickly and appropriately at the crucial moment – these are the challenges of driven hunting. With the new Z8i+ models, we are once again living up to our guiding principle of ‘constantly improving what is good’. With the significantly enlarged field of view, we are launching an unrivalled optic on the market that will provide hunters with maximum assistance in line with good hunting practice.”

Never miss a thing

According to Swarovski Optik, the 8x zoom makes it possible to sight in the game, even at long range. The 0.75 version of the Z8i+ scores with what the company describes as a groundbreaking field of view of 64.6 m/100 m (193.8 ft/100 yds), while the 1x version boasts a remarkable 50 m/100 m (150 ft/100 yds) field of view, the company claims. The eyepiece has also been modified, improving target acquisition and increasing viewing comfort. The company claims both models provide uncompromising image sharpness right to the edges.

Intuitive to use

Another feature of the Z8i+ models is the shorter 160° zoom rotation. The ergonomic TL throw lever are said to make it quick and easy to adjust the zoom ring. Available in black or orange, this is now supplied as standard. On the 0.75 version, the CLICKONE function has a tangible click so that you know when you have reached 1x magnification.

On the 0.75-6 x 20 version, the Z8i+ is available with a D-I reticle. This has been reduced to a single, illuminated dot and provides an almost unobscured view of the target. The Z8i+ with the tried-and-tested 4A-IF reticle offers a high degree of flexibility and adapts perfectly to the particular hunting situation. With FLEXCHANGE, an illuminated ring can be switched on and off at the touch of a button.


The latest member of the Z8i family can be customised to the hunter’s particular needs with the help of selected accessories. The Z8i’s BTF flexible ballistic turret can be used as both an elevation and windage turret, and the SLP+ scope lens protector prevents dirt from getting into the objective and eyepiece lenses. The AFL+ anti-fog lens is compatible with both versions.

GEAR designed especially for driven hunts

Finally, according to Swarovski Optik, along with the market launch of the new Z8i+ models, from June 15, 2023, the optical equipment firm is extending its GEAR RANGE to include clothing for driven hunts. The new items offer functionality, with a strong focus on the important safety aspect. The SC cap, GP gloves pro and HV hunting vest are all in signal orange, the warning color for driven hunts. The range now also includes the TSH hunting T-shirt, a high-quality cotton T-shirt for the hunter target group that is suitable to wear in all hunting seasons.

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