Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Review

Design

Features

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Price

Vortex Viper HD binoculars have gained remarkable recognition and popularity among many, especially due to the quality of both their build and that of the optics. Below, we review the Vortex Viper HD 10×42, in an attempt to check whether this model is really worth all the praises it has been getting.

The review is completely unbiased, honest and detailed in every aspect there’s to know about this model.

Features of the Vortex Viper HD 10×42

Vortex decided to take its already award-winning binocular, adding High Density extra-low dispersion glass onto it. The Vortex Viper HD 10×42 is a premium quality binocular, conveniently packed with everything you’ll need and absolutely nothing you won’t need. By just looking at it, you’ll clearly understand why the Vipers are always award winners. Below are some of its features, clearly outlined and explained.

Vortex Viper HD 10x42 Review

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Design and Packaging

The Vortex HD arrives in a forest-green box with a distinctive Vortex branding. It comes safely housed inside a soft padded case, along with a great assortment of accessories: objective lens covers, padded neck strap, an eyepiece rain-guard and a lens’ cleaning cloth. It’s amazingly compact and lightweight, in addition to having a solid, well-made feel. It weighs a mere 24.6-oz (697 grams), offering enhanced portability.

It features a tough poly carbonate body, covered in substantial rubber armor and having ridges on its upper surface to provide for better grip. The thumb indents are right in place on its underside to ensure maximum comfort. This Viper HD's ergonomics are notably excellent, providing a refined, upmarket feel.

Handling

Its weight, Compactness and balance are perfectly in match, making the use of this binocular totally effortless. It’s able to easily fade into the background, ultimately enabled by its design.

The rubber armor provides a secure grip while the twist-up eyecups adjust to offer the right eye relief for different users, regardless of whether one is wearing glasses or not. Vortex Viper HD 10×42 offers a maximum 16.5-mm eye relief that is certainly more than adequate in giving a full field of view to all glass wearers.

Focusing

You’ll find the Viper HD’s focusing mechanism to be quite smooth and consistent. The close focus on it is impressive close. It’s actually among the closest focusing full-size Binoculars on the market. The dipterous adjustment ring sits right in place Under the right-hand eyepiece.

It makes use of a simple locking mechanism, ensuring that once it’s set, it can’t be knocked out of place while in the field.

Optical Performance

The Vortex Viper HD Produces bright, crisp images with superb detail and excellent contrast. All its glass surfaces are fully multi coated with XR anti-reflective lens coatings, still made by Vortex. This improves light transmission, resolution and contrast. Its optical system features phase-corrected and dielectric coatings on all prism surfaces which further enhance light transmission, improving color fidelity and resolution.

Vortex have made use of special HD extra-low dispersion glass at the objective end, reducing the degrading effect brought about by color fringing. This also allows for perfect viewing, ensuring that the colors always remain vibrant and clear at the optical sweet spot. All of these adds up to provide a fabulous viewing experience which hovers close to the upper echelons in optical excellence.

Field of View

The linear field of view is 319-feet at 1,000 yards. The 6.1-degrees angular field of view can be considered average for such a binocular. However, it still offers a better view of the activity, giving you an increased opportunity to see all action.

Durability

The Vortex Viper HD 10×42 is well-built, being O-ring sealed, filled with argon instead of nitrogen and fully waterproof. Purging of all the moisture from the inside eliminates the possibility of fogging or condensation on the internal glass surfaces when moving in different temperature extremes.

The special Armor-Tek coatings on the eyepiece and objective lenses cause any water on the lens’ surface to quickly bead and drop off. This implies you can keep using the Viper HD even in the worst weather conditions.

Vortex Viper HD 10x42 Review – Video

PROS

  • The build quality is unarguably great, being compact and robust.
  • It offers outstanding optical quality.
  • It produces superb, clear image with good edge sharpness and excellent detail.
  • It performs amazingly in low light conditions.
  • Vortex offer a lifetime warranty which is simply unbeatable.

CONS

  • Some users have reported to prefer a wider field of view.

Product Specifications

  • Prism Type – Roof
  • Magnification – 10x
  • Objective Lens Diameter – 42mm
  • Angle of View – 6.1° (actual)
  • Field-of-View – 319′ @ 1000yd / 105.91m @ 1000m
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 5.1′ / 1.55m
  • Exit Pupil Diameter – 4.2mm
  • Eye Relief – 16.5mm
  • Interpupillary Adjustment – 59-75mm / 2.32-2.95″
  • Focus Type – Center
  • Tripod Mount – Yes (Adapter Optional)
  • Dimensions – 5.8×5.3×1.65″ / 147.32×134.62x42mm
  • Weight – 24.6oz / 697g
  • Shipping Weight – 3 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the warranty transferable?

Q: Will the exit pupil be applicable for all uses?

Q: Does the binocular come with a manual?

Final Verdict

Vortex have really put together an impressively balanced package, offering it at quite a compelling, affordable price. They also offer an incredible warranty that makes this deal unbeatable. This binocular has been specially designed to provide ultimate optical performance. If you’re seeking a top notch binocular that is definite to offer great value for your money, the Viper HD is worth considering.

Jim Shockey
 

Jim Shockey is a Canadian outdoor writer, a professional big game outfitter, and television producer and host for many hunting shows.

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