Now, you won’t have to sacrifice the protection of your scope just to avoid spooking your target!
Best Scope Covers: If you’re still on the fence about getting scope lens covers, then you need to cross that fence and secure your scope lenses now!
Most scopes (binoculars and rifles) are nothing without a clear lens. And if you think that it’s already well-protected in your bag or case, then think again. In case you don’t know, lenses are one of the most crucial components of your arsenal and they’re highly sensitive and fragile.
You should buy the best quality option for your scope’s cover.
A good scope cover protects your scope lens not only against dust but also debris, rough terrain, moisture, and the weather.
And that’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do the research, shopping, and testing of the top-rated scope covers because we, just like you, also want the best.
In this ultimate Best Scope Covers review, we’ll be looking into:
- The best lens caps and stretch cover for your scope;
- The best covers for all kinds of price points;
- Easy to use covers;
- What to consider when getting one;
- And lots more!
These covers aren’t only protective but also quiet and convenient, considering our fellow hunters’ needs!
So if you’re now all set…
…let’s sight in!
Best scope covers
Best Large Scope Covers – Editor Choice
Vortex Optics Sure Fit Riflescope Covers
- Can fit a wide range of sizes
- Water- and weatherproof design
- Easy to put on your scope
- Thick and tough material
- Sizing is not very accurate
- It doesn’t have a closure
Some people prefer scope caps, which are much harder and tougher. But most prefer good overall scope lens covers that can protect the whole rifle scope tube and not just the lens.
The first cover on our list proved to be the toughest scope cover with its easy but efficient design, making it this review’s Editor’s Choice.
At first glance…
…this Vortex Optics Sure Fit rifle cover doesn’t look like much. It looks just like your average scope cover. But after testing it out for 120 hours through thick and thin, its quality was what got us.
Made from neoprene material, we’ve expected it to be lightweight. It felt like a wetsuit, actually, and it actually proved to function like one, too!
That is because this overall rifle scope cover has weather and water-resistant qualities to it. It’s not fully waterproof, but it can resist splashes and drops of moisture on its surface, protecting the scope from water damage and even humidity.
One of the cool things about this weatherproof sure fit cover…
…is it slips in and out quietly, which is a plus point for most of us! For many shooters, a quiet cover is imperative, especially if you’re removing it while you’re on the field.
And speaking of slipping, you put it on by slipping the scope inside. Yes, it doesn’t have a zipper closure, which is quite a shame. But surprisingly, it was fully closed once it was on the scope, and you wouldn’t have guessed that it was not zippered if you won’t look closely.
It has loops on either end, which shows a thoughtful design. This allowed me to very quickly remove the cover whenever needed.
So, how was the fit?
Now, this is where it became not so basic and not so straightforward. The fit was both loose and snug.
For bigger scopes, the fit was almost snug with just a little bit of allowance, which is good. I used the 16-inch variety for my 17-inch scope, and it was still the perfect fit. This is all thanks to the cover’s stretchability.
On the other hand…
…we’ve noticed that the smaller sizes may need you to order one size up. I don’t mind, though, as it’s better to have it bigger than smaller.
Once I put the sunshade on, though, the fit became perfect, so I guess the allowance is for the sunshade and dials.
Best Tactical Flip Up Protector Scope Covers – Best Value
Down Under Outdoors Silicone Rubber Rifle Scope Binocular Cover
- Good range of sizes
- Weather- and rain-resistant design and material
- Can also block glare and debris
- Always ready to use
- Easy to install
- You can leave them on after using
- No cap cover
- If it’s just the perfect fit, you’d need strong hands to put them on
We just love how this rifle scope lens cover was designed by expert hunters. Upon using it for a week, there’s just no doubt about it because this cap-less cover’s attention to the smallest details is just plain impressive.
And that’s also how this Down Under scope cover became this review’s Best Value.
Just like the Editor’s Choice, this one doesn’t look like much. Heck, it’s not even a full cover. But the focus of its design is to let you sight and shoot even when it’s raining, or the sun is shining brightly.
…it’s designed for functionality as well as to improve your game, whatever condition you’re in.
As mentioned, it doesn’t have a cap. So just know that it won’t be that perfect for storage. But if you’re looking for a cover that’s perfect for action, then this is the best one out there.
As a matter of fact…
…it has a shade that’s broad enough to keep droplets out, so you can use it while it’s raining. It can also act as a sunshade to keep the glare off of your sight.
Of course, we had to test it in the pouring rain. It was a windy rain, actually, so we already braced ourselves for a wet lens. After all, you can’t help the wind from hitting the rain on your rifle, can you?
But lo and behold, the lens stayed clear throughout my ten minutes of use. I didn’t realize how broad the cover’s shield was until I was able to test it in the rain.
It didn’t only protect the upper part of the lens, but the sides, too!
If you’re using it at night…
…you don’t have to remove it if it’s too bothersome for you. You can just fold the shield flat, and your lens is now free.
Yes, it’s foldable and even stretchable because it’s made from silicon.
That said, that also makes it very, very lightweight and easy to install, as well. You just have to slip it around the lens, and you’re good to go. We also loved that it barely added any extra weight to my rifle.
Its flexibility also allows it to be more forgiving when it comes to its fit.
It comes in three sizes, but the small size can fit most scope lenses with some allowance because you can also stretch it a little bit.
For bigger lenses, you have medium and large variations.
Lastly, one of my favorite things about this is it’s also customizable. Of course, nothing beats getting a perfect size, but if all else fails, its material lets you cut and customize it to the fit that you prefer.
Best Rubberized Scope Covers – Top Pick
Monstrum Rubberized Flip-Up Rifle Scope Lens Covers
- Protects your scope lens against dust and debris
- Perfect for storage and transit
- Easy to open
- Good grip, so it doesn’t move
- Easy to install
- Wide range of sizes available
- Spring-loaded mechanism
- Backed by limited lifetime warranty
- A bit bulky
- The rubber part could easily rip if used on a bigger scope
If you’re looking for scope caps that are great for both storage and on the field, this Monstrum scope cover is one of the creams of the crop, and the best scope cover with a cap that we’ve tested.
It has a perfect fit and a little flexibility to add to that, making it this review’s Top Pick.
This cap is mainly made from two materials- rubber and polymer or hard plastic.
The end part that fits around the scope is rubber. That said, it was a bit challenging putting this on, but not difficult.
Be careful not to twist and stretch the rubber part too much when installing it on your scope. It’s not thin, but it’s also not indestructible thick, so there’s still a chance that it might rip.
And speaking of ripping, definitely don’t order a size that’s smaller than the outside diameter of your scope, as this cover could rip if it’s too fit.
Now, all that aside…
…it actually wasn’t very hard choosing the perfect fit for my scopes as it’s available in many sizes! It also has covers for the eyepiece and ones for the objective lens. Upon checking, there’s barely any difference, just the size.
But that also makes this model versatile as it adds to the size options, especially for scopes with not-so-common sizes.
In addition to that…
…it has a secure grip, so you’d just know that it will never move or slip off from your scope.
The cap part is made from hard plastic and has a spring mechanism for closure. One touch, and it will spring up to reveal the lens in case you have to use it.
And the cap stays up in place, so it’s not blocking your line of sight! After using it, just press it on, and it will easily close with a satisfying click.
On the other hand…
…you may also want to measure the space under your scope so you’d know right away if the diameter of the cap can fit in it.
Once installed, not even water can penetrate the cap, as proven after we tested it outside…in the rain, of course.
Oh, and yes, it’s also a good cover for storage from getting damaged by dust particles and other debris.
Best Truly Ambidextrous Scope Covers
Butler Creek Flip-Open Eyepiece Scope Cover
- Super lightweight
- Features a cap cover with ambidextrous silent spring hinges
- Water-tight fit
- Can also be used for spotting scopes
- Ambidextrous design
- Durable and long-lasting
- Some sizes come a bit big
- It makes a small popping sound when being opened
One of the first things we noticed about this Butler Creek scope cover is that its customers are mostly long-time users. They’re either repeat buyers or just replacing one that they’ve used for many years.
So, of course, we just had to get it!
Not gonna lie. This flip-up cover is almost identical to our review’s Top Pick. It also has a flip cover with a spring hinge. This also means that the cap stays up when the lens is in use so as not to block the view.
But if you want a comparison, the Monstrum scope opened rather faster by just a couple of seconds and is easier to open, though the difference is so small that it’s almost unnoticeable.
It has a red switch on the side (or above, depending on how you install it) that you’ll have to press to open the cap. The product description says that it’s ambidextrous, but that will actually depend on how you install the cover.
The switch was soft and easy to turn.
In addition to that…
…once closed, it has a nice water-tight design, so you won’t have to worry about the lens getting wet if you have to transport it when it’s raining.
As for the fit, a newbie would find it a bit complicated, but Butler Creek has a very comprehensive size chat on their website, so you can be sure to get the right size for your scope upon ordering.
On the other hand, some users say that the chart is a bit outdated. Good thing Butler Creek also has a couple more suggestions.
You can print out a yellow measuring chart and use it to get your scope’s diameter. Or you can get a digital caliper, which is a much better option.
If your size is something between two sizes, get the smaller size as it still has flexibility in it, after all. Or you can also seal it with electrical tape.
It’s a good scope cover and all, even very tough that it didn’t even crack a bit when we dropped it several times. So it’s a bit of a shame that the cap makes a little popping sound when being opened.
But if you don’t mind a little sound, then this is one of the best flip-up caps to get.
Best Rifle Scope Covers
Kemimoto Scope Covers Fits Rifle Spotting Neoprene Optics Lens Cover
- Full -body protection for your scope
- Perfect for transport or storage
- Features thick padding at the end of the scope for added lens protection
- The thick neoprene material can absorb shock
- Stretchable to a point
- It has a loop for easy removal
- Not efficient while shooting
- It doesn’t fully close for storage
Aside from the screaming big “SCOPE COVER” lettering printed across its facade, this Kemimoto scope left a remarkable impression on us during its 5-day test.
Like the Editor’s Choice, it’s also an overall scope cover. Moreover, it’s made of neoprene, as well.
But the difference is…
…great as the Editor’s Choice is overall, this one has a noticeably thicker neoprene. And no wonder because it’s actually designed to absorb shock. Well, it’s not a hard case, after all, so don’t even think of testing it out in that respect.
But if we’re talking about minor bumps, then it really did protect my scope from that. You can say that it’s almost like a padded bag with its thickness.
In addition to that…
…its end has padding inside to add another layer of protection for your scope lens!
It’s just a bit regrettable that only one end has this padding. It would be great if both ends had it as I also like to put a cover over the ocular lenses most of the time.
Aside from that, it also has a nice little loop durably sewn on one of its sides to make its removal from the scope much easier. Unlike the Vortex Optics Sure Fit that has two loops, this one only has one, but it’s still helpful nonetheless.
On its padded end, it has a snug strap for carrying, which is also another nice touch.
So how was the fit?
It comes in 4 sizes and was pretty stretchable to a point. No, it doesn’t have a sizing issue like most scope covers seem to have, so it stayed true to its size, at least in my fortunate case.
What’s unfortunate, though, is the way it doesn’t close, again, much like the Vortex one.
Because of this, I liked to enclose it in another bag for longtime storage. But if you’re just using it for traveling, then you’re all good.
Best Airtight Scope Covers
Butler Creek 21920 Multiflex Flip-Open Scope Cover Eyepiece
- It has a cap that can fully protect your lens from bumps and abrasions
- Its semi O-ring is airtight
- Easy to open
- With extra flexibility on the collar for a wider range of fit
- Reasonably priced
- Tier size chart isn’t very user-friendly
- Not ambidextrous
After using this Butler Creek flip up cap for a week, we’re thoroughly convinced that it’s made with the user’s ease and silence of use on top of mind.
First off, it was very easy to fit onto my Bushnell objective lens. Although it wasn’t as challenging as being true to Butler Creek’s sizing chart, so you really have to be careful when measuring and choosing the right size for your scope.
The flip caps are made from plastic, but they did feel very solid and unbreakable.
The collar, though, was very forgiving, which is really great. It’s not solid, but rather, it has some flexibility to it to ensure that the cap can still fit your scope even when they’re exactly not similar in size.
Like the first Butler Creek cap in this list, this one also has silent spring hinges.
As a matter of fact…
…its little yellow button is made from a rubbery material, so it didn’t make a sound whenever I opened it. And, of course, it stayed open the whole time I was using my scope.
You might also be thinking, isn’t the button too bulky compared to the other such covers?
Well, I also think it looks rather too conspicuous. But as it turned out, this design made it very easy for my sight and my hand (when my eyes are focused on my target) to find the button and easily open the scope without fussing and fumbling.
And the coolest part? It’s semi-O-ring sealed, so it’s watertight to some extent.
Best Waterproof Scope Covers
Burris Waterproof Scope Cover
- Great for storage
- Can prevent fogging and corrosion
- Soft protective fabric
- Backed by limited lifetime warranty
- Some users find it way too soft
- Not for the field
- Size runs a bit short
- Not very stretchable
Here’s yet another overall scope cover. But this time, it’s much softer.
This Burris scope cover has a fleece-like material, so it’s definitely not the hard and tough case we normally use. Because of this, it’s best used for storage at home to keep dust and debris at bay and away from your scope.
It also worked well when I used it as a scope cover during our 5-hour travel to the countryside. It protected my scope from abrasions and scratches well.
And if you’re thinking how a disadvantage a soft fabric is…
…let me tell you that it actually worked in our favor while on transit. It may not be so useful outside, but inside the case, I love how the fabric lowkey wiped and caressed my precious scope while it was in my bag.
I just knew that it’d get out without any scratches.
As for the fit…
…I got the medium size for my 11-inch scope. Surprisingly, it was a close call and very snug…well, way too snug for what I expected. So on my next order, I got one size up, and it ended up becoming the perfect fit.
So you may want to remember to order a size up if you want to be sure. It’s also not very stretchable, so I’d say a few extra centimeters certainly wouldn’t hurt.
That said, I left it with my scope inside for two weeks. It certainly gathered dust, but miraculously, not one debris settled inside. My scope remained squeaky clean, so it’s safe to say that it did its storage job very well.
It’s also lightweight to boot, so it didn’t add any extra weight to my bag.
Best Silent Use Scope Covers
Timber Creek Outdoors Scope Cover
- It has many size options
- Durable material and build
- Silent removal
- Easy to use
- Backed by lifetime warranty
- You have to be careful not to overstretch it
- The rubbery part can easily attract dirt
If you loved the Leupold scope cover quality, then you’ll like this one by Timber Creek. For one, it has the same markings as the Leupold ones.
This is a bikini-style scope lens covers, thus the strings.
You might be thinking…
…this doesn’t look very sturdy, does it? Well, it’s actually the opposite. The caps are made from thermoplastic elastomer, which makes them really tough and harder than your regular plastic. So that’s it for you if you’re looking for a hard material to effectively shield your lenses from different elements.
It has strings that connect the cap for the objective lens and the other for the optical lens. This string isn’t satisfyingly thick, at least for me. But it’s quite stretchable and felt pretty tough, even after I pulled it several times to test it.
…be vigilant in getting one of these for your scope. As it’s a bikini cover, there are more things to consider, such as the measurements. Make sure to carefully measure the dimensions of your scope first.
A single mistake could give you an objective lens cover that’s a little too big for your scope or strings that are too long or too short.
And while we’re on the topic of disadvantages, some users complained that the strings disintegrated rather quickly.
But after observing it while using and storing it for two weeks, we came to the conclusion that it’s the frequent exposure to sunlight or heat that causes it to become brittle.
After all, you’d really want to mind the material of your gear first before taking it out.
Once you get past all of these, the caps themselves are almost unbreakable, making them best for long travels or hiking and camping.
Best Quality Tested Scope Covers
Leupold Scope Cover Large 53576
- Water-resistant material
- Available in many sizes
- Thick and durable
- Easy to install and use
- True to its size
- It doesn’t have a loop or anything to pull to make removal easier
- Choosing the right size is a bit challenging
A scope cover list wouldn’t be complete without a Leupold scope coat in it. And this one hasn’t only been tried and tested for just one week but was actually one of my first scope coats ever.
Among many scope overalls on the market, this is probably one of the best-looking so far. One look and I knew that it was sufficiently thick before even touching it!
But I wasn’t wrong.
…it’s made from a nylon-laminated neoprene material, adding an extra layer of protection to your scope inside it.
Thanks to its nylon outer layer, it has a water-resistant quality to it, so even if you’re suddenly caught in a downpour outside, a little splash and drizzle won’t get to your prized scope.
Although getting the right size proved to be a bit challenging, Leupold’s scope coats stay true to their size and conform tightly in the best way once worn by my scopes.
In short, it’s not too loose, but it’s not too tight, too. It still has decent spaces inside to let the scope breathe.
Not to mention, it’s also thicker than most that it almost felt padded. So it’s not only protecting your scope from dust and debris but also from bumps.
It’s just a bit regrettable that it doesn’t have a strap or a loop, so I can easily pull it out, but that’s a very small price to pay for such an impressive quality of scope coat.
Best Anti Collision Scope Covers
Orisell Neoprene Scope Cover
- Elastic and durable material
- Features a hard bumper lining at the end for an added layer of pro
- Also features a big loop strap for carrying or for easy removal
- Available in many sizes
- Doesn’t have a closure
This rifle scopes cover from Orisell isn’t just durable but also well-padded for your scope’s protection.
Made from neoprene that’s laminated with nylon, it’s not waterproof, but it can resist water splashes and drops, making it great not just for storage at home but for carrying it around outdoors.
This cover doesn’t have proper closure, just like the other ones on this list. But it did have ample allowance in sizing. After fitting it onto my scope, there are still spaces left at the right places, so the covered scope looked really good and not too tight.
…it’s also a little thick, so I was pretty confident about taking it outside and on the rough terrains.
Sure, it’s not heavy-weight kind of thick, but the cool thing is it has a hard bumper lining at the end that puts more protection on my scope’s lens! Now, this is something I haven’t seen in other scope coats before.
That said, ensure you measure your objective lens diameter before deciding on the size to buy.
It also has a nice large strap, so you can store it in a vertical position (great for keeping dust out of your lens) or just carry it and attach it to your tactical bag.
Buyers Guide: How To Choose The Best Scope Covers
Your scope cover will protect one of the most sensitive gears you have. That’s why buying one shouldn’t be taken so lightly. Here are the basics that you need to know before getting a scope protection cover.
You’ll see scope protection covers of many kinds. Rubber, plastic, neoprene, and whatnots.
If you’re going for a hard case type of covering, then hard plastic or polymer is the way to go. Polymer cover protects the whole scope and won’t have its body exposed.
But if you want something silent and long-lasting, then rubber is your best friend. Some fabrics, such as nylon-treated neoprene, meanwhile, give your scope caps and covers a water-resistant quality.
Stainless steel spring flips are also great but can add extra weight to your rifle.
Now, this is kind of tricky. And this is why carefully measuring the dimensions of your scope is required before buying a scope cover.
To get an accurate measurement, you can use a digital caliper or just a simple ruler and measure the objective lens diameter and the outside diameter of your scope on its widest part.
Accessibility includes buttons and switches that open the flip up scope covers as well as the ease of removal.
As previously mentioned, it’s important for most people- especially hunters- to operate and move quietly so as not to spook the target. A well-made opening button should be easy to find and reach, as well as easy to open without making a sound.
But if you’re not into flip caps, an overall coat should be easy to remove. Most models have loops on the front and rear parts so they can be pulled easily for removal.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Should I Spend So Much Money On Scope Caps?
A – The truth is it depends on your lifestyle and priority. If you often use your scopes outdoors, then investing in the best scope lens covers is a must. That is if you want your prized scope to last.
Q – How to Choose the best scope cover?
A – Size, material, and design are just one of the things you’d want to consider when getting the best scope lens covers. You can take a look at the buyer’s guide above for guidance.
Q – What is the best waterproof scope cover?
A – The best waterproof scope covers are the ones made from waterproof materials such as plastic, steel, or nylon. If they’re flip caps style, then they should have watertight O-rings or weather resistant seal to keep water out of your scope.
Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
Value for Money
Although this review contains a lot of budget options, we don’t mind spending as long as it can protect your scopes! Fortunately, most of the best scope protection covers here served more than expected of their price tags! Now that’s a bang for your buck.
Ease of Use
Rifle scope covers are usually used in the field where things happen very fast. This is why a scope protection cover should be easy to install and even easier to use. You’d never know when a prized trophy would come in front of your eyes!
Your scope isn’t made to just lie around at home. They’re for the best adventures in life. And the same goes for your scope covering. So it’s important to choose one that isn’t easily broken or damaged and will stand the test of time.
What’s a good cover if it doesn’t fit your scope, right? We love a good fit, but much better if it’s forgiving and can be adjusted even a little bit.
Easy to Remove
This is important, especially for the flip up cap type of cover. You shouldn’t have a hard time removing your scope’s cover, especially when you’re in action on the field.
Our Final Verdict: Best Scope Covers
Conclusion: Best Scope Covers
Giving your scope a good shelter isn’t luxury. Not if you live your life outdoors in all its glory!
So if you’d ask me, I’m all for investing in nothing but the best protection for my eyepiece and objective lens. After all, clear sight is imperative for a satisfying hunt.
If you’re like me…
…and would like to opt for the cream of the crop, then the Editor’s Choice Vortex Optics Sure Fit Scope Covering definitely ticked all the boxes for us. It doesn’t leave the body of the scope exposed and can protect it from weather and moisture for a long time.
But if you’re working with a budget, the Best Value Down Under Outdoors Silicone Rubber Rifle Scope Binocular Cover is for you. It’s actually one of our favorites with its unique sun and rain shade that made our hunt a hundred times easier.
Whatever you choose, never forget to take measurements carefully, and of course, clean the covers, too, so both your scope and cover could last with you for years.