I go camping various places in Ca maybe 5ish times a year. I like to go skiing and other outdoor adventures maybe 4ish times. Ever since I played with my buddies 'surplus' real NVG goggles I've thought they were very cool. Occassionally when I'm camping I look around when its dark and wonder whats around...

I own some pretty sweet bino's and nice flashlights, is there really any purpose/use for a cheap sub $300 night vision mono? They wont have nearly the precision of my friends current mil grade unit, but would it still be neat? I dont buy into the just because i want it, i should get it arguement. Does anybody here have and use nvg's for fun and really think they have substantially improved their wilderness experience? Is it all just a gimmick? Between their limited depth perception, limited field of view etc, will they really ever be needed? Or even desired?

School me outdoor experts. (I'm not sure if this should have been posted in outdoors...)