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Awards  Top Pick Award  Editors' Choice Award  
Price $219.00 at Backcountry$2,659.00 at Amazon$2,400 List$489.00 at Amazon$466.95 at Amazon
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Pros Good clarity, decent brightness, great close focus range and field of viewIncredible clarity, brightness, comfort, and construction qualityExcellent clarity and brightness, great construction quality, quite comfortableVery clear and bright, easy to adjust, comfortable and qualityHigh quality construction, very comfortable to use, great clarity
Cons Stiff middle hinge, slightly on the heavy side for an 8x42Prohibitively expensiveVery expensiveOn the expensive sideHeavy for backpacking or carrying long distances
Bottom Line A superb value for those looking in the $300 price range, but there are some similarly priced models that are slightly betterThe best bins in our testing, and our first recommendation for those that are willing to shell out the money for a pair of high-end opticsTop notch optics that just aren't quite as comfortable as the SwarovskisGets close to the quality of multi-thousand dollar high end bins at a much lower priceA great pair of bins, but not the best at its price point
Rating Categories Vortex Diamondback 8x42 Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Zeiss Victory HT 10x42 Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Nikon Monarch 7 ATB 10x42
Clarity (25%)
8
10
10
9
8
Brightness (20%)
7
10
10
9
8
Ease Of Adjustment (15%)
7
10
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9
Construction Quality (15%)
8
10
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10
10
Comfort (10%)
8
10
9
10
10
Close Focus Range (7.5%)
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7
Field Of View (7.5%)
10
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Specs Vortex Diamondback... Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Zeiss Victory HT... Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Nikon Monarch 7...
Glass type ED HD HD HD ED
Multi - Coating FMC FMC FMC FMC FMC
Magnification 8 8.5 10 8 10
Field of View ft/yards 420/1000 399/1000 330/1000 409/1000 351/1000
Close Focus 4.5ft 4.9ft 6.2ft 6.5ft 8.2ft
Eye Relief 18mm 20mm 16mm 18mm 16.4mm
Prism Roof Roof Roof Roof Roof
Waterproof/Fogproof? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size (length x width) 5.9 x 5.6 in 6.3 x 4.8 in 6.3 x 5 in 5.8 x 5.3 in 5.6 x 5.1 in
Weight 25.2 oz 29.5 oz 28.4 oz 24.2 oz 26.3 oz
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